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BIBLIOTAPH... Publisher's Picks

Compiled by Victoria Chase


Dave Mahanes, Publisher

Sophisticated Living Nashville

I plan on reading The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson. Ever since my Dad brought home Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band when it came out, the Beatles have been my favorite recording artist. I started playing guitar six months after that and still do. I’ve read many books about the Beatles, but

never one that focused on the last tragic days of John Lennon. I remember learning of his death that night in Cambridge Inn at Duke. It’s a must read from me; James Patterson’s not too shabby either.

James Patterson—The

Last Days of John Lennon—paperback, Little, Brown and Company

Melissa Mahanes, Editor-In-Chief

Sophisticated Living Nashville

Ina Garten’s 12th Cookbook does not disappoint! I am enjoying making some

new dishes-comfort food is key this time of year!

Ina Garten—Modern

Comfort Food— hardcover, 256 pages, Ten Speed Press.

I am a huge fan of the Royals and their fashion choices! Especially fun to peruse since we are binge-watching the new season of The Crown.

Elizabeth Holmes—HRH:

So Many Thoughts on Royal Style— hardcover, 336 pages, Celadon Books

Amelia Jeffers, Publisher

Sophisticated Living Columbus

Working internationally

as an auctioneer and appraiser for 20+ years, I know many of the characters and

objects referenced in Objects of Desire. Re-reading it has the effect of attending a

family reunion - reminding me of people and events who are no longer active. It is

a great read for anyone interested in understanding the high stakes world of art and antiques.

Thatcher Freund—Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them— Paperback, 304 pages, Penguin Books

Jeffrey Cohen, Editor-In-Chief

Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

I just started this memoir, which tells the story of the beloved house in New Orleans where the author and her family lived for decades. This is not an account of affluence, rather it’s the story of a family of 11 siblings and their single mother, who managed, at the age of 19, to buy a home in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods that became a haven for them, despite the inevitable grind and decay of poverty, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed all that they held dear. Hailed as a masterpiece of history, politics, sociology and memory, it’s a must-read for me, as a New Orleans native.

Sarah M. Broom—The Yellow House: A Memoir— hardcover, 304 pages, Grove Press

Craig Kaminer, Publisher

Sophisticated Living St. Louis

Every now and then a book comes along which combines my general interest in business, reminders of my own career, my personal life experiences and one of the great brands I admire most. Leonard Lauder is one of the great stories of the beauty business and My Life in Beauty offers keen insights on honing ambition, leveraging success, learning from mistakes, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition. This is a great read by the fire, on a beach or wherever you will take refuge this winter.

Leonard Lauder—The Company I Keep: My Life In Beauty —hardcover, 432 pages, Harper Business


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