I’m not giving anything away when I say that My Last Continent by Midge Raymond is a romantic tragedy. Very early on in reading this novel the reader is told that there is going to be a deadly shipwreck off of Antarctica resulting in the deaths of 715 passengers, crew members and rescuers at some […]

This past weekend I went on a day trip to one of my favorite places in the entire world, the Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve. The Mohonk Preserve is the largest visitor and member-supported nature preserve in New York State, with 165,000 annual visitors and 8,000 protected acres of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams. […]

This week we are going to Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the birthplace of Robert Johnson…the King of the Delta Blues Singers. Unlikely but amusing legends say Robert made a deal with the devil at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, which resulted in his mastery of the guitar and the blues. Unfortunately for the world, any […]

Wintering begins when elderly Harry Eide disappears from his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota…a wilderness he has known his whole life. He’d done this once before, more than thirty years earlier. In 1963, Harry pitched this audacious, potentially fatal scheme to his eighteen-year-old son Gustav […]

WILLIAM E. WATSON THE YEAR 1904 JANUARY ROBERT E. WATSON These words are etched into a wood panel in the antique red barn of our House of the Week. I have no idea who the Watsons were, but I imagine the answers lay in the thousands of historical household documents in boxes also stored in […]

It’s that time of year for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt! You may be about to click out of this article already based on this information alone. However, I URGE you to stick with me for just a minute. Something exciting is about to happen here at The Taste Maven. The FIRST EVER TASTE MAVEN HOME […]

There are a lot of adorable purses out there. But Kate Spade New York has kind of got a corner on the market when it comes to cutesy and compact clutches. One of my favorite shopping websites, Gilt, which features new sales on limited numbers of designers items every day at noon, is running a […]