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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Very entertaining and informative!
Shannon Joyce
If you like Lea Michele and/or Glee, you will like this book.
Margie
Thank you Lea you are truly an inspiration!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marissa on May 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marta Lucia on May 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Always good to know more about the life of someone you admire, it feels like Lea is speaking with me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Templeton on May 23, 2014
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You can really see into leas life and its as if she's talking directly to you. I'm so proud of her and durable strong
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anniehurley on October 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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