Weekend Walks and Traveling Bookstores

If you're in the Atlanta area this weekend please, please treat yourself to Chihuly in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I went for the third time yesterday with my now 17-year-old daughter (whatttt?!) and it was sublime. The weather is perfect, the gardens are beautiful with the leaves just starting to turn, and then Chihuly. Ah, Chihuly. If you aren't familiar with Dale Chihuly's fine art in the form of glass, please brush up here. You'll be glad you did. My first Chihuly exhibit was his permanent one in Seattle, right in the shadow of the Space Needle. Ever since, I've been in awe. I mean, how do you make glass do that?! It's breathtaking. Hurry, hurry if you're going in Atlanta because the exhibit ends this Sunday!

If you're in the Nashville area this weekend, stop in at Parnassus Books. It's a fantastic independent bookstore co-owned by novelist Ann Patchett that is so nifty it has become its own little destination. As y'all know, I love to read and therefore love anything and everything that encourages people of all ages to grab a book and get a little lost in its pages. So the fact that Parnassus now has a traveling bookstore — with dogs in tow— tickles me pink.

Speaking of Ann Patchett, if you're looking for something to read this weekend grab a copy of her newest novel, Commonwealth (you can grab a signed copy here.) It starts with what I think may be the best opening line of a novel ever: "The christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin." I mean how could you not want to know more about a fellow showing up with a bottle of liquor to a religious celebration?

What's going on wherever you are this fine autumn weekend?

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