Curl Up with a Novel

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Dec 262012

You may be stuck inside this winter, but you can travel the world in Eight Girls Taking Pictures, the latest novel from Whitney Otto (author of How to Make An American Quilt). Otto’s new book spans several decades and various settings such as Paris, Berlin, San Francisco and Mexico as Otto’s female characters face the challenges of womanhood in the 20th century. All of the women are photographers, linked by their balancing acts as artists and career women in addition to their roles as wives and women. An exploration of feminism and family, Eight Girls Taking Pictures is a satisfying portrait of the intersection between family and art.

Dec 132012


Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible is a handy reference guide for fashionistas, revealing the history of fashion from togas to ponchos. The book is not just a history lesson, however, but also a way to understand the development of modern style and use the lessons of the past to dress better for the present. With the honesty and wit he is known for as host of “Project Runway,” Tim Gunn has created a book that is both fascinating and useful. Keep it close to your closet to “make it work” in every fashion emergency.