What I Read: September 2014

  • I Like You Just the Way I Am (Jenny Mollen) // Raw, funny, shocking, raunchy and somehow totally relatable. Jenny Mollen is wildly generous with her humor and candor, and for that I love her. "Though I was tempted to check out Angelina Jolie as shot by Brad Pitt for W magazine, my ego and need for approval made me choose The Economist. I know I didn't know him, had never seen him in my entire life, and might never see him again because I was about to get famous, but like any first date, I wanted Dr. Carl to think I was smart and better than the real me actually was." A fun book for fun people, and a study in how the truth will set you free.
  • How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas) // Remember Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier? Or Bringing Up BĂŠbĂŠ by Pamela Druckerman? This is kind of like those books (which you should also read) except it's written by four impossibly stylish Parisian women -- yes, real Parisians! -- who are irresistibly insouciant but, at the same time, intimate and revelatory. It's more vignette-y and less of a full-on narrative than the others. I don't know. I love it. It has photographs you can cut out so that you can take a little bit of Paris with you wherever you go.