September 2014:

Dear Reader,


September brings us a slew of new -- the new season of TV shows, movies and theatre; maybe a new schedule, a new idea or even a reinvention. And then there is the fashion crisis of the weather; can we still wear shorts, bare legs or do we go directly into sweaters and tweeds?  To me, it is all about the exuberance of possibility -- finding the play or book or activity that can rearrange our brain, or encourage us to turn the kaleidoscope to see everything in a fresh pattern and crazy colors.

You probably have your own ideas of how to move forward but I can't help but weigh in...

Let's start with movies. There are an astounding number of new movies coming out this fall based on books. I am a believer in reading the book before the movie -- it is more grounding and multi-dimensional; it is also fun to contemplate what the screenwriter decided to cut, change or redirect.

Here are my top "gotta read the book." (I do not, this late in life, intend to become a movie critic, so let's stick to the books!):

Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave Youis one of the funniest novels I have ever read -- its take on family dysfunction, rivalry and love is utterly delicious. Witnessing four siblings and their newly widowed mother come together to sit Shiva for their dad exposes the bond, capacity to hurt and hilarity that years of separation have nourished. Now comes the movie with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. Don't miss either!

Speaking of funny, many of us can still recite Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day children's book. I have no idea what they are going to do to make a movie out of this irresistible book, but its got Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner so what could be bad? Find someone to read the book to (or read it to yourself and realize how adaptable it is to grown-up, no good, horrible, very bad days).

If you are one of the two people on the planet that hasn't read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, now is your chance before David Fincher (director) and Ben Affleck (playing Nick Dunne) shape their version of the story. Leave enough time to read since it will otherwise interfere with any other part of your life.

Later this fall, Angelina Jolie will direct the movie version of  Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book Unbroken. This is a must-read book and bound to be a must-see movie.

Two young adult books that have sold millions of copies and have crossed over to the new genre called New Adult -- The Fault in our Stars and If I Stay -- are both new movies. Either book is well worth the read to understand what all the fuss is about. In fact, there is so much buzz about these books that we are including them in our upcoming event: Why My Kids Can't Put These Books Down: A Young Adult Panel Discussion for Adults on October 2 at 6pm. Click here to read more. 

Lastly, Ken Burns' new documentary series, The Roosevelts, started this week. Not only is  the book that accompanies the series fantastic -- The Roosevelts by Geoffrey Ward -- but now is a good time to read Edmund Morris's trilogy on Teddy: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. Then there's Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit or No Ordinary Time, or Blanche Weisen Cook's two-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. All are illuminating, fascinating and extraordinarily informative. It's time to immerse yourself in this family! There's much to learn, appreciate and marvel.

As you know, we also have many wonderful events in the store and I can't stop talking about one in particular that's coming up. For any of you who wear makeup, use skin care products, or have found yourself buying hundreds of dollars worth of products that you're not sure you need but were intimidated by a flawlessly skinned 25-year-old -- then we have a must-attend event for you!  Andrea Robinson, the author of Toss the Gloss, will be here on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm. Andrea, who has been with Vogue, Estee Lauder and Tom Ford, has put together the most practical, fantastic book of Beauty Tips, Tricks and Truths. Do you need serum and moisturizers and toner and anti-aging potions? If you do, which ones are worth the premium pricing and which aren't? What about concealers, primers and highlighters? Anyway, you get the idea; this is bound to be a blast and useful -- I can't wait!! Click here to sign up.

At the risk of losing your interest I will be brief about other books you should not miss:

Will tell you more next time but if you're in the store, please check them out.

I'm currently reading the impossible to ignore new book by David Mitchell -- The Bone Clocks -- and so far so good. And having nothing to do with anything, this piece in The New York Times cracked me up: I hope it at least makes you smile.

Finally, for those of you celebrating the Jewish New Year, my warmest wishes for a Happy New Year filled with renewal, well being, health and the capacity for kindness.

See you in the store,

Roxanne J. Coady

P.S. I know I said I wasn't going to give movie advice but I can't wait to see Tracks which stars