Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time
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For fans of The Happiness Project and The Year of Living Biblically comes a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities, as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars.
What woman hasn’t seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Beyoncé and wished she had their clothes, their abs, their seemingly flawless lives? For Rachel Bertsche, these celebrities are the epitome of perfection—self-assured and effortlessly cool. Yet lately, between juggling her career, her marriage, and her dream of becoming a mother, Bertsche feels anything but put together.
In Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, Bertsche embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models—while sticking to a budget—to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. While trying to unlock the stars’ secrets, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s wardrobe to Julia Roberts’s sense of calm to—maybe one day—Jessica Alba’s chic pregnancy, Bertsche learns valuable lessons. A toned body doesn’t come easy or cheap, avoiding social media can do wonders for your peace of mind, and confidence is the key to pulling off any outfit. But can she immerse herself in the A-list lifestyle and still stay true to herself? And will her pursuit of perfection really lead to happiness?
Praise for Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me
“If you’ve ever had a celebrity girl crush, stick Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me in your beach bag. Bertsche is your people.”—Associated Press
“[A] super-fun social experiment.”—PureWow
“Bertsche ups the ante. . . . The well-researched information on celebrity culture provides food for thought.”—Booklist
“What makes Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me work is Bertsche’s honesty. . . . [She] is funny, creative and, more importantly, manages to stay sane.”—Boston Herald
“An entertaining memoir about a woman’s attempt to model her life on those of stars.”—Tampa Bay Times
“A worthy narrative.”—The Boston Globe
“Bertsche blends elements reminiscent of Julie & Julia and The Happiness Project in this ‘self-improvement journey.’ . . . The process not only provides Bertsche with fruitful writing fodder but also prompts readers to examine their outlook on perfection, self-acceptance, and aspiring to be one’s very best self.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Rachel Bertsche’s MWF Seeking BFF
“Written with verve, insight, and humor . . . Bertsche writes cleverly, but not glibly, about the challenges young women face today.”—Chicago Tribune
“[A] charming, funny chronicle.”—People
Praise for MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche “Friendship is one of the most important elements of a happy life—but it can be tough to make new friends. In MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel Bertsche weaves together engaging and often hilarious adventures in search of a new best friend with the latest research about the science of friendship. I couldn’t put it down.” —GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of The Happiness Project “Funny, forthright, and honest as a midnight phone call, Bertsche’s zesty hosanna to
female bonding defines what it is to be a double-X Millennial.” —SHEILA WELLER, author of Girls Like Us “Reading about Rachel Bertsche’s search for that special someone, you’ll find yourself thinking about all the friends you’ve ever had—and the ones you hope are right around the corner. Bertsche writes with engaging humor and a measure of poignancy, too. You’ll enjoy joining her on the journey.” —JEFFREY ZASLOW, author of The Girls from Ames “Genuine, funny and thoroughly inspiring, MWF
subject to speculation of whether she’s pregnant or just plain fat. So I haven’t told many people about my baby chase. My mom, my closest friends, that’s about it. And today, I’m one day late. I don’t feel any different, and I’m pretty sure I know what the results will be, but I decide to take a pregnancy test anyway. No matter how realistic and prepared-for-the-worst I try to be, each month I have a bit of hope. For the three minutes I have to wait, I get a flutter of nervous excitement in my
fashion and fitness take over my brain space entirely. I’d like the appearance of my arm muscles to occupy a slightly smaller percentage of my daily thoughts, not to mention the fact that I need to redouble my focus on what actually brings in the money to retain this celebrity-imitating existence: work. When I told Lauren during my last visit that I worried my new Sarah Jessica Parker obsession was making me ever more vain, she nodded in understanding. “Whenever I go to business lunches, all we
tailor my clothes and try to keep my skin clear.” Of course, my type-A tendencies haven’t allowed me to use this as an excuse to stop exercising altogether—Jennifer’s body is nowhere in reach if I’m not exercising five days a week—but it does provide some insight into the fact that maybe these superstars aren’t actually all doing it all. In their book Good Enough Is the New Perfect, authors Becky Gillespie and Hollee Temple address the extreme perfectionism that they say is pervasive among