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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you. We’re still dealing with sickness at my house (ugh) but I hope to go for a long run, keep (re)-reading this book, and get ready for a last-minute work trip to NYC. I’ve never been in the winter: if you have any recommendations for things I should do or see or eat, please tell me in comments!

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  • I just got a new pair of these favorite jeans (after wearing them 200+ times and putting a hole in them where a hole doesn’t belong).

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Have a great weekend!


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  1. Diane Levin says:

    Anne are you going to have time for any meet-ups in NYC? I bet I’m not your only fan who would love that! In what neighborhood are you looking for suggestions?

      • Anne says:

        My schedule is PACKED next week but I have good news: the full book tour schedule is coming to the blog on Monday but I’ll tell you right now that I’m coming to The Strand (!!!) the evening of Friday March 6! It’s not yet on their events page as we just sent the final copy but it will be very soon.

        • Annie McCloskey says:

          Yeah! Great to hear, I will finally meet you in person! If you have the time (since you are a coffee fan) try to get to the Starbucks roastery right next door to Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market and the High Line are great as well. Three Lives bookstore is a tiny undiscovered gem. Safe travels, Anne!

    • Debbie Ball says:

      Don’t know what u have to do but I love the Marriott in the theatre district. And b prepared for flight delays and surprise snow 😢

  2. Eileen says:

    While in NYC definitely try to get to Serendipity and have their Frozen Hot Chocolate! It is unbelievable, but huge, so share if you can!

  3. Amy says:

    Go see To Kill A Mockingbird on stage. My 16 year old and I saw it in NY over the summer while on vacation and loved it! Hope you all mend cozy and well this weekend.

  4. Candace H says:

    Just took our kids to NYC for their first time (and had been years since I had been). I loved Bryant Park and the Holiday Shops by the skating rink (shops were closing but think ice rink stays?) and of course is right across street from NYPL 😉. One of our favorite meals was at Eataly (we ate at one in the Oculus – Westfield mall at WTC).

  5. Janean says:

    Post some NYC photos or stories if you can, so we can vicariously join you! Christmas/winter in NYC is on my bucket list! Skating in Central Park, department store windows, bookstores 😍 Enjoy!

  6. Suzanne C says:

    Thank you for that list of parlor games! My 13-year-old niece was just complaining about running out of things to do at a slumber party with her friends over the holidays. Bet we won’t have that problem next time!

  7. Michelle says:

    I read and enjoyed “Gorge.” I love reading about mountaineering adventures and a life goal of mine has been to climb Kilimanjaro despite being plus sized. Can’t wait to see the film adaptation!

  8. Jennie says:

    How is it that The Shellseekers is such a ‘must read again’ favorite. I’ve read two (or three?) times, and just recently added it to my Kindle for another go around!

  9. Shawntaye says:

    If you can squeeze in ONE SHOW. Just one. Make it Hadestown. It is brilliant and poetic and mesmerizing. I didn’t want it to end.

  10. Jamie Leahy says:

    I was in NYC in the fall and a great place to go is Bar Sixty-Five at the 30 Rockefeller Plaza building. It’s open late and is perfect for a drink with a view that is unbelievable! Located on the 65th Floor and free except for the drinks. Enjoy!

  11. Lesley in OR says:

    It’s been years since I visited New York, but my favorite hotel is The Peninsula. Great location and wonderful rooms and staff. My daughter has put together a travel guide for NYC that might give you some ideas for places to stay, where to eat, where to shop and what to see. Have a great trip! Hope your daughter recovers quickly. My 86-year-old mother just got over viral pneumonia. It’s pretty scary.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Also, from a previous post you mentioned trying to find boots that fit a wide foot. I have wide feet and it seems so few shoes are made for woman with wide feet. I found Eneslow Shoe store on park ave, one block from my daughter’s apartment. They have many brands that are from Europe and seem to be better quality, and wider, and walkable. My daughter goes with me to make sure that they are fashionable as possible … They have a wide range of fashion level. I just purchased a chelsea boot last Oct, that are great for my feet! I go everytime I get to visit NYC!

  13. Angela says:

    After seeing you rave about them, I finally bought myself a pair of Madewell jeans and it has changed my life! I am tall with skinny legs, no butt, and thick middle. Jeans NEVER work for me. I have not worn jeans in at least 8 years. I anxiously waited for my jeans to arrive and, when I put them on, they fit like a glove and I actually looked pretty darned good in them! They are as comfortable as leggings with the stretch. No muffin top. It’s unbelievable for me that I’m actually wearing jeans!!!

  14. Ruth says:

    If you will be spending time near The Strand on this trip or during your tour try to visit the Jefferson Market branch of the NYPL. The building is remarkable and has such an interesting history.

    Cafe Lalo on the Upper West Side (201 W. 83rd St.) is sparkly and fun for a morning or afternoon treat. You’ll remember it from the blind date scene in You’ve Got Mail. It’s also walking distance of the American Museum of Natural History. This is a fun walking neighborhood—lots of good architectural detail on the older buildings.

  15. Jackie says:

    The Shell Seekers is a magical book that I’ve read three times. When you can curl up with this book and read and read, you will feel relaxed and in love with the characters.

  16. Jamie says:

    These jeans are the absolute PERFECT answer to what I’ve been looking for! Wow! Might have to save for the price tag but after shopping ThredUp (again, thanks to your recommendation) and all the great deals there instead of having to go to a real store (Yikes! Exhausting when you live an hour away and deal with chronic fatigue.)and spend list prices on everything, these are more than worth the splurge! Sometimes it’s the ‘silliest’ things that I stumble across in your posts that turn out to be lifesavers for me! So thank you!

  17. Janna says:

    Summer before last we thought our Montana ranch had sold and began down sizing our belongings. Long story short, the two things I gave away/sold that I wish were back in my possession–all my Rosemunde Pilcher hard back books and my baby grand piano.

  18. Angela Hunnel says:

    I’m listening to The Shell Seekers for the first time. I just want to listen to the end…but I don’t want it to end! I didn’t know much about the book before I began listening. I hope the ending isn’t heart-breaking!

  19. Julia Waterman says:

    Congratulations on making Good Reads list! That is sooooo exciting :-). I hope you allow yourself time to enjoy that accomplishment!

  20. Ellen Cole says:

    The Shell Seekers. 🙂 Love. I just listened to Winter Solstice again because I love it at Christmas. Must be return to Rosamund Pilcher season. Coming Home has become my favorite, but love them all.

  21. Beth says:

    Last time I was in NYC (in October) we tried The Butcher’s Daughter for brunch. There are a couple of locations downtown. We went to the one in the West Village. The food is really good, a lot of vegetarian and vegan choices and really tasty, warm drinks. I had a green tea latte that was delicious. The place is tiny but we were able to grab seats at the counter.
    Have a fun, safe trip!

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