Book Club

“Smart and Beautiful Book Club” for the Fashion Friendly

Welcome to my online book club!

If you’re here for my musings on fashion, it’s possible you enjoy good books as well. After all, both fashion and writing are creative arts. I read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and this page connects you to what I’ve been up to in that department. Please join me in reading any of the titles listed below that interest you, then share your thoughts!

The links embedded in the titles and images for these books will take you to where you can read more about the book and, if you so choose, purchase it for yourself.

Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and will receive a few pennies in compensation if you buy books linked from my site. If that happens, thank you for your support! If you prefer not to click those links, no hard feelings! Simply head to your local bookstore or favorite online bookshop and purchase the title you’re interested in.

No matter where you get the book, I’d still be interested in your thoughts, so be sure to come back and chat about what you read! Reading is subjective. All opinions are welcome even if they disagree with mine.

The Song and the Silence by Yvette Johnson

I wrote about Yvette Johnson’s memoir, The Song and the Silence, in my post Books, Art, and Slow Fashion. Yvette’s book is part memoir, part Civil Rights history, and part biography of her courageous grandfather, Booker Wright. She seamlessly weaves the stories together, unveiling her feelings around race and family, while revealing a family secret that helped changed the course of history.

The Song and the Silence is a way into the conversation about race that we so desperately need right now. This isn’t to sound preachy. Yvette certainly is never preachy in her book. She is real and authentic about her experiences, both in her life and what she discovered in her search for more about her grandfather.

Through The Song and the Silence, Yvette graciously opens the door and invites us in and, I for one, am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of her community.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

I wanted to love this fiction story about an older woman living in modern Beirut. In many ways the character telling the story, Aaliya Sobhi, reminded me of what I might be like at 72 years old. She is quiet and happy in her solitude and, on the surface one might think she has lived “an unnecessary life” because she is unmarried, has no children, and spends a lot of her life reading and translating books in the stillness of her home. There were moments in the book when my heart beat heavier for her, in compassion and camaraderie. That being said, I had a hard time getting through it.

Perhaps it says more about me than it does about Mr. Alameddine’s writing, but the constant diversions from Aaliya’s life and observations into long dives of texts I have never read felt overly pretentious, like someone who name drops all the time. And, although this is partly Aaliya’s character–she is proud of the reading she has done in her life and it gives her life meaning–the book is thick with these segues and I grew tired of going down those roads with her before returning to the more interesting parts of her life and relationships.

I did finish the book. There were enough gems within the story for me to slog through it. Sadly, however, I wouldn’t recommend An Unnecessary Woman unless you live for deep references to heavy literature.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Currently reading (and LOVING). More to come!