02 April, 2010

The Duchess Recommends . . .

The Duchess's Book Stack

The Duchess is well aware she hasn't posted on her favorite current reads in a while, and there is a very good reason: her nightstand tome, "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" by the late great Julia Phillips, is immense, dense, and lengthy. The Duchess is enjoying it, finding amazing the author's stories of the male/female dynamic in play at the height of the filmmaking industry. Full review to follow upon completion!

After tonight's celebratory mani/pedi, followed by dinner at Manhattan Beach restaurant (if it qualifies) Pancho's, the Duchess stopped in to Border's to browse the design book shelves. But the Duke insisted that she read "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann, which he is reading and raves about. It's next on the serious reading list.

But the Duchess had to counterbalance all that gravitas with "Domino: The Book of Decorating." Domino magazine, sadly, is long gone, but for many of us lingers in the memory as one of our monthly shelter mag highlights. The Duchess suspects that Sis Parish and Mr. Buatta probably wouldn't approve, but we all have our vices, do we not, dear readers?

Finally, the Duchess bids adieu to "The Blue Bowl" by George Minot. Too depressing, too trapped-by-adolescent-anguish, too arrested development, too . . . well, mannish for the Duchess's liking. She can't get into it so she's going to get out of it -- and it shall forever remain unfinished.

If you would like the copy sent (given) to you, would you let the Duchess know? Please e-mail at duchessofcorbin@gmail.com, and the Duchess will send a selection of books -- both read and unread -- your way. But you must promise to read them and write back!

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