• Read Your Heart Out: Janet Morales & Stu Eli

    For this series, we've been reaching out to some of our favorite people to ask for themed book suggestions. We then make those books available for you to purchase online. Easy! What better way to get to know some authors you might have overlooked?

    This month, we spoke to Janet Morales and Stu Eli, the talented husband/wife team behind the perfectly curated Three Potato Four. With their adorable family, and a store filled with amazing vintage finds, we thought they'd be the people to ask for their favorite books to cozy up to.

    Janet and Stu's choices:

    Welcome to the Monkey House
    This is one of our favorite collections of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut published in the 1950s and '60s. We first read it in high school and still feel nostalgic each time we get a chance to re-read it. Each story is a commentary on society's ills, and explains some part of humanity - the good and the bad. His stories and observations on life are intense, strange and moving. We love the story Harrison Bergeron.

    Dear Photograph
    We come across thousands of old photographs in our buying trips for the shop and always like to imagine the story of the faces captured in them. Each page in this book (which started first as a blog) takes an original old snapshot and lines them up with their current present-day setting. Dear Photograph lets us see the past set against the present and with the passing of time the nostalgic warm memories each photo gives us.

    Sometimes on a cold winter night, we like to read a book that takes us to an imaginary world. Wildwood does just that with a story so wonderfully written and illustrations so detailed you'll easily be transported into a secret forest of wonder, danger and adventure. Written by Colin Meloy from The Decemberists and beautifully illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis, it follows a girl named Prue and her journey to find her lost brother.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    This is a favorite classic of ours that tells the story of a young girl named Francie growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1900s. It's one of those books that stays with you - about the struggles of life, the complexities of people and determination to carry on and see the positive through the most difficult times. One of our favorite quotes is from this book: "They lived comfortably and it was a good life they had…happy and full of small adventures."