I can’t lie , not only am I addicted to juicy dramatic reality TV, I equally appreciate a good memoir or tell-all. Whether or not you consider reality television to be actually, in fact, “real” is your own decision. However, there is just something about a memoir that screams “YES!”. Memoirs offer far deeper access into the life of a renown persona, than any Nikon 800mm SLR camera lens. Here are three books that I would love to get my hands on ASAP.
1. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
“With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.”
2.Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with JFK and Its Aftermath by Mimi Alford
“In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. After just three days on the job, the privileged but sheltered young woman was presented to the President himself. Almost immediately, the two began an affair that would continue for the next eighteen months. Emotionally unprepared to counter the President’s charisma and power, Mimi was also ill-equipped to handle the feelings of isolation that would follow as she fell into the double life of a college student who was also the secret lover of the most powerful man in the world. After the President’s assassination in Dallas, she grieved alone, locked her secret away, and tried to start a new life, only to be blindsided by her past.”
3.Confessions of a Fashionista by Angela Clarke
“The incredibly popular Daily Mail column, ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’, feeds its hungry readers snippets of a life in the glittering yet deranged world of fashion. Now its anonymous author reveals both her identity and the true story of her giddyingly glamorous time in the style industry, with insider gossip on the people who populate it.”
“Propelled by a painful end to a relationship and determined to prove her ex wrong for breaking up with her, our Fashionista lands a place on the Harrods Graduate Scheme. A complete outsider to the fashion world, she sets out on a wing and a pair of Guccis, and finds herself in a whirlwind of couture and craziness. Along the way she learns how to stay sane in a world where hairdressers have egos as big as their clients’ bouffants, where dogs fly business class, and if you’re eating carbs it can only be because you’re pregnant.”