In Mini Episode 59, Alyssa Hertzig (@alyssahertzig, @alyssaisbooked) shares how she got back into reading after a long hiatus and we do an impromptu deep dive on Ann Patchett (one of my all-time favorite authors)…plus, celebrity memoirs.
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My May Book of the Month picks were The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe, A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle.
- How Alyssa started reading again after a long hiatus.
- The first few books that got Alyssa back into reading.
- A celebrity memoir we both loved on audio.
- How coronavirus impacted Alyssa’s reading.
- Alyssa’s recommendation for a great book to get you out of your coronavirus reading rut.
- The beloved book by one of Sarah’s all-time favorite authors that Alyssa loved, but Sarah didn’t.
- A spur-of-the-moment Ann Patchett deep dive.
- Excellent celebrity memoirs.
- A bit of a tangent about the NYC fashion scene.
Alyssa’s Book Recommendations [13:15]
Two OLD Books She Loves
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett | Buy from Amazon [13:33]
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradel (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [20:01]
Two NEW Books She Loves
- All Adults Here by Emma Straub | Buy from Amazon [23:55]
- Open Book by Jessica Simpson (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [26:20]
One Book She DIDN’T Love
- The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves | Buy from Amazon 
One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About
- The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley (Release Date: May 19, 2020) | Buy from Amazon [35:29]
Other Books Mentioned
- The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [1:19]
- A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [1:28]
- Untamedby Glennon Doyle | Buy from Amazon [1:46]
- The Nightingaleby Kristin Hannah (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [8:06]
- This Will Only Hurt a Littleby Busy Phillips (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [8:25]
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [10:23]
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [11:03]
- 11/22/63by Stephen King | Buy from Amazon [12:34]
- Recursionby Blake Crouch (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [12:49]
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [12:49]
- The Dutch Houseby Ann Patchett (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [13:37]
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [18:08]
- State of Wonderby Ann Patchett | Buy from Amazon [18:32]
- The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal | Buy from Amazon [22:45]
- Openby Andre Agassi | Buy from Amazon [30:07]
- A.L.T.by Andre Leon Talley | Buy from Amazon [39:19]
- The Sparkly Life (Alyssa’s blog)
- Alyssa’s episode of 10 Things to Tell You with Laura Tremaine
- 10 Things to Tell You Ep. 63: Working from Home with Emily Freeman
- “How I’ve Read 50 Books in 6 Months (And How You Can Too),” The Sparkly Life
- Ep.7: Ashley Spivey
- Image of Andre Leon Talley
- “Designer Ralph Rucci says the door is open to criticize Anna Wintour”, The New York Post
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Alyssa spent over a decade as a beauty editor at various magazines such as Allure, Brides, and Good Housekeeping.
She left the magazine world about 4 years ago to become a freelance writer.
She now splits her time as a freelance writer and editor covering primarily beauty topics…and as a blogger at The Sparkly Life, a lifestyle blog covering books, parenting, fashion, and more.
She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey (that’s right across the river from NYC), with my husband and two kids.
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