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Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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Godfrey-Jean intersperses some personal anecdotes along with her work stories, including a hilarious story about how June's mother made June and her sister get pixie cuts when they were young. I thought my mom was the only one!
Free Gift with Purchase is an engaging afternoon read, both for the subject matter and the adept handling by the author.
What did I do after reading? Ran out and bought a bunch of make-up and beauty products, of course.
This book to me was a quick and easy and enjoyable read, but it was also chockfull of what I consider inane and unhelpful "advice". For example please turn to page 53 to learn that you need to take all formal wedding photos the day BEFORE your actual wedding. Pray tell - how are you logistically supposed to pull that tip off? And what kind of tip is that anyway? Or see page 163 in the book to learn that you should only use Creme de la Mar (an extraordinarily expensive face cream) on your radiation burns while undergoing cancer treatments. Or to buy nail polishes, lipsticks, lotions, and perfumes to hand out to hospital and nursing home staff in order to bribe them into giving you (or your loved one) better care - see page 35 for that tip.Read more ›
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I had high hopes for this book- I love a trashy tell-all on luxury industries, and I assumed that being by a professional writer, it would be readable, as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AmazonReviews
When I saw this book pop up on my recommended screen, I was instantly excited. I was expecting a snarky book with clever writing and amazing stories about the lengths people would... Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Mel
Though I am only halfway through this book, I felt compelled to write a review in hopes that other people will have the pleasure of experiencing such a wonderful read. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by J. Moore
Most people would expect an editor of a fashion magazine to be snooty and delusional. To the contrary, Godfrey-June comes across as delightfully grounded and approachable. Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by A reader
I almost felt guilty that I had so much fun reading this book. I read it in one day--couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by Chemitzi
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Jean Godfrey June's humor is wry, self-deprecating and totally spot-on--she made me actually laugh out loud several times while... Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by C. Rudge
While there are some amusing bits in this book, I would not give it more than one star. This lady may be a great beauty editor (I am a subscriber to Lucky mag) but she is hardly a... Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by SusanNYC
How nice to find a beauty editor who's managed to retain her sense of humor. There is a very droll wit at work here, and it's perfect for the subject matter. Read morePublished on October 26, 2006 by Edie Sousa