March 20, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People

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Frida Kahlo would spend hours tending plants, fruit, and flowers, many of which were of Mexican origin. Do you have a superstition or ritual for good luck? Do you believe in this sort of thing? For millennia, many of the most celebrated writers, artists, and designers have had peculiar beliefs. …

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Frida Kahlo would spend hours tending plants, fruit, and flowers, many of which were of Mexican origin.

Do you have a superstition or ritual for good luck? Do you believe in this sort of thing? For millennia, many of the most celebrated writers, artists, and designers have had peculiar beliefs. For instance, actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn considered 55 her lucky number and always requested it for her dressing room, or Sir Winston Churchill brought his cat to cabinet meetings to ensure success and liked to pet black cats for luck. What would motivate J.K. Rowling to always type the title page of her books last?

Inspired by the many weird and interesting things famous people do to bring themselves luck, Award-winning Illustrator Ellen Weinstein created the book Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Her whimsical illustrations creatively bring to life these quirky superstitions in bright colors and rich textures. Page after page, each evocative composition will surprise and inspire you. The illustrator challenged herself to create a kind of conceptual movie poster for each featured luminary.

Presented in a slim hardcover format with a handsome silk-screened cloth spine, this is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone who could use a little good fortune. A must-have for our personal libraries.

Recipes for Good Luck. The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People is coming out on April 2018 from Chronicle Books but is available for pre-order on Amazon. Get yours now!

Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

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Winston Churchill petted black cats for good luck, while Napoleon took black cats as a bad omen.
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Georgia O’Keeffe painted in a car studio, while Gertrude Stein liked to write in her parked Ford Model.
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Akira Kurosawa kept a notebook as his constant companion and Gabriel Garcia Marquez read the newspapers before begin writing.
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Sigmund Freud feared train travels and Coco Channel considered 5 her lucky number.
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Virginia Woolf wrote at a standing desk and Gustave Eiffel was afraid of heights.
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Flannery O’Connor wrote amidst a party of peacocks and Alfred Hitchcock liked to make cameo appearances in his films.
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Pablo Picasso would not throw away his old clothes, hair trimmings, or fingernail clippings for fear it would mean losing part of his “essence.” J. K. Rowling will only type her title page once the entire book she is writing is finished.
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Audrey Hepburn had a fascination with the number 55 and Charles Dickens slept facing north.
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Benjamin Franklin bathed in cold air and Ellen DeGeneres throws a mint in the air and catches it in her mouth before beginning the opening monologue of her talk show.