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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo + Jezebel = a perfect weekend

I loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down and wish I could have dinner with Evelyn Hugo. If you’re looking for some weekend entertainment, I highly recommend finding a comfortable spot to sit with Evelyn and a glass of Jezebel white wine.

In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid brilliantly created interesting and real humans, people you like and respect not in spite of their flaws, but because of them. Chapter by chapter, husband by husband, the real Evelyn Hugo–the person behind the legend–becomes clearer, like the slow reveal of a retracting theater curtain that you can’t wait to see behind. Add in the glamour of the Hollywood film industry from the 50’s through the 80’s, and Evelyn’s story becomes as irresistible as she is.

I suggest pairing Evelyn’s remarkable story with Jezebel Blanc wine. From the Willful Wine Company, Jezebel Blanc is a crisp aromatic blend out of Oregon. Golden in color, this light and slightly sweet wine is a summer go-to. It’s also reasonably priced at about $15/bottle and is rated 89-90 pts according to Wine Enthusiast.

Enjoy and happy reading!

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Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Valor Cava

On the eve of the release of Barack Obama’s memoir (part 1), I want to take a few moments to reflect on Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. If you have not had the opportunity to read it yet, I highly recommend doing so. It would also be a wonderful Christmas gift for any woman in your life.

Ms. Obama’s story is captivating in its relatable nature for all women who struggle with work life balance and in her telling of the life of an extremely exclusive group—First Ladies of the United States of America. I found it to be a story of resilience, hope, and courage. I keep it on my bookshelf for inspiration, and believe it belongs on every woman’s bookshelf for the same reason.  

She describes growing up in a working-class family in Chicago and how she managed to climb the socioeconomic ladder through the determined efforts of loving, hard-working parents combined with her own intelligence, work ethic, and drive to succeed. Ms. Obama talks about achieving her definition of success, only to have to redefine it according to evolving values that included a family of her own. Seeing Barack Obama through her eyes prior to his political rise and in his roles as husband and father was both insightful and intriguing as was her perspective on their road to the White House and her experience as First Lady. Her story concludes with her description of their transition from the People’s house that had been their home for eight years.

So many women can relate to Ms. Obama’s struggle to retain her own identity separate from her husband and family and to maintain some semblance of work-life balance. In a nod to her courage and sparkle, I recommend Valor Cava—a Spanish sparkling wine—to join you and Ms. Obama as you share her journey. It can be a bit bumpy at times, but overall, it’s a true joy ride.

Enjoy, and happy reading!

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