We’re not into dense and heavy tomes during the summer months. Co-published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go is just the type of lighthearted and engaging reading we want. This stylish scrapbook features personal anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia from America’s best-known fashion designers. Plus, it’ll look gorg sitting on your coffee table!
Looking for a hot scandal-ish read to crack on the beach this weekend? Tamar Cohen’s debut novel, The Mistress’s Revenge, is the juiciest book we’ve read in ages and its subject matter is particularly intriguing at a time when a high profile man is busted cheating nearly every week. Cohen’s protagonist, Sally, had an affair with married Clive for five years, but he dumped her in order to refocus on his wife and kids. The novel looks at the unraveling of a mistress scorned, reveling in the fascinating, disturbing, and, well, kind of entertaining ways in which “an otherwise sane woman” can go a wee bit coo-coo-bananas when her heart has been broken. If you’ve ever been brutally dumped and, say, daydreamed about keying his car — or worse! — this book will both titillate and calm those urges. Think “Fatal Attraction” in book form. Sharp, funny writing — not to mention an unexpected twist at the end — make The Mistress’s Revenge the ultimate summer page-turner.
In case you were considering getting hitched at some point in your life, a new book by historian, Pamela Haag, wants to remind you that the reality of marriage ain’t so pretty. Marriage Confidential, which explores modern marriage through research, surveys, and first person accounts, found that more than 30 percent of people wish they never took the plunge at all and that more than half of married folks want to have an affair. According to Haag, technology, work stress, parenthood, and the shifting roles of men and women are changing what marriage looks like for most of us and it’s not looking so hot. This is very encouraging information for the single among us. It makes me feel more motivated than ever to run out and find a mate. If “the semihappy marriage” — the most promising amongst the five kinds of modern marriages Haag profiles– is the best I have to look forward to, I think I’ll pass. Marrieds out there, please chime in. Give me hope. Are you more than semihappy? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Thank you notes are kind of a lost art, and that’s why writer Leah Dieterich has made it her mission to bring ‘em back. In her new book, Thx Thx Thx: Thank Goodness for Everything, she lovingly pays homage to all the things she’s thankful for, from the big to small. In the book, Dieterich writes a thank you note a day, to everything from her ponytail (for keeping her hair out of her face) to her ring finger (for being just as powerful without jewelry on it as with it). We could all use a little more gratitude in our lives, wouldn’t you say?
Sigh. Seriously, I think the hardest part of my job is picking the winners for our various giveaways. You guys post such awesome answers, I end up having to seek second and third opinions on who should take home the booty. Last week, I asked you to tell me your ultimate summer beach bag essentials, and the commenter with the best/most creative answer would score a limited edition Hayden-Harnett scarf and an autographed copy of Brenda Novak’s Inside. All of your answers certainly gave me great ideas for what I should throw in my beach bag this weekend (it’s gonna be 80 degrees and sunny, holla!). But when it came to picking a winner, I had to go with the commenter who had the most unique story behind their ultimate beach bag necessity. Check out the winning comment, after the jump! Keep reading »
It’s a big day for the Kardashian klan. Not only is Kim engaged—and to Kris Humphries, whose name conveniently begins with a ‘K’—but Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe just announced that they’ve written their first novel. Kim blogged, “We are releasing a novel with William Morrow and we want you to name it! The novel is based on our lives but we’ve added a lot of crazy fictional twists and turns. You’ll have to decide for yourself which story lines are true to life, and which ones we dreamed up. LOL.” That could make for a good drinking game.
But life gets even more exciting. Apparently, the sisters are holding a contest to name the book. Keep reading »