Thanksgiving vacation at my house is pretty low key. By 8 o'clock we're usually gathered around the TV debating what to watch on Netflix. With six of us, deciding can be the biggest battle, but despite our differences we have found several movies that we all enjoy. Popular choices have included Somm, The Short Game and Burt's Buzz. This year everyone fell in love with Spinning Plates, the tale of three different restaurants in three different parts of the country. You don't have to be a major foodie to appreciate the heart, soul and determination that goes into running a restaurant. If this doesn't have you trying to book yourself a table at Alinea, I don't know what will.
After a long day at work, I'm too burned out to read something heavy before bed. Andy Cohen's newest book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year was the perfect bedtime story. I've always watched his show (on DVR after work...lame!) and loved his last book. His fun-loving personality translates to the page once again in this diary format which is full of name dropping and party hopping. Normally both of those things would annoy me, but Andy is just so charming you can't help but wish you'd been along for the ride.
Speaking of diaries, Cohen got his inspiration from The Andy Warhol Diaries which was originally published in the eighties. In honor of it's 25th Anniversary, it has been rereleased. The cover alone is reason enough to buy it, but I'm also dying to dive into the history of art and pop-culture that took place at his famous Factory. Like Cohen, Warhol was known for rubbing elbows with celebrities and keeping busy on the social circuit. He himself said, "I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs." Sounds like the perfect diary.
I have idolized Nora Ephron's writing ever since When Harry Met Sally. I've read several of her books including I Remember Nothing and I Feel Bad About My Neck and my mom and I were lucky enough to see Love, Loss and What I Wore on Broadway. However it wasn't until I was reading Amy Poehler's book that I heard about Heartburn. In fact, I downloaded it on my Kindle without reading a summary and for the first 30 pages naively thought it was another memoir. Spoiler alert, it's not. It is however, a fantastic and fairly short novel written in Ephron's witty and observant voice. Despite the fact that it's about a divorce, the book is a light read that reignited my love for Ephron. I'm going to try and read Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media over Christmas.