I’m a week away from starting my next-to-last semester of graduate school, so I’m trying to get all the things I can taken care of before I head back to class.

I’ve cleaned out all the drawers in my kitchen, organized my utility closet and completed other items on my to-do list.

Along with all the chores, I’ve also put aside time to enjoy things that I don’t get to indulge in when I’m in school. There have been late-night old movie marathons, a lot of homemade meals (which will dwindle when class starts) and leisurely reading.

My book of choice, actress Reese Witherspoon’s “Whiskey in a Teacup,” is something every modern women who considers herself more than a little southern should read.

Reese talks about her roots, adapting to a Hollywood lifestyle while still retaining her southern ways — homemade sun tea and quilts in every room — and even shares some of her grandmother Dorthea’s recipes.

This read is light, airy and if you can imagine Reese reading it to you, it’s downright sweet and to the point.

If you find yourself yearning for antique Pyrex, have a love for adding family heirlooms to your modern home and sometimes wish you could go back in time and learn how to crochet from your grandmother (which is something I wish all the time, since I didn’t have the patience at 6 years old to learn) I suggest you give Witherspoon’s book a read.

You’ll not only learn a lot about the starlet, but realize that you have a lot in common with one of America’s sweethearts.

Witherspoon’s book is available at most major books stores and online. E-editions can be found through most major online stores.

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