April + May 2022 Reads

My book count for the last two months has been low as I have been traveling and getting my toddler over a scary bout of jet lag.

Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain

As Meghan McCain released a new book this week, and there was no way I was going to buy it, I re-read her first book. It took the reader back on the campaign trail of 2008. Full candor: I voted for the McCain ticket during the general election.

I read it through a different lens. Perhaps it was because she had not been a panelist on The View at the time of initial reading and she had not reached her apex of being John McCain’s daughter, but I do not find her political stance relatable. I would say in part because her stances have changed since she wrote this book.

It would be amusing if the state of politics in the United States were not so tragic.

Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello

This was a re-visit from earlier last year and earlier that year. Ah, I love book so much.

I so enjoyed reading about Michael’s enterprise at the dawn of eBay in Bringing Home the Birkin. Perhaps it is because I found eBay to be a useful tool for generating income while I was in graduate school. It really helped me bridge that point in time between graduation and nailing down my first job afterwards.

Michael found himself sans employment in Spain with no work visa. He too, took to eBay to minimize his closet and found that Hermés in particular yielded a tidy profit. In his book, he invites the reader along for his European adventure in flipping Birkins. 

The scarcity of the Birkin is actually a myth. Now if I could only score a blue jean Kelly…

I am a massive Jill Kargman fan. I find her to be so relatable, despite her privileged upbringing. (You wouldn’t know that her father was an executive at Chanel.) I have listened to her on Aliza Licht’s Make Your Mark podcast, loved her take on the tween uniform on Town and Country, and read her numerous entries in the fiction arena.

Jill Kargman’s entry of essays, Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave, inspired me to re-watch her Bravo project Odd Mom Out. As a working mom without regular help, I find both her television take and her book refreshing. I just know I will be re-reading this when I need a belly laugh.

Speaking of belly laughs, I had been looking forward to the release of Start Without Me since I found it was available for preorder.

Gary Janetti’s second entry into personal essays is as hilarious as his first. If you are to buy any book this month, make it Start Without Me for a little levity in your life.

I think we all need it.

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