After I saw my friend Adrienne’s terrific post about her summer reading list I started thinking about what’s on my own reading agenda for the season. Here are four books I hope to finish this summer:
Rainier and Grace: An Intimate Portrait, by Jeffrey Robinson.
My mother gave me this book for Christmas one year back when it was new (it came out in 1989) and I was young, really young, just 20 years old! I never finished it so I’m starting it again. I want to see the movie Grace of Monaco, despite bad reviews, because it’s interesting to me that the new trailer shows Grace (Nicole Kidman) as a woman trying to find her way again after a few years of marriage and a couple of kids. Is there any truth to that or is the movie more of an allegory? Maybe this book will have some answers. Or maybe not, it was written with the cooperation of Prince Rainier III so will probably present his marriage to Grace Kelly in a flattering and soft-focus light.
Completely unrelated side note: Grace of Monaco may be straight to video, it’s not playing at even one theatre in NYC (practically unheard of), but I won’t be surprised if the costume designer, Gigi Lepage, is nominated for an Oscar next year for her work on the film, the costumes are that good.
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.
My mother told me about this book, by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso and I’m about 10 pages in. So far, so good, though it is definitely geared toward readers in their 20s and under. I will admit I don’t like the title—Amoruso is a 30-year-old woman and the head of her own very successful company, does she really need to refer to herself as a girl?—however, I’m curious as to what points of business savvy she may be able to impart as well as how (and why) she started Nasty Gal, the online retailer of vintage women’s clothing. I wish Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and self-made billionaire, would write a book like this. I would love to read it.
|Just got it back from the library. I have to read it faster this time!|
Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod.
My friend Heather of Vintage French Chic is the one who told me about this book. I think have reached my saturation point with books about ladies who are either obsessed with or long to give up everything and move to Paris—when are we going to see a story of this kind about, say, Rome, or Tokyo?—but there is something else at work in this book: MacLeod wanted to find out how much money she would have to save in order to quit her job as a copywriter in LA, a career she found deeply unsatisfying. I started this book, but had to return it to the library before I was done because someone placed a hold on it (damn it all), but from what I’ve read so far I can tell you MacLeod has some great tips on how to live on a tight budget and even generate income when you are saving for something big, a theme that is close to my heart.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman by Sara James Mnookin.
I have read a few pages of this book and it is so fun, a mix of the history of the famed Manhattan department store and the recollections of people who have either worked there, shopped there, or got their start in fashion there, little vignettes from people as different as real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran to Michael Kors. There are also terrific old advertisements inside and pictures of windows through the years. A unique book on a unique store!
|Love this picture of a Bergdorf window from 2006 called “Subway Twister.”|
What are you reading this summer?