Blogger Book Fair: Amy of Fashion and Other Stuff

I love this week's recommendations brought to you by the oh-so stylish Amy of the blog Fashion and Other Stuff. Make sure to check it out, I know you'll love it.

I first discovered Alexandra Penney by reading her blog on The Daily Beast. Penney (former Self Editor, bestselling author and artist), started to blog after literally losing it all (all of her life savings) with Bernie Madoff. It was fascinating to me to hear her story. She was extremely candid, which I loved. She realizes she has lost it all, while she is preparing a decadent meal for friends, and tries to come to terms with the fact that she is now a PORC (as she desribes Person of Reduced Circumstances). Penney must decide what immediate life changes she is going to have to make to survive this situation without ending up on the streets. I think this a great read especially in this economy. It goes to show that no matter what lemons life throws at you, you can NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up.

I loved watching Kelly on The Hills and now on her own show Kell on Earth. I like how she cuts through the BS. I wanted to learn more about Kelly and how she got started in the biz. She has led an interesting life and I enjoyed all her stories and words of wisdom.

Gypset Style by Julia Chaplin

I added this coffee table book to my collection of Assouline books and I have to say it is my favorite. If I had to do it over, I’d say the Gypsetters life is for me. The book tells multiple stories, and includes beautiful images, of some of the worlds most famous and chic Gypsetters. It had me dreaming of far off places to jet off to for extended periods of time (like the Greek Islands). If only I had the time!!! A girl can dream…

The Color of Water by James McBride

This book was recomended by a friend. It was great and again made me feel grateful for my problems. It was very intense; I almost read the entire book on a flight. The book includes stories of James’ life, as well as a tribute to his mother, Ruth McBride. He discuss his chaotic childhood and that of his twelve siblings, as they dealt with issues of racism, religion and identity. A classic.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I saw a picture in a tabloid of Sarah Jessica Parker reading this book, so I immediately ran out and got it. The writing style is exceptional and reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. The book evokes emotion. I found myself angry, saddened, and inspired by the characters and their stories. These women knew the true meaning of exceptionally hard work and they inspired me beyond words with their resilience. This was a book that kept me up late into the night reading.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert 

I bought this book because I couldn’t wait to hear more from Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved her humor in Eat Pray Love. In this book her voice is still there, but it’s just a little more serious. I think this is a great book for committment phobic types.


  1. I love the book fair! It's nice cause if I see a book on there I already read & liked, there's a good chance I'll like the others.

  2. I am so glad you have brought the book fair back! Love this series!

  3. Me too, me too! I love this series. I loved The Help and can't wait to read Committed.