Stephanie Tran
Brooklyn, New York
I sailed Croatia in June. Unfortunately, I didn't get much reading done on that trip – motion sickness – it’s a real thing! Currently, our country house in Neversink, New York for the remainder of the summer weekends- there's a lot of work to be done, so I’m sure the books I’ll be reading will involve construction, decorating, gardening and weekend homesteading. Maybe a self-help book will be necessary towards the end!
Anywhere the sun shines- shoulder to shoulder with my amazing husband.
I'm a creature of habit, and very loyal reader - when I find something I really respond to, it stays with me for a long time. My go-to books:

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live is always comforting when you need some stability, which means I am constantly re-visiting. Impossible to have a favorite essay but “Goodbye to All That” seems to be the most often read. A dear friend gave me a copy the year I moved to Los Angeles, after having spent the last 9 in New York. It got me through the transition, being able to let go, and then it reminded me why I loved New York and exactly a year later, I was back. But I learned from my husband, who learned from his mother, that there are no hellos without goodbyes. And Joan Didion really captures that so well. I had to leave in order to come back with the same sort of love affair I started off with. 
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Brilliant writing by Gabrielle Hamilton,  an unapologetically badass woman. She makes me wish I was her- or that she was my friend, my boss, my mother. Or all of the above.
Momofuku Milk Bar
After reading Blood, Bones and Butter and Christina Tosi’s cookbook, I decided I only want to read books written by cooks from now on.  Full of passion for what they do and make (and also life, it seems) their words read like sweet poetry. I am constantly taken to a far away place. And always left hungry too.
Rommel Drives on Deep into Egypt
Richard Brautigan is so good, with few words, at conveying that coming of age, that nostalgia, and that burning love – the sweet pain you feel staring into the eyes of the love of your life, thinking you're the luckiest person in the world, and hoping that feeling and that person will never go away. Whenever I feel too complacent, I revisit this book.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Haruki Murakami’s book does for running what Brautigan does for love. Whenever my interest wanes, I read a few chapters and am back on my feet again.

My dream vacation would be to…
Probably involves a travel book, and a long run with my husband by the sites of a new city we've never been to together.
~Stephanie Tran

Stephanie Tran is an artist and a muse- a career nomad, and one of the most inspired, cool, and spirited women NOMAD has the privilege of knowing.
August 2013