You know what? I LIKED this book...
Yes -- I can see where people might think -- "Gosh -- she's got it all -- friendships with famous people like Diana Ross' daughter, mentors like DV, Anna Wintour (who comes across like more than a little controlling in these pages...), and famed photographer Patrick Demarchalier. Plus -- she's tall, blonde, thin, with a natural outdoorsy chic that Ralph Lauren has been trying to mint for decades. Oh, and she's created an enviable home life with her hunktastic husband ("Looks Brooks!") that she met and fell in love with at the age of 24. (So, yeah, not much heartache.)
But for all that, I found Brooks' book readable, relatable, entertaining and yes, I even learned a few things. (And I know a LOT about fashion.) AB is an extremely good writer and the photographs alone are worth the book. I thought she came across as humble and grateful, even for her life. (Having known some of these gals, I sometimes have to wonder -- do they have any idea how fortunate they are? Some do, I suppose. Must, IMO don't, and take the fact that they were "born on third base," for granted.) I found Brooks extremely honest about her life even if it is more gilded than most -- but does that make her experience any less valid?
A fun read. Very entertaining and moving. I am def sending a copy to my nieces.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (29 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399170839
- ISBN-13: 978-0399170836
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2 x 22.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)