Shout Brite-ly

The biannual Brite Lite Magazine publishes creative work by teens and tweens. When Jaime Daigle,  the visual captain of this publication, isn’t working on Brite she’s helping others create their visual mark. A family friend for ages, I”m so impressed by her accomplishments that I have to share. Check out her visions — maybe she … Continue Reading

Growing Jobs

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs‘ poignant memoir of growing up in two worlds — that of her, artist Chrisann Brennan and her father, Steve Jobs — at a time of historic change in Silicon Valley. So Suzy Says. 

Boys Talk….

Men Explain Things to Me is Rebecca Solnit’s seven essay antidote to ‘Man-splaining’. Me too must read. So Suzy Says. 

Toilet Truths

The Complete What’s Your Poo Telling You  by Josh Richman and  Anish Sheth  with illustrations by Peter Arkle and Matt Johnstone offers useful information about a topic that usually inspires all of us to act like 12-year-old boys. Don’t flush away knowledge. Makes a great stocking stuffer for the scientist in the family. So Suzy Says. 

Madness & Mayhem

Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis by award winning documentarian, psychiatrist Kenneth Paul Rosenberg is a disturbing look into what it means to be mentally ill in America today. Tough questions thoughtfully considered. So Suzy Says. 

Divide, Do and Live

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky is filled with actionable strategies to make your household more efficient – and less conflicted. A great holiday guide. So Suzy Says. 

Baby Parts

This Is Baby by Jimmy Fallon with illustrations by  Miguel Ordóñez  is a humorous guide to all of a baby’s body parts. Cute. Fun gift for all ages. So Suzy Says.

Crack’d Cocoon

Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce is a riveting tale of how Susan Ford’s carefully crafted cocoon is unraveled by a man from her past. You’ll understand why this tome has been voted tops by so many publications as soon as you read page one. So Suzy Says.

Okay Mom

You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom: So Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt, and Be True to You by Leslie Anne Bruce is journalist and Instagram phenom’s supportive tome for everyday moms. Every mom should have a gaggle of gals with whom to giggle. Support each other. So Suzy Says.

’69 Change

Best selling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first foray into historical fiction, Summer of ’69,  follows five siblings whose lives are changed over a single summer. A weighty, worthwhile read. So Suzy Says.  

Pillow Talk

BBXX: Let’s Get Intimate! is a provocative podcast that challenges how we talk about sex, intimacy and relationships. Thoughtful. So Suzy Says.    

Scandal’s Roots

Scandalous follows Generoso Pope, Jr , the man who took the New York Enquirer, rebranded it then grew it into the scandalous National Enquirer all of us know. Bravo to Jennifer Ash Rudik’s latest achievement which premiered at The Hamptons International Film Festival and will air on CNN in November. Great to see one of … Continue Reading

Ahead

Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better by Wendy Suzuki  and Billie Fitzpatrick is neuroscientist Suzuki’s personal and scientific exploration of the importance of movement. Get happy, move. So Suzy Says. 

Mountain Beauty

Natural Elegance: Luxurious Mountain Living by Rush Jenkins andKlaus Baer with illustrations by  Nancy Greystone and photographs by William Abranowiczis like a beautiful mountain retreat in the form of a book. A gorgeous showcase of western interiors by the firm of WRJ Design. Exquisite. So Suzy Says. 

Rush to Beauty

Check out the multi-talented and charming Rand Rusher’s new beauty and lifestyle blog, Rush to Beauty — after you read mine of course. Vive la variety. So Suzy Says.  

Life Lessons

The School of Life: An Emotional Education by The School of Life  with an introduction by Alain de Botton is a stellar primer on emotional intelligence. Up your EQ so Suzy Says.

Couture’s Muse

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse by Patricia MearsLaura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, and   Joel Lobenthal  is, like all of Vendome Press‘ publications, gorgeous. This tome  a visual symphony of the high art’s influence on high fashion. Because, yes everything was, is and will always be beautiful at the ballet. And, on the runway. So Suzy Says.

Dutch Tapestry

The Dutch House may be Ann Patchett’s  best novel to date. A beautifully woven tale of siblings, their childhood home the story touches on and the all the familiar topics of dysfunctional families. This beautiful coming of age story is one for all readers. Thank you, Locust Valley Bookstore for this tip. So Suzy Says. 

Desertion?

The Deserter: A Novel by Nelson DeMille, a favorite of Long Island’s Gold Coast where I grew up, and his screenwriter son, Alex DeMille  have teamed up to craft a clever thriller.  Set in the world of Delta Force this thriller combines exotic locales and ripped-from-the-headline plot points that will keep you riveted. Locust Valley Bookstore … Continue Reading

Tummy Troubles

Guts is author, illustrator Raina Telgemeier’s latest true story writ literary about an eponymously named child whose grumbling gut won’t go away. What is up?  Discovering the answer is a great read. So Suzy Says.