By Ann | February 22, 2013
I admit, I took this photo about a month ago during the big chute des neiges in Paris. Though there’s no snow predicted this weekend in Washington, I’m still craving coziness: the smell of cookies in the oven, a slow braise on the stove, a lazy afternoon on the couch with a good book. Ahhh… a good book! Here’s what I’ve been reading:
–In Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, author Therese Anne Fowler traces the lives of tortured F. Scott and his daring, Southern belle wife. Like their marriage, the book is both tragic and thrilling and it made me want to read and reread Fitzgerald.
–As a follow-up, I’m now immersed in the callow adventures of Amory Blaine as told in Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise. Next up is Tender is the Night (did you know Fitzgerald used Zelda’s diary entries from her time in a psychiatric hospital to portray the character of Nicole Diver?). And I read again a few of his brilliant short stories – I’ve always loved ”The Ice Palace.”
–Have you ever wondered what it would be like to marry a man who grew up in a palace? What if the palace turns out to be a sprawling, moldy family manor on the outskirts of Delhi? Where the Peacocks Sing tells the story of my friend, Alison Singh Gee, who moves in with her Indian husband’s family. The memoir is National Geographic’s Traveler’s book of the month. My copy is on its way!
–Isn’t this book cover gorgeous? I love Randy Susan Meyers’s writing and she explores new territory in this novel about the collateral damage of infidelity. The good news? I’m giving away a copy on my Facebook page – just “like” and “share” the post to enter to win. (I’ll also be giving away several more books via Facebook in the coming months, so please “like” my page for future updates.)
–In between lengthy quiet reading periods, I also hope to make this banana bread, with chocolate chips added, of course! Question: I’ve been hoarding old bananas in the freezer and noticed they exude a lot of liquid when defrosted. Do you mix this in?
Bon weekend, tout le monde!
P.S. As soon as I posted this, it started flurrying! Extra cozy! xo