Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy

Emily Post has not been replaced, but Jordan Christy has a few words for the women of this generation...and they had better listen up!

If you're like me and want to throw up whenever you see some young Hollywood starlet give her best "I'm stupid, isn't it so cute?" routine, you'll be glad this book exists.

Christy gives advice to young women, in a very conversational tone, on everything from working hard and first impressions to wardrobe and make-up. I think one of the smartest things the author does is point out talented, successful, and beautiful actresses and businesswomen that other women can look up to. Jordan Christy could put herself on that list in her own right, but instead chooses to site Reese Whitherspoon, Ivanka Trump, and Anne Hathaway as some of the classy women who do not sacrifice their self-respect for a US Weekly cover story.
"We live in a free country with rights, freedoms, and opportunities that women would have killed for a hundred years ago - and instead of voting, getting the CEO spot, going for a doctorate, or volunteering at a women's shelter, many young women today are too busy shaking their badonkadonks in short-lived music videos and diligently bedazzling their cell phones with more pink rhinestones."

Jordan Christy does not preach in her book. Sure, she shines a spotlight on girls like Jessica and Britney and says, no no no no NO. But she also gives us real-world situations, and the common-sense advice women need to make the most of their opportunities. I especially appreciated the Dress To Impress chapter, where I took my style quiz, and found not only pieces to add to my wardrobe, but both a high and a mid-level retailer to find the pieces. (She does the same for make-up too!)

As someone who grew up with a copy of Emily Post on my bookshelf, and a mom who personified grace and class, I fully support any book that might shake some sense into the young girls strutting through he hallways of our high schools with their thongs hanging out of the back and their cleavage hanging out of the front, all the while texting their latest crush 15 times in a row wondering why he's not texting back. (Yep, Jordan gives GREAT relationship advice too!)

If you have a young woman between the ages of 15 and 25 in your life, and she spends way too much time watching My Super Sweet Sixteen on MTV instead of reading Jane Austen or (shock and horror) a newspaper, you might want to sneak this one into her backpack. On second thought, you might want to duct tape it to her iPhone.

Tons of book extras at Hachette Book Group:
Self-respect Quiz
Author Interview Video
The iTunes mix
Join the Group
Read an Excerpt

About the Book:
How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Center Street (August 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599951835
ISBN-13: 978-1599951836

A review copy of this book was provided by Hachette Book Group.


Elisabeth said...

I've been hearing this title, but had no idea of its content! This sounds fabulous. And, much needed in today's society. Thank you for your review!

Lorelei Spirit said...

This is the book I won in a giveaway here - I am terribly excited for its arrival in the mail. :)

Juju at Tales of said...

I think I need this book. It sounds adorable and love the title.

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