Category Archives for "Books"

Jul 19

Letters From The Lost – My Book Club Surprise

By Joanne Blake | Books , Conversation Topics

Book club choice: Letters From The Lost

Travel and Book Club Coincidences

We often share travel and books as some of our favorite topics for conversation when networking. This summer by strange coincidence I combined the two. It all started by joining a book club.

Since I seem to gravitate towards the same types of books, I thought it would expand my reading horizons. So earlier this year I took the plunge at my local Edmonton public library where they even provide a librarian as book club host. I really enjoyed the new books and discussions.Continue reading

Apr 13

How to Be Parisian. Fashion, Life and Fun Advice

By Joanne Blake | Books , Dress & Image , Etiquette & Manners

Tips for Love, Style and Bad Habits

I just finished reading a cheeky book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits written by four French girlfriends who currently live or have lived in Paris. They live life large. Their experiences are a moveable feast that you can take with you wherever you go. (Links to Canadian Amazon and US Amazon at the bottom)

From fashion clothing, to conversation, food and affairs. It’s funny, frank and sometimes outrageous. It’s full of contradictions, but I guess that’s what makes Parisian women endearing – you can’t pigeon-hole them.

Here are seven tips and advice that I wanted to share from the book:

Parisian women on –

Imperfection advice

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Nov 19

How is Your Parking Etiquette?

By Terry Pithers | Books , Etiquette & Manners

10 Parking Faux-pas

Okay, you have good manners but does it show up in your parking etiquette?

Joanne and I recently read a great new book on Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, called The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills (which prompted me to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird).

Harper Lee talked about her father, who was a lawyer and the model for her

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character Atticus Finch, in the novel. She admired her father and Atticus, because, he was “the same in his house as he is on the public streets”.

An Authentically Courteous Person?

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Jul 22

No. 1 Summer Read – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

By Joanne Blake | Books , Etiquette & Manners , Movies & TV

Good Books – Feel Good Summer Reading

Want a good conversation starter?

Ask someone what they’re reading.

Joanne and Terry both give a big 4 thumbs up

Here’s what I’m reading.  A kinder, gentler, good manners detective series. That’s how you could describe the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency books. Terry and I both love these books.

No guns, no car chases

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More like a collection of short stories that take you into the special world of Botswana and Mma Precious Ramotswe, a “traditionally built” female detective. No guns, no car chases, just engaging cases built around human foibles, personal problems and mysteries of the heart.Continue reading

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