Friday, May 21, 2010

Literary Corner- A little class, a little trash, and a whole lot of inspiration

A couple of new books came onto my radar this week that I was quite taken with and thought the rest of the Torricelumn Girls out there might want to know about them too.

Derek Blasberg has just released his first book called ‘Classy- Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady'. It’s a contemporary etiquette book for the pretty young things. In his book, Blasberg gives honest advice and tips to live by all in a cheeky humorous tone- but don’t get me wrong- he means what he says. He also includes a lot of ‘what not to do’ when trying to climb the social ladder. Mr. Blasberg is the Editor at Large for and a contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar so I think he is definitely an authority on the subject he writes on.

I attended his Toronto book signing party at The Room earlier this week and picked up a copy of ‘Classy’. Derek was lovely and it was a great fete. The book is gorgeous. It’s laid out like a magazine and reminds me of the ‘Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers’ book- that same stunning Tiffany blue.

You can pick up a copy of ‘Classy’ at

The other book that really caught my attention this week is called ‘Every Monday Matters: 52 ways to make a difference.’ This book is written by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. ‘Every Monday Matters’ is based on the premise that most of us hate Mondays- so why not turn it around and use Mondays to make a positive impact and change the ‘image’ of that dreaded first day of the week.

52 Mondays, 52 activities, 52 ways to make a difference. Some of the ideas presented in this book are easier than others. But they are all simple to incorporate into your life. For example, Monday # 21 learn CPR, Monday #24 don’t honk, Monday #35 go exercise, and Monday #44 use online bill pay. Interesting, isn’t it? This is about people taking personal responsibility to make a difference.

Every Monday Matters started as book and now has grown into an incredible foundation that sponsors schools to improve negative situations caused by budget cuts and it also installs the ‘You Matter’ program. Learn more at

Every Monday Matters is also heavily supported by So- you know it’s got to be a good organization :)

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