Shane’s Favorites: Books for Breezy Summer Days
Tea is the perfect accessory to a host of Summer activities, but few things excite us more than curling up with a luxurious cup of Talbott Teas and a good book. Our founder, Shane Talbott, happens to agree. So when we heard he was compiling a list of his favorite works, we couldn’t wait to share his recommendations with our fellow tea lovers. Read Shane’s list of literature guaranteed to have you turning pages in between sips!
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Penguin Group
Crime, passion, romance; get it all in this work of historical fiction by Sarah Waters. The Paying Guests centers around the drab lives of penniless widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances. Living in post-WWI South London, the duo are forced to open their home to lodgers. What happens next is a tale of lust and intrigue so sensual it’ll make Christian Grey blush!
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, Little, Brown and Company
Described as a “big novel about a small town”, J.K. Rowling’s first book for adults proves that her penchant for literary magic did not end with Harry and the gang. If you’re into stories wrought with politics, duplicity, and unexpected revelations, The Casual Vacancy is for you. As an added treat, binge watch the HBO miniseries inspired by the novel once you’ve finished reading!
My Paris Kitchen by David Liebovitz, Ten Speed Press and Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan, Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ah, Paris! The city of love is nothing without its abundance of heart warming foods! If you’re a lover of the culinary arts, we suggest perusing through two of our favorite Parisian cookbooks, My Paris Kitchen by David Liebovitz and Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan. The images in these guides are as decadent as the dishes. Whip up some of David and Dorie’s recipes and imagine enjoying them under the Arc de Triomphe!
Grab your passports! You knew we couldn’t let go of Paris that easily! In The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, John Baxter chronicles his own jaunts through les rues de Paris as well as those of the acclaimed artists who’ve called the glittering city home. Baxter’s series of vignettes takes readers off the beaten path of Paris and invites them to unearth the hidden treasures beside the Seine.
Meet the name behind one of the world’s most dazzling art collections, Guggenheim. In Confessions Of an Art Addict, Peggy Guggenheim gives a candid account of her ever-eccentric, ever-wealthy family. It’s an inside look at the early days of modern art, and insight into the lives of its key players. Confessions Of an Art Addict is a work of art itself!
Coffee (or tea!) Table Reads:
Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour by Rachel Zoe, Grand Central Life & Style
It takes hard work to achieve effortless style, but fashionista Rachel Zoe has managed to turn it into a business! In her second literary contribution, the Hollywood stylist brings her style sensibility to the every-woman with photos from her private archives, an insider’s look into her style evolution, her favorite icons (think Coco and Jane Birkin) and unparalleled advice from the guru herself!
The perfect addition to your coffee table, Beyond Chic is beyond essential reading. Ivan Terestchenko’s book places you squarely in the homes of the world’s top couturiers, muses, and fashion icons. As you’ll surely discover, the homes of these fashion elites are just as curated and sensational as their wardrobes.
The Art of Space: The Seven Fundamentals That Guarantee Great Interior Design by Mary Cook, Cognella
In a world of Pinterest boards and Etsy accounts, everyone seems to have a clear idea of their design aesthetic. However achieving quality design, as many Pinterest fails can attest, can prove to be much harder. Thankfully, The Art of Space is the perfect antidote to all of your interior design faux pas. In her book, acclaimed interior designer Mary Cook walks you through her seven principles for great design. Not only will this book look great on your coffee table, it will help you design a wow-worthy room to put it in!
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, Harper Collins
Go Set a Watchman is slated to be the first release from celebrated author, Harper Lee, since the perennial favorite, To Kill A Mockingbird, was published in the summer of 1960–making it one of the most anticipated release in the last year, if not the better part of a century. This novel is presented as a loose sequel to Mockingbird, but was actually written first. Lee decided to shelf the project when her story went in a different direction. Long thought to be lost, or even worse destroyed, Go Set a Watchman follows the life of an adult Scout Finch. We wonder what adventures she’ll embark on next. Fingers crossed Atticus makes a cameo!
Now that you know what’s lining our bookshelves, brew your favorite cup and stock up on your favorite summer reads!
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