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What are the Best New Books Coming in 2019?
New year, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the titles we’re most excited about that are being published in the coming days. In this edition, we take a longer time horizon. Our intrepid team has been exploring the most-anticipated new books scheduled to be released in 2019 and here’s what we found. Spoiler alert: while 2018 provided a fine year of reading, 2019 is going to be a great year for bookworms.
the best food and wine winter vacations this year
Are you one of us who's up for a snowy winter vacation this year? If so, you don't have to settle for just another traditional ski or snowboarding trip. Instead, why not aim for a cold-weather culinary adventure? Preferably in a cozy and scenic location with excellent restaurants and at least one 5-star hotel. Happily, there are lots of places that fit that bill. Alternatively, if you're in search of warm breezes and great cuisine, there are perfect spots for that this winter, too. Here are our top picks for the best food and wine winter vacations this year. We found over 15 options - one should be perfect for you.
december sparklers: those who choose to shine
Sparklers is a monthly series that highlights people, groups and institutions who have recently spread light in the world. Every day, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace and generosity don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. So we’re sharing some of their good deeds of the month. Because sometimes good news and kindness are the sweetest luxuries of all.
how to talk about sports this week like a pro
TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk is our weekly recap of how to talk about sports this week like a pro. If you’re just starting to learn about sports, or need a quick summary of what's up in your favorite league, or just want to know why your spouse keeps obsessively checking the sports scores on a smartphone during important social occasions, here's what you need to know to talk with a sports fan the week of December 23, 2018. 
recommended reads: the best business books of 2018
So many books, so little time! Reading can be one of life’s sweetest luxuries. But how to quickly find the next great volume to dive into? To lend a hand, every month we’ll share our Dandelion Chandelier Recommended Reads: books that we’ve personally read and loved – some brand new, and some published long ago. Selected to suit the season, we think they deserve a place on your nightstand. Or your e-reader. In your backpack. Or your carry-on bag. You get the idea. In this edition, we’re sharing our picks for the best business books of 2018.
The happy luxury of the Nantucket Christmas Stroll
Sure, you could visit a glittering city like New York, London or Paris during the Christmas season. But sometimes its nice to dream of a different kind of Christmas. One near the sea, with old weathered clapboard buildings, and hand-decorated trees. One with nutcrackers of a different sort. One like Christmas on Nantucket. This small and…
how did darkness become a luxury good?
Dark skies are a luxury experience. And dark sky astro-tourism is booming. It’s hard to remember it now, but the very idea of being able to go outdoors safely at night was once a luxury reserved for only the wealthiest people. Without the proper transportation and protection, the night was treacherous, even lethal. In such circumstances, light itself was a luxury item: expensive, rare, and granting freedom of movement for the elite, while others traveled in fear, if at all. Fast forward, and the situation is reversed. Darkness is now the scarce resource - truly dark skies are a experience. So how did darkness become a luxury good?
Is The Best Luxury Winter Vacation the Beach or Skiing?
Which luxury tribe do you belong to: Team Sand? Or Team Snow? Almost everyone has a dream luxury winter vacation that sustains them on the days when work or family (or both) are causing excessive stress, and fantasies of escaping to a better place start to dominate. If we’re lucky, sometimes we even get to take those dream trips. But unless we're traveling alone, or have unlimited time and money and no need to make tough choices, we are sometimes faced with a pressing issue: Is the best luxury winter vacation the beach or skiing - sand or snow?
Why Do People Love to Ski and Snowboard?
With the official start of winter nearly here, and ski resorts all over the world opening for the season, this seems like a great moment to address a profound question in the sphere of winter wellness: why do people love to ski and snowboard? Said another way, why would anyone in their right mind voluntarily choose to don clunky heavy boots, several layers of clothing, a helmet, face mask  and googles, and then strap two sticks or an over-sized skate board to their feet and hurl themselves headlong down a mountain? Unless they were being pursued by a bear, or the Huns, or creating a YouTube video, really, what's the point? Dear reader, we're glad you asked. In our view, here are the top reasons that people love to ski and snowboard.
recommended reads: the best beach books of the year
Heading for the beach for your end-of-the-year holiday break? Be sure to bring along some of the best beach books of the year. While that phrase usually applies to summer reading lists, we strongly believe that a beach is a beach, even if it's winter where you call home (and you're fleeing toward warmer weather). So here's our list of the best beach books of the year - perfect for reading whether your year-end vacation involves sand or snow. Just don't forget the sunscreen.
how to talk about sports this week like a pro
TWIST: This Week in Sports Talk is our weekly recap of how to talk about sports this week like a pro. If you’re just starting to learn about sports, or need a quick summary of what's up in your favorite league, or just want to know what's so important that your spouse has to spend the weekend glued to the telly, here's what you need to know to talk with a sports fan the week of December 16, 2018. 
the best luxury beach vacation destinations this winter
Love it or hate it, winter is here. Team Snow loves the season, finding joy in the crisp air and zooming down the slopes. Meanwhile, Team Sand (aka Team #lovesummerhateeverythingelse) is counting the days until the first signs of spring arrive. Have no fear, summer-loving friends. There are plenty of sun-drenched beaches to escape to as a cure for the winter doldrums. Dreaming of the best luxury beach vacation ever? Here's our list of the best luxury beach vacation destinations this winter.
the best places on earth for a luxury marriage proposal
For much of the world, the time following Thanksgiving is known as the holiday season. However, for a select few each year, there's another magical - albeit perhaps less well-known - season beginning. Engagement season. It lasts until Valentine's Day. But where are the best places to propose ? Here are our top picks for the best places on earth for a luxury marriage proposal during engagement season.
luxury lessons: how to find the perfect engagement ring
Thinking about popping the question?  You aren’t alone - ‘tis the season to get engaged. You read that right, dear reader: December through Valentine’s Day has officially become known as engagement season. We asked our Style Council to share their insights on how to find the perfect engagement ring. Even if it's just to dream a little dream, why not have a look at the height of luxury?
recommended reads: the best books of 2018
So many books, so little time! Reading can be one of life’s sweetest luxuries. But how to quickly find the next great volume to dive into? To lend a hand, every month we’ll share our Dandelion Chandelier Recommended Reads: books that we’ve personally read and loved – some brand new, and some published long ago. Selected to suit the season, we think they deserve a place on your nightstand. Or your e-reader. In your backpack. Or your carry-on bag. You get the idea. In this edition, we're sharing our picks for the best books of 2018.
best luxury hotels in the world: the Beaumont in London
In a world full of luxury hotels, with new ones opening all the time, which ones are the best? In our ongoing series, we share our finds. They're hotels and resorts at which we've personally stayed (with no promotional consideration involved). We'd recommend these to friends and family - and to you, dear reader. In this edition of best luxury hotels in the world: the Beaumont in London.
the best Christmas gifts for gentlemen this year
If we’re lucky, we have a few true gentlemen in our lives, and on our holiday gift lists. A father, grandfather, husband, son, brother, friend or close colleague with impeccable taste, intelligence and charm. A stand-up guy who's dependable and loyal. And kind. For such a man, an ordinary gift just won’t do. But what are the best luxury holiday gifts for men? Here are our top picks for the best Christmas gifts for gentlemen this year.

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