Don’t Book Now III

This is what I read in March:

Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

I initially read Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes five summers ago. I would be lying if I said that I did not take an extra long lunch break the day I began the book, just indulging myself in the memoir which was framed in a way that appealed to my inner music nerd.

I identify with the realization that Dave Holmes came to at the end of the book. For that epiphany, you will have to read Party of One. Buy it – and you know, actually read it – if you grew up as part of the TRL generation or if you grew up along the emergence of MTV.

It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson

A 180 from previous read, It Happens in the Hamptons is the quintessential beach read, not to mention the story setting is a beach. Read this if you don’t want to worry your mind about anything heavy. It is as light and frothy as summer beach swells.

As Needed for Pain by Dan Peres

I took another 180, this time for a dark turn, and picked up As Needed for Pain, a memoir by former Details editor, Dan Peres. This book details (ha!) how one clumsily executed cartwheel can set off half a lifetime of addition.

The ease with which Peres seemingly got away with managing his job and addiction reminded me of Cat Marnell. She also managed additions in the setting of a publication office of a major glossy.

I spent more time than I care to admit speculating who the anonymous Rockstar character is. Tommy Lee? Bret Michaels? Slash?

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Reading about Dan Peres’ time at Details made me want to read more stories set in the publication world. Rather than re-reading How to Murder Your Life, and I am sure that I will soon, I selected a particularly notorious work of fiction, albeit a roman a clef.

Yes, it has taken me nearly twenty years after the original book was released to read The Devil Wears Prada. I was shocked at how much the movie strayed from the original source material.

It also in part inspired me to purchase a leather skirt from eBay.

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I followed up The Devil Wears Prada with Revenge Wears Prada. Initially I couldn’t put my finger on what felt different about this book from its predecessor. No sooner than I wrapped the first chapter that I realized it was the change from first person narrative to third person narrative.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

I think this was my favorite of this month’s Lauren Weisberger trio. Motherhood was a definite theme of the book. Reluctant mothers, mothers of broods, stepmothers. The ‘hood comes in various shades and through this tongue-in-cheek fictional narrative, Weisberger explores them all.

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