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2015 Dinners


Jonathan Adler

100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life
The TV personality, interior decorator, housewares entrepreneur, sharp-witted cultural authority, and mad potter has all kinds of ideas for “Happy Chic” dwelling from decorating to entertaining, and more. Described as a “vibrant, hilarious mashup of style bible, decorating tome, and self-help guide”—penned by a hilarious author to boot!

Dan Barber

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
An amazing opportunity to spend time with the ground-breaking Chef of Blue Hill (Manhattan) and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Chef Barber has received multiple James Beard Awards, including the country’s Outstanding Chef (2009). Here Barber shares his vision of good food’s future—an eloquent and thoughtful look at the current state of our nation’s food system and how it must evolve. “Engaging, funny and delicious…” (Chicago Tribune)

David Browne

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of The Grateful Dead
Fans will actually learn something from this book and author: here are the facts, culled from first hand accounts from the many people behind the Grateful Dead scene from the earliest days right through to today. Browne, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, has written “One of the better books on the band and welcome reading in this 50th anniversary year.” (Kirkus)

Ed Burns

Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and The Twelve Best Days of My Life
Burns is, of course, the acclaimed writer, director (The Brothers McMullen) and actor (Saving Private Ryan), and his tale of growing and prospering in the world of independent filmmaking is a must-read for all movie fans. An enthralling tale about what it takes to forge your own path in work and life. “Every young, hungry, creative person should view this as a textbook…. It’s a how-to.” (Matt Lauer, Today)

Robert A. Caro

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert Caro’s extraordinary and powerful volumes tracing the life of Lyndon Johnson have been amongst the biggest best sellers of our time. Hailed by President Bill Clinton as brilliant and remarkable, and “with this fascinating …account, Caro has once again done America a great service.” Caro was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

Dick Cavett

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks
Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life. To spend a few minutes, or an hour, or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there is no reason to deny yourself. Enjoy the conversation! “A delightful peek!” (Publishers Weekly)

Tom Clavin

Reckless: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero
In Reckless, bestselling author Clavin tells the unlikely story of a racehorse who truly became a war hero, beloved by the Marine Corps and decorated for bravery. A moving reminder of the unbreakable bond between people and animals, Clavin’s story is a powerful tale of courage and survival of an unlikely hero who risked death to aid “her” Marines. Incredible tales of a horse of a lifetime.

Bill Dedman

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand house for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a portal into American history. His tale of wealth and loss, and a reclusive, thoroughly eccentric heiress who chose to live for decades in a hospital room rather than in any of her palatial homes, is both astonishing and enthralling. “A dazzlement and a wonder.” (Pat Conroy) “One of those incredible stories that you didn’t even know existed.” (Jon Stewart)

Nelson DeMille

Radiant Angel (A John Corey Novel)
What could be better that a new novel from DeMille and starring John Corey and centered in Manhattan? Now working as a federal contractor, Corey is assigned to watch a certain Colonel Vasily Petrov of the SVR who has received a coded message instructing him to carry out his mission—a sinister plot to raze Manhattan. John Corey is our hero. Another winner for DeMille and his fans!

Simon Doonan

The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences… and Hysteria
With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Simon Doonan’s personal and professional stories never fail to entertain. He firmly believes that his peers in the multibillion-dollar fashion industry are totally nutty. And in The Asylum, his unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity. “The David Sedaris of the style universe.” (The Boston Globe)

Bob Drury

A Dog’s Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man’s Best Friend
Drury, the award-winning journalist and bestselling author, has reported from numerous war zones and has witnessed firsthand the destruction war brings to our soldiers. He was introduced to the non-profit “paws4people” which trains therapy dogs to work with wounded vets and children with disabilities. This is vivid storytelling with insights into canine wisdom, history, and science, and moving tales of transformation. A story of miracles. “A great story.” (Kirkus)

Jules Feiffer

Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel
When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street in…Kill My Mother. Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. Kill My Mother is a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth. A Vanity Fair Best Book of 2014 and Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2014.

Elena Gorokhova

Russian Tattoo: A Memoir
Elena Gorokhova moved to the US in her twenties, to join her American husband and equally to escape her mother, a woman as overbearing and protective as their mother-land. Her mother stayed twenty-four years—and in her mind she had never left Leningrad. A delightful, hilarious, brilliant tale you won’t forget!

Betty Halbreich

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
She grew up pampered and monied. She married well, moved to New York, raised her children, divorced and hit bottom. She was saved by Bergdorf ’s, who offered her a lifeline: to be a personal shopper. And she was never afraid to tell her clients the truth. Elegant, hardworking and delightfully funny, Halbreich is a born entertainer with an inspiring story.

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir
Ambassador Hill has had one of the most interesting lives one can imagine. He was educated to be, and served as, a career diplomat, and along the way he saw some of the most dangerous outposts imaginable—from the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq. His story is real. And his portraits of Washington bureaucrats and Cabinet members are blunt truth. And he is even “laugh-out-loud funny.” (Washington Post)

JZ Holden

Illusion of Memory
A layering of fact, fiction and family, this novel showcases the complexity and fragility of interconnected lives. Debut author Holden introduces Bette, a talented, artistic, flawed daughter of Holocaust survivors. As she explores her love of art (and the art of love) in Jerusalem in the 1970s, she records her findings in detailed letters to her sister Lizzie; a wild, lovable and imaginative woman who lives in a psychiatric facility in California that she swears is actually the posh Grand Hotel du Mal. Broken hearts bind the two together. “Painfully truthful; a beautifully revealed examination of self-preservation.” (Kirkus)

Phil Klay

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and more. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. He takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned: characters who struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Redeployment marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation. “An exciting new voice.” (Booklist)

Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train: A Novel
Novelist Kline’s Orphan Train has stayed atop The New York Times Best Seller list for a very long time—and with reason. She has written a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, based in one of the most wrenching and yet largely unknown periods in our history: the years of the so-called “orphan” trains that moved children from their
homes in the east to the small towns of the Midwest. Kline tells a compelling story with compassion and delicacy.

Stewart F. Lane

Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way
Six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, Stewart F. Lane, profiles an assortment of the black actors, composers, lyricists, and playwrights who brought the African-American experience alive in the theater. His richly illustrated book is a superior view of history with many fascinating and often little known stories.

Robyn Lea

Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature
Lea is a renowned photographer, TV commercial director and writer. She has worked around the globe for clients as varied as Time and Harper’s Bazaar, and has had many group shows worldwide. But her Dinner with Pollock (and Krasner) tops it all: and you can learn all about Pollock’s award winning Apple pies!

Katie Lee

Endless Summer Cookbook
For Katie—co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen—cooking isn’t just about the food. It’s about the whole experience: the atmosphere, the stories that each ingredient tells, and, of course, the people who share the meal. Here are 100 recipes as “mouthwatering as they look.” (Bobby Flay)

Gabriela Maj

Almond Garden
For four years, Maj travelled across Afghanistan collecting portraits and stories from women in prison. Her extraordinary book pays homage to those women and explores the corruption of the Afghani prison system. A noted photographer and journalist, Maj is a graduate of Parsons and has an MA in Anthropology from Columbia.

Fern Mallis

Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis
Fern Mallis has been an industry game changer in the fashion and design world for more than 30 years. This intriguing new book fully recaps the careers and milestones of the most famous fashion influencers of our time—including Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tom Ford and more. Now you can learn “everything you wanted to know about fashion but were afraid to ask.” (W)

Wednesday Martin

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
Like an urban Dian Fossey, Martin has decoded the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. “An amusing, perceptive and thrillingly evil takedown….” (The New York Times)

Nancy Moses

Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures
Stolen, Smuggled, Sold tells the dark and compelling stories of iconic cultural objects (including Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer”) that were stolen, smuggled or sold, and eventually returned to their original owners. Written like a true detective novel, Moses takes the reader on an informative trek though the high-stakes world of art crime and trafficking.

Marc Murphy

Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking
An excellent and rare opportunity to spend time learning from a master chef, restaurateur and television food personality. Murphy’s recipes run the gamut from his own family’s recipes to some of the hits from his restaurants: Landmarc, Ditch Plains, and Kingside. “This collection is inspiring: The dishes are rock-star good and rocksolid in ease and method.” (Rachael Ray)

Mark Peyser and Timothy Dwyer

Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story Of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Two acclaimed journalists tell the provocative story of two extraordinary women: one the do-gooder Eleanor, the other her cousin the acid-tongued Alice. The book is filled with gripping stories and there are more these two biographers will be happy to tell! As the Washington Post said, “they are clever and absorbing.” The Daily Beast said, “Peyser and Dwyer’s tale is truly hard to put down.”

E.M. Rose

The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe
Historian Rose’s book on the murder of William of Norwich “is a breathtaking work of revision that addresses one of the central questions in the history of Christian/Jewish relations in the Middle Ages, a topic of enormous relevance in the contemporary world… The book is a brilliant piece of historical investigation and a marvelous read as well.” (Gabrielle Spiegel, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University)

Stefanie Sacks

What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate
“Essential reading for anyone interested in eating a clean, healthy diet. Stefanie Sacks explains the additives in food and how to avoid the harmful ones. This book will guide you in cleaning up your pantry and refrigerator, shopping wisely, and storing food properly. All this and easy, appealing recipes too!” (Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and author of True Food)

Carl Safina

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
Safina’s landmark research offers a intimate view of animal behavior that challenges the supposed boundary between human and non-human animals. As Safina travels to Kenya, to Yellowstone, and to the waters of the Pacific Northwest to view the animals in their own habitats, he sees struggles and tragedy and peace not unlike human experiences and not unlike how humans deal with those situations. Wise and eyeopening. “Captivating…” (Kirkus)

Bernard L. Schwartz

Just Say Yes: What I’ve Learned About Life, Luck, and the Pursuit of Opportunity
Storied New York businessman and philanthropist Bernard L. Schwartz believes in the power of optimism—and he should! Optimism has served him well. From humble beginnings to his rise to influential CEO, his story is a narrative on the importance of character, intelligence, and a lot of good luck. President Bill Clinton calls him “one of our finest public citizens.” An inspiring man, an inspiring story.

Mimi Sheraton

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List
What a fabulous idea! This is THE reference book from the single most knowledgeable person about food on the planet! With recipes from around the world, well-written descriptions and mouth-watering photography. She also notes where to find the food both in its country of origin and where it is available in the US. Encyclopedic and unput-downable! And, as one reviewer has said, “an overwhelming achievement.”

Michael Shnayerson

The Contender: Andrew Cuomo, a Biography
Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing political saga reads like a novel! As award-winning journalist Shnayerson’s deep research shows, Cuomo’s talents and accomplishments are considerable, but so also are his drive for advancement and mania for control. A story for our turbulent times. “Shnayerson provides a helpful […] reminder that some of the best and most consequential political stories occur far away from the glare of Washington.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Stephanie Smith

300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story… with Recipes
New York Post writer Stephanie Smith was eager to marry her beau “E,” but he had other ideas: he wanted her to be a great cook and challenged her to develop 300 sandwich recipes. She accepted the challenge, and she got the ring—along with a lifetime of fabulous recipes.

Dana Thomas

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Dana Thomas puts an original spin on the story of two icons of cutting-edge couture in engaging real-life saga. High drama, high fashion, high stakes, and high tragedy—a startling tale of ambition, creativity, fame, and even death. Riveting. “Thomas pays equal heed to the darkness and the light of both men in this gripping story of fashion Icaruses who flew too close to the sun.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel
This multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork.” Through the Leary family of Queens, New York, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art. “. . . an honest, intimate family story with the power to rock you to your core.“ (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

Susan Verde

You and Me
Susan Verde and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have co-authored this beautiful book that captures people’s hearts—a book to give to all of your friends, young and old. A sweet tale of recalling how two friends met and imagining what life might have been like if they had not. A tale of love and serendipity.

Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror
ISIS has shocked the world by conquering massive territories in Iraq and Syria and promising to create a vast new Muslim caliphate that observes the strict dictates of Sharia law. Two journalists, Weiss and Hassan, explain who the key players are and where their money comes from. A brilliantly insightful analysis of a deadly political cancer. “The most serious book-length study of the Islamic State so far.” (New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice)

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie De Vivre
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel’s War of Independence. And at the age of eighty-seven, she is as spirited as ever! Hilarious, inspiring, and profound, The Doctor Is In will change the way you think about life and love, in all their limitless possibilities.

Richard Zoglin

Hope: Entertainer of the Century
The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, a song-and-dance man who was also one of the inventors of stand-up comedy. Hope helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, an enterprising builder of his own brand and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood. “Revelatory…fascinating” The New York Times

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