Three books I am looking forward to reading are Joan Didion’s South and West, Lauren Eklin’s Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London and Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel’s We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. All are available for pre-order for end of month delivery on Barnes & Noble (or better yet, your local independent book store); and I thought about posting this closer to their launch date but who couldn’t use something to look forward to these days?
Joan Didion is my role model—there is a lot of insight and steely will packed into her mind and tiny frame, so this new book which consists of her never-before published notebook musings, is a must. Actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel’s book, We, is written as an inspirational and practical guide for change. I wish I could get my hands on a promo copy (Simon & Schuster are you listening?), because I am interested to hear their thoughts. And finally I saw Lauren Elkin’s book, Flâneuse, on T magazine blog. A Flâneur (the male equivalent and where the term began) was basically a 19th century dandy, a man who would dress up in his finest and stroll the streets. Elkin’s book is a personal memoir and historical look at women—from Virginia Wolf to Patti Smith, who for her, define the idea of Flâneuse. I love the idea of dressing smartly and going for a walk around town. I also whole-heartedly approve of decorum and civility, because good manners usually come hand-in-hand with those concepts. The world could use all three right now. Plus more inspired women!