Friday, July 29, 2011

July Book List

Bringing Home the Birkin.  The true story of Michael Tonello's foray into the world of Hermes.  An ex-pat now living in Barcelona, Tonello discovered a lucrative venture that led to him gaining and insider's perspective on the elusive Birkin bag.  This book has many great points: first, the look into the extravagant and excessive world of Hermes and those that purchase its products; second, it's set against a gorgeous European scenic backdrop that takes Tonello beyond Barcelona across the European continent; third, Tonello's engaging writing style.  This is a perfect summer read!

A Visit from the Goon Squad.  This Pulitzer Prize winning novel was this month's book club pick.  Met with the most varying reviews from our book club selections yet, responses ran the gamut from love to hate of the read.  I personally fell on the love side.  The novel is comprised of intersecting stories and characters revolving around the music industry.  The book spans many years and does not take place in a linear fashion, instead moving back and forth in time depending on the chapter and point of view.  Despite the characters deep flaws you find yourself rooting for them in spite of yourself.  I found the book riveting and worth its praise.

A Piece of Cake.  This is the memoir of Cupcake Brown's life--her evolution from an abused child riddled with addictions to becoming a successful lawyer in her adult life.  Brown suffered innumerable atrocities in her youth, that sometimes leaves you reeling and not sure if you could even read on.  Becoming a drug addict very early in her youth, it seems her life is heading nowhere, until she hits rock bottom and turns her life around.  This story of triumph over a horrific childhood is empowering and inspiring, not to mention it will stick with you long after you finish the last page.


  1. Cool. I love new books. I'll have to check out "A Piece of cake"

  2. I'm so glad you mentioned "Bringing Home the Birkin"! I have been meaning to read it, but sort of lost track of it. Now, especially after your high recommendation, I'm determined to pick up a copy! Thanks!

  3. ill have to check these out! thanks for the recs!

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on some time - and then these books - they all look brilliant. Hope you are well - happy week to you.
    a xxx

  5. Always keep my eyes and ears open for book recommendations. The first one is already on my list and thank you for the other tips. :)

  6. Thank you for sharing all of these interesting book selections! Bringing Home The Birkin looks like it is right up my alley. I love reading books that take place in another culture.

    The Wanderfull Traveler

  7. Have not read any of this books! Thanks for sharing :) Have a wonderful saturday :)
    xx Marie

  8. Thanks for your book recommendation. These books sounds interesting. I will have to check them out this weekend!

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