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4.01.2016

Book Report: Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility and Why Not Me?

Time to check out a few more books that I read as part of last year's Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge (which I totally completed - see here). Mireille Guiliano's Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire marked off "A book you own but have never read" and Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me? marked off "A funny book". Let's get to it!

First off, Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire.
From the woman who brought us French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano's Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire gives us the French woman's guide to the business world. Drawing from her own real life experience as a senior executive at the luxury Champagne brand, Veuve Clicquot, Mireille provides a multitude of lessons in how to achieve success at any stage in your business career, all the while enjoying yourself and life along the way.

As a self-proclaimed Francophile, I loved everything about French Women Don't Get Fat as well as Mireille Guiliano's second book. French Women For All Seasons. I've actually read them both multiple times. So, I immediately bought Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire back in 2006 when it came out, and then for whatever reason never got around to actually reading it. Now that I have, I can see I didn't miss much. In her first two books, her voice really spoke to me - full of sophistication and a passion for food and life that I really admired. In this book, that same voice suddenly seemed very pretentious and out of touch. Maybe it was because the luxury champagne business is a far cry from the line of work I am currently in, but her "advice" continuously seemed impractical and unrealistic to me. Perhaps if I were in a different line of work or didn't have a family or really wanted to go the executive route in my career I would have felt differently, but as it is, this was not the business advice book for me.       

Next up, Why Not Me?
With a fair amount of success under her belt by this point, Mindy Kaling's second comedic memoir, Why Not Me?, delves even more into her life in Hollywood as she attempts to find contentment and joy in her adult life. Her journey from TV writer to starring in her own TV show, as well as being a curvy woman of color in an industry that seems to have no interest in celebrating that; Mindy opens up about it all.

I was really excited to read this book, having enjoyed her first memoir so much (see here). I'm happy to say, Why Not Me? was just as entertaining. Mindy has such a great "every woman" voice, and even though she lives a much more exciting life than most of us, she still comes off as completely relatable. She's smart and a legitimately funny person who does not take herself seriously. She's extremely hard working, but continuously seems shocked by the fact that she has achieved any amount of success in the entertainment industry. She's a completely open book, and it's a book worth reading.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think? Have you ever loved one book by an author, and then been completely disappointed by a different book they wrote? What are you reading right now? Let's talk books!  

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