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On My Nightstand

February 24th, 2014

On My Nightstand | Camille StylesWe got back from Miami last night, and while traveling is usually the time when I make loads of progress in the books I have going, let’s just say that when you have an 18-month-old in tow, things are a little different. “Downtime” typically doesn’t even make an appearance! Towards the last half of our flight, Phoebe finally crashed in my arms, and I ever-so-gently switched my iPad from Elmo’s World to iBooks, digging into This Is Not the Story You Think It Is for a blissful 60 minutes. This month’s selections include a brilliant new fashion mag, a cookbook that’s getting me excited to try out some new recipes this week, a heartbreaking yet empowering memoir, and an interiors tome that is inspiring me to make a few tweaks around the house for spring. Here’s what’s currently on my nightstand, and I’d love to hear about any books you guys would recommend – I’m always looking to add to next month’s list!

Porter. After scooping up this brand new glossy mag created by luxury retailer Net-A-Porter at the airport the other day, I found myself instantly hooked. Sure, it boasts its fair share of unattainably high-end fashion, but the voice manages to be inspiring rather than intimidating, as well as chock full of well-written lifestyle pieces aimed at the modern, intelligent woman.

The Inspired Home, by Karen Lehrman Bloch. As one who finds myself magnetically drawn to interiors that are calming, serene and balanced, I knew upon first glance that The Inspired Home would become a new favorite. Stepping inside 25 gorgeous homes around the world, including those owned by Vicente Wolf, Donna Karan and Alberta Ferretti, the reader is taken on a sensory journey of stunning photographs and simple, applicable design principles.

This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, by Laura Munson. This diary-style memoir chronicles a rocky period in Munson’s marriage, but from where I am at the halfway point, I’m discovering it focuses as much on her inner peace-finding journey as it does on her relationship with her husband. In the midst of incredible sorrow, the author learns the real meaning of inner serenity and the power of positivity.

One Good Dish, by David Tanis. After reading an Alice Waters biography several years ago, I became obsessed with all things Chez Panisse — including a handful of the great chefs who honed their craft there like David Tanis. As a New York Times food columnist and author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, Tanis has developed a style all his own that embraces the less-is-more, simple and seasonal ethos that Waters pioneered. This book is full of no-fuss but inspired dishes that can stand alone as a satisfying meal for one or for a crowd, and I think it’s going to prove an irreplaceable addition to my cookbook shelves.

Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand.

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  1. Kelly V says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Munson book! Such a testament to not throwing in the towel when times get tough!

  2. one good dish looks absolutely lovely!

  3. Molly Kendrick says:

    Oh my gosh. I’m still obsessed with This Is Not The Story You Think It Is.

  4. Wendy says:

    Just finished the Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. So. Good. Also reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

  5. I picked up Porter at the airport last week and loved it! So refreshing!

  6. […] And of course, if you can only order one book this month, make it this one!!! (sorry, couldn’t help myself.) For tons of other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand. […]

  7. […] featured image via adc/rex usa This month’s On My Nightstand picks range from a guidebook on home organization to a memoir from a fashion icon to a novel on finding your soulmate to fun projects to explore with your kids. It’s a diverse list, to be sure. As it starts to get cold, this is the time I find myself wanting to stay in bed a little later on the weekend, devouring a great book and spending extra time at home. Hope you enjoy this month’s selections, and as always, I’d love to hear what books you’re loving right now! The Woman I Wanted To Be, by Diane Von Furstenberg. Fashion icon, Von Furstenberg has written a memoir exploring her extraordinary life. The woman who designed a universally flattering dress shares the details on everything from her childhood to raising her children and establishing an iconic brand. I can’t wait to dive into this incredible woman’s life. Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids, by Merrilee Liddiard. This beautiful, colorful book is ripe with projects for me to share with Phoebe! With ideas that are approachable and inspirational, Merrilee Lillard has crafter a book appropriate for kids of all ages. With an emphasis on repurposed materials, it’s great for you… and every bit as fun for your little one. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. I love reading fiction that transports you into another person’s world, and this book that explores a socially inept genetics professor’s search for love certainly meets the criteria. With strict rules on what his future mate must and must not do, it’s a story that proves we can’t always control who we love and our innate desire for human connection. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , by Mare Kondo.  The author’s tokyo- based organizing business strives to help her clients not only organize their offices, but also their entire lives, from the inside out. Kondo encourages serenity by cutting down on the clutter, and I can’t wait for the inevitable inspiration that will follow the sage advice from the woman that the Times calls ” Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.” For tons of other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand. […]

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