Feeling stressed this week? Get your favorite Asian takeout (with a cool history of its own) and curl up with a fun mystery, or laugh with one beleaguered dad’s hilarious Tumblr. If you need a bigger boost, grab a helpful meditation guide from Yoga Journal columnist and author Sally Kempton. These books and blogs will help you feel better.
On Your Kindle
The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore
If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you’ll enjoy this historical novel, which has two suspenseful narratives. In 2010, a gruesome murder takes place at a meeting of the Baker Street Irregulars, a famous and exclusive group of Holmes aficionados. Did the victim, an obsessive Holmes scholar, really find a lost diary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a diary that documents the mysterious years between the “death” and “resurrection” of Sherlock? A new Irregular, Harold White, decides to find out.
Meanwhile, in 1900, Conan Doyle becomes involved in his own murder mystery in the London slums. Discover the connections between these two sets of crimes with Graham Moore’s intriguing debut novel.
On Your Smartphone
Reasons My Son is Crying, by Greg Pembroke
If you missed the recent media frenzy around blogger and dad Greg Pembroke’s new Tumblr, which features hilariously captioned photos of his toddler son’s inexplicable and often funny crying, you must check out this site. Parents will likely relate to Pembroke’s dilemma; who hasn’t met a toddler who cries because his “milk is not juice?”
On a Podcast
“The Little-Known History of Asian Takeout in America,” by Jennifer 8. Lee
Did you know that there are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S. than KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King fast food joints, combined? I loved reading Jennifer 8. Lee’s funny, smart history of Chinese food in America, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, so I was delighted to run across this new Huffington Post feature that combines her 2008 TED talk on Asian takeout with a new blog post. Here, she writes about the newfound popularity of Korean food in the U.S., born in L.A.’s food truck scene, as well as the blending of Asian and other regional cuisines, like hybrid Korean and Mexican dishes. A must-read for food lovers!
Meditation for the Love of It, by Sally Kempton
Sally Kempton, a well-known author and columnist for Yoga Journal, suggests all kinds of practical meditation techniques and strategies in this beautifully written and compassionate guide. From simple exercises to more complex meditations, she addresses the challenges of quieting your mind and turning off your mental to-do list. With an introduction by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s a must-read if you’re seeking a little inner peace.