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Talbots Book Club’s Second Year and My Book Recommendations


Talbots Book Club’s Second Year and My Book Recommendations


Summer is a great time to get lost in a good book and transcend into another place or time. If you aren’t following Talbots on social media, you should! On May 21st, Talbots invited their customers and followers to share in their love of reading. I have been loving the suggestions on their social media channels, as well as on their website.

In 440 of their stores, Talbots has created a great lending library where customers can donate their favorite book and take one in return. As their lending library grows, so does their community of amazing women who enjoy it!

The company also collaborated with Random House to highlight new classics from best-selling authors:

This summer, Talbots curated “The Ultimate Summer Reading List” and shared it with millions of customers. They asked notable women such as authors, influencers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to tell us what they will be reading this summer and why. As part of this outreach, Talbots asked me to participate.



Talbots Girlfriend Jean  /  V-Stripe Tank Top  /  Zesty Rosebud Square Scarf  /  Lisi Lerch Margo Earrings – White

Lately, I have been an especially voracious. In college, I was a politics and economics double-major, so I’m a news junkie and love history and enjoy reading books on history, business, Christianity, or biographies. This summer, I read eight historical fiction novels set during WWII.

For those who are new to my blog and don’t know much about me, I was born in The Netherlands. My mother is Dutch and my father is American. They met while he was serving as a physician at Ramstein Air Force Base in German during the Vietnam War.

My mother was born during WWII, and I grew up hearing family stories about the war. I love how books let you see the world through someone else’s eyes. The novels really gave me a deeper understanding of what life was like for my family, and made me feel close to my grandparents.

The strength, compassion and resilience of the characters in these books is inspiring. Reading about the harsh brutality of daily life during WWII and the struggle for survival reminded me of how lucky we are. We take so “little things” we take for granted, but it turns out those are actually big things. I think Happiness comes when we value all that we have, help others who have less, and remain grateful.


I highly recommend them all, but will put them in order of my favorites:

1. Kate Quinn, The Alice Network

2. Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

3. Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlett Sky

4. Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

5. Rhys Bowen, The Tuscan Child

6. Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave is Forgiven

7. Rhys Bowen, In Farleigh Field

8. Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls

I hope that you will read some of these books to remember all that we have to be grateful for, and all those who suffered so that we wouldn’t have to! We can learn so much from their heroism.

– Miss A


In 2008, I launched AskMissA.com which grew from my personal blog into a site with 700 writers, covering the intersection of charity & lifestyle in 20 U.S. cities. With Charity + Life, I am going back to a personal blog where I can share my favorite things, and continue to shine a light on nonprofits, and cause marketing campaigns to inspire others to give as they live.

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