Peachy –Beach Reads

Dune Road by Jane Green, the best selling New York Times author,is a saucy cocktail of gossip, empathy, and social commentary. It is the perfect mind candy for a summer weekend. Green captures the cadence of Connecticut’s Gold Coast and the personal and domestic chaos caused by current economic meltdown. She juxtaposes it against the pathos of the “modern woman’s angst surrounding the issues of wanting it all and trying it to be all. It makes of for a juicy, if at times predictable, read. I have also enjoyed Green’s other books: Swapping Lives, Second Chance and The Beach House. Her characters are believable and likable with all their laugh lines, foibles, and caprices.

Food & Wine Cocktails 09 is one of the handiest little bar guides I have read in years. It is a combination of city guide, bartender’s recipe book, and party planner with recipes. Usually this is a bad idea, as most subjects get short shrift, but this little tome pulls it off. I love the cocktails recipes. This is first place I have ever seen the correct recipe for the classic scotch cocktail called Blood & Sand— kudos to the editors. The cocktail recipes are correct and original.
I am a fiend about this as I love well-made cocktails. I was lucky enough spend my youth in some of the classiest cocktail bars on the East Coast before they were shuttered forever. I know a classy cocktail. The Blood & Sand was my husband’s, then fiancé’s, drink at the iconic Kon Tiki at the Mont Royal Hotel in Montréal.
If you want to entertain elegantly at home, this book can definitely give you some good recipes and tips from the pros.
In their guide to America’s best watering holes, they hit on a few of my favourites. I adore Trois in Atlanta, Napoleon’s in New Orleans is an iconic favourite, and Rosemary’s is one of the very few places in Vegas that I actually like – so there you go. I may have changed or added a few on their list but, chacun a son gout!
This is a handy little book to pick up if you are looking to up your game as a hostess or a savvy gal about town.
Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can be Really Distracting by Meredith Norton is not a typical memoir about having breast cancer. I avoided reading it. I am burned-out on the topic. I have friends and family who have cancer, as do we all. It is a fact of life. There is little new left for me to read about it; especially as I have covered the subject professionally. But, from the first pages of Lopsided I was hooked. Norton is a new mother struggling with the French culture and language of her husband’s homeland. She returns to San Francisco for a vacation. There Norton discovers that she has an aggressive form of breast cancer and begins a two-year course of arduous and painful treatment. She relates the often painful and horrifying details with amazing humour and humanity. It is funny, how dismissive some people are of disease and pain until they are afflicted themselves. This may not be mind-candy, but I call it a must-read.