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28 Page-Turning Books to Read This Winter

Who needs TV when there’s book? Well… I do… but books are pretty cool, too!

I don’t know about you, but when the holidays roll around, all I want to do is lounge in my PJs and read books (and eat food and watch movies and sleep a lot more than normal). Of course, the biggest challenge when it comes to reading is figuring out what to read in the first place. I threw out a “what’s the best book you read all year?” to a handful of well-read friends. Here are their suggestions.

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If you liked Girl on the Train

Disclaimer – Renee Knight
Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson

1. Disclaimer – Renee Knight

Disclaimer starts like this: What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?

The gist, according to the book jacket: “Finding a mysterious novel … Read more

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What I Learned From a Scary Italian Cab Ride

Italy: known for food, wine, churches and scary cab rides.

Two weeks ago, I joined my husband on what I dubbed our lemons to lemoncello tour (we kinda had a shitty fall). Basically, he was going to Germany and Italy for work and I decided to tag along. Ah, the joys of working for yourself!

We’d spend a few days with friends in Berlin. Josh would leave me back in Germany to work for a few days in France and Italy. I would meet up with him at his hotel in Milan for a few days of carbs, wine and meandering. It’s what you do in Italy.

I was mostly excited. I was also a little scared.

At the risk of sounding extremely annoying, I am well-traveled. I’ve been to all seven continents. I’ve spent days crossing the Drake Passage (known as the most turbulent waters on earth … Read more

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How to Reupholster Furniture (If You’ve Never Done It Before)

I really reupholstered this chair & didn’t even cry.

My grandpa was born in 1909, my grandma in 1911. For people of my generation, that’s the age of most great-grandparents. Arnie and Dorothy Stromberg came of age during the roaring 20s, were legit adults during Prohibition and the Great Depression. They were the kinds of people who didn’t have tons of stuff, but everything they had was nice and lasted forever.

Grandma & Grandpa Stromberg.

My mom was an only child, and therefore, she, my brother and I are my grandparents sole heirs. Grandpa died in 1985 and grandma in 1998, when I was 15. I remember thinking, one day, I would love to have her beautiful dining room set as well as the bright orange wingback chair we’d always throw our coats on. So I asked my mom if I could have them and she said sure.

I’m pretty … Read more

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Why I Started Drinking After 14 Years of Sobriety

My name is Nathan N. and I am not an alcoholic.

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I’ve known Nathan for nearly a decade, and always knew he was sober. So when I saw him drinking a beer at a party the other weekend, I could’ve totally been classy about it an not said anything. Ha, as if! He told me he stopped going to meetings years ago after he decided he wasn’t an alcoholic. He’s publicly sharing his story for the first time here, and I have to say I am impressed by his bravery!

Here’s how it all went down in Nathan’s own words.

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What did your life look like before you got sober?

Right before I … Read more

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What Really Happened at the Hey Eleanor Mystery Dinner

Not your normal restaurant!

I’m obsessed with Halloween, and love doing spooky stuff the entire month  of October. Scary movies, haunted houses, going to to Costco on a Saturday– sign me up!

This year, I came up with the perfect Halloween activity: a Hey Eleanor Mystery Dinner. Just like my last mystery event, the gist was pretty simple: I pick three activities, and people sign up not knowing what we’re doing. I simply give hints leading up to the event.

My 20 guests knew that there would be dinner & drinks, a mystery guest, and a spooky outing of sorts. I told them we’d be meeting in Northeast Minneapolis, that we would not be going to the Soap Factory, and costumes were encouraged. Other than that, they didn’t know much.

Here’s what happened at the mystery dinner.

Matt & Psychic Christine talking business.

Dinner at 320 Northeast

I’d been … Read more

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