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I’m looking to grow my library of self-improvement books. Can anybody recommend books in the following categories?

  • Photography: Books on composition and lighting, Photoshop for beginners and the basics of digital SLRs
  • Business: Books on goal setting and self-motivation and staying organized
  • Crafting: Books with patterns for a beginner knitter and somebody who want to learn to crochet

Thanks for your help!

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I’m sad to report that Domino, one of my favorite shelter magazines, has folded.

From New York magazine:

“This decision to cease publication of the magazine and its website is driven entirely by the economy,” Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend says in a press release that went out just now. “Although readership and advertising response was encouraging in the early years, we have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”

What does that mean for those of us with subscriptions? Do we get our money back?

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I recently canceled my subscription to Allure magazine (too much fluff, not enough substance) and am now considering subscribing to Martha Stewart’s body+soul instead. Right now you can get 10 issues for $10 at Whole Living.

Does anybody subscribe to body+soul? Is it worth reading month to month?

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If 2008 was the year of my obsession with James McAvoy, 2009 is the year of Robert Pattinson — or should I say Edward Cullen. After reading the Twilight series and seeing the movie, I have a full-on vampire crush. That wild hair. Those serious eyes. That intensity. Sigh.

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The chemistry between Edward and his human soul-mate, Bella, has actually induced a bit a jealous in this grown girl. Their passion hurts my heart a little because it makes me think of — and miss — J.

Isn’t this all so silly? It’s just (poorly written) teen fiction, for goodness sake!

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Today is the last day to get 35% off plus FREE shipping at Chronicle Books. I’ve already taken advantage of this amazing deal and made a few gift purchases.

Check out more of my favorites after the jump.


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I had lunch with a friend yesterday who brought with her Twilight by Stephenie Meyer for me to borrow.  I’m very interested to see what the hype is all about.  If I can finish it by the weekend (and I can’t imagine that I won’t–after all, it is a book for teenagers), she and I will go see the movie together with all the tweens and pre-teens in Omaha.

Have you read the Twilight series? What did you think? Will you be seeing the movie?

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Hey, former Penguin co-workers! Are these Penguin Classics available to purchase? They are so lovely.

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When I received the October issue of Allure magazine on Saturday, I was surprised to see Lindsay Lohan on the cover… until I realized it was Ellen Pompeo, as a blonde. I think that color really works for her. Do you?

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Thanks to my friend Katie of wonderful one times one for contributing this guest post!

PJ and I met in orientation on our first day of working at Penguin Publishing in New York.  Little did we know, we would be sitting next to each other in the same department for the next year.  Our lives, since then, have moved strangely in very similar directions.  We both married someone named J (the initial for the same name) and they have similar careers that throw our worlds upside down most of the time. PJ very kindly asked me to do a guest post while she is off gallivanting in Italy on a well-deserved honeymoon.  In the spirit of where we first met so many years ago, here is a quick Fall Books Round-Up.


~ The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster, $25)

What it’s about: A memoir by a New York Times reporter who returns to her African birthplace — Liberia — where she grew up in a 22-room mansion. Cooper describes her aristocratic family’s escape to the USA after her world collapsed in a bloody coup.

Check out the front-page review of Cooper’s new book in the New York Times Book Review.

~ Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America By Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27.95)

What it’s about: The New York Times columnist offers his ideas on the environment and global climate change.

~ Yesterday’s Weather by Anne Enright (Grove Press, $24.00)

What it’s about: Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Anne Enright’s novel The Gathering went on to become a national best seller acclaimed for its electrifying prose and haunting emotional resonance. Now, in Yesterday’s Weather, Enright presents a series of deeply moving glimpses into a rapidly changing Ireland: a land of family and tradition, but also, increasingly, of organic radicchio, cruise-ship vacations, and casual betrayals.  (via Amazon)

Check out the review of Enright’s new book in the New York Times Book Review.

~ Acedia & me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer’s Life by Kathleen Norris (Riverhead Books, $25.95)

What it’s about: The author of The Cloister Walk describes her struggle with acedia, a soul-weary indifference.


~ The Wordy Shipmates By Sarah Vowell (Riverhead, $25.95)

What it’s about: The author of Assassination Vacation examines how our Puritan past shapes today’s political and cultural climate.

~ The Development By John Barth (Houghton Mifflin, $23)

What it’s about: Linked stories about the lives of retirees living in a gated community.


~ The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (Harper, $29.95)

What it’s about: It’s tough to sum up a 739-page Wally Lamb novel — his first in a decade — in a few words. But this story of Caelum Quirk, a cynical English teacher, and his third wife, a school nurse, begins with the horrific 1999 Columbine shootings. From there, Lamb unravels the complicated tale of Caelum and his family secrets.

~ Annie Leibovitz at Work By Annie Leibovitz (Random House, $40)

What it’s about: The photographer shares the inspiration behind her most famous pictures.

~ And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks By William S. Burroughs (Grove Press, $24)

What it’s About: A previously unpublished tale of drugs, murder and bohemian New York by the legendary Beat writers.

~ A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Trade, $16.00) — comes out in paperback.

Full disclosure — Katie works for Putnam/Riverhead Books.  Unless otherwise noted, the synopses of these titles were take from the USA Today.

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I’ve read every single issue of domino since it hit newsstands back in 2005. It immediately became my favorite magazine. I was just moving into a new apartment in the city and looking for decorating inspiration. However, three years later, I’ve become a bit disillusioned by it. I can’t put my finger on the exact reason. Maybe because I can’t afford anything they showcase? Maybe because the rooms they feature are too styled (and so RANDOM!) and not necessarily realistic. I’m not sure.

Nevertheless, I’m still excited for domino‘s first book, which I just learned about via decor8. Interesting choice not to use a photograph of a decorated room for the cover image…

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