Reading Recommendations, August 2015

Here are two new books:


The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan, Harper Collins, 2015

This novel was just real released last week, but I read about it somewhere and pre-ordered it. It is the 20th century story of a crisis of inheritance that leads to the downfall of a wealthy Persian Jewish family. The novel was inspired by the author’s own personal experience.

The story is told through the only surviving member of this family, an elderly woman living in Los Angeles.

This is Ms. Foroutan’s debut novel. There is a “poetic tapestry of gardens and seasons, of women enshrouded and silenced by culture, of men made intractable by honor, religious tradition, and filial loyalty”. – Melissa Pritchard, author of Palmerino and A Solemn Pleasure.

I loved this book, it was very moving and allowed me to see a world that I never knew about of unforgettable cruelty and on the other hand extraordinary grace. You inhabit a world of contorted women in an ancient patriarchy.

For me, this first novel was a gift.


The French Beauty Solution, Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful, Inside and Out by Mathilde Thomas, Founder of CAUDALIE

I bought this new book because I am a fan of Ms Thomas’ products from her Caudalie line, which features Viaotherapie products and spas. I have been to two of her spas, one in Istanbul and one in Canada.

She emphasizes feeling good, rather than looking good and the art of aging gracefully.

I am following her suggestions of how to use the book; the book is divided into five parts. The first is about how your lifestyle affects your beauty and the other four are tips of how to apply French beauty routines in your life.

For example, Chapter Ten is all about how to keep your hair like the French.  There are many tips I picked up, like wash your hair and go to bed, it will look more natural, also, when in doubt do a bun, and I say right on! because this is what I have been doing all summer. Excellent idea!

Have a look at this book, I really like it.

One comment

  • Have you read All The Light You Can Not see? The very best book I’ve ever read. Please let me know. I’d love to discuss it with you. It’s up there with Edgar! Xx


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