Saturday, March 19, 2016


Whether for browsing or reading intently, books on beauty, exercise and nutrition remain some of the most popular self-help titles. Let’s take a look at some newer works on the topic on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library. Celebrity authors aim to keep readers looking and feeling good.

Kate Hudson promotes confidence, common sense and self-esteem in her new book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. This easy-to-follow nicely illustrated book takes a more balanced look at physical well-being and includes tips on mindfulness, meditation and managing stress—all which she says impact the body.  Readers should enjoy this positive self-help book by a popular star.
Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Beauty is a big coffee table book by Dita Von Teese. Unfamiliar with Ms. Teese? Decked out in red lipstick and a va-va-va-voom wardrobe, she is a modern day burlesque queen and model. With Technicolor illustrations and eccentricity on display, the book offers make-up, exercise and eating tips to allow readers to create their own glamorous selves. Even those who don’t feel the need for a make-over will enjoy looking at this marvelous book.

Oprah’s make-up artist Reggie Wells shares his cosmetic secrets for African American women in Face Painting. Techniques used by such celebrities as Iman and Leontyne Price to look their best are revealed and simple instruction for at-home application are provided. 

When did Diane Keaton become 70?  Her book Let’s Just Say It Isn’t Pretty is an intimate view of the quirky actress’s life in which she narrates her take on aging and the relentless issue of beauty. Those looking for tips should avoid this book, which takes a closer look at the meaning of self and what is physical beauty. 

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