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|The famous rocking chair from Kenndy's Oval Office|
|From a special exhibit on JFK's children in the White House|
|There was an exhibit on Ernest Hemingway's books down a hallway|
|RFK's desk from his Attorney General's office|
5) While the guys golfed, the girls wandered the city (we walked over 15 miles in two days), and found this wonderful Italian bookstore in the North End. I Am Books had lots of books in Italian, and a nicely curated section of cookbooks and food items. I really liked the store and bought a book while I was there. If you find yourself in the North End, be sure to stop in.
|The foodie section|
|Their chocolates were tempting|
|I purchased The Personal Librarian from I Am Books|
We had some wonderful meals and truly enjoyed our whirlwind tour of Boston.
Monday, May 2, 2022
Reprinted from auburnpub.com:
Blush by Jamie Brenner
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons ISBN 9780593087817
Trade paperback, $17, 416 pages
Jamie Brenner’s Blush starts out in Manhattan, on the Upper East Side where the successful fancy cheese shop Leah has run for twenty years is about to lose its lease.
Vivian, Leah’s mother, is devastated to learn that they will not only lose the winery, but also the beautiful home that she designed on the property. Vivian has always been the face of the winery, the impeccably dressed hostess for weddings and tastings, but she always wanted to have more of a say in how the business was run.
When Leah’s daughter Sadie shows up hoping to work on her thesis, she discovers a cache of notebooks that her grandmother had hidden recounting the book club meetings that she held years ago.
The books discussed were novels popular in the 1980s- Judith Krantz’s Scruples, Jackie Collins’ Chances and Shirley Cochran’s Lace among them. (Many of us will recognize those titles immediately from our own reading history.)
The three women, along with Asher’s much younger girlfriend Bridget, form their own book club to read these books and take inspiration from the characters in the story. The women in these books took it upon themselves to go after what they wanted in business and their personal lives. Can these women do the same and save the winery from disaster?
If you are someone who enjoys wine, as I do, you’ll will get a higher level of satisfaction from this book as you learn all about the process of growing grapes for wine, all the way through the winemaking process. I found it utterly fascinating.
Brenner excels in showing us the three stages of loving relationships- Vivian and her husband of forty years and the lifelong partnership they have, Leah and her husband’s middle-aged marriage issues, and Sadie finding love in the throes of youthful attraction.
I liked how the title of the book- Blush- echoes the one-word titles of the 1980’s novels. Blush is a wonderful female-centered story that updates the sentiments of those earlier novels for today’s woman.