Royal Dining

40 Royal Wedding Recipes: Celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Big Day by Appointment Only!  by Martha Stephenson is a culinary compendium of  Royal wedding recipes both past and present. Bon Appétit,  Your Highness.  So Suzy Says.      

Craving More….

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman is a great source for easy, yummy family-friendly recipes. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  So Suzy Says.

Angelic Abodes

City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles by Jennifer Ash Rudick  with photographs by Firooz Zahedi showcases thirty LA homes that feature a rich mix of quirkiness, elegance, glitz, and Hollywood pizazz.  Jennifer Ash Rudick, an old friend from Locust Valley, and photographer Firooz Zahedi, take us to Kelly Wearstler’s beach house in Malibu, Hutton Wilkinson’s exotic ranch in … Continue Reading

Spy Turns

Red, White, Blue: A Novel by Lea Carpenter is an intricate and ripping tale. It’s  thriller.  It’s a love story. It’s a superb pst 9-11  spy novel. It’s D — all of the above.  And it’s an engrossing.  Happy page turning.  So Suzy Says. 

Frankly, My Dear…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life  by Mark Manson  posits that positivity is not always the key to happiness.  Enjoy Manson’s raw, refreshing does of honesty that makes his blog so successful.  So Suzy Says.  

Personal Style

Dream Design Live by Paloma Contreras is the decorator’s  guide to living in the home you’ve crafted.  After taking readers through the design process, Contreras shows readers how to enjoy their personal and beautiful spaces.  An insightful and beautiful book on how to make your home beautiful — and personal.  So Suzy Says.

Real Food

Balance your budget and your body with 100 Days of Real Food: On a Budget: Simple Tips and Tasty Recipes to Help You Cut Out Processed Food Without Breaking the Bank by Lisa Leake  Thank you, Pamela Salzman for the tip. So Suzy Says. And, once you’ve cooked these tasty and healthy meals, carry them along in the Sistema To … Continue Reading

Home for Books

Books Make a Home: Elegant ideas for storing and displaying Books by Damian Thompson is both a fun read and offers useful  ‘how to’ tips on how to add personality  to your home through tomes.  Call me old fashion, but a home needs books.  A Kindle — and I do love mine –  just doesn’t add the je ne … Continue Reading

Island Escape

Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design by Amanda Lindroth with illustrations by Aldous Bertram  and Tria Giovan’s  photography is a visual, island escape.  In the 20 years that Lindroth has called Nassau she’s  developed relaxed, indoor-outdoor aesthetic—a hybrid that merges colonial and island influences — that is in-demand throughout the Bahamas. I admire Lindroth she has great style and a great book.  So Suzy … Continue Reading

Maine Tails

The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery  by Christopher White is a fascinating read about  the curious boom in Maine’s lobster industry… and its probable crash.  So Suzy Says. 

Less is More

Less  by Andrew Sean Greer  is the story of the lengths a struggling novelist will go to avoid an awkward wedding.  This Pulitzer Prize winner will leave you laughing out loud — and reexamining important issues. So Suzy Says.   

Stylish Memories

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham with a preface by Hilton Als is a beautiful compendium of the iconic New York Times photographer’s fashionable stories.  Enjoy. So Suzy Says. 

Southern Exposure

In Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits  Reese Witherspoon explains how her Southern roots infuse her modern, multi-tasking life with charm and wisdom. She also shares her hair tips too.  So Suzy Says.      

Sentimental Read

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown  is a classic. My favorite children’s book — the one I read to my children nightly. Sweet Memories.  So Suzy Says.     

Princely Wisdom

Princely Advice for a Happy Life by HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski  is filled with wit and wisdom from a royal family man.  So Suzy Says. 

Stay or Go

Stay or Go: Dr. Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimerand Pierre A. Lehu is a useful read. Once again the insightful and direct Dr. Ruth Westheimer delivers practical counsel. So Suzy Says.

Literary Bites

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin is a clean sweep of some of Berlin’s best tales.  Perfect for the mini-vacations of late August.  So Suzy Says. 

Tell Me… A Book

Tell Me Lies: A Novel by Carola Lovering  about a Long Island native who moves to California for college — and meets the one… one who she’ll never forget.  It’s a  great beach read.  Thank you,  Locust Valley Bookstore.  So Suzy Says.

Adventurous Life

Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power by  William Stadiem  is the riveting story of Madame Claude’s  exclusive “finishing school”  in post WWII Europe.  Born Fernande Grudet in Angers this poor Jewish girl transformed herself into the Madame of a wildly successful escort service.  Magnifique — Madame is still whispered about. So Suzy Says.  

Motor Matters

Why Motor Skills Matter: Improve Your Child’s Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem  by pediatric physical therapist  Tara Losquadro Liddle  explores how touch, movement and play impact the neurodevelopment and well-being of your child’s first five years.  Important reading.  So Suzy Says.