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My Favorite Books

A small selection of the books I recommend to every woman I meet. Join in the conversation in the community, where we hold a monthly online bookclub.

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Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

The book that inspired BrocanteHome is the book I have given to every woman I love over the years because it is simply life-changing.

For every woman who knows there is something more and longs to live an authentic life.

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Health Revolution by Maria Borelius

If you are looking for the answer to feeling fat and fed-up, then this is the one I recommend.

Its simple telling of how one woman solved her own health issues provides an inspiring guide for embracing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

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Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson

If you buy only one guide to domesticity in your lifetime, then make it this one, because not since Mrs Beeton has there been a more comprehensive guide to keeping house.

This really is the bible of good homemaking and an essential companion to the Brocantehome way of life.

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The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

A beautifully slow meander through one man's mealtimes over the course of a year. A book that feels like a friend and really is quite the loveliest meditation on what it is to really love food.

All my favourite recipes are in this one.

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Waking Up In Winter by Cheryl Richardson

Getting older can feel oddly lonely, but in this daily diary we find a companion in Cheryl as she dwells on her life so far and the unique challenges we all face as we approach middle-age. 

This is a book that helped me to understand that while age has its negatives, there is still so very much joy in simpler pleasures.

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First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

While I'm not sure this is a book for every woman, I cannot leave it off my list because for me it was the first time I read something that almost to the word described my own experiences with anxiety and how it can shape a life.

I keep it on my bedside and refer to it so very frequently.

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An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

The book I credit with teaching me how to cook frugally and nutritiously, is both an encouraging read and a no-fuss guide to making mealtimes matter.


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Le Chic Cocoon by Jen Duchene

With the emphasis firmly on encouraging us to create a "selfish-space" , this unusual, witty book makes for a lovely companion on the road to layering your bedroom with love and seeking its sanctuary whenever life threatens to overwhelm you.

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The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

I  don't think I have ever read a novel that has given me more joy than this, jam-packed as it is with gentle domesticity and soul-improving insight.

Truly lovely.

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