Good morning from Brooklyn! I’m here for an event with Real Simple (involving books!) and am enjoying walking ALL THE MILES in a city I love. Grateful that today I’m doing it in flats instead of yesterday’s heels. If you have any can’t-miss recs share them on this Instagram post? Thank you!
This post is sponsored by Prep Dish.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Colson Whitehead’s next novel tackles life under Jim Crow. “His friend Turner, a street-savvy orphan, thinks Elwood’s idealism is misguided and hopelessly naïve. Their diverging views drive the plot, leading to a decision that has profound consequences.”
• An enemy of envy. Love this from Austin Kleon because first, it’s so wise, and second, he quotes one of my very favorite snarky poems. Scroll down, it’s the one by Clive James.
• Cracked fairy tales and the Holocaust. “I am confused. The paintings don’t bring me any hope. They weren’t meant to give me hope. They were meant to save Bruno Schulz’s life.”
• An anxiety trick. “Although I’ll always still worry, I love the idea of trying to ignore late-night anxiety — or at least not launching into a deep discussion at bedtime.”
Check meal planning off your to-do list:
Today I’m sharing an offer with a partner I love: For the next two weeks, Modern Mrs. Darcy readers can get two weeks of Prep Dish for FREE to give it a try and see if it works for you!
Every month, Prep Dish founder Allison sends members weekly meal plans (Your choice: gluten-free or paleo; we do paleo.) with a shopping list (I love the way Allison lays out these lists!) and directions for how to spend a few hours prepping the week’s meals. Then you roll into the week with a fridge full of easy-to-finish dinners you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Fall is a great time to get started with Prep Dish. The start of a new school year and fall sports (plus book tour) push me off routine and leave me scrambling and frustrated when it’s time to start dinner. But Allison’s easy-to-follow plans for healthy, tasty meals bring your dinners the routine they need to get you through whatever this busy season holds.
Book tour is over. Thank you so much to all the readers and bookstores that welcomed me along the way! I still have a few more events coming up this fall in Nashville, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Frankfort for the Kentucky Book Festival. All details are on my events page. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 10 excellent fall nonfiction reads. The fall always has a good crop of new releases, but last year brought a lot of great nonfiction.
Two years ago: Announcing the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. The book club turns 2 today!
Three years ago: 4 strategies I originally dismissed as too “out there” that have significantly helped me (and my loved ones) manage anxiety. “But in the past year I’ve tried—or had a front row seat to someone else trying—a handful of proactive things that definitely sounded ‘out there’ to me, but have yielded dramatic improvements.”
Four years ago: It happens when you’re not looking. “One of my mom’s rules of life is that you can’t force a shopping trip: great dresses stubbornly appear only when you don’t need them. You have to buy them anyway, because when the time comes when you actually need one you won’t be able to find one in the racks.”
Five years ago: The “secret” society all women deserve to discover. “Somehow being the owner and occupant of a woman’s body for twenty-something years hadn’t provided me with the clear knowledge I found here.”
Six years ago: My go-to shopping strategy (and how it’s backfiring on me at the moment). “Through trial and error, I’ve figured out a couple of shopping strategies that work for me.”
Have a great weekend!