POSTED: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 4:33pm

What books are you all reading at the moment?

Share what's on your bedside table....
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Celtic Owl

POSTED: Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:28pm

My Mrs. Brown

Good day ladies, I have to tell you about the sweetest book I just finished reading. My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich. It is perfect. I put it down for a few minutes and picked it up and started reading it again. Love to all, Deba


POSTED: Thu, 03/16/2017 - 8:26pm


Thanks for that suggestion.Will check at the library.


POSTED: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:19pm

Current book

"Twilight of the Belle Epoque", for book club. I read "Dawn" first and love the style it's written, the chronological order and background of France. Would highly recommend!!


POSTED: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 12:39pm


Thirty Chic Days by Fiona Ferris and The Cozy Life by Pia Edbergh.Both fit well with our current discussions and the "French"lifestyle we aspire to achieve.And on a seroius note Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.He is a good writer and his story has captured my heart.


POSTED: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 5:46pm

Jean, I entered...

...a contest to win Thirty Chic Days but did not win--darn-- so I guess I'm going to have to buy it. Is it very different from the blog posts? I just finished Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls and loved it. Now I'm in the midst of A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain and find myself laughing out loud every couple of pages. --Carol


POSTED: Fri, 10/14/2016 - 6:48pm

To answer your question...

...the book is, I believe, partly her posts from her 30 chic days on the website in the blog. I haven't checked closely...I do have the book...but I do find some repetition.


POSTED: Sun, 10/09/2016 - 9:32am

Me too

And I didn't win either.Rats.More depth I would say but the blog posts are fine.Thanks for the two book ideas.oxo


POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:57pm


Short meditations on healing, resting, solitude and being unbury offer us the please of relaxation no matter where we are. With lovely ink drawings. The author THICH NHAT HANH, one of the best known Zen teachers in the world today, has been teaching mindfulness practice for more than 70 years. He shares techniques for bringing our lives back into balance.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:38pm


seems to be so difficult for me. I am always trying to multi-task and I miss out on so much in life because of it.


POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:19pm


...is also at the heart of the FWDGF books...paying attention, slowing down, kind of finding zen with your food and the space you create around eating that food. I'm just starting to learn about mindfulness.


POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:42pm


Mindfulness is pleasure,nourishment of the body,senses and spirit.We deserve that ,each one of us.


POSTED: Fri, 03/10/2017 - 8:20pm


About how Practicing Transcendental Meditation can help us live in and appreciate the moment.


POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 2:00pm

Thank you Molly

I will look into this.oxo

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:19am

Two gems

I have found are "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan and, of course, The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo which I have used for some time now. Greenspan's book is full of wonderful yummy recipes. I have tried several and have not yet been disappointed. Also re-reading Losing it in France (along with FWDGF).


POSTED: Sun, 10/16/2016 - 1:12pm


...Little Paris Kitchen. I have Greenspan's book on my Amazon wish list. She's very well respected in the food world. I attended several of her seminars over the years at various food conferences, so glad to hear you love her book.


POSTED: Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:41am

Good Morning Sisters!

Just waved good bye to my dear friends Cindy and George.We had a marvelous couple of days together.Many postings to comment on and I will catch up,soon..Do I understand correctly that will star our re read of FWDGF on Aug.1?I am eager to get started.


POSTED: Sun, 07/24/2016 - 8:56am

When I have time...

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah. It is really interesting. I've only just started it, but it has so much about French culture and food. Being a "country girl", who has never been outside the United States, I enjoy learning more about the one place I would really love to visit some day!


POSTED: Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:17pm

Joy in reading

You can travel in your imagination and learn about so much we may never see.Suggest Frances Mayes book A Year in the World.It is a treat.


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:32am

Also reading...

The French Beauty Solution...thanks Carol for suggesting it and My Brilliant Friend...thanks Molly for suggesting it.


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:10am

Strapless by Deborah Davis

I read this again for our book club last night and it was even better the second time. The details were exquisite and reminded me how I look forward to seeing "Madame X" every time I go to the Met. The insight into John Singer Sargent's life was also enjoyable to read.


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:30am

Hi Spagirl

Adding it to my list.Thank you.

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:28pm


I was happy to see it was available at my library for a free Kindle download! I'm starting this tonight. After the week of dreadful news, and the horrid presidential race that we cannot escape from, this looks like exactly the nightcap I need.


POSTED: Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:13pm

Shall we

All re -read FWDGF together and talk about it and help each of us take good care of ourselves?


POSTED: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:05pm


Sorry for the double post! My computer got lost in lala land.


POSTED: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:04pm


Tuesday is August 1. Why don't we (all who are interested) commit to starting to re-read the book on August 1. I've been skimming through it, but it would be fun to really dig in and see what new things we can each come up with.

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:35pm

August 1... Monday, right?

August 1 is Monday, but I'm totally ready to re-read and would love to have us all read it together!


POSTED: Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:52am

So Sorry...

I looked at that danged calendar 3 times...and I work for an accountant!!! You would think I'd know dates and could read a simple calendar...in my defense it was across the room...lol. I plead old age! Monday works great for me!!


POSTED: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:03pm


Tuesday is August 1. Why don't we (all who are interested) commit to starting to re-read the book on August 1. I've been skimming through it, but it would be fun to really dig in and see what new things we can each come up with.


POSTED: Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:11pm

August 1st is Marked on my Calendar!

I am in the middle of The French Don't Diet but can multi-read :) So please count me in. That is a perfect day because I have to do my Low-Residue diet that day followed by 2 days of Clear Liquid Diet to prep for my wonderful colonoscopy on Friday. So if that doesn't get me motivated and talking with you lovelies about FWDGF nothing on this earth will :)


POSTED: Wed, 07/27/2016 - 8:37am


I am really looking forward to this recalibration with you and all our French sisters.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Me too

I can't wait to begin! It is so nice to have all of you to do this with. I need encouragement; I have lost way to much weight on the stupid Paleo diet. Hubby would like to see maybe five or six more pounds on me; he is worried I may be anorexic, but I think more orthorexic.


POSTED: Wed, 07/27/2016 - 7:48pm

Diets be damned!

They are so harmful to your body,mind and spirit.Back to basics as we start to re read that wonderful lifestyle book.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:30am

You are right Jean

they are harmful. I just don't know which way to go right now; I just posted in another place about the paleo being good for weight loss (and it is), and being a diet from nature (and it is!). I also feel diets are a bunch of bunk. HELP! I am just a confused woman right now. One moment I can be convinced of Paleo and the next I want so much to follow the French way!


POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:15am

Hi Shirley

Paleo is a diet.Short term ,guick fix for a long term concern.FWDGF is a lifestyle.That is a huge difference.A diet we go on and off of,any number of times.A lifestyle is everyday.For years I have had a weight problem.I am fat,no two,ways about it.I have Type2 Diabetes with medications that make it hard to lose weight.Yet,reading FWDGF and being with all of you,I have come to,terms with myself.I no longer hate myself for being fat.I have lost some weight and I Was thrilled but truly I am more thrilled to be at peace with myself.And FWDGF can be adapted to a Diabetes regimen.I got this way through yo-yo dieting from age eight and a poor self image.Making a lifestyle change,is a long term project.And worth every step.Take care of you.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:58am

Oh Jean!

Thank you so much. You are so right; there is a difference between a diet and a lifestyle; I knew that, but just got lost in all of the "which is the healthiest way to eat" reading/books. I am not so sure I have a "leaky gut" either; my doctor diagnosed without any tests (just the muscle testing he does) and my symptoms. I am up to my eyeballs with all of this "healthy" stuff going around. Everyone says their "diet" is the healthiest; they can't all be right! Mirelle makes so much sense. Sorry for "exploding" about this; I am just frustrated. Anyway, thank you again. XOXO


POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:22pm

Dear Shirley

Completely understand your frustration.We are overwhelmed with diet craziness.The discussion here about listening to your body ,in other threads,is spot on.We must take care if ourselves.Eat well,move more,love and laugh as much as possible.Oh and plenty of water.Vent any time you need to,my friend.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 2:52pm


Thank you my friend

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:32am

I am

re-reading French Women; I so love the advise in that book; and in Losing It in France".


POSTED: Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:32am

Agreed Jean!

I've been thinking quite a bit about our start on Monday. I hope all of us have been through enough diet failures to use our common sense here...my tendency has always been to make anything I do to get healthier into a diet. As I go along with the changes, I get more rigid and base my "good" days or "bad" days on my success in my attempt at "getting healthier". My goal this time, with you ladies here, is to try to remember that the book, while it is ever so helpful, is NOT a set of rules that are set in stone. Each of us needs to only make changes that we can realistically live with the rest of our lives. I already know, going into our reading, certain things I will not follow in the book, based on my familiarity with it. There will be new things I will want to try, as well. I would just encourage each of us to remember that as individuals, we should use our common sense and adapt what fits with our lifestyles; anything that doesn't help or fit can be left, with no worries that we are not following the "rules" and are now somehow a failure. I think the fact that all of us are back here, ready to recommit to change for the better is exciting and shows that no one is a failure...there have just been some detours in each of our paths.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:25am

Well said

We share the same tendencies; always looking for the "healthiest" diet out there and obsessing about everything I eat, trying to follow all of the "rules".....and always failing. This really sets us up for depression and low self esteem. Glad we are all doing this together; to me this is all important (having my dear sisters to encourage and enlighten).


POSTED: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 10:53am

For me too

Having all of you to share this is very important.You all help me so much.oxo


POSTED: Mon, 07/25/2016 - 3:38am

Great minds

think alike. I am rereading the book as I have been comfort eating for weeks and the pounds have piled on. I am the heaviest I have been for ages and need to do some serious recasting.


POSTED: Sun, 07/24/2016 - 10:52pm

Sounds grand!

I have been skimming it this past week. I am beginning to cut back on portion sizes and eating more fruit with yogurt.


POSTED: Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:44pm

Let's do it

I just skimmed it a couple of weeks ago, but I'm ready to read it again. I seem to find something new in the book every time I look through it. It'd be fun to share those things.--Carol

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:27pm

Love this idea!

I'll be sure to follow this thread and see if others are interested and when to start.


POSTED: Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:39am


Since I'm having a week off next week due to surgery, I'm looking forward to re-reading FWDGF...all of them, and starting to get my mindset back where I want it. Not looking foward to the surgery, but looking forward to the relaxing time.


POSTED: Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:43am


That is not fun.Sending you healing energy.oxo

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:53am

At the moment

I am finishing up Losing It In France by Sally Asher. Very good read. Enjoyed it very much


POSTED: Mon, 07/04/2016 - 9:01pm

Maisie Dobbs

Captured by this character and her adventures as an investigator .Author Jacqueline Winspear.


POSTED: Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:41am


How was the library trip ? Enjoying the summer reads here..


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