Books to Get and Give

Books to Give and Get

I am always looking for a great new book.  I love nothing more than getting caught up in the pages of a delicious read, and memoirs are among my favorites.  Especially if they’re about fascinating people.  Or hilarious.  Or both.

These three books have been keeping me up late at night recently.  Each is riveting in its own way.  I’ve already written about The Andy Cohen Diaries, which I could not put down, and which had me laughing everywhere I went (because I brought it everywhere I went until I finished it.  At which point I started his previous book, Most Talkative.)  Andy Cohen is a hoot to have in your head, and I’m going to miss hearing his voice when I finish his book.  Though, if I had to say, I think I like his Diaries better than his first book.  Probably because it’s more dishy and fun.

Amy Poehler is nothing short of rad, and her book, Yes Please, is an honest (and predictably hilarious) look at her life and rise through comedy.  She offers good advice on a multitude of topics (including a chapter entitled Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend).  And, though I’m halfway through the book and loving the whole thing, I found her preface quite moving.  In discussing writing her book she says, “A war raged between my jokey and protective brain and my squishy and tender heart.  I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors.  I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place.  So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us.  The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth.  These are the people I want to be around.  This is the honest way I want to live and love and write.”  How can you not love this woman??

Finally, a book that took me totally by surprise.  I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist is the fascinating story of Betty Halbreich, the eighty-six year head of personal shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, where she has worked for 40 years.  From her beginnings in Chicago, where she played in her mother’s gorgeous closet full of clothes, to the job she began following the demise of her twenty year marriage to an unfaithful man, the book is a page-turner.  Betty is such a winning protagonist (and she’s real!) that Lena Dunham is currently developing a series based on her life.

These are three books that would be such fun to give (or get)!  In fact, I’m giving copies to some of my favorite people this Christmas.  If you need more gift ideas, check this out!



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