Julian Jessop lived a fascinating but self-centered life as a famous artist, but he's in his eighties now, lonely and virtually forgotten. Seeking connection and hoping to inspire others, he wrote the unvarnished truth about his own life and left in a wine bar owned by the rather rigid Monica. She read it, pondered her own truths, added a journal entry of her own, and left it to be discovered by (you'll have to read the book to find out)...
The Authenticity Project reminds us of the importance of connection through its charming, troubled, imperfect characters, and how the least likely of friends find commonality when they're willing to face their hard truths.
I, like the rest of the world, have enthusiastically embraced the brilliance of Hamilton.Those who had seen the show were running into the bookstore for this, and I certainly know why.
This gorgeous book contains the lyrics - and some are sung/rapped so quickly that the lyrics are helpful - and articles about the production and talent. The photos are plenty and beautiful - in fact, the book is very much like the best kind of scrapbook.
My favorite parts, though, are the numerous Lin Manuel-Miranda-written side notes. He gives historic and musical references, notes on rewritten or deleted scenes, and his thoughts, both poignant and funny. I will wear this book out.
Elin Hilderbrand certainly left our friends the Steele family in a pickle or several when What Happens in Paradise ended - the FBI has confiscated both of their homes, Russ Steele's death is still a mystery, and no one's love life is smooth. A Jeep with tinted windows and a strange driver keeps following them. And two category 5 hurricanes are headed straight for the Virgin Islands. It all seems impossible, but I promise that Hilderbrand's final book in the Winter in Paradisetrilogy answers all the questions and wraps up this trilogy in a very satisfactory fashion.