Read Your Heart Out: Katharine Keegan
Written recommendations by Katharine Keegan.
The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams
"This 'cookbook' is the cream of the crop, and is a blend of perfect food and lifestyle aesthetics, as is all of what Kinfolk produces. These recipes and pictures are everything you want your dinner party to be, so turn off that fluorescent kitchen lighting and gather all the mismatched candles you have when you try the fresh takes on these recipes. Chosen by 45 different different 'tastemakers,' this book becomes less of a cookbook and more of an unconventional profiling of each person and highlights their 3 favorite recipes. It's essentially a beautiful, intimate look at how food brings people together."
Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
"The first guy to drop everything, live in a cabin and document it, Thoreau was the most poetic 'weird bearded guy in the woods.' Every chapter in Walden is a love letter to nature and a guide to self-discovery through simplistic living. Minimalism as we know it is having a very sparsely decorated all-white apartment, but until you spend two years, two months and two days in a cabin you built in Ralph Waldo Emerson's woods, then you can't really compete."
Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
"We can't all build a cabin in the woods. However, we can give our living spaces a little TLC with a Pinner's favorite thing: DIY decorating. Design Sponge has left the interweb and come to fruition as an actual book. (One that you can then put on that amazing coffee table you refurbished.) I never feel better than after adding a fresh, new twist to my apartment."
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
"Here comes the fiction. Orlando is probably one of the most confusing and wonderful texts I have ever read. A creative take on a 'semi-biography,' it is, in part, a documentation of Woolf's lover's life. Orlando, born a man in the reign of Elizabeth I at the beginning of the novel, ends the novel as a female author in 1928. What? Yeah, I know. As the body and the year changes, the person that Orlando is never changes. Orlando journeys through the centuries and gets tossed this way and that, only to come out the other end wholly him/herself."
"Fresh starts are ageless, so when I suggest the ancient texts by Rumi, you can trust that the truth and beauty of his words have stood the test of time. I will always remember the first Rumi poem I read and how it felt like I was brimming over with enthusiasm and hope. Having his essential poems is... well, essential."