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Gretchen Craft Rubin is an American author, blogger and speaker.
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The Office BFFs
Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There
Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey - 2022-05-17
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Get an insiders' view of Pam and Angela's unforgettable friendship in "The Office BFFs". This richly illustrated celebration, featuring never-before-seen photos, takes you behind-the-scenes of the hit series and shares exclusive stories on the making of milestone episodes. Join beloved The Office co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey on their journey from strangers to BFFs, and learn how their lives changed when they became moms. Fans of the warm and friendly tone of the Office Ladies podcast won't want to miss this intimate tribute to Pam Beesly, Angela Martin, and the iconic characters of The Office.
Gretchen Rubin
Can’t wait to talk about the terrific book “The Office BFFs” on the “Happier” podcast. I’m a huge fan of the TV show “The Office,” and this book is such a fun look behind the scenes, and a lovely story of friendship between @jennafischer and @AngelaKinsey Send in your questions!      source
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All-of-a-Kind Family
Sydney Taylor - 2005-08-23 (first published in 1951)
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Experience life in New York City during the turn of the century through the eyes of the All-of-a-Kind Family. Follow the adventures of five sisters as they search for hidden treasures and visit with peddlers. These girls do everything together and love holidays and surprises. But when the biggest surprise of all comes their way, they must band together like never before.
Gretchen Rubin
I often talk about my love of children’s literature and young-adult literature. One of my favorite children's books is the wonderful 1951 novel by Sydney Taylor, "All-of-a-Kind Family."      source
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The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Wine Expert
Take a Whiff of That
Richard Betts, Wendy MacNaughton - 2013-10-15
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Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah ...
Gretchen Rubin
I was delighted to come across Richard Betts’s board book “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.” He has a book for whiskey, too. How fun! I’m not much of a wine or whiskey lover, but I do love scratch-n-sniff. How about you?      source
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[Pat the Bunny
Touch n Feel] [by
Dorothy Kunhardt
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This small book is spiral bound....
Gretchen Rubin
My research on the five senses made me realize something: one of my very favorite baby books, Dorothy Kunhardt’s classic "Pat the Bunny," has been in print for more than eighty years because of its appeal to all five senses. Do you love "Pat the Bunny"?      source
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The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster - 1996-01-01 (first published in 1961)
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Embark on a whimsical adventure in the Lands Beyond with Milo, a bored young boy who discovers a mysterious tollbooth in his room. Journey to the Island of Conclusions, learn about time from a ticking watchdog, and even embark on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. With humor and warmth, this classic story celebrates the wonder and excitement of life.
Gretchen Rubin
In honor of Norton Juster, who just died, I pulled his masterpiece “The Phantom Tollbooth” off the shelf to re-read. My friend @magiciansbook wrote a great piece about why this book is so unforgettable:      source
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The Seven Silly Eaters
Mary Ann Hoberman - 2000-08-01 (first published in 1997)
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"Mealtime madness ensues when a mother tries to please her seven children’s unusual food requests in this hilarious rhyming tale. From milk to homemade lemonade, each child has their own unique craving, making dinnertime a challenge. But when it comes to celebrating birthdays, the family learns a valuable lesson about the importance of compromise. A must-read for parents and children alike!"
Gretchen Rubin
What are some of your favorite picture books? Off the top of my head, I’d say “Seven Silly Eaters,” “Snowy Day,” “Corduroy”... too many to choose! I appreciated this thoughtful piece by my friend @PamelaPaulNYT about the artistry of picture books:      source
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The Snowy Day
50th Anniversary Edition
Ezra Jack Keats - 1976-10-28 (first published in 1962)
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This heartwarming classic tells the story of a little boy named Peter, who ventures out into the snowy wonderland outside his house. Originally published in 1962, The Snowy Day features a pioneering portrayal of an African-American child, making it a highly influential piece of children's literature. With its charming story and artwork, this beloved book won the Caldecott Medal and has continued to capture the hearts of readers for decades. Celebrate its 50th anniversary with this special edition featuring eight extra pages!
Gretchen Rubin
What are some of your favorite picture books? Off the top of my head, I’d say “Seven Silly Eaters,” “Snowy Day,” “Corduroy”... too many to choose! I appreciated this thoughtful piece by my friend @PamelaPaulNYT about the artistry of picture books:      source
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Don Freeman - 1968-03-11
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A teddy bear named Corduroy goes on an adventure to find his missing button in a department store after hours, mistaking an elevator for a mountain and the furniture section for a palace. The night watchman finds him and puts him back on the shelf, but the next day, Corduroy is bought by a little girl named Lisa, who takes him home to be her friend. A heartwarming tale for ages 3-8 that's sure to become a beloved bedtime story.
Gretchen Rubin
What are some of your favorite picture books? Off the top of my head, I’d say “Seven Silly Eaters,” “Snowy Day,” “Corduroy”... too many to choose! I appreciated this thoughtful piece by my friend @PamelaPaulNYT about the artistry of picture books:      source
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The Physiology of Taste
Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy (Vintage Classics)
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin - 1978-01-01 (first published in 1825)
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Discover a historical, philosophical, and epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes on everything gastronomical. This classic book, continuously in print since 1825, is the most famous book about food ever written. Learn about culinary matters that still resonate today, from the rise of the destination restaurant to matters of diet and weight. The editor's brilliant and amusing commentary makes it a delightful and hilarious read.
Gretchen Rubin
"The Physiology of Taste" is an odd, fascinating, delightful book of observations on food, written in 1825. Here are twenty of my favorite aphorisms from the book. Which one is your favorite?      source
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The life in the studio
Nancy Hale - 1969-01-01
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Discover the fascinating life inside the studio of American Impressionist painters, as told through the eyes of Nancy Hale. This paperback, published by Avon Books in 1980, offers a unique perspective on the creative process and family dynamics of two celebrated artists.
Gretchen Rubin
I read an interesting book this week, "The Life in the Studio," by Nancy Hale, about growing up with two artist parents. On one of my daily visits to the @metmuseum, I visited the painting "Celia's Arbor" by Hale's mother, Lilian Westcott Hale.      source
K-pop Confidential by Stephan Lee
The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Body by Bill Bryson
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Hunger by Roxane Gay
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead
The Informed Air by Muriel Spark
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Practical Wisdom for Parents by Nancy Schulman
The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Mom, They're Teasing Me by Michael Thompson
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Essays by George Orwell
Best Friends, Worst Enemies by Michael Thompson
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel
Charlotte's Web by E. B White
Tales of Magic Boxed Set by Edward Eager
Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson
Holes by Louis Sachar
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung
The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander