Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today we’re stepping out of the Fiction box and into the realm of Self-Help and Personal Growth. Though not my normal forte, this title came to my attention two fold. First, I noticed it in store because it had one of the fabulous actresses from the show Glee on the cover, and as it turns out, she’s also the one who penned it. Immediately, I made a mental note to check it out some time in the future. The second attention grabber came the very next day. I was checking my email like everyone else in the world and came upon an interesting one indeed. You see, it happened to be from Gianna over at Crown Publishing and it was asking if I was interested in featuring THIS EXACT TITLE. (Sweet!) Of course, I responded with a yes and the rest as they say is history….or will be after today because today has to pass to become history and guess what the book of choice is?
About the book…
The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.
Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business. Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker. She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered. In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her--from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights. Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.
All it said up there…totally true and then some.
This is a book that Mother’s will wish their daughters to read; a book girls may pick up in passing, only to share it with their friends and their friend’s friends later on. You get to know Ms. Michele (sorry, almost called her Rachel!) on a deeper level; her motivations, her ambitions, what’s most important in her life and the ways she fights back when the going gets tough. She wasn’t born into a life of want but she also didn’t have a silver spoon hanging from her mouth. Her family helped keep her grounded while she kept reaching for the lights of Broadway and when broadcast media crossed her path, it was an unexpected gift wrapped in love and friendships that have and will last for years to come.
If you’re a follower of the theater, her work history may simply be a walk down memory lane, but for those of us only becoming acquainted with her through Glee, it’s presented in less of a resume and more of an experiences had, lessons gleaned. It shows how whether or not you’re on the stage in your chosen (or forced…because let’s me honest, we’re not all where we want to be at the moment, kudos to you if you are) profession, the pearls of wisdom gained can be applied to the everyday ordinary. I found her truest truth shared to be very Dr. Seuss-esque (and I mean that in the best way possible)….something along the lines of being yourself because you are an original and were made perfectly for the part. Simple yet true.
So, in conclusion, this is part her story, and part OUR story. Through her shared experiences, readers are able to glean lessons learned while picking up tips and tricks for staying healthy and balanced overall. I gotta say, I love the fact that although she is a celebrity, she’s a real advocate for doing things at home, the easy, simple (and more inexpensive!) way. There’s definitely a soup recipe I’d like to try out and I wouldn’t be surprised to randomly find me attempting a full plank with side twist in the near future. (^_^) Recommended read for teens through adults.
About the author…
LEA MICHELE is best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-, Grammy-, and SAG-award-winning Fox television series Glee. She has been nominated for an Emmy, a SAG Award, and multiple Golden Globes. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
Review copy received courtesy of Gianna at Crown Publishing. (THANKS!) For more information on the title, author, or publisher, feel free to click through the links provided within the post. This title is available now via Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf near you.
Until next time…happy reading!