Th Paltrow s cookbooks one of her cookbooks includes a recipe for popcorn Yup Popcorn I ve also read both of Gretchen Rubin s books on happiness which Bertsche mentions here So I id understand the nature of Bertsche s experimentThis strikes me as a strange experiment even for stunt journalism Bertsche finds herself Stealing the Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921 dedicating herself to emulating each of these women in some way What sheiscovers is that she is really looking to become a better version of herself by acting the way she wants to feel Want to feel stylish Trade the sweats and yoga pants for a casual intentional outfit Want to feel better Try Gwyneth s Literature and Dictatorship in Africa and Latin America 1958-1987 diet and cleanse You get the ideaIon t read US Weekly or follow any celebrity and I know that the image I see isn t always the whole truth Even Bertsche knows this but yet she knows that she can learn something from these women Some she realizes are just too out of touch with the mainstream woman Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce to be of real inspiration It s an interesting read but I m not really comfortable with the whole cult of celebrity thing Awful Dreadful and Insipid How I Can Write a Book Without Saying a ThingHeard about this book on GMA a couple weeks ago and thought it would be another Julie Julia Couldn t wait to get to BN to pick it up and sit Academic Advising Approaches down with a glass of wine and be entertained for a couple hours Wow it just wasn t even close to JJ and it wasn t even close to being entertainingIn every bleeding chapter sheiscusses her inability to get pregnant From her husband s low sperm count to IVF to IUI and on and on until she tells you she s finally pregnantit was like reading someones incredibly boring WHOS WHO IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE VOL.1 diarySnooze fest If this was the author s pursuit of happiness I wished she kept it to herself DNF p 20I loved Bertsche s first memoir MWF Seeks BFF but I can already tell this at 5 years out from publication is too outdated for me to enjoy She s going to aspire to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck s marriage in one chapter and well we all know how that turned out Plus the majority of her celebrity role models are white which is an oversight I enjoyed her first book which was about finding new girlfriends through going on friend Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations dates with females You sensed the frenetic pace of theseates and it was hard to phone in a Alphas Abused Mate date a week This one has a forehead scrunching premise to begin with combined with a bait and switch combined with phoning it in Rachel has mad baby fever and a new work from home gig writing so she likely sold this book based on the concept that she is going toevote a month to being a ifferent celebrity and adopt that celebrity s mindset in order to become happier Let s forget the part that most celebrities seem less happy and fuller of self isdain than the average personSo our protagonist starts to try to be Jennifer Aniston Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner and a few other celebrities that get erailed because her IVF journey takes center stage Let s also not forget that perfect Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner s marriages failed after this book went to print And let s forget that perfect Jennifer Aniston isn t exactly batting 1000 in relationships either See a themeWhen the book veers to IVF and pregnancy the integrity of the book not that there was much to begin with veers off course It becomes baby baby baby and the celebrities she mentions take a backseat She no longer appears faithful to the project and the book loses momentum It s still interesting if you enjoy reading a woman s pregnancy journal While I idn t have problems with fertility I found this book insulting to those with fertility problems She and her husband have been trying a whopping 7 months to get pregnant They start IVF and get pregnant right away To toss around the word infertility like she Academic Body does seems like a slap in the face of women who have been trying for aecade In the grand scheme of things her struggle is a tiny bump in an otherwise smooth road 1 I tried to read Rachel Bertsche s first book MWF Seeks BFF and gave up halfway through Not because the book was terrible exactly but because it was so repetitive I knew the second half of the book would just be of what I read in the first half so why bother 2 When I saw there was a First Reads giveaway for Bertsche s second book I almost Saint Germain On Alchemy didn t enter but the subject matter interested me somewhat so Iecided to take a chance Besides I thought I m most likely not going to win anyway3 I won this book via a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads4 The first half of the book was entertaining enough kind of like a series of self aware women s magazine articles I ve got nothing against women s magazine articles so that was fine5 However as the book goes along it becomes increasingly Career her marriage and her Chasing the Red Queen dream of becoming a mother Bertsche feels anything but put together In Jennifer Gwyneth Me Bertsche embarks on a uest to emulate her Hollywood role models while sticking to a budget to see if they really hold the keys to happiness While trying to unlock the stars' secrets from Sarah Jessica Parker's wardrobe to Julia Roberts's sense of calm to maybe oneay Jessica Alba's chic pregnancy Bertsche learns valuable lessons A toned body oesn't come easy or.
Bout Bertsche s overwhelming esire to have a baby and her struggles with infertility This is not mentioned on the back cover or in any of the publicity materials for the book probably because the marketing The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) department realized the audience for a lighthearted book about adopting celebrities self improvement habits and the audience for a book about infertility are not the same6 The marketingepartment is right about that7 On the other hand the marketing epartment letter I received along with this book referred to it as a novel so it s possible no one in marketing has actually read this book8 Bertsche is pretty slavish about following Jennifer Aniston s workout routines and Gwyneth Paltrow s cookingeating habits but when she gets to serenity as embodied by Julia Roberts whatever she starts to half ass it She s supposed to be meditating but oesn t really bother to learn what it is or the best way to 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 do it Given that inner peace is probably helpful and important than any of the other celeb lessons she tries to learn this was annoying9 Other things Bertscheoesn t bother to learn the real The Path to Gay Rights definition of zen eating mindfully10 What sheoes Karen vs Alien do Spend an insane amount of time on the internet looking at stuff about celebrities11 One thing I liked about this book Bertsche tries to focus on becoming a better version of herself I think this is something we should all be trying too so I was on board with that idea12 In case it s not clear I wasn t on board with all the infertility stuff I can t uite figure out why I should be interested in the fertility problems of someone I Gendered Citizenships don t know at all and she certainlyidn t have anything new to add to the conversation13 Bertsche s life actually seems uite privileged so like Gretchen Rubin s The Happiness Project this was really just a stunt memoir except the writing was worse and the level of insight much lower14 If you re trying to ecide between the two Rachel Bertsche books this one is the better bet15 But you should probably just read something else entirely Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copyI knew this would be fairly fluffy but it had a good sense of humor about the author s goal and came to some smart conclusions I m a total sucker for using my life as an experiment books and I liked that this one explores how celebrity influences American women s mental well being I was kind of annoyed about the baby subplot since that s so not an interest of mine right now but I thought she ultimately tied it in well by saying that making her life structured and isciplined prepared her to handle the chaos of having a newborn It made me think about a lot of things that I let slip because they take too much time but that they may ultimately help me feel at peace I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway I m not uite sure what I was thinking when I entered the giveaway since1 I Singing the Law dislike fake memoirs where the person thinks of a hook for the year to write about It s too artificial for me and2 Ion t really follow any celebrity s and have never really aspired to have their lifestyleBut I enjoyed this then I thought I would and I thought that the author ended up with a really healthy attitude about just accepting who she isWhen the book started the author had been laid off and was free lancing from home She was in a loving marriage but was adrift in her professional life as well as her personal habits Many Alchemic days she wouldn t work out or beressed in anything other then sweat pants And she was consuming a lot of processed foods Because of these bad habits she We Sell Drugs didn t feel good about herselfSheecided to emulate some movie stars to try and get her life back on track At first she wanted to have Jennifer Aniston s figure so she bought DVDs from Anniston s trainers The author also joined a gym and bartered her membership Ultimately she started feeling better because she had structure in her life Following Anniston s advice gym and iet of whole foods Paltrow iet of whole foods Fey how to be productive at work and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing cute and comfortable outfits the author began to feel confident with herself because she felt that she was accomplishing a lot each Literature of Africa dayUltimately the book showed that the author was alsoealing with issues of infertility and needed to focus her energy somewhere The author also realized that she Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change didn t need to be perfect or even strive for perfection but that she had to make an effort in each area of her life including her marriage Little fixes go a long way whether it s not wearing sweatpants to the grocery store or actively watching tv with your spouse The premise of this book to imitate the lifestyle of a specific celebrity each month is intriguing for sure We all know. Cheap avoiding social media cano wonders for your peace of mind and confidence is the key accessory for pulling off any outfit But can she immerse herself in the A list lifestyle and still stay true to herself And will her pursuit of perfection really lead to happiness Praise for Rachel Bertsche's MWF Seeking BFF Written with verve insight and humor Bertsche writes cleverly but not glibly about the challenges young women face today Chicago Tribune A charming funny chronicle Peopl.
I wasn t sure what to expect with Rachel Bertsche s book but I liked what I found While the focus on celebrity lifestyles seems a little juvenile in the summary I found that her conclusions really resonated with me that we focus on celebrities because there is some element of their lifestyle or persona that we want in our own lives be that fitness style career or relationships and the key is not to envy them but to try and enhance that element in our own livesShe ties these thoughts in with her own life story which changes Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature dramatically throughout the writing of the book Maybe we ll never be a star but we can learn something about ourselves from them and use that to improve our own lives Jennifer Gwyneth and Me The Pursuit of Happiness One Celebrity at a Time authored by popular journalisteditor Oprah Magazine Rachel Bertsche is a highly entertaining and charming celebrity genre themed bookIn NYC 2006 Bertsche spotted Aniston before her guest appearance on The Late Show Celebrity sightings are unforgettable highlights in the lives of ordinary people Many fans followblog about celebrity culture available on media newsfeeds 24 hours aay Twitter makes the celebrities seem accessible publically and as long as the fansfame junkies keep their interest in checkperspective meaning no elusional obsessionsstalking Bertsche explains these Para Social relationships are not harmful to anyone According to research fans can be helped in real life to feel connected less isolated and confident Other studies by evolutionary biologists state that it s normal for others to identifyemulate popular successful people according to BertscheAlthough Bertsche enjoyed a happy fulfilling marriage with her husband Matt she was concerned about the 17 lbs she had gained since their wedding her general isorganization and messy house To attain a higher level of happiness organization and personal satisfaction she began Project Aniston with Jen related research that included the study of Vanity Fair Vogue In Style Marie Claire People Magazine and Good Housekeeping Bertsche signed up for a 19500 monthly gym membership to work out and followed Aniston s Intro to Alien Invasion dietary recommendations to eat well Admiring Aniston s trim youthful glowing appearance she wondered if a Jen Body for herself was possible or if they would be friends in real life With Jen s confident independent yet guardedisposition Bertsche attained additional insight reached some conclusions and new goalsGoop is Gwyneth Paltrow s hugely popular website with email newsletters has a legion of evoted fans as well as haters who claim Paltrow is out of touch with the trials of normal women In reading Paltrow s cookbook My Father s Daughter Bertsche actually felt like a cook The 86 Essential Food Items to Have in Your Kitchen included basic staples Access to a Farmer s Market was recommended along with an assortment of kitchen appliances that included a 20000 pasta roller attachmentOther celebrities iscussed Sarah Jessica Parker s style and extensive wardrobe Tina Fey s work ethic and notable book Bossypants 2011 Julia Roberts serenity obtained through meditation The blockbuster film Pretty Woman 1991 Bertsche felt Robert s was too calmcollected and organized for them to be friends Bertsche compares Jennifer Garner s marriage to Ben Affleck June 29 2005 to her own This celebrity couple s marriage has the inspirational staying power they Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism don t grant interviews together The story of their union has appeared on the Biography Channel In the past celebritymovie stars were carefully controlled managed and at the mercy of studio bosses Today big name celebrities form corporation s to capitalize and profitirectly from their own name brands styles etc Bertsche blended her life story in with the celebrity she was iscussing As she shared the challenges associated with infertility and IVF treatments her conversational style and observations added a highly personalized touch Readers and fans alike will not want to miss this outstanding book Honestly at first I thought this sounded like the most ridiculous premise ever Rachel Bertsche wonders if she just attempts to imitate some of her favorite successful celebrities that she might just become a better version of herself She s inspired by a handful of celebrities and she chooses Jennifer Aniston for her perfectly toned body Gwyneth Paltrow for her uber healthy cooking Sarah Jessica Parker for her style Tina Fey for her incredible work ethicJennifer Garner for her so called amazing marriage to Ben Affleck Julia Roberts for shunning Facebook and embracing tranuility Jessica Alba for her Eco pregnancy and style and Beyonce For having it all together I have read Bossypants and I ve perused Gwyne. For fans of The Happiness Project and The Year of Living Biblically comes a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars What woman hasn't seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce and wished she had their clothes their abs their seemingly flawless lives For Rachel Bertsche these celebrities are the epitome of perfection self assured and effortlessly cool Yet lately between juggling her.
Rachel Bertsche is the author of The Kids Are in Bed Finding Time for Yourself in the Chaos of Parenting MWF Seeking BFF and Jennifer Gwyneth & Me A former editor at O The Oprah Magazine her work has appeared in Marie Claire More Teen Vogue Every Day with Rachael Ray Fitness Women’s Health New York CNNcom and She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children