What have you been reading this week? I am currently in the midst of reading Karen White’s newest novel. If you have never read her books, get them! They are all really good.

Here’s what I’ve read lately!

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Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time by Rachel Bertsche

I wish I had written this fun book! I love the idea behind it. If you can’t wait to see the latest  US Weekly and enjoy reading about celebrities, this is the book for you! Also, if you’ve ever stared longingly at Jennifer Aniston’s toned body or Sarah Jessica Parker’s ability to make a scarf and UGGs look super chic, you don’t want to miss reading this  book.

Author Rachel Bertsche decided to take on living on the advice and lifestyle tips of celebrities such as  Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston,  Beyonce and more.  She follows Sarah Jessica Parker’s style sense,  tries to get Jennifer Aniston’s body, cooks like Gwyneth’s kitchen skills…and so on. Each month she takes on a new celebrity and chronicles the whole experiment.

During this celebrity immersion, Rachel is also trying to get pregnant, so she writes about that journey.  Her voice is funny and engaging, I found this book to be really entertaining!

 

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Switching gears and genres, lets move on to Amy Bloom’s new novel,  Lucky Us. Gosh, I just love a good book that takes place during another decade! This one whisks us away to 1939-1949 and explores the lives of two half sisters named Eva and Iris.

Let me grab the synopsis from Goodreads: 

Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.
 
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.

I really enjoyed Amy Bloom’s novel, Away, and liked this one too. It’s not to be missed, put it on your summer reading list!

 

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I was holding out on this review although I read the book a few weeks ago- its due out in August. I want to let you know about it so you can add to your Goodreads list, pre-order on Amazon, and do what you need to do. When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney is another novel that takes you away to a whole other time and place.

In this novel, young Wally Baker lives in her grandparents brownstone during World War II. She is a funny little girl, curious and smart.

From Goodreads:

“Reeling from her own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world–its sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds hope and strength in the unlikeliest places.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, including the increasingly distant and distracted Stella; Loretta, the family’s black maid and Wally’s second mother; Ham, Loretta’s son, who shares Wally’s enthusiasm for ants and exploration; Rudy, Wally’s father, a naval officer, away serving in the Pacific; and Mr. Niederman, the family’s boarder, who never seems to answer Wally’s questions–and who she suspects may have something to hide.”

This book kept me turning the pages quickly as I wanted to find out what was the real story behind Mr. Niederman, what was going to happen to Wally as she grew up, how her family would change. I loved this novel and am sure you will too.

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