Fast & Honest

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton is the former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort’s honest account of her struggles with mental illness. Compelling, honest and hopeful. So Suzy Says.  

Insights: Inside & Out

Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out by Rick Alan Ross is an informative tome that explores how  individuals get involved with cults… and what steps can be taken to heal those who have been drawn into these damaging groups so that they can leave. Riveting. So Suzy Says.

Gift Idea: Classic

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house… everyone was enjoying several iterations of Clement Clarke Moore‘s classic, The Night Before Christmas. The younger tykes were enjoying the pop up version, while parents read the classic edition to the toddlers.  History buffs read a WWII take on the tale while one lucky child unwrapped the FAO … Continue Reading

Service, Secrets & Security

The New Rules of Consumer Privacy: Building Loyalty with Connected Consumers in the Age of Face Recognition and AI by investor investment banker turned  technology executive Peter Trepp examines the intersection of convenience, security privacy and the tradeoffs between this troika that consumers regularly make. Maybe I won’t sign in with my Facebook account next time. Intriguing. So Suzy … Continue Reading

Gift Idea: Cabana Style

Cabana Anthology is an anthology of the best of the style magazine’s art and editorial by its founder,  Martina Mondadori Sartogo. An artful collection of artful essays and photographs on interiors, objects, and visual essays from contributors ranging from Justine Picardie, Patrick Kinmonth, and Christian Louboutin this is one coffee table book people will actually read. So Suzy Says. 

Gift Idea: Elf

Start a new family tradition with The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.  The book comes with a Blue-Eyed Girl Scout Elf  or Brown-Eyed Boy Scout Elf or Blue-Eyed Boy Scout Elf and other iterations. Regardless of which version you buy, all have a  magical story that explains how Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty and nice … Continue Reading

Gift Idea: Saving Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas  by William Thomas Thach and illustrator Richard Bernal  is the charming tale of Molly the only child in the world who hasn’t been naughty. Molly saves Christmas  by reminding Santa of the power of forgiveness. I was fortunate to meet Will Thach last December and have a signed copy of the book that … Continue Reading

Polaroid Pop

Taschen’s  Andy Warhol: Polaroids is a beautiful visual romp. Great for your coffee table – or for a friend.  So Suzy Says.    

Insight

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) is Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic tome about how to rid yourself of  self-limiting beliefs that create needless suffering. Ruiz outlines a powerful code of conduct based on Totemic Wisdom that will show you how to reach your potential and enjoy life. Wise. So Suzy Says.

Lavish Leftovers

Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table byAlexis Clark with a foreword by Joanna Coles is  filled with tips to make every gathering gracious and memorable from Artist, collector, and entertaining guru Graham.  A great Thanksgiving resource.  And for your post-Thanksgivng meal, try serving up leftovers on Charm Majesty’s new looks-like-linen-to-most paper plates and placemats. They are the bomb.  … Continue Reading

Like a Bridge…

… over a troubled hand, Why You Lose at Bridge by S. J. Simon  is a wealth of wisdom about the games of Bridge from a champion. So Suzy Says. 

Who Dunnit?

Loosely inspired by the still-unsolved Lord Lucan case A Double Life by Flynn Berry is a riveting psychological thriller.  I was awake all night reading it and prredict that you won’t be able to put it down either.  So Suzy Says.

Yum, Yum

Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten is the chef’s latest tome in which she encourages readers to try ambitious recipes in the comfort of their own home kitchen.  Have fun in the kitchen. So Suzy Says. 

Techno Parenting

The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World by Jordan Shapiro, Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Global Economic and Development program at the Brookings Institution, discusses new parenting paradigms for our new technology age.   Pre order it — and start 2019 in the know. … Continue Reading

Mamba’s Mastery

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant  with photographs by Andrew D. Bernstein an introduction by  Phil Jackson and a  foreword  Pau Gasolhas all of the insights of a memoir and the exquisite photography of a coffee table book.  So Suzy Says. 

Core Strength

Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul’s Potential by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz   will help readers to tap into your inner core and realize your full potential. Transformative. So Suzy Says.

Dior’s Designers

Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look by Maureen Footer  with a forward by  Hamish Bowlesexplores the work of the interior designs of Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy whose elegant and opulent aesthetic brought color to a war-weary world. Beautiful  So Suzy Says.   

Singular

The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders  and Leslie Saunders  takes place in the near future, in a time where the USA has followed China’s lead and instituted one child policy. But… what happens to identical twins?  Well….  it’s not good as the heroines of this book — the debut novel of identical twins — find once when  … Continue Reading

Campbell’s View

Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease by Giles Kime with photographs by Paul Raeside and a forward by  Carolina Herrera is a great look at Campbell, the doyenne of the current English interior design, aesthetic.  So Suzy Says. 

Dear… Novel

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is as riveting and provacative as the show that inspired it. So Suzy Says.