Thoughts By Natalie » book review honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Book Review: Bread & Wine Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by my dear friend Rachel Johnson, featuring a thoughtful review of Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine. Enjoy!! “My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine on it and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy. And more than anything, I hope that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table to eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.” Shauna NiequistBread & Wine Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine, was released on April 9th and I was among the first to snatch up copies—I love her books so much that I just couldn’t help myself. Shauna seems to have perfected the art of writing in vignettes—each of her books (previous works include Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet) is comprised of a variety of chapters that ...]]> 0 On Leaning In Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 On my flight home from Hawaii last weekend, I fully intended to finish our book club pick this month, East of Eden. Yet, somehow I found myself opening my Kindle to read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In—and I read it from cover to cover by the time we landed back in San Diego. Here are my favorite excerpts of the book (emphasis added)… On what equality really looks like… “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.” On what leaning in really means… “This book makes the case for leaning in, for being ambitious in any pursuit. And while I believe that increasing the number of women in positions of power is a necessary element of true equality, I do not believe that there is one definition of success or happiness. Not all women want careers. Not all women want children. Not all women want both. I would never advocate that we should all have the same objectives. Many people are not interested in acquiring power, not because they lack ambition, but because they are living their lives as they desire. Some of the most important contributions to ...]]> 1 book review: the hunger games trilogy. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:13:00 +0000 12 officially published. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:54:00 +0000 8 book review: one thousand gifts. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:03:00 +0000 6 it is safe to trust. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:00:00 +0000 0 things i don’t do. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:00:00 +0000 0 book review: hungry. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:30:00 +0000 0 book review: bittersweet Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:00:00 +0000 0 book review: unbearable lightness Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:30:00 +0000 2