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Brunette Ambition [Kindle Edition]

Lea Michele
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.
Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business.  Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker.  She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered.  In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her--from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights.  Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.

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About the Author

LEA MICHELE is best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-, Grammy-, and SAG-award-winning Fox television series Glee. She has been nominated for an Emmy, a SAG Award, and multiple Golden Globes. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 122358 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit that I was at first very hesitant to take the time to read this. Though I am a big fan of both Glee and Lea Michele--and celebrity memoirs are definitely my guilty reading pleasure--the majority of celebrities tend to be preachy, self-absorbed, and often impart very little in the way of practical wisdom/advice to us real world folk. Fortunately, Brunette Ambition was quite the opposite. In this memoir/how-to/style guide, Lea Michele made everything extremely relateable to her fan base. She discussed her upbringing as a child stage actress and the lessons on professionalism, patience, rejection, and self-care that she learned very on, and these pearls of wisdom are applicable to pretty much every career (from cashier to retail manager to CEO of a Fortune 500 company). I appreciated that, when discussing her style, she kept it simple. Many celebs rattle off a litany of expensive brands that make you feel downright destitute in comparison, while also making you wonder if they're being sponsored to "recommend" such brands. But Lea's advice basically stressed quality over quantity. She's a self-proclaimed "anti-hoarder" who hates an overwhelming amount of clothing options, so she recommends shopping only twice per year--for the essentials like underwear and socks,a sensible handbag, and traditional pieces that will be of use for awhile--while cleaning out your closet and giving away the items you will no longer use in the meantime. Lea also stressed the importance of taking care of yourself physically and mentally and included several recipes for healthy meals, her typical meal plan for any given week, her exercise routine, bath soaks, hair masks,and other things that she loves and regularly uses to pamper herself. Once again, no name dropping of expensive brands. Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection May 22, 2014
By Marissa
I have been looking forward to Lea's book since I first heard about it. I grabbed mine at Target which came with little lifestyle cards in the back. Very cute touch.

I bought the book yesterday and finished it today. A quick read. Not because it was too short or anything but because it sucked me in just that much.

The book is not a stereotypical autobiography. The first few chapters really focus on her childhood and rise to fame. You really get to know about her past, her family, and friends. The rest of the book is about getting to know her as she is right now. She is pretty much like the rest of us, just famous. She is very down to earth. That is a quality I LOVE in celebrities. No matter the fame or the money, she is still down to earth, normal, & true to herself. Qualities that I feel are not always present in Hollywood. I, myself, live in Los Angeles and have seem some celebrities act awful.

She also discusses the importance of quality over quantity. She really nurtures her relationships with her family, friends, and peers.

The book includes recipes as well as fitness, style, hair, and makeup tips from her stylist team. I also try to be very organic and healthy with products I use so it was exciting to see some homemade beauty recipes trickled in. :-)

It was so refreshing to read a book written by a celebrity that is not "ME ME ME". She genuinely wants to pass on and share her life experiences and knowledge to us.

I would recommend this book to anyone. I loved it. Well done, Lea & thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Yourself to Be Successful October 11, 2014
It is no secret that Lea Michele has made a permanent name for herself over the past few years. Sure, you could attribute her success to luck and being in the right place at the right time. Or, you could choose to believe that she has achieved her success in life based on her dedication to remaining true to herself and her dreams despite the disappointments, non-believers, and self-doubt that are inevitable along any path to success.

Being a self-proclaimed Gleek, I was ecstatic when I saw that Lea Michele had a book out. It was an extra indulgent treat to listen to her read her own words in her upbeat voice on Audible.

Brunette Ambition starts out with a brief look at a young, pre-Glee Lea Michele and a glimpse into her home life. The beginning few chapters of the book are full of inspirational messages about being ourselves and embracing our uniqueness rather than trying to washout and be like everyone else.

Staying True to Yourself & Staying Healthy

We learn that before Rachel Berry, Lea Michele had her own outcast difficulties to navigate as a child not like all the other girls. Thankfully she followed her dreams, even though they took her away from fitting in. She was fortunate to have supportive parents who, despite their own conventional professions, encouraged her to follow her passion for acting starting at a very young age.

Towards the middle of the book, the focus shifts to health and beauty tips. She offers insights into her personal approach to living a healthy lifestyle, and sets a great example for all the young girls and women who look up to her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Brunette Ambition falls as flat as Michele's hair before her Hollywood...
I picked up this book because I wondered what wisdom a young actress such as Lea Michele would have to share with the world. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Meg
5.0 out of 5 stars Love her
I'm a big fan of Lea Michele, this books has great tips and good background info about Lea. Loved the recipes!
Published 10 days ago by Stacy Marie Mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 22 days ago by Melissa Panici
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a nice buy. Even you`re not a gleek
it was a nice buy. Even you`re not a gleek, this book can bring you good tips and a aproach to a very proffesional actress.
Published 24 days ago by Ruiz O. Lucia Delfina
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! Lea has such a beautiful personality
Got here amazingly fast! I love it! Lea has such a beautiful personality
Published 28 days ago by Amanda Olivas
1.0 out of 5 stars WWLMD?
What Would Lea Michele Do? Full disclosure: I am not a fan of hers or Glee or Spring Awakening. A friend (who is a fan) shoved this at me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hugh James
5.0 out of 5 stars she enjoyed the book
Bought for my girl, she enjoyed the book.
Published 1 month ago by JOHN P PASSIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Lea Michele bible
By far one of the best books I have ever read. Lea Michele is a genius and I am so proud to have her as my role model. I reccomend strongly!!!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Navarro
4.0 out of 5 stars She covers everything from the best date hairstyle to some beloved...
Full disclosure: I’m a Lea Michele fan. I’ve admired her since her Spring Awakening days, and have followed her career in the years after - through Glee, a solo album and various... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips
Great health and beauty tips as well as an insightful look into her journey through life.
Published 1 month ago by sarah morrison
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