Being in the Room, Rob Giardinelli:
Local Austinite and man-about-town, Rob Giardinelli, shares his insights into the life lessons he has accumulated as he has traversed the high-society lifestyle over the last decade or so. What I particularly loved about this book were the glimpses into his past, growing up with a big family near Philadelphia, and how his background informed his assessment of life with the upper-echelons of society.
Rob’s takeaways include his own personal growth within a structure that can sometimes have negative impacts on people, which could cause some, probably, to become jaded or superficial. He works to look for good in every situation, and I respect and admire that. Perhaps that’s a great lesson in itself to reinforce- to find the good and the positive impact within every situation.
I especially found memorable the section toward the beginning on Texas, with personifications of each major city here. It’s an exceptionally original way of looking at the Lone Star State, and one that keeps coming back to me and making me smile. Worth the read…. and if you know the players in and around the Texas and LA event circuit, it’s fun to try and guess who’s who, as all names have been changed!
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Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty:
I’m always a proponent of book over show/movie. They’re almost always better. If you’re late to the Big Little Lies party, as I was, then just read the book this summer with your rosé…. It’s set in Australia, at the beach, so it’s the perfect poolside read. Couldn’t put it down, and it has some great one-liners that were both insightful and that made me literally LOL.
“If she packaged the perfect Facebook life, maybe she would start to believe it herself.”
“Bonnie and her mum are both members of Amnesty International,” said Abigail. “Of course they are,” murmured Madeline. This must be how Jennifer Aniston feels, thought Madeline, whenever she hears about Angelina and Brad adopting another orphan or two.
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