05 January, 2010

The Duchess Recommends . . .

Holiday Reading



























"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, a pleasant, lively read for winter evenings or over tea.

"Too Much Money" by Dominick Dunne, a final hoorah from the late, great society novelist.

"Inherent Vice" by Thomas Pynchon, hallucinatingly good, improved by a visit to your local Robertson Boulevard chemist.

"A Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore. A child becomes an adult, via lush imagery and organic potatoes.

And finally, "Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor," edited by Margaret Russell. Purchased for a song at the Westfield Century City Restoration Hardware (location closing soon! MUST stop by for weird, vintage stocking stuffers like pocket-sized measuring tapes as well as matelasse bedding in muted, Montecito colors.)

Readers, the Duchess always is interested in hearing about reads that you've loved, whether old or new. Taking recommendations . . . .

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