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What Curtis Sittenfeld Can’t Live Without

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and the new story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, about the Cincinnati ice cream, reusable bags, and sunscreen she can’t live without.

I like that these bags are machine washable, they can carry heavy loads from the grocery store, and they compress into a tiny little bunch you can literally put in your pocket. I’d estimate that I own about 15.

I once participated in a fancy writers’ conference where we received this sunscreen in our zippered tote bags. (Aren’t zippered tote bags the best? Like ten times better than unzippered ones?) Anyway, that was four years ago, and I’ve been buying Beyond Coastal ever since. It isn’t greasy, and it gives off an aura of not having chemicals in it that will kill you, while still smelling like summer.

My friend Elizabeth often wears leggings, and one morning last year at school drop-off, I asked her, “Which are the leggings that don’t give you camel toe?” She told me Athleta’s Salutation Pant and/or Salutation Tight, and later that day, I bought several pairs. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the expression about how there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women … avoid camel toe.

There’s an ongoing “water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink” situation at my house in terms of both pens and paper. I try to remedy it by buying boxes of these. Maybe I have the theory that if I buy pens that are more utilitarian than pretty, the universe will feel less tempted to steal them from me?

The first recipe in this cookbook is Quinoa Granola With Olive Oil and Maple Syrup, and this is what I have every morning for breakfast (I make it without walnuts and eat it with coconut milk and a banana). I never otherwise eat quinoa, and believe it or not, I never think about either Sliding Doors or conscious uncoupling while I eat breakfast. In general, I believe it’s fine to have impassioned conversations about Gwyneth Paltrow, but those of us who do so should admit it’s a recreational activity and not a moral referendum.