Unplug

Jane’s Pick: Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz What a wonderful, no nonsense introduction to meditation. Unplug is easy to read and de-mystifies the act of meditating.  It also provides background on some of the physical and mental benefits that come with regular meditation (even as little as 5 minutes a day provides positive results).  The…

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington

Jane’s Pick: The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Leonora Carrington I love short stories, and I love Surrealism. So when I saw a collection of short stories by one of my favorite Surrealist artists – I had to pick it up to read. And now for something totally different….that’s the main thing I want…

Stingray Afternoons

Jane’s Pick: Stingray Afternoons by Steve Rushin Nice easy summer read – especially if you grew up in the 70s. Although technically a coming of age story, this book reads more like a stream of conscious nostalgia ride through various pop culture artifacts of 1970s Americana. Rushin hops from one item to the next, leap…

American Gods

Jane’s Pick: American Gods by Neil Gaiman Although, Gaiman’s writing had me from page one – it was the unexpected unfolding of this peculiar tale that had me going back and back again. The basic premise is that a war is coming; a war between the mythologies of old and their modern replacements. The book…

Perfectly Imperfect

Jane’s Pick: Perfectly Imperfect by Baron Baptiste Such a small book, but such a deep impact on me. I read it quickly at first and thought “this would be a great gift book” – but as I read, I slowed down and started going back and re-reading chapters. I really started absorbing the insights and…

The Nest

Jane’s Pick: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney I thought the Nest was the perfect summer read. I got swept up by the story of four adult siblings all waiting for the “Nest” – the family’s term for the inheritance they will receive when the youngest turns 40.  Each of the siblings is dysfunctional in…

The Canon Cocktail Book

Jane’s Pick: The Canon Cocktail Book by Jamie Boudreau  Cocktail recipes from Seattle’s famous Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium. This book features more than a 100 cocktail recipes, both classic and unique. The glossy photos helped me decide which creations to mix up first. The book also features practical advice like how to set up…