New & notable: ‘Still Life With Bread Crumbs’

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Random House, $26

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Anna Quindlen has a 1992 Pulitzer Prize for her New York Times columns (“Public and Private”) and has hit the bestseller trifecta with works of fiction, nonfiction and self-help.

In Still Life With Bread Crumbs, Quindlen introduces photographer Rebecca Winter, 60, whose iconic image of a kitchen counter (referenced in the title) made her wealthy, famous and the toast of New York. Rebecca is out of the spotlight now and thinks of herself more as “the Artist Formerly Known as Rebecca Winter.”

So, with financial responsibility for aging parents and a son, it’s a great time to downsize. She sublets her expensive New York apartment and rents a less expensive (and rundown) cottage in a remote rural town.

In an unusual coming-of-age tale, Rebecca befriends a quirky cast of characters, including Sarah, the owner of the local tea room, Tea for Two, and a much younger roofer, who becomes her love interest when she least expects it. This new life, filled with hope, is good.

Quindlen will give a talk about “The Power of Second Chances” and sign her new book at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St.; 214-922-1200. Cost is $15-$58.

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