DOUBLE DUTY

A beautiful, textural throw not only keeps you warm and cozy—it’s also an easy way to perk up your sofa or the end of your bed

1 – Faux Chinchilla throw, $308 at Cynthia East.

2 – Pom Pom at Home Malibu throw, $175 at Cobblestone and Vine.

3 – Southern Living Courtney throw, $79 at Dillard’s.

4 – Blush faux mink throw, $299 at Cobblestone & Vine.

5 – Magnolia Home Anna throw, $89 at Dillard’s.

6 – Ugg Cloud throw, $248 at Dillard’s.


 

OUR CUPS RUNNETH OVER

Trust us: That Blue Sail Coffee pourover (or that Savoy Tea earl grey) will taste even better in one of these vessels.

1 – Printed mug, $9 at Eggshells.

2-3 – Arkansas-made Adrian Quintanar mugs, $36 each at Domestic Domestic.

4 – Chabi Chic mug, $13 at Bear Hill Interiors.

5 – Mug with tea slot, $13 at Eggshells.

6-7 – Aero Pottery mugs, $10 each at Haus Werk.

8 – Large yellow mug, $31 at Haus Werk.

 


BOOK CLUB

Recommendations from a few of our favorite local literary folks on good winter-weather reads

SOUTH AND WEST: FROM A NOTEBOOK by Joan Didion

“It’s far more South than West. Didion’s trademark California makes an appearance, but this book is primarily composed of the author’s observations as she explores a 1970s South that would be another planet to most Americans. To Arkansans, though, she’s describing something more memory than dream.” —Bryan Borland, Publisher, Sibling Rivalry Press

LOU REED: A LIFE by Anthony DeCurtis

“Travel down the dirty boulevard of Lou Reed’s life, past electroshock treatments, sexual trysts, experiments with drugs, and around a trippy mixture of pop-in characters like Andy Warhol, Nico, Morrissey, Laurie Anderson, and Lars Ulrich. What emerges is a shimmering vision of a perfectionist with a ‘refusal to conform to aesthetic expectations of any kind.’” —Brad Mooy, Arkansas Literary Festival Coordinator

Editor’s note: DeCurtis will speak about his book at the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival in April.

FIRE SERMON by Jamie Quatro

“I can think of no greater pleasure than spending an evening at home engrossed in a novel, especially one that makes my mind whirl as it challenges my thinking about big ideas like love, devotion, and intimacy. Jamie Quatro’s novel Fire Sermon is a brilliant meditation on infidelity and faith from the point of view of poet in Nashville. Quatro is a longtime Oxford American contributor, and I read her new book in one gulp. It’s short and intense and beautiful—the perfect companion for a cold night or a bright winter morning.” —Eliza Borné, editor of Oxford American

THE TALENTED RIBKINS by Ladee Hubbard

“Inspired by W. E. B. Dubois’s essay “The Talented Tenth,” Ladee Hubbard’s sparkling debut novel tells the story of the irascible and intriguing Johnny Ribkins, born into a Florida family where each member is gifted—or cursed—with some highly unusual gift.” —Padma Viswanathan, winner of the 2017 Porter Fund Literary Prize and author of the novels The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao

THEIR BRILLIANT CAREERS: THE FANTASTIC LIVES OF SIXTEEN EXTRAORDINARY AUSTRALIAN WRITERS by Ryan O’Neill

“For the sheer seductive pleasure of it, this odd comic novel meant as much to me as anything I read last year. It purports to be a collection of linked literary biographies, but the authors it examines are wholly imaginary, and the portraits of them O’Neill offers are by turns lacerating, affectionate, absurd, embittered, tender and self-incriminating. From a few paces back, the book becomes a sort of Spirograph-novel, one whose revelations and cross-revelations keep spinning and overlapping right down to the index.” —Kevin Brockmeier, author of the memoir A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip