SUMMER SUMMER TIIIIME. Are you in need of a good book to read while you lay by the pool this summer? I went through the last 30 books I read and picked out five memoirs from strong female voices to create this summer reading list. Here are my recommendations. I hope you enjoy reading them.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Fürstenberg
Fascinating read whether you’re a DVF fan or not. It chronicles her adventurous life— starting with growing up in Brussels, next her days as a young princess and mother, and ending with how she built her iconic namesake brand to today. Family is a big thread in this book as she writes about her children, grandchildren, and mother.
The chapter about her mother nearly had me in tears. Her mother is a Holocaust survivor and was a prisoner at Auschwitz.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
After realizing she’s unfulfilled in her life and her marriage, Gilbert files for divorce and decides to spend one year traveling around the world. She spends four months in Italy experiencing pleasure (Eat), three months in India meditating and practicing Hinduism (Pray), and the remaining seven months in Bali to find balance between pleasure and spirituality. In Bali, she studies with a local medicine man and eventually falls in love again with a Brazilian businessman (Love).
This book will either make you want to eat your way through Italy or book a spiritual retreat in India—maybe both! Gilbert’s writing is entertaining and keeps you laughing.
How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
Fascinating read! So, so funny. Marnell holds nothing back about her life. During her mid-20s, when she was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, she had a prescription drug addiction, struggled with bulimia, and was an absolute party girl. This book recounts everything leading up this point in her life—from growing up in a wealthy D.C. suburb, attending boarding school in New England, to pursuing a career as a fashion journalist that included jobs at NYLON, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and eventually Lucky.
It’s a wild ride! You will not be bored.
My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts
The story begins with Betts graduating from Princeton and moving to Paris with no job offers. Her dream is to be a foreign war correspondent, but, after a few reporting jobs, she ends up becoming a fashion journalist at Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
During her time at WWD, she attends Paris Fashion Week shows, goes to private runway collection previews at the French ateliers, and interviews French fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld to name a few.
Betts was previously the fashion news director at Vogue from 1991 to 1999, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, writer for The New York Times Style section, and is currently a contributing editor at Time.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Could not put this down. All of it is so good. Michelle is a fabulous storyteller. In this book, she writes about her childhood growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her career as a lawyer, motherhood, life as the wife of an Illinois state politician, and her years as First Lady of the United States.
Michelle gets extremely personal in this book. You will be surprised by how open she is. Her writing reads like butter too.
Would love to know what books you’re loving right now. So if you have any recommendations, let me know.
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