I’m giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This was one of my top 5 books in recent memory. I especially loved how Amy wove very blunt truths into her various stories, sometimes making me laugh out loud. She speaks fondly of her family, giving much praise to her parents for their support since childhood. She reflects on each and every crappy and not-so-crappy job she had over the years and my favorite tidbit was her talking about seeing Robert Downey Jr. in a coffee shop in LA early in her career and pitching ‘a small Indie film, Iron Man, to him’. She’s kidding, right? Ha!
My favorite chapter was “Your Career is Like a Bad Boyfriend” and culminates with this gem:
“People don’t want to hear about the fifteen years of waiting tables and doing small shows with your friends until one of them gets a little more famous and they convince people to hire you and then you get paid and you work hard and spend time getting better and making more connections and friends.”
She confirms, those people who are discovered the minute they get off the bus in New York, LA, or Chicago, are few and far between. 99% of the time, success in show business is grinding it out, year after year.
Another great review of this book is available at Rolling Stone online. Check it out here!
This was the best book I’ve read in a long time. My friend, Shauna, recommended it and once I started it, couldn’t put it down. The main character is a newlywed social worker whose cases are out in the country in North Carolina. The story focuses on 3 families in particular that all live and work on a tobacco farm. The twists and turns made me want to read it all in one sitting. I managed to fit it into 2 days and was a little disappointed it was over. HIGHLY recommended.
Women Are Scary by Melanie Dale
For any of you who happen to have that loud friend with a sticky minivan and hugs you boob to boob the first time you met, well, she wrote this book. Melanie astutely covers what it’s like to make Mom friends and how to go about not scaring them off once you have them. She likens the stages of mom friendships to bases and guides the reader in maneuvering through it all, even the ugly parts.
I really liked this book and recommend it to any (all) of you who are yearning for friends during what seems like the busiest years of our lives. Some great ideas for quickie dates (when schedules are crazy and you just can’t make it work):
* Need anything at Target? Swing your sticky minivan over to her house and pick her up. You can grab a Starbucks on the way in, shop together for an hour, and knock out bonding over running a necessary errand.
* An early bird? Let your husband or helpful older child get the younger ones ready in the morning and bolt out the door for breakfast. You know, iHop at 6:30 am. Because, pancakes.
* She has to cancel (again) because her kid got sick? Drop off dinner. Don’t stay, don’t ask if you can, just grab her and the family dinner, ring the doorbell and run. Relationships are deepened when we serve one another.
Nobody’s Cuter Than You – A Memoir About the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle
I didn’t get to this one in April. I might move it to May, but I’m getting lots of recommendations for great books and may push this later in the year.
What did you read in April??