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On My Nightstand

September 18th, 2014

On My Nightstand | Camille StylesI might say this with the arrival of every new season, but seems to me that there’s no better time to stash a crop of new books on your nightstand than the cozy nights of early fall. Although the temp here in Austin is still hitting 90 degrees on some days, the tiniest hint at cooler weather has got me in full-on nesting mode. This week I stocked up on winter squash at the farmer’s market, switched out my jasmine-scented candle with this pumpkin soufflé one, and filled my iPad with the reads below. Can’t wait to dig into each of them, and I’d love to hear about any books you guys would recommend – I’m always looking to add to next month’s list!

Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys, by Peter Evans. How did I miss the memo when this book was released a few years ago? So excited that it’s my book club’s current selection, as it sounds like the perfect juicy read to hunker down with under the covers with a bowl of popcorn. If you’re fascinated by all things Kennedy (me), the title says it all.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. They had me at “How to Be Parisian.” Written by four friends, all of them bohemian Parisian It-Girls, this book approaches the French mystique with lightheartedness, humor, and a major dose of cool. Can’t wait to unlock their “secrets” to viewing style, beauty, culture, attitude and men like a true Parisian.

Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham. I’m not the only one counting down the days until Lena Dunham’s collection of personal essays hits shelves. Whether you’re a fangirl or not, there’s no denying that Dunham has accomplished an incredible amount during her 28 years, and based on the reviews, it sounds like her writing is as brimming with creativity and hilarity as one would imagine.

The Fat Radish, by Ben Towill, Phil Winser, Nick Wilber, Julia Turschen. I’m pinching myself at the prospect of actually being able to recreate favorite dishes from this iconic veggie-centric NYC restaurant at home. I have a feeling that its recipes will play a starring role in every dinner party I host between now and the holidays!

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.

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6 Comments under :: On My Nightstand
  1. i’m such a sucker for books about all thinks parisian, so definitely will be picking that up!

  2. Wow thanks for the recommendations! “Not That Kind of Girl” sounds like a great book to read! I might have to pick it up myself.
    Thanks for sharing,
    -Sayeh, The Office Stylist
    http://www.TheOfficeStylist.com

  3. I read Nemesis years ago and loved it. I am fascinated with both Maria Callas and the Kennedys, but didn’t know very much about Onassis going in & this book filled in some of the gaps.

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  5. Gabriella says:

    Hi Camille! In retrospect, are there any books from your on-my-nightstand-collection that you afterwards found to be not so worth a read after all? As you haven’t read some/most of the selection when you let us in on what’s on your current reading list, I’d be curious to know! Also, do you read all/some of these at the same time? I used to be able to read several books at once when I was in my teens, but I can’t seem to do that anymore these days.. Hat off to you! 🙂

    • hmm, that’s a good question! I usually have a couple of them going at once, although so often I have a magazine or cookbook thrown in there which mixes it up a bit. Like you, I typically only read one novel or memoir at a time, often because I become so engrossed I don’t want to put it down! As for not loving the book once I started reading… Last month, I ended up not being as big a fan of #Girlboss as I’d hoped (I have huge respect for the author, but it seemed to be directed at a slightly more juvenile audience), and back in January, I could only get halfway through Peony in Love before losing interest. They can’t all be winners, I suppose!

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