VIPcats…2013 marks a feline apotheosis, in which cats are writing books, dazzling fans at SXSW, starring in TV shows, and appearing on the covers of magazines…as well as in the new, improved Monopoly game.
Round-up for Books of Style of three counter-intuitive new motivational books to aid in confronting the New Year head on—“The Beauty Experiment,” by Phoebe Baker Hyde, “Wheat Belly Cookbook,” by Dr. William Davis; and “Making Habits, Breaking Habits,” by Jeremy Dean.
Holiday round-up of fun, fashionable, festive, and fiendish (i.e., the newly released collection of “Golden Age” murder mysteries by Dorothy L Sayers) reading for the gifting season.
Books of Style column on “Heels on Wheels,” by Katie Dailey (illustrated by Clare Owen), a guide to the history of women and bicycling that lays out new trends that make the pastime both safer and more alluring. Includes mention of a New York woman-owned business called “Vespertine,” which produces a line of attractive safety accessories for night cyclistes.
Books of Style column on the October book “INCOMPARABLE: Women of Style,” a gatherum of arresting photos by Rose Hartman of iconic women on the New York scene-from the 1970s to now.
Essayistic Books of Style column about three slim, glossy Playboy pinup collections (Chronicle)—“Blondes,” “Brunettes” and “Redheads” —nostalgic gatherums of photos of American women from the Cadillac era. Contrasted with a Hollywood coffee-table book by Jean-Louis Ginibre called LADIES OR GENTLEMEN? (Filipacchi) which focused on male cross-dressing in the movies.
Books of Style column on “Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us,” by Rachelle Goldstein.
Vive la France—my Books of Style review of two idiosyncratic Francophile books (and no, not the obvious two you’ve heard of already) by stylish bloggeurs… “Lessons from Madame Chic,” by Jennifer L. Scott; and “Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities”, by Vahram Muratyan.
Combined review of Sally Bedell Smith’s thorough, entertaining and illuminating new biography “Elizabeth the Queen;” and Philip Eade’s fascinating biography of Prince Philip, focused on his family background (his European grandfather had the throne of Greece thrust upon him) and his surprisingly tumultous early life.
Holiday round-up of nine terrific and stylish gift books—on Lady Almina of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey precursor); Lady Gaga; Holly Golightly; Lego’s, Mad® Fold-Ins, Bitters, Legos, beer, The Hare with Amber Eyes, and How to Be a Man.