I must confess a few things…
I have always liked Chelsea Handler. I have enjoyed both her television shows and her books. I have seen her stand-up comedy show live and I have even met her.
She has always had a dark edge to her and the ability to say what is on her mind, something which I have always envied just a little bit. She has always appeared to me as sarcastically scary, if that is a real thing.
But in this new book, Life Will Be the Death of Me, a new woman has emerged. One which I must say sounds (at the age of 42ish) all grown up!
After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Handler basically fell apart. But she had no idea why. During her recent Netflix series, Chelsea, she interviewed a psychiatrist, Dan Siegel and decided to make him her therapist. Thus began her year long self-analysis journey into why she is the Chelsea Handler she has been.
Although the book covers serious subject matter, Handler does add her flair for the one liners, sarcasm and hysterical observations.
One such story is how she became to have a crush on Robert Mueller! She knows he’s married!
Through her analysis she primarily learns that she has never really gotten over her brother Chet’s sudden death when she was very young and because she never fully accepted the death, she has had many unattainable relationship goals as well as significant issues when dealing with death. Chet’s death impacted her whole immediate family and each sibling and parent dealt with it very differently, something a young girl at the time was hardly able to understand.
Life Will Be the Death of Me is a quick read filled with humor, sadness, love and a message to everyone who has had to go through what she has had to. I have to say after reading this memoir it only makes me admire her more, and she doesn’t seem quite as scary.
If you enjoyed Ranald’s last book, Sorry Not Sorry, you will truly enjoy her new one, It’s Not You It’s Him.
Ranald has brilliantly taken one of her characters, Tansy, and created a moving story of love, loss, lack of self-confidence and body image and tied it in a bow with humor and hysterical scenes.
Tansy has just broken up with “the love of her life” Renzo. Blaming herself for not being a better person, someone who would deserve his love and affection, she along with her roommate devise a scheme in order to win him back. Tansy decides she needs a fake boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Josh a frenemy from high school, not especially a favorite time in Tansy’s life, comes to London and stays with her.
All the while Tansy is trying to keep her job, help her mother make ends meet and assist a young upcoming designer which makes for a very chaotic life.
The story shows how some women will take just about any kind of verbal abuse from powerful men who they feel are superior to them and blame themselves.
It also traces those episodes in one’s past life which we all have and can relate to where there were nasty words said, embarrassments in front of others and horrible tricks played, Those emotions can not only hurt when they originally happen, but can last your lifetime.
It’s Not You It’s Him is a very powerful story about women who begin to learn at all ages how to take back the power they have lost and begin to put themselves first.
Bravo Sophie Ranald!
Thank you #NetGalley #Bookouture #SophieRanald #It’sNotYouIt’sHim for the advanced copy. The book is out right now.
I will never drive by a flea market again without thinking of Hallie Ephron and her latest mystery Careful What You Wish For.
Emily Harlow is a professional organizer married to Frank Harlow a professional hoarder (of flea market finds) as well as a lawyer. They say opposites attract right?
So when Emily is called by an elderly woman to organize a storage unit she had no idea her late husband had even rented, and a young woman whose husband is an antique hoarder like Frank hires her to declutter belongings her husband will not allow her to bring into the house she thinks she’s hit the jackpot!
But suddenly Emily finds herself embroiled in possibly aiding a thief, as well as unknowingly being involved in a murder which could possibly implicate her. Who on earth would want to frame Emily and why?
Careful What You Wish for is the best type of mystery novel. You think you have it all figured out and then another clue appears sending the reader in another direction. Ephron certainly knows how to keep the reader guessing!
The book would be an enjoyable beach read or even just a read in your cozy chair.
And just for the record, my husband will not be visiting flea markets anymore!
Thank you @HallieEphron @WmMorrowBooks #CarefulWhatYouWishFor for the advanced copy. The book will be out August 6.