Whether I'm hopping the subway or flying across country, a great tote bag and engrossing reading material are essentials. Here are my fabulous finds!
Looking good and making a difference is easy breezy with this stylish tote from FEED. A collaboration with designer Rachel Roy, the purchase of each bag provides 100 school meals to children in India. The bags are 100% cotton and handmade by Indian artisans. $78
Court of the Myrtles
Author Lois Cahall draws from her own life experiences in this moving work of fiction about the enduring power of love in the midst of grief. Court of the Myrtles ($11.99) focuses on two women who meet every Friday morning in a cemetery. One is grieving over the tragic and early death of her mother and the other is mourning the loss of her daughter. The older women guides the younger woman through the stages of grief and shows her that miracles do happen. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a love one will be touched by this beautifully written book that takes the reader on an emotional journey. I confess to shedding a few tears. The title, Court of the Myrtles, refers to the famous outdoor patio at the Alhambra in Spain.
Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage
What could possibly go wrong when an American woman and her British husband decide to buy a 200-year old cottage in the Cotswolds? If you've ever fantasized about giving up city life for the bucolic pleasures of the British countryside, Jennifer Richardson's Americashire: A Field Guide to Marriage ($15.95) will show you that country life brings drama cloaked in corduroy and tweed. Part memoir and part travelogue, the book is interspersed with field guides to narrative-related Cotswold walks. The book also explores Jennifer's ambivalence about motherhood and dealing with illness.