—Fully Connected: Surving and Thriving in an Age of Overload by Julia Hobsbawm
Released earlier this week, Julia Hobsbawm’s new book dives deep into the meaning of social well-being as it is a component of one’s overall good health. As the internet has become more and more a part of our lives with each passing of the past 25 years, not only in our personal lives but in our professional lives there is an unspoken assumption that we must always be connected. But what does that do to our quality of life? Hobsbawm shares research and solutions to enable readers to balance one’s involvement in the social media world as well as step away as necessary in order to be productive and boost one’s overall well-being.
—Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
David Sedaris (perhaps you’ve read a piece or two of his in The New Yorker, or maybe know of Santaland Diaries???) is one of the funniest individuals I have had the pleasure to read and listen to in person. His latest book is the first of two personal writings that share his uncanny, insightful, humorous observations about the world and everyday events.
—La Varenne Pratique by Anne Willian
I happened to be reading The Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section this past weekend in which designer and now cookbook author Zac Posen was interviewed. Sharing a few cookbooks that were the foundation of his love for stepping into the kitchen, Anne Willian’s La Varenne Pratique originally published in 1989 caught my eye. Composed by the founder and director of Paris’s prestigious La Varenne cooking school, the cookbook is a manual as well revealing fundamental cooking techniques, necessary equipment and ingredients to help and improve both new and expert home cooks.
Director Sofia Coppola’s new film, which debuted last month at the Cannes Film Festival, earned her a place in history as she was named Best Director, only the second woman to win this award in the film festival’s 70 year history. The film is The Beguiled based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 book originally titled A Painted Devil, and stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Set during the Civil War at a girls’ school in Virginia, a wounded Union soldier arrives (Farrell). Having been sheltered from the outside world, tensions, rivalries are heightened amongst the girls and a tragic event unfolds. Take a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters June 23rd.
Patty Jenkins (director of Oscar winning Monster starring Charlize Theron) is now the first female director of a major motion action film, and made a successful debut by Hollywood’s definition when her film earned $100.5 million in its opening weekend surpassed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past and nearly surpassed Iron Man‘s debut in 2008 which reached $102 million. Couple the results with critics positive reviews and not only is the audience intriguing females, but 48% of the audience is male.
The leading role, played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli-born actress, has as well been praised for her depiction of the comic book heroine. Did you know? During filming, Gadot, who served for two years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat instructor, was five-months pregnant with her second child. Robin Wright, of House of Cards fame, also stars in the film which follows Diana, princess of the Amazons (Wonder Woman) as she decides to stop a massive threat that has the potential to destroy the world. Leaving her home for the first time, fighting alongside the men in the ultimate war, she unearths her true powers, potential and discovers her true destiny. In theaters now, have a look at the trailer below.
—Duck Season: Eating, Drinking and other Misadventures in Gascony — France’s Last Best Place by David McAninch
Take an excursion to Gascony, France, for eight months with David McAninch in his memoir released this past March. Located in southwest France and largely overlooked by Americans, dine, explore and fall in love with a region you may just want to visit.
A simple nude sandal with a little bit of a heel, available at an affordable price and made by a reputable company, UGG’s Elena’s sandals will take you from June to September in style and comfort.
~recipe for Baguette with Avocado, Gorgonzola and Figs~
June has arrived, and with it a handful of beautiful sun-filled days as well as some soothing rainy day moments which I crave. And now the weekend. Perhaps some shopping for tomato plants now that the last frost is behind us, maybe gazing at the full moon if the clouds temporarily part, don’t forget watching the French Open Finals and who knows what else.
The past week on the blog included two extra posts: one, a recipe for a delicious spring fruit tart; and the other, a sharing of an experience I have been giddy to try and finally had the opportunity to last weekend here in Bend. As well, don’t forget to send me your questions for the June 26th episode of the podcast “Ask Shannon” (email me here – firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 21st and your question could be answered on the air.
And now to relaxing, exploring, laughing and savoring the next few days. Below are a few articles you might enjoy, and until Monday bonne journée.
~Cyndi Lauper returns to Broadway, writing the music for ‘Working Girl’ which will be on stage soon
~Ah to live or at least visit France . . . Take this quiz to discover which region is perfect for your tastes and predilections
~Now that you know where to go . . . check out a few first-hand recommendations on vacation rentals to reserve
~The 20 year anniversary of Sex and the City‘s premiere occurred this week, and Man Repeller wrote a worthwhile post to check out: If SATC were written today, Miranda Hobbes would be the Protagonist
~After watching Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary on Masculinity in America The Mask You Live In, this article certainly caught my attention: How to Raise a Feminist Son
~Struggling with the French language or just want to improve? How to Get Your Brain to Think in French