Book Club: Zelda, Diana & Grace
I love stories about people's lives and experiences ... why they are the way they are ... the people/places/moments that have inspired them most ... the way they saw and experienced happenings and events. Everyone's story is unique. Which is why I can't get enough of these books about Zelda, Diana and Grace.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald –
I just finished this book, and I loved
it. It's written like a first-hand account of Zelda Fitzgerald's life, but is actually fiction. The author did such a great job of following the actual history of the Fitzgeralds, taking stories and facts about their highs and lows as a couple, writing as if she were Zelda. It's a quick read that transports you right to the Jazz Age. Highly recommend.
If you're a Jazz Age or Fitzgerald fan I also recommend reading Gatsby's Girl.
I'm about 70 pages in, but what I really love about Diana Vreeland's autobiography is that it's written like she speaks (at times it is hard to follow) so it feels like we're having a conversation. It's a glimpse into the eye of one the most colorful and influential ladies in fashion – highlights of experiences, places and people she found important throughout her life.
Did you know she also wrote a column for Harper's Bazaar called "Why Don't You?" where she made fashionable (and sometimes extravagant) suggestions on ways to better ones life ... "Why don't you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys' nursery so they won't grow up with a provincial point of view?"
Grace: A Memoir –
This autobiography is next on my list (I've only read the first chapter), but it opens with
Grace talking about The September Issue
& her childhood in Wales. I think it will be interesting to see how the fashion industry has transformed since she started back in the 50s and 60s. Definite bonus: the fabulous little illustrations by Ms. Coddington scattered throughout the book.
Do you have any must-read recommendations for autobiographies or books? I'm looking to bulk up my summer reading list!
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