To kick off my first official post of 2016, I thought I’d incorporate a segment on books. Recently I read, that Mark Zuckerberg started a book club last year where he advocated reading a new book every two weeks. Unlike Zuckerberg, accomplishing that is impossible, however reading a new book a month is doable. I’m an avid reader, a nonfiction girl who’s obsessed with knowledge. No disrespect to the world of fantasy/fiction, occasionally I’ll read something intriguing that will absorb me into a characters life. However, it’s much easier to immerse myself into something real whether it’s from a cultural, economical, or fashionable point of view.
HeLa is the abbreviation for Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells singlehandedly changed the science and medical world forever. There are countless medical articles dedicated to HeLa cells and the benefits they have provided; but very little on who the cells belonged to. Author, Rebecca Skloot dedicated over a thousand hours interviewing Henrietta’s children, cousins and close friends making sure to tell the correct story of her life and finally give her family closure. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks grabs your attention from page one and doesn’t let go, taking you on a journey through Henrietta’s hometown of Clover, Virginia and the operating rooms of Johns Hopkins Hospital. This book and the upcoming movie, that Oprah Winfrey, is overseeing will bring Henrietta Lacks back to life and finally given her the recognition she so rightfully deserves!
I enjoy reading about the fashion industry, but what I’ve come to realize is that if you want to know the truth about the industry and how it operates you won’t obtain this knowledge in a magazine. For the most part fashion magazines are nothing more than an oversized pamphlet of ads; you get a few great editorial spreads here and there, but mostly the glossy pages are filled with ads and, of course celebrities.
Throughout my discovery, I’ve learned about the operations of fashion from 3 books: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, OVERDRESSED: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed The Clothing Business Forever
Each book tells a different story, making you more aware of what you are buying, the brands you are supporting, the history of the most coveted labels in the world, and what happens when clothes don’t sell at all. Dana Thomas, Elizabeth Kline, and Teri Agins, 3 well-researched, intellectually strong women who will make you rethink what you have in your closet.