Posted 2 March, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments
Title: Life's Accessories: A Memoir (and Fashion Guide)
Author: Rachel Levy Lesser Published by She Writes PressDate Published:
November 5, 2019 Pages:
160 Genres: Non Fiction Format: ARC Source: Publisher
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Rachel Levy Lesser can relive almost every significant life event through an accessory. A scarf, a pair of earrings, a bag, even a fleece pair of socks—each contains the elements that put together the story of a life. Life’s Accessories is a funny, sad, touching, relatable, shake-your-head-right-along-as-you-laugh-and-wipe-away-tears, coming-of-age memoir. In fourteen essays, Lesser tackles sensitive issues like anxiety, illness, and loss in a way that feels a bit like having a chat with a good friend. Out of the stories comes solid life—and fashion—advice. About far more than just a hair tie, a bracelet, or a belt, Life’s Accessories is a window into the many ways in which Lesser has come to understand life—in all of its beauty, its joys, its sorrows, its heartaches, its challenges, and its absurdity.
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I gotta say it. Twenty Twenty is turning out to be a year of branching out of my reading comfort zone……and falling in love with what I try. Again, I’m not a big memoir reader but I’ve read a few recently that just instantly grip me and make me feel better about myself. This one…..this one is a phenomenally written and absolutely captivating. I loved it!
As some who has dealt with the death of my own mother, helping my father through his own cancer battle, and struggling with my own severe anxiety and depression, I felt an absolute connection to Lesser as I read this. I felt as if each essay was written just for me. Her inclusion of fashion was wonderfully down.
The writing style of Lesser is superbly unique. Again, I don’t normally read Memoirs but lately, I’m falling in love with them. Lesser’s memoir left me in tears, wishing my mama could have read this with me. But, it did more than that. It gave me hope. It gave me a new friend. It gave me laughs and lessons I’ll cherish for ever. Grab a copy of this book now! You won’t be sorry.
About Rachel Levy Lesser
Rachel Levy Lesser’s articles and essays have appeared in various outlets including The Huffington Post, Glamour.com, Parenting.com, Kveller, Modern Loss, Scary Mommy and The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. She is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and received her MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. In her previous life as a marketing professional, Rachel worked on the business side of Time Inc. on magazines including InStyle, Life, People, Real Simple and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Rachel is the author of four books including Life’s Accessories which will be released in November 2019. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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