Three wide-ranging reads from the novelist’s shelves.
Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s most recent novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife, transports readers from the Itialian Alps to America during WWI, so it only makes sense that when we asked her to pick three favorites, she responded with a trio of wide-ranging reads: “I have selected books that are set in England, France, and Italy, three countries whose landscapes invigorate me and whose women inspire me. These books celebrate history, style, good food, wine, and beautiful settings, the backdrop of a happy life. If it’s impossible to visit these locales in person — no worries. Reading these books is the next best thing to being there.”
By Sally Bedell Smith
“Ms. Smith paints a portrait of life in the palace that is hard to put down. It’s a feast, a celebration of the monarchy with all the bells and whistles we have come to expect of House of Windsor. At the center of this book is the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, which covers most of the last century and the start of this one. It’s a fascinating study of her character, choices, and dreams for her family. A pot of tea, a scone, and this good book will be almost as good as getting on a plane to celebrate her diamond jubilee with the crowds in London town.”
By Inès de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet
“Ms. de la Fressange takes us on a tour of her favorite shops in Paris, gently nudging the reader to develop her own signature look, simplify her style, and have a wonderful time doing it. This book is like the author herself, high energy, funny, and determined to bring the best to her reader because she deserves it. I remember Inès when she used to dive for the bottle of Coco perfume in the television commercial — this time she implores the reader to do the reaching, and she’s more than happy to show us how.”
By Kinta Beevor
“Kinta Beevor is only five years old when her father, a painter, takes his family to live in Tuscany between World War I and World War II. This is the story of her glorious childhood, with a brother by her side, and the Italian countryside as their playground. This is a rare gem of a memoir, it’s about familial love, our ties to the places that brought us joy in childhood, and a celebration of art. This book should be required reading of every person who sets foot in the hills of Tuscany because Ms. Beevor paints a landscape of the past that bleeds into the future with foreboding, poignancy, and heart.”