I can’t wait to start reading My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. The novelist is bit of a wunderkind, putting out his first book to buzzy critical acclaim — even Stephen King is saying it’s a “book he’ll remember forever.” A friend mentioned the book to me the other night, and now I’m seeing it everywhere. (Barnes and Noble in Eastchester told me it’s selling like mad.) In the story, 14-year-old Turtle Alveston is forced to reckon with her father (a survivalist and monster of a villain) as she comes of age and falls in love in an isolated part of Northern California. Sounds amazing!
Yesterday, while on a call with a realtor for an upcoming story, she told me about Tarrytown’s new hotspot Barley on the Hudson. Since it opened fourth of July weekend and I was away most of the summer, I completely missed it. And I can’t wait to try it. On the banks of the Hudson River near Riverwalk, the super casual restaurant serves up burgers, crab cakes and tuna poke bowls with stunning views of the river and the new Tappan Zee Bridge. There aren’t any servers; you walk up, order and sit down, and tables are first-come, first-served. Best of all: Homemade pretzels are a starter, served hanging from a perch like a pretty necklace. It’s going to be beautiful this weekend, so maybe we’ll take the kids on the early side.
There’s something about these Tretorn Marley hightop sneakers I love — they’re street cool, feminine, athletic but also pretty, thanks to the gray velvet. What I can’t figure out is if I’d live in them, or if I’d wear them once and find them hard to fit them into my wardrobe? Still, I can’t get them out of my head!