Cover image for Cozy : the art of arranging yourself in the world / Isabel Gillies.
Cozy : the art of arranging yourself in the world / Isabel Gillies.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper Wave, [2019]
Physical Description:
237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
You are cozy -- Heritage -- Making the bed -- The bath -- The kitchen -- Decorating -- Dogs and other animals -- Clothes -- Postcards -- Radio -- Sewing -- Weather -- Nature -- Flowers -- Creatures -- Rivers -- Civics -- Technology, twitter and other social media -- Work -- Quilting -- Hobbying -- Travel abroad -- Denmark -- England -- Pubs -- Walks -- Alone time -- Hospital -- Mammograms -- Nurse -- Blood -- The drink -- Music -- Help -- The recipes.
"New York Times bestselling author Isabel Gillies picks up where our cultural fascination with hygge leaves off in this fresh and inspiring look on the subtle art of cozy: Part manifesto, part lifestyle guide, part memoir, Cozy shows readers that true comfort comes from within"-- Provided by publisher.


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646.7 GIL Book Adult General Collection

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The New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies, presents a fresh and inspiring look at the subtle art of cozy--part manifesto, part lifestyle guide, part memoir--that shows fans of The Little Book of Hygge that true comfort comes from within.

When we talk about being cozy, most of us think of a favorite sweater or a steaming cup of tea on a rainy day. But to Isabel Gillies, coziness goes beyond mere objects. To be truly cozy, she argues, means learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment.

Starting when she was young, Gillies has gradually learned the art and subtle beauty of creating a life where you feel safe, steadied, and at home in the world. From old family recipes and subway rides to jury duty and hospital stays, in Cozy Gillies shows readers that true ease stems not with throw pillows and a candle, but from opportunities to feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, and learn to make ourselves at home no matter where we are.

Simple choices can make a hectic life or an uncomfortable situation just a little more comfortable--you just have to know what to do. Just as Marie Kondo offered a philosophy for how to tidy, Gillies offers a new way of occupying the spaces we live in. Starting with yourself, then broadening to your home, your community, and the world at large, Cozy will show you how to bring the truth of who you are into any situation, easy or challenging. As Gillies says, "Cozy isn't something that just exists. You have to make cozy happen."

Written with profound warmth and featuring hand-drawn illustrations, this wise, necessary book is call to action for each of us to seek out those often-missed opportunities to care for ourselves, and to begin living a more intimate and authentic life.

Author Notes

Isabel Gillies is an American actress and author. She was born in New York City, New York, on February 9, 1970 and graduated from NYU with a BFA in film.

Best known as Kathy Stabler, the wife of Detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Gillies played a number of roles in an acting career that spanned two decades.

Her memoir about the failure of her first marriage, Happens Every Day, was published in 2009 and became a New York Times Bestseller. Her follow-up memoir, A year and Six Seconds, was published in 2011.

Gillies' first foray into fiction, the young adult novel, Starry Night, was published in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

For fans of Meik Wiking's The Little Book of Hygge comes this new release offering advice on how to withstand uncertainty and discomfort in the world by discovering one's inner cozy. Gillies (Happens Every Day) proposes getting to know oneself, eccentricities and all, accepting those qualities, then designing one's home around what works for them, not what's popular in Architectural Digest. The author goes on to tackle more difficult spheres of life, including being comfortable with mammograms and hospital visits, peppering the text with antidotes about the unpleasantness of it all. Comfort-meal recipes round out the final chapter. VERDICT A pleasant read that reassures us it's okay to lounge around in old sweats and socks. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.