It's already the last week of the month! Can you believe it? We're making the most of September's end by enjoying What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Daniel Mark Epstein, The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories and Recipes by Natalie Eve Garrett, and Wife by Tiphanie Yanique.More
What My Lips Have Kissed, a biography of the early 20th century poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, puts 50 Shades of Grey to shame. Her poetry was formal at times, but her life as a rowdy bisexual refusing to conform to the mores of her time was anything but. Damn, I love literary gossip.
Do you like eating? Do you like whimsical, beautifully-illustrated recipes written by your favorite novelists, cartoonists and other creative geniuses? Then my friend Natalie Eve Garrett's The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook is for you. Each recipe is a peek inside that particular artist's life and work, and many of the entries have lyrical titles (e.g. Francesca Lia Block's "How to Fall in Love" which is a recipe for baked salmon, butternut squash soup, apple betty and a kale smoothie told through a prose poem.) In addition to being a delightful read, it's pretty enough to sit atop your coffee table, inviting guests to flip through and imagine eating a meal with Julia Alvarez or Edwidge Danticat.