I am continuing to spread the joy of books during this uncertain time. What I know, is that the comfort of a book never lets you down. I hope you all are hanging in there and staying well and safe. I am thrilled to celebrate Laura Jamison’s debut, All the Right Mistakes and that she is my latest Open Book! Read below as Laura’s daughters and myself share a love for Nancy Meyer’s movies ❤
via Amazon ~
Five college friends have arrived at forty in very different circumstances, but with at least one thing in common: they are among the more privileged in society. Elizabeth and Sara are lawyers, Martha is a doctor, Carmen is a wealthy and well-educated homemaker, and Heather, the most successful, is a famous tech executive―and after more than two decades of friendship, they know one another better than anyone.
Then Heather writes a women’s advice book detailing the key life “mistakes” of her four friends―opting out, ramping off, giving half effort, and forgetting your fertility―that becomes wildly popular, and Elizabeth, Sara, Martha, and Carmen all feel the sting of Heather’s cruel words. Despite their status, these women face everyday obstacles, including work problems, parenting challenges, secondary infertility, racism, sexism, financial stress, and marital woes―and as they weather their fortieth year, each one can’t help but wonder if their life might have been different if they had followed Heather’s advice.
But as these friends are continually reminded, life is complex, messy, disappointing, and joyful, often all at once―and no one can plan her way out of that reality. In the end, all five women must embrace the idea that their lives are shaped not just by their choices but also by how they handle the obstacles life inevitably throws at us all.
- What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
The first three people that popped into my mind were Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah, but I’m confident that if I thought more about I would struggle for hours with this one.
- Current binge series?
I’ve been going through a phase where I am watching a lot on the PBS App, like Frontline and American Experience. I think we are all struggling to process what is happening with the pandemic and there is something about these shows that fills that need for me.
- Last favorite book?
I just finished Daniel Silva’s newest, The Order. I love reading series that span the decades. A new one is like a visit from an old friend.
- What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Tevas, my favorite tunic top and cargo pants. Anywhere there is good food, good art and beautiful scenery.
- Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
I read the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times every day without fail.
- Last movie you saw?
My twin girls and I are working our way through every movie Nancy Meyers ever directed. They especially liked The Intern and Father of the Bride.
- Book you read that you wished you wrote?
I think anyone who doesn’t say Harry Potter is lying! I’ve also always felt this way about Liane Moriarty’s books.
- Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Yes! My seventh grade teacher, Ms. Cotterill.
- Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
- Describe your writing space?
I wrote a lot of my debut novel in my minivan while waiting for my kids to finish practice.
- Tell me your coffee/tea order?
8-ounce cappuccino, three shots. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to cut back.
- Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
No, but I should put some thought into this!
- Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
I think we need more movies from Jennifer Weiner, Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult’s books.
- If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys. I’ve always been one of the busy, driven people and this song speaks to me.
- Must have beauty product?
Alta MD sunscreen. Trust me, it’s amazing.
- Royals- yes or no? If so, who is your favorite?
One hundred percent, yes. See my next answer.
- Favorite Instagram account?
Well, this one might make me some enemies, but it’s @kensingtonroyal.
- If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
My friend Amy Schmidt just published a book called Cannonball: Fearlessly Facing Fifty and Beyond and Cannonball should definitely be its own lipstick. I feel like it should be one of those nudes that looks good on everyone. But part of me is also thinking red.
- Current #TBR pile?
The Booksparks Summer Reading Camp 2020 list!
- Best advice you’ve ever received?
Why not you? This was advice from my Dad and every time I think that maybe I’m setting my sights too high, I hear this in my head and it gives me to courage to try.