Part of an ongoing peek at my Christmas wish list. Another themed post.
No. 1 Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy Through Wine, Chocolate and Your iPod Playlist by David Romanelli. Romanelli, a Yahoo! blogger and co-founder of a "progressive" Phoenix, Ariz. yoga studio, shares his Zen approach to happiness in this guide to the care and feeding of a live-the-moment lifestyle: "Everyday, if you can enjoy one delicious moment...you will soon recognize a meaningful life is no further away than a box of chocolates... your walk to work, and a little... laughter."
No. 2 Restoring a House in the City by Ingrid Abramovitch. What do a fashion mogul, a Williams-Sonoma executive, a museum curator, and a design-savvy actress have in common? Good taste, of course, but more than that: a shared passion to "bring back," to carefully restore and artfully embellish, their houses. They are among the twenty-one real-life renovations featured in this essential resource—from stately town houses to brownstone fixer-uppers—to give the true experience of creating an urban oasis on any street.
No. 3 The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse by Scot D Ryersson. 'The story of the Marchesa Luisa Casati's life resembles a fable for our times. Ryersson and Yaccarino present a compelling collection of images to tell the story of Italy's richest heiress at turn of the last century, whose married aristocratic life and progeny were cast aside to indulge in a dramatically theatrical existence...She emerges a heroine, living the fantasy, all the way to the end.' Glass Magazine
No. 4 You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs. 'Burroughs is a natural storyteller... as brilliantly witty, waspish and self-deprecating as ever.' Daily Mail
No. 5 Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton. I could just eat this cover up. A pink knit scarf, snow, AND a peach? Talk about right up my alley. 'This sassy, lighthearted romp twists and turns toward a conclusion that is not at all foregone, but is immensely satisfying. Dixie chicks and damn Yankees alike will enjoy seeing the world through Leelee's eyes.' Kirkus Reviews