Welcome to another edition of “Get to Know Your Hosts!” GNI has more than 20 hosts across the country and in Canada and each month we ask one a few questions about their self-care/reading habits.
This month, we’re featuring one of our Brooklyn hosts, Liz Breeden! Liz is a Marketing Manager at Simon & Schuster, a book publishing house based in New York. She spends a lot of time on #bookstagram and is constantly reading.
1. What’s the latest book you’ve read that you couldn’t put down and why?
So hard to choose one! Most recently I read Supper Club by Lara Williams, a novel about a secret society of women who channel their rage at a world constantly demanding they suppress their urges and appetites through underground bacchanalian feasts. It’s sort of a mashup of Sally Rooney-esque on-the-nose millennial portraits, the gorgeous food descriptions people loved in Sweetbitter, and the urgency and secrecy of Fight Club - but this time starring women’s friendship.
2. Favorite literary character?
I adored French Exit by Patrick DeWitt, especially its leading lady, Frances Price. She’s a grand dame society lady circling bankruptcy who decides to cut her losses and move to Paris. She’s witty, caustic and fabulous in ways I could never be (and honestly, probably don’t want to be) but she has great lines like “Yes, my life is riddled by cliches, but do you know what a cliche is? It’s a story so fine and thrilling that it’s grown old in its hopeful retelling.” She reminds me of Moira Rose, for any other Schitt’s Creek fans out there.
3. How do you like to relax , recharge, or practice self-care? Any tips?
Taking my dog JP for a walk is usually step #1 for fighting exhaustion and anxiety. Somehow work stress and feeling overwhelmed by commitments dissipates when seeing his excitement at meeting strangers on the street (Brooklynites are much friendlier when you have a cute pup) or chasing a tennis ball. Getting fresh air and forcing myself to pay attention to something (or someone!) outside the whatever’s panicking my mind is always uplifting.
4. Recent obsession(s)?
I’m a podcast fiend. One of my recent favorites is “10 Things That Scare Me” which are short episodes featuring all kinds of people listing, well, ten things that scare them. It’s a heartfelt and fascinating insight into someone’s life and personal history and really thoughtfully curated. My other recent obsession is Glowbar, a skin care company specializing in hyper-efficient facials where in 30 min you get a personal consultation and targeted treatments. I was skeptical, but loved the speediness, trying new things (oo la la LED light mask), and how my aesthetician didn’t make me feel silly for asking questions (look, serums can be confusing!) Best was how the next day a coworker asked me “if my skin always looks this good.” Sold.
Follow Liz on Instagram at @eliz_bree.