What we're reading - April 2020 - The Drake
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    What we’re reading – April 2020

    There’s seemingly never been a better time to settle in with a great book. We asked some of our #DrakeFam what they’re reading right now to stay inspired and creative during the times of COVID-19. Crack those spines (or load up your e-reader, whichever you prefer) and dive right in to something great with any of the below options.

    Chelsea Lawrence (Food and Beverage Manager) – The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo

    One of my favourite parts of my job is getting to talk wine with guests and staff and share the stories behind the labels. The tale of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin is one of the best I’ve read so this was definitely worth a re-read for me to help pass the time at home. It’s been great inspiration as she faced so many obstacles through her life and still ended up with an iconic Champagne empire (which is what we all really want, right?).

    Jeff Stober (Founder) – The Chef by James Patterson and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    I am reading a fun little mystery book called The Chef by James Patterson, which combines food, recipes, restaurants, New Orleans and intrigue, and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, about an elegant count who lives in permanent exile in the pre-eminent hotel in Moscow during the Bolshevik revolution. What could be more fun?

    Amanda Poujade (Leisure + Corporate Sales Manager) – Educated by Tara Westover

    This can be an easy one to read through in a week, so far some of the experiences Tara faces as a child, growing up with her family don’t seem real – I have to re-read the paragraph or sentence!

    Bri Bijman (Sr. PR Manager) – Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

    I am currently in not one, not two, but three book clubs that have gone digital! Connecting with my fellow book-loving friends online through video chats has been such a fun way to stay connected (and give us something to talk about that is unrelated to COVID-19, which seems to be rare lately!). I am absolutely loving this one and it’s depiction of family, forgiveness and love in suburbia, all with stunning writing by this New York writer.

    Savannah Morin (Rooms Manager) – Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


    I think when you or the world are going through something big and you have a perfect, favourite book, you feel comforted by that. You will always remember the time by the book you were reading, and at a time like this it’s great to remember and be transported back in your memories. 

    Melanie Coates (Executive Director, Revenue + Sales) – National Geographic Atlas of the World

    We are all Earthlings. This existential crisis reminds me of this. As I search for context in our lives it is my National Geographic Atlas of the World that I turn to. All border representations and disputed territories seem to dissolve and I reminisce over trips of the past and dream of vacations to come…



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