24 November, 2011

The Duchess Reads . . .

The November reading list is expansive but as always enjoyable.  May the Duchess recommend . . . .


"The Marriage Plot," Jeffrey Eugenides.  Completed and loved.  A light and entertaining read about a trio of college students, the literary Madeleine, the moody Leonard, and the mystical Mitchell, all of whom graduate and struggle to redefine themselves (and their relationships to one another) after donning their caps and gowns at Brown


"The Cat's Table," Michael Ondaatje.  Halfway through.  From the author of "The English Patient," an elegant story about a boy taking passage on a ship from Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) to England, where he will meet his mother whom he has not seen in years, and where he will complete his education.  Adventure through the eyes of a boy portrayed without sentimentality but with all the innocence of youth. 


"Blue Nights," Joan Didion (click link for a thought piece by Didion's late brother-in-law, Dominick Dunne).  Halfway through.  The Duchess was so looking forward to reading this that she even pre-ordered a copy from Amazon (rather than waiting to buy at Book Soup--she knows her mistake here).  This story, the author's memoir about her relationship to her adopted daughter who passed away suddenly as a young adult, is sadly failing to grasp the Duchess despite its poignant content. 

23 November, 2011

The Duchess Gives Thanks . . . .

Much to be thankful for this holiday season, and much too much to list it all here.  As many of her readers know, the Duchess was wed once again this past weekend in a tornado of champagne and tulle that still leaves her reeling, especially with feelings of love and affection for all with whom the Duchess celebrated, and of course for The Senator himself.

Reports will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, the Duchess welcomes a break from wedding madness to return to this e-land of art and beauty, good food and good wine.  Appropriately (given her temporary lack of derring do) today the Duchess features the country home of Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, the granddaughter of legendary Estee Lauder and heir apparent to the Estee Lauder company throne.  Just looking at these photographs (by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com) inspires the Duchess to hurriedly unbox the wedding gifts and manufacture some artificial snow for her warm Los Angeles clime, in order to recreate the dulcet loveliness of the Lauder Zinterhofer home.  Enjoy, and have a very happy Thanksgiving! 







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