“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth…” —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden, 1911 

As we continue to settle in this winter, we are looking for ways to slow down, stay calm, be present, feel inspired, and soften. This season, and especially this year, brings much uncertainty, and finding ways to nurture ourselves and our minds is important for well-being and personal growth.  

Sit, think, pause, and explore Natalie’s recent reading list and share your own reading list in the comments below.  

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison 

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner 

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, David Whyte 

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, edited by Kevin Young 

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, Katherine May 

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to The Hidden World of Everyday Design, Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt 

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook, Marcus Samuelsson, with Osayi Endolyn and Recipes with Yewande Komolafe and Tamie Cook 

The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion: 250 Years of Design, Petra Slinkard, Madelief Hohé, Lan Morgan, Paula Richter, Rachel Syme 

The Secret Lives of Color, Kassia St. Clair 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, Jessica Bruder 

Jack: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson 

South and West: From a Notebook, Joan Didion 

And the ever classic, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron 

More book love: 

From Cover to Cover by Jenny Volvovski 

Year of Color Inspiration 

From the Archives: Book Love 

Tatter Textile Library 

A Self-love Reading List 

@ Alabama Chanin 

Thank you to everyone who shopped our Sample and Inventory Sales last week. Look for more of these throughout the year, and in the meantime explore our current Collection.  

@ The School of Making 

Though we’ve shipped out our January Swatch of the Month, subscribers can join at any time. Learn more about the monthly sewing subscription here.  

@ The Factory 

The Factory Store continues with its updated hours into 2021. Plan your visit to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team, experience Alabama Chanin in-person, and learn more about our commitment to responsible production, sustainable practices, and thoughtful design. 

Monday by appointment only  
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm  
Saturday and Sunday | Closed        

Visit us at:  
462 Lane Drive  
Florence, Alabama 35630        

Contact our store team:  
Catherine Counts  
+1.256.760.1090 x 114      

Carlisle Sandy   
+1.256.760.1090 x 105     

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.      

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