Best Book Bets for Kids and Young Adults

McIntyre’s resident children’s book extraordinaire Katherine Pinard picked her favorite books for kids and young adults. Check out the list below and give the best gift of all this holiday season: adventure that can only found in the pages of a good book!

Absolutely Almost, Lisa Graff
An absolutely sweet & charming look at the life of 5th grader. Ages 8-12

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson tells her moving story of growing up in the 1960’s & 70’s, in a culture in flux. Civil rights, North/South cultural differences, deep family love & the joy of finding her voice through writing are beautifully described through vivid free verse. This is a beautiful book! Ages 10+

Fleabrain Loves Franny, Joanne Rocklin
This fantastic story, set in 1952, follows Franny’s recovery from polio and her intriguing relationship with Fleabrain, an erudite, lovesick flea! A thoughtful and witty adventure. Ages 8-12

Countdown and Revolution, Deborah Wiles
These books are part of The 60’s trilogy and provide delightful historical fiction plus lots of documentary photos, propaganda, music lyrics and quotes which make the history come alive! These books are a set that every middle grade reader should have! Ages 11-13

I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
Get ready for an adventure ride of lyrical language, and mesmerizing and magical images! This beautifully written novel captures the self centeredness of growing up and growing into oneself—with all of its joy & heartbreak. Ages 14+


Wine for the Holiday Hostess

The Setup You got invited to a get together, you want to bring wine, but you have no clue what anybody's preferences are. The Solution Think blends. Wines made from a blend of varieties will inherently tempt a wider spectrum of tastes and offer what will typically be a more complex, balanced wine. For white wine, we have this unthinkably delicious blend from the Napa Valley in ODISEA's Veritable Quandary that returns a glass full of tropical citrus, star fruit, kiwi, a river... Full Post >

Megan & Michael

Megan and Michael tied the knot on June 21, 2014. These newlyweds said their "I dos" at the Garden Terrace, and danced the night away in the Fearrington Barn. How did you and your partner meet? We grew up together. His mom has worked for my dad for almost 20 years, and one summer Michael and I were both working for him as well. He was in the IT department, so when my phone broke one afternoon, he was the one who came to fix it. We started talking a lot more and I would purposely break... Full Post >

Final Farmer’s Market of the Year

Join us today for the final Farmer's Market of 2014! Pick up fresh, local items and serve them up for Thanksgiving. What's at the market now? Vegetables/fruit/herbs: arugula, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, bok choy, carrots, cauliflower, chiles, Chinese cabbage, collards, dill, eggplant (bell-shaped and oriental), garlic, green onions, kale, lettuce, peppers (sweet and hot), radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tatsoi, tomatoes,... Full Post >

Transformation Tuesday

For today's installment of Transformation Tuesday, we've got a demonstration in layering for the gal on the go. While you're popping in and out of shops, grabbing coffee and running errands, it's important to have options, especially with the strange weather we're having this fall. We've built a solid backdrop with a gorgeous top from Wilt Clothing. Wilt does amazing things with tops; each one is deceptively simple, appearing as tee or sweatshirt but surprising us with a beautiful hem and... Full Post >

The Extra Mile

Last week I unexpectedly got a fancy new phone with all the kinds of fancy new bells and whistles that come with fancy new phones. When I finally had a chance to look at it after the weekend, I found an app called “Health” that apparently tracks how many steps you take in a day. I had often wondered what a typical wedding day adds up to with the walking (or running) here and there . . . I am somewhat amazed to report that I covered almost 15 miles on Saturday! That’s more than a... Full Post >