Whether your entertainment is brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner or dessert, an amusing romp through the rules—traditional and new for the way we live now. With descriptions of memorable occasions, cartoons and laugh out loud quotes, it also appeals to armchair party-throwers. But make no mistake, it is packed with information, including tips, short cuts, inspirations, rules of thumb on quantities, and recipes.
“Captures the spirit of adventure in two young women. Thomson will seduce you with her unique storytelling skill and her ability to allow her characters to speak straight to the hearts of readers. Deeply moving and hugely entertaining.”
—Readers' Favorite (5 stars)
“Thomson’s deft depictions of the deserts, the cities, and the cultural ways of the people resonate with truth. The loves are sensuous, the dangers are real. Anyone who has ever traveled abroad will readily identify with Sirrine and Jean.”
“Sumptuous and expertly written, Dreaming of Oranges is an exotic tale, fueled by intelligence and wit, with all the romance of Casablanca and all the spirit of the modern woman who dares to live life on her own terms.”
—Sarah Haberman, Executive Director, The Moth
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Two young women, fresh out of an exclusive college in Westchester, thumb their noses at the conventions of marriage and middle class life to seek adventure. It is 1961. Inspired by Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, armed with charm, good looks and wit, they set off on a journey to the Middle East and find more than they bargained for.
I enjoyed it on so many levels—great writing, wonderful humor, good pace, perfect length, edgy but sufficiently encouraging that I’m ready to throw a party. You may have a new classic on your hands!
Creating a house, an environment, a way of life gives me a feeling of fulfillment. Over the years I’ve always shared my home with my family and my friends, who also invite me. So finding new ways and new gifts and new recipes for entertaining houseguests makes this book truly a goldmine.
—Candy Pratts Price
Etiquette fun? Funny? Yes! For the novice as well as the battle-scarred. Bad behavior, mischievous to murderous, is skewered in The Wrong Fork. “The Man Who Came to Dinner” turns the household upside down, orders everyone around and shows no sign of ever leaving. Another offers “all the tiny jam jars, plastic shower caps, and shoeshine cloths from hotels along her way” as gifts. Archetypes range from The Stalker to The Muncher, house parties from the quirks of an Irish castle to upheaval in an Umbrian farmhouse and Thanksgiving in coal country West Virginia. With tips, quips, witty quotes and cartoons, information, including gift ideas, first aid checklist, how and when to wine and dine your host, easy recipes, and what it takes to be an Airbnb Superhost.
Peggy Healy is Vice President, Corporate Communications and Special Events, Jet Set Candy, a travel-centric jewelry company based in Manhattan. Co-author of the highly successful Salute to Italy Celebrity Cookbook, she has been a contributing editor of Dallas Home and Garden and is a former operating vice president of Bloomingdale’s.
Marcelline Thomson, a writer, was formerly a Managing Director of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, a leading New York corporate and financial public relations firm. She has ghost written a memoir for a prominent CEO, among other free lance projects.