i wish i had plans to fly a kite this weekend. wouldn’t that be wonderful?

hello everyone,
i saw batsheva perform last night at bam.  i consider them to be one of the most powerful & influential dance companies we will ever know.  & i walked away feeling so inspired.   i just can’t stop smiling. life is lovely.
i’m hoping to use my holga this weekend & i’ve been working on a little art project for husband. (shhh. don’t tell him. luckily he rarely checks the blog so our secret is safe.)
also, i’m in the market for a new book.  something lovely and uplifting. (i heart essays.) what might you suggest?
{photo by me. west village, nyc.
september 2008.}
  1. Yes! I’m the first again! :D
    and …
    1. having a holga is wonderful!
    2. flying a kite would be amazing!
    3. I’m curious about “husband-project”
    4. this photo is so good…
    5. :)

  2. Kristen

    My favorite topic! May I suggest The History of Love by Nicole Krauss? Just wonderful.

  3. natalie

    I have one! Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life From the Storycorps Project. So fabulous… edited by Dave Isay (for NPR). Just amazing.

  4. abby

    and then after you read The History of Love, read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. they’re basically the same book but they’re both lovely. i also recently read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and it was inexpressibly inspiring.

    you are darling, naomi! love your blog.

  5. Anonymous

    the four loves by c.s. lewis.

  6. oooh the hiding place by corrie ten boom is one of my favorite books!
    and a best friend of mine recently suggested extremely loud and incredibly close also.


  7. Sarah

    I just finished reading the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and I highly recommend it. It really made me truly grateful for all of the things my body can do, and it gave me a lot of food for though about what the human will can accomplish.

    And although I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as uplifting, the Bookseller of Khabul is another great book I read recently.

  8. Harpy

    I really love My Misspent Youth. It’s NY theme!

  9. Lindsey

    A book you may LOVE is The First Princess of Wales. A bit big, but absolutely amazing. My all time favorite book!

  10. Liv

    eat, pray, love by elizabeth gilbert.

    i’ve read it twice. it’s a favorite of mine. or read three cups of tea by greg mortenson. also very good (hey, and you love tea!)

  11. haha. i have read both eat pray love and three cups of tea liv! they are my favorites too. so funny!

    all these other suggestions are great. thanks everyone!

  12. jane

    rockstars! look at your sponsors! wow! i am so thrilled for you and so proud – good work, keep it up!

    LOVE checking in on you!

  13. I saw this post and thought to myself, “How lucky. I just flew a kite on Wednesday!”
    and then saw that you commented on my blog, hehe.
    your blog is lovely, as I’m sure you hear all the time, but thanks for the hello, and good luck with the book search.
    (to throw in my own 2 cents, if you’re looking for quiet, lovely books try some classics like a river runs through it, my antonia, or -honestly- old young adult novels.)

  14. Check out:

    Essays of E.B. White (an absolute classic of essay compilations; he used to write for The New Yorker, as well as penned Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little)

    He is my hero.

    Read: “Here is New York”
    and “Once More to the Lake.”

    You’ll never find a more poignant and elegant writer.

  15. yeah i definitely think you’d love ‘the history of love’. also- the collected works of dorothy parker,mr sammler’s planet(saul bellow) and family matters(rohinton mistry)

    lots of love, kite girl


  16. Please, please, please, you must read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I think you would love it. I rave about ineloquently here: http://tinatarnoff.typepad.com/thought_patterns/books/

    Or, The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri, a true classic.

    Or, to promote my husband, who is the most wonderful writer in the world (and will be mad at me if I don’t). His name is Terry Tarnoff, and did I say that he’s the most wonderful writer in the world?, You can learn about his book The Bone Man of Benares on his website here: http://terrytarnoff.com/books.php
    It’s absolutely and definitely the best book I have ever read. And I’m not being prejudiced! That book changed peoples worlds.

  17. I like this picture. Reminds me of the days I spent with Jon (my hubs) back in SLC – we would go downtown for some yummy greek food, and there was this lovely bookshop by the restaurant- we had to stop at it every time. They always had books on the street – loved it. (and inside it was filled with more awesome stuff) now we’re married, have a baby, and stuck inside a lot :0) It’s all good though- the baby is quite lovely as well. I just don’t know if I can help you out with a book suggestion – our reading tastes might be different considering that I just read “If I did it” (O.J. Simpson tells how he would have committed “the crime”) and “Blonde Ambition” (about the whole Anna Nicole Fiasco – quite interesting really) BUT some of my favorites are “The Woman in White”, “The BFG”, and, don’t judge, the “Twilight” series…..

  18. I would have suggested David Sedaris, but I think I remember you writing that you already love him! I’m currently reading The Year of Living Biblically and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (And I love your blog!)

  19. i really liked lucky by alice sebold. anything by alice sebold is good her books are so raw.

  20. ditto to the above comment about david sedaris! love him. i just finished his latest book, ‘when you are engulfed in flames,’ and didn’t enjoy it as much as ‘me talk pretty one day.’ i think you would love ‘the time traveller’s wife.’ one of the best ones i’ve read in while…and a consistent favorite for me is also ‘water for elephants.’ my list is ever evolving though :) good luck.

  21. Paris To The Moon

    is my book suggestion, written by a NYT writer in essay style.

  22. Lindsey

    Oh, I love, love, love the Book Thief. It is lovely, moving, inspiring…I can’t say enough good things. I’m looking for a new book to read as well, so I enjoyed this post.

  23. Alexia

    History of Love by Nicole Strauss! I read it a few months ago, decided to buy a copy when I stumbled into a used book store today : )

  24. The sweetest book I’ve read, Milkweed. Most moving- Roots. Most gripping- A Thousand Splendid Suns. Most quirky- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

  25. These is my Words…..the best book. ever! Written by Nancy Turner. Seriously, I love it

  26. Charlotte A.

    It was sooooo windy in Utah about 3 days ago and I kept telling my Mom that we should go buy a kite so I could go fly it. Then I started singing the song from Mary Poppins ALL day!

  27. Autumn

    I was wondering what kind of lipstick you wear?! I especially love the bright red you had in the “and the winners are” post but also some of the darker shades!!

  28. girl i told you!!!

    extremely loud and incredibly close.


    (please come back soon)

  29. Viv

    The History of Love! My new favorite book.

  30. for a good book of essays::: i was told there’d be cake by sloane crosley. simply hilarious.

  31. I love your site!! For the book, my favorite collection of essays that are uplifting and funny are “Eating Chocolates While Dancing in the Kitchen” by Tom Plummer. Great musings on life, love, and humor.

  32. Emily

    The Van Gough Cafe is a great quick read. It is actually a collection of short stories and is truly uplifting and magical.

  33. A Girl Named Zippy! Or something by Jhumpa Lahiri.

  34. My favorite is: the glass castle.
    just a little warning though it has lots of cursing in it. it's a memoir, & i love it.

    the other favorite, I highly recommend is:
    a tree grows in brooklyn

    they both sort of have the same theme…


  35. E.

    I second (or third, or fourth?) Extremely Loud + Incredibly Close, as well as The History of Love. But if you’re looking for something more along the lines of heartbreakingly redemptive, I’ve just finished Haven Kimmel’s The Solace of Leaving Early and my soul’s still charged with that sweet joy of understanding.

    Or, for an afternoon with a tea cup + comforter, The Guernsey Literary + Potato Peel Pie Society (don’t let the title keep you away—I made that mistake for far too long).

    Happy reading, happy weekend!

  36. I would suggest I was told there’d be Cake by Sloan Crossly, but actually I think you were the one who told me to read it. So nevermind.

  37. Wow. I just read the comments and there are alot of people for The History of Love. I agree. Read it, I’d forgotten about that one. So ignore my last comment.

  38. jenna

    I would recommend The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. It is a favorite of mine, as is Lewis. You’ll have to let us know what you decide to read!

  39. Anonymous

    Irene Nemrovsky’s Suite Francaise.

  40. Grant

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  41. Des

    peace like a river….leif enger
    quirky….LOVE it….miracles!

  42. the witch of portobello
    the alchemist

    both by paulo coelho

    lovelove them.


  43. I recommend A Journey Around my Room, by Xavier de Maistre.

    Confined to his quarters for 42 days, de Maistre decides to undertake a journey around his room, by treating the furnishings as major tourist sites, really seeing them for the first time. He illustrates that “the perceptions of the mind, the sensations of the heart, the very memories of the senses, are inexhaustible sources of pleasure and happiness for man.”

  44. Laura

    i LOVE my new headband and am spreading the word about your shop to my friends at the university of virginia :) thanks again!

  45. brandi

    oh, that reminds me… i have a kite in my trunk!

    too bad it’s raining in iowa. :(

  46. Anonymous

    a severe mercy


    same kind of different as me…

    both non-fiction and INCREDIBLE!!

  47. Jessica

    I suggest Jane Kenyon’s collected poems. They fill me with sunshine and fog at the same time. Delightful. Or The Book Theif. Such a great book!

  48. kari

    If you’re looking for something funny, I highly recommend “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup” by Susan Orlean. She’s one smart cookie, and covers a wide range of curiosities.

  49. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. Incredibly moving love story. The author calls it “an autobiography of a love rather than the lovers.” It’s about this couple that have created this amazing relationship. They are agnostic, but then they go to Oxford, where they meet C.S. Lewis. They start to “investigate” Christianity and then it’s about what happens to them and their relationship. SO well written. Very, very inspiring. Great “date” book actually. My husband and I both read it and then discussed it on a date.

  50. Kim

    Blue Like Jazz by donald miller. great for your spirituality. I just stumbled upon your blog—it it so lovely and uplifting!

  51. ~S~

    I love love all of your pictures! I esp love the row of books…because that always makes me happy. i have a question, what program do you use to round the edges of your pictures? I use iphoto on my mac, but I can’t seem to round edges.

    Also, my book rec. would be “Interpreter of Maladies” but Jhumpa Lahiri. Not essays but short stories. It is just so touching and beautifully written. You will love it!