I am beyond ecstatic to welcome you to the first installment of Ask AMG! This has been a dream of mine, perhaps it was growing up reading advice columns in the newspaper and in magazines, or most-likely the outpouring of questions I have gotten over the course of my adulthood regarding Style, Books, Manners...Life! Truly nothing makes my heart happier, or makes me feel more full!, than being able to outfit, offer recommendations, and do my best help to those who seek my direction in any way, shape, or form!
am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life who ask my advice; it means so much more to me than anyone will ever know! Thank you! You have made this lil dream of mine come true!
>>My first question is regarding Book Recommendations! She has stated that she recently read Famous in Love, and The Zookeeper's Wife. Below I have included the Publisher's blurbs for both books mentioned, for those of you who has maybe not read either of these novels.
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle: "The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. ... In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches."
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman: "1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love."
My first pick for you, also involves quite the Love Triangle: Girl, Boy, Job. This hilarious and heartwarming story revolving around two co-workers who take hating each other to a whole new level. That level? Yeah, it might be Love Level: 1,000! I love a good Rom-Com book, and this one checks all the boxes!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, "Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game."
My second pick is a work of page-turnery, family-drama, spanning many decades and many secrets! Fair Warning: You will lose sleep!
Butterfly Island by Corina Bomann, "Diana Wagenbach is the sole survivor in a withering family tree fraught with secrets. When the first in a trail of clues is handed down to Diana by her great-aunt on her deathbed, along with a plea to assuage their family’s guilt by revealing all, Diana obliges. She follows the clues—a picture here, a letter there, a pressed frangipani flower in a book—that carry her away from her philandering husband in Berlin to a charming manor in England and all the way to a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. Diana unravels the dramatic tale of her great-great-grandmother, Grace Tremayne, with the aid of Jonathan Singh, a local historian and writer—and someone with whom she feels a deep bond that sparks into romance. As Grace’s tragic past in exotic colonial Ceylon is revealed and the family’s sins come to light, Diana finds inspiration in her ancestor’s courage and begins to rethink what happiness—and love—is worth, and how the surest route to peace is in setting the truth free."
My third pick is a cautionary tale of what real life with a Rock Star may be like! Humor. Wit. Heartbreak. Nick Hornby can do no wrong! He is one of my Top 10 Authors, and I think you will really enjoy this one!
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby, "Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got. Tucker's been languishing (and he's unnervingly aware of it), living in rural Pennsylvania with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin -- his young son, Jackson. But then there's also the new material he's about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet — entitled, Juliet, Naked. What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one's promise."
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Until Next Time!