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My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching For a Band of Gold Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“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
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Having a front row seat into her life...well mostly her dating life, I traveled with her as she visited far and beautiful places in the name of love, only to be let down. I had a good laugh at her experience with the dating service; which Ms. Bernstein penned with good humor.
On the cover of this book it stated "Precious Family Connections" which I got from what she shared about her relationship with her parents, but there was very little interaction with her two brothers and her best friend, A.J. who she only started confiding in towards the end of the book. I never really grasped the best friend relationship except for the odd one-liners between them. I also didn't come across how her mother passed away, but yet Ms. Bernstein was pretty in depth about her father. Her grandmother was great; she always kept it real with her granddaughter.
I suspect Ms. Bernstein held back on a lot of her emotional feelings behind each relationship, as she seemed to put a wall up between her and her lovers by not expressing how she truly felt. But with that said, the book held my attention and I enjoyed it.
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In this honest memoir, jewelry expert/writer/consultant/aficionado Beth Bernstein uses her vast jewelry collection to weave the tale of her life. From vintage heirlooms passed down from her grandmother and mother (the later who passed away far too early), to coming-of-age childhood items and later glittering gifts from numerous boyfriends, each piece has a poignant tale to tell. You will root for Beth as she looks for love, empathize with her hurdles, and cheer for her triumphs.
The best part? You will find yourself reliving all the stories behind each piece of your own jewelry. And, especially if you have a daughter, you'll start thinking about what these future heirlooms will mean for the next generations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a sweet memoir that I finished on the plane back home. Anyone who loves jewelry will appreciate this because it's easy to relate to. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Danniel Nicole
I had a great time reading this well written book. It was entertaining and I found by self breaking out in laughter almost every chapter. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Lori Gadola
Bernstein's work is a must-read for people who love jewelry, generally speaking. Jewelry industry insiders look to her columns for insight into what's happening next, what is... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by TalismanCollection
Reading, My Charmed Life, was like sitting down with an old friend. This book is the story of Beth Bernstein's life as told through her connection with jewelry. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by ASP
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. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Pani
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. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Michele