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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This memoir is filled with honesty, clarity and wit. Bernstein's writing is the most beautiful gem of all."—Abby Sher, author of Amen, Amen, Amen

“This tender, funny, beautifully written memoir cleverly connects relationships both familial and romantic to the special gifts that found their way into Beth Bernstein’s jewelry box and heart. As a nice Jewish girl with a severe jewelry jones myself, I empathized with every word of My Charmed Life—and envied Beth’s collection and recollections. Safe to say this book is a gem.”—Wendy Shanker, author of Are You My Guru?

"My Charmed Life is the Love, Loss and What I Wore for jewelry. This witty, romantic romp chronicles all the relationships in the author's life through the gems she was given from age five to fifty. Every page is frank, funny, and completely relatable. A debut as dazzling as the vintage necklaces, bracelets and earrings Beth so vividly describes.”—Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart

“Clever, funny and at times heartbreaking, My Charmed Life sparkles. Bernstein writes from the soul with insight and no holds barred honesty.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind

“Beth Bernstein understands the complicated value of shiny, sparkly things. This book is about all they represent: our histories, loves and losses.”—Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti  

About the Author

Beth Bernstein has written about dating, relationships and family for women’s and lifestyle magazines, and has worked in the jewelry industry for twenty years. She runs her own consulting company, where she works with leading jewelry designers and retailers.

More About the Author

Beth Bernstein has been a veteran of the jewelry industry for twenty years, reporting on the cultural influences, designers, trends and history that shapes this wearable art form. She owns a consulting firm, which specializes in merchandising, marketing and branding for fine jewelers. Concurrently, she finds time to dabble in dating and relationships and obsessively dote on her family, and has written first person essays for woman's and lifestyle magazines on these topics. She previously wrote columns for Newsday and The Village Voice and was a wardrobe stylist for Comedy Central and MTV. She lives in Greenwich Village.My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching for a Band of Gold is her first book.

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I just got a copy of this book and read it cover to cover.
NEW
The author shows who she is in her relationships with men allowing us into her world with honesty and great humor.
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This book is the story of Beth Bernstein's life as told through her connection with jewelry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NEW on July 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just got a copy of this book and read it cover to cover. It's a beautiful story woven through the writer's own relationship with jewelry and the pieces she owns. I've never thought of jewelry as being symbolic of major life events, but this book has given me a new appreciation for the pieces in my own jewelry box. I highly recommend this for those looking for a great summer read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orinda on August 19, 2012
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My Charmed Life is one of those wonderful books that you can curl up with, laugh, cry, and just completely escape with. It made me think of my mother and grandmother and our shared experiences - although I have to admit, my jewelry isn't quite as nice. Being born around the same time as the author, it brought back wonderful memories - and the humor is right on the mark! I caught myself laughing out loud in more than a few spots. I loved the book so much that I bought a copy for a young friend just starting college. I hope the stories of love, warmth, sharing, as well as independence will serve as an inspiration to her, just as it did me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cmwoodys on July 7, 2012
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I wish I could give this book 10 super shining stars! I could not put it down and read it from start to finish in one day! Having lost my own mother at the age of 34, two days after her 50th birthday, I felt as if I was reading about my own life in the opening pages and then throughout the remainder of the book. As the oldest child, only girl, with two younger brothers, I too, remember receiving my mother's jewelry in a Ziplock bag. Rings were/are our family thing. I have since inherited my maternal grandmother's jewelry and my daughter shares in our love of rings and glittery things. Thank you Beth for sharing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorne Jaffe on July 5, 2012
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Beth Bernstein's writing weaves her life story w/ humor and honesty as sparkling or glittery as any piece of jewelry she ascribes to each of her chapters. A true gem of a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pani on August 18, 2012
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Incredible read. Thoughtful, emotional & hilarious. Beth's "voice" in this book is clear, to the point & makes you want to see it "on stage" or in the cinema. I went from cover to cover & felt a wide range of emotions. The frankness that Bernstein puts to paper is courageous and inspiring and allows you to enter her world of "ups, downs & everything else". Can't say enough about this this memoir, except MAKE A MOVIE. Thanks Beth, for your beautiful story & look forward to many future books to come. If you haven't yet read this, get to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele on July 24, 2012
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This is a great book for men and women who like stories filled with feelings and funny anecdotes. This is a life trip through family values and a search for Mister Right.
She touches on the universal topics of romance, family and loss with heart, wisdom and witt. Jewelry acts as the back-drop for what we can relate to. I loved her conversational style that made me feel as if I was part of the book while I was reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nancy k on July 22, 2012
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Beth Bernstein's My Charmed Life touched and tickled me from beginning to end.
The author shows who she is in her relationships with men allowing us into her world
with honesty and great humor. And oh, the voices of her mother and grandmother are spot on.
Throughout I could hear them giving her advice. Hilarious! The book totally resonated with me. Nancy K
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on July 16, 2012
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I adored "My Charmed Life" and I agree with Susan Shapiro's review--this is very much like "Love, Loss and What I Wore" which is another one of my favorite books. Come to think of it, "My Charmed Life" would also make a great theatrical production. You've got everything here--an insider's view on the world of jewelry, an incredibly moving story about losing one's mother, and all that love and romance. And humor! This is one of those books that you'll want to buy up a dozen copies to give as gifts to your good friends. Highly recommended!
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