Wednesday, May 2, 2012

you have no idea: book review + giveaway



* It's been far too long since I've belonged to a book club. My last one was reading the books of B. F. Skinner (Verbal Behavior alone took us two years to complete) and it was nowhere nearly as fun as this. 


  • If you've ever had a conversation with your mother about whether she remembers some detail from your childhood and she told you exactly how she recalls it and it's not at all what you expected, then this book is for you.
  • If you've ever watched VH1 specials and relished in the behind-the-scenes look into the scandal in the life of a celebrity, then this book is for you.
  • If you have a daughter, or you find the mother-daughter bond fascinating, then this book is for you.
  • If you like stories of triumphant comebacks, second chances, and resilience in the face of (very public) adversity, then this book is for you.

Vanessa Williams burst onto the scene with a big splash. Almost overnight, it seems, she became the first black Miss America and, shortly afterwards, was stripped of her crown because of the (unauthorized) publication of photos featuring her in nude poses.

I remember that! I was a teenager then. I remember how beautiful she was, how she filled that swimsuit in all the right places, how elegant she looked in that bedazzled and sequinned dress (hey, it was the 80s, we liked our clothes a little shinier then). And I remember not understanding what the big fuss was about her winning the pageant -- she was the prettiest, so what was the big deal about her race, again? And I remember vividly all the media frenzy over the scandal that ensued.

You Have No Idea weaves the story of Williams's life, interjected by her mother Helen's take on the events, comments, own history, and advice. Besides the first-person account of the very public events in her life (marriages, divorces, birth of her kids, the whole Miss America thing, her singing career, her acting career), the book also reveals quirky tidbits about Vanessa, the person behind the fame: that she was a latchkey kid; that her first kiss was at 10 with a 12 year-old boy wearing braces; that her mother once caught her, with her boyfriend, in flagrante delicto, in the middle of the family living room; that she kept a journal (humm, do you think that if she was born a couple of decades later, she would've been a blogger?)... and that's all I'm going to give away, so that you can discover the rest for yourself.

BlogHer Book Club is reading Vanessa and Hellen Williams's You Have No Idea this month. You too can join the conversation about this book and participate in the series of discussions, starting with this one:
Do you listen to your mother?

If you are interested in following Vanessa on social media, her Twitter handle is @vwofficial and her Facebook page is Official Vanessa Williams.

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Haven't read the book yet? 
Here's one way you can remedy that: Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the hardcover copy of the book I was sent to reviewHeck, I'll even throw in a $10 Starbucks giftcard, so you can sip that latte/mocha/cappuccino while reading it. Still not enough? Oh alright, for a second place prize, I'll part with the remainder of the money I'll be paid for this review: a second $10 Starbucks!!!


Giveaway details:
  • First prize, the Miss America package: the You Have No Idea book (a $28 value) and a $10 Starbucks giftcard. Open to all US and Canada residents. Will need a valid mailing address from the winner, when selected.
  • Second prize, the Miss America runner-up package: a $10 Starbucks giftcard. Open to all who wish to enter. I like how Starbucks lets you email an e-giftcard from anywhere to anywhere, will need a valid email address for the winner, when selected.
  • Giveaway is open until 12:01am EST Wednesday May 9, 2012, so I can mail the book to the winner in time for Mother's Day, see how cleverly that works out?
    • Only requirement is to answer the question: What about you do people Have No Idea? Never mind the grammar of the sentence, just answer the question :)
  • For additional entries: Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, post a link to this review on FB, tweet about it using the hashtags #BHBC and #YHNIgiveaway. If you already follow me (thank you, thank you) you'll get credit for that too, just enter your info when prompted :) 
  • May the most dexterous typist win!
Good luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

I've been seeing this cool app (rafflecopter) used for giveaways in a lot of blogs, lately, and I'm attempting to use it here for the first time. Just to make sure I've programmed it properly, I'll keep tabs manually as well. You'll be doing me a huge favor by helping me test its veracity. Please let me know if you come across any bugs or anything that doesn't make sense, I'm eager to learn from this experience.


* The legalese: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. 
So is the cash used to pay for the giveaway. 
Sadly, no one offered to pay me for the Skinner series.






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47 Comments:

At 5/2/12, 1:14 PM , Anonymous Carine Tomassian said...

People have NO IDEA that I'm obsessed with playing games on my iPhone, all day everyday. In class. At work. When I wake up. Before I sleep. All. The. Time. Or maybe people do know... and judge me for it. Whatever, I like to think that nobody knows that about me.

 
At 5/2/12, 1:17 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Good to know. Play with me? I'm probably doing the same exact thing AT the same times :)

 
At 5/2/12, 1:17 PM , Blogger ~Rachée said...

People have no idea that I have secret single behavior. Shh! There are things that seem ridiculous but are my thing to do.
-r

 
At 5/2/12, 1:19 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks for your quick response to my SOS (and totally not judging, I am the definition of weird). You're the best! No bugs with the widget, I take it?

 
At 5/2/12, 1:35 PM , Anonymous Laurie said...

We know...

 
At 5/2/12, 1:36 PM , Anonymous Laurie said...

I'm engaged

 
At 5/2/12, 1:45 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Holy shit Laur. This is how I find out????

 
At 5/2/12, 1:45 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Jealous much?

 
At 5/2/12, 2:13 PM , OpenID chewnibblenosh.com said...

I'm having an awfully hard time coming up with something. I guess I'm kind of overly-open with people? So, let's see....people have no idea that....despite what my face looks like now, I modeled when I was a kid. (That's the best I can do.) ;)

 
At 5/2/12, 2:30 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I love that you tried to come up with something :) I want pictures, I hope you have pictures! (And I bet you were adorable) Do your kids look like you?

 
At 5/2/12, 2:37 PM , Blogger alienbody said...

I want to write scenes for *ahem*...adult movies. >;-} There, I said it...

 
At 5/2/12, 3:07 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I had a neighbor once who used to write porn scripts for the Playboy channel. There's (was then, probably still is) a pretty decent paycheck to be made in those. I'm sure you would be good at it :)

 
At 5/2/12, 3:35 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

For people who have no idea... I enlighten them, making them my grasshoppers.

 
At 5/2/12, 5:12 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

::singing Everybody was Kung Fu fighting:: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48H5wtB_F7Q&feature=related)

 
At 5/2/12, 6:48 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

People have no idea how much I'm crazy about professional tennis, especially ATP(Men's). I wake up in the middle of the night to watch a match played on the other side of the earth.
I even took an officiating course to become an umpire~

 
At 5/2/12, 6:50 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Oops,
I deleted my original message by accident.
Sorry for making mess :(

 
At 5/2/12, 6:54 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I got it :)

 
At 5/2/12, 7:05 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Now that's dedication! (There aren't that many things for which I would voluntarily get up in the middle of the night)
Thanks for playing, Colleen:)

 
At 5/2/12, 7:08 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

People have no idea I was in the Army (does that count as an entry?)

 
At 5/2/12, 7:13 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Wow Karen, I had no idea. How long were you in the army? (Thinking you will make a qualified bodyguard for me in NYC)

 
At 5/3/12, 7:35 AM , Blogger Alaine88 said...

People don't know how OCD I am about things!!!
family74014 at gmail dot com

 
At 5/3/12, 9:34 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Oooh, that's a good one: covert OCD. I love it!
Welcome, Alaine88 :)

 
At 5/3/12, 10:10 AM , Blogger M. J. Joachim said...

Sounds like a great book! Vanessa Williams always surprises me. I remember seeing her in "Ugly Betty." My daughter and I used to watch that show all the time together and we'd just giggle...Lots of memories and lots of fun:) Happy Thursday to you!

 
At 5/3/12, 11:25 AM , Anonymous Susi said...

This is the third review I'm reading today on this book and everyone is giving it glowing reviews. I think, I have to snag myself a copy!!!

 
At 5/3/12, 6:20 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

She comes through as really likable and down to earth. Honestly, it's hard to tell how much of it is her and how much is the work of the ghostwriter (who is not really a ghost, she got credit). And thanks for visiting :)

 
At 5/3/12, 6:21 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Well you have one way of doing that :) I saw Hilary's review, whose is the third?

 
At 5/3/12, 9:40 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

I know. It's totally voluntary and I do it often. May, June and July are European swings. So it's not too bad. :D
Thanks for giving me a chance to make a confession, Megan!

 
At 5/4/12, 4:43 AM , Blogger Hilary said...

Great review.... Didn't you love Helen???? I was young too when the scandal hit, but I remember thinking what is the big idea too... I think it is because of where we must have lived.

 
At 5/4/12, 12:08 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

During the time of Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors (remember them?), I was a big fan of tennis, and I watched a lot of matches and tournaments. Then I moved on. My husband calls me Forest Gump (you know, how he jumps from one thing to the next, wholeheartedly)... but that's okay because I call him Norman, the old poop (from the movie On Golden Pond). I believe we may watch too many movies in this household :)

 
At 5/4/12, 12:12 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I think we both just dated ourselves LOL. That poofy hair takes me back!

I've liked her in every TV show I've seen her in. She makes a great protagonist. Sexy and sassy, my kinda gal.

 
At 5/4/12, 12:26 PM , Blogger Cari said...

People don't know I'm an emotional eater.... trying to change that!

 
At 5/4/12, 12:48 PM , OpenID coffeeandspellcheck said...

I can't enter via the gadget thing, kills my dino-dial-up interwebs everytime. And I am a proud Twitter Stalker. And ummmmm, something no one knows abut moi is.... that I am really a Princess, and you all should give me free coffee. No? Fine. But you all already know everything! *whines*

 
At 5/4/12, 1:58 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Hi Cari, welcome :)
Don't well, honey, don't we all!

 
At 5/4/12, 2:00 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

LOL I had no idea you liked coffee! No clue whatsoever!

Sorry about the widget not liking your internet connection. Just entered you with your email address which I stole off your site.. Good luck!

 
At 5/4/12, 8:52 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Forest Gump~ lol Isn't it a good nickname? (BTW, my two abosolute favorite actors are Tom Hanks and Colin Firth) I didn't see On Golden Pond.. yet. Do you recommend?

I do know Connors and Borg as they are legends. And actually I saw him in 2007, at Flushing Meadow, US Open. (He looks very mature, considering what I had read about him) But, I started to watch tennis when I was 15 and the tops were Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander (hope you know Ivan Lendl. He is still my hero).

 
At 5/4/12, 9:20 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

OMG, OMG!!! My sister was seated behind Colin Firth on the plane to Paris (our trip in January). I was in coach :( She says he turned around a few times and checked her out, which, of course, I don't believe without proof!!!

You must be a little younger than me, because when I was watching Borg/Connors, I was around 15. And I remember Ivan Lendll very well!

It's an old movie with Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda as father and daughter, and Katherine Hepburn as the mom, I think it won an Oscar for something or other. I recommend the movie if for nothing else than for the Hepburn-Fonda scenes as old husband and wife. They are priceless!

 
At 5/5/12, 4:13 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

Good morning Megan,
what!!! I am so jealous~~~ Isn't he just a wonderful actor? He also seems like a person who keeps his feet on the ground, doesn't he? LOL well I believe your sister (why not? :)). What did she say about him?

I'm soon to be 40. That's why I decided not to consider 40 a middle age anymore. :D

I like Katherine Hepburn. I must see the movie.

I got to go out soon. Finally, spring is here(fingers crossed - I'll not be surprised to see frost by Victoria day weekend(May 21st this year)) and my older son's tennis lesson resumes today. Does Miss Emily play a sport? If yes, which one?

 
At 5/5/12, 7:27 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I know!! I was livid that she didn't come fetch me in the middle of the flight. Just dropped the comment, very matter-of-factly, AFTER it was too late to bump into him (he was whisked away by his handlers as soon as the plane landed).

I couldn't live where you live. Just couldn't. Emily plays tennis, soccer, and swims. She tried her hand at fencing (didn't like it), she took ballet and ice skating lessons (was good but she didn't want to continue). She's looking forward to fencing, which she can start at her school at 10. What do you kids do for sports? besides tennis :)

 
At 5/6/12, 10:18 AM , Blogger Houseonahillorg said...

only my closest friends (which now includes ALL OF YOU) know that I am deathly afraid of huge car garages! If I get turned around I panic and hyperventilate. Its silly but true and now that I am being more vocal about it, it is much more manageable but thank goodness for street parking!!

 
At 5/6/12, 7:24 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Hiyya and welcome! I've been known to have lost my car in large parking structures, and hyperventilate at the thought of walking all the floors to find it. Yup, street parking is much more manageable. Not as manageable as valet parking, though :)

 
At 5/6/12, 8:06 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Oh. That's too bad. I hope you will have a chance to see him some day. (I have the same hope for me too :))

Yeah. Summer is really short here and winter is v~~~ery long. My husband loves winter. He thinks 1 month of summer is enough :(
Emily plays lots of sports! If I had a daughter, I would enforce(?) her to skate and take ballet lessons at leat until early teens. All the girls who did either sport/art have beautiful legs. :)

My older son who just turned 8, plays tennis,swims, ice skates, plays ice hockey and ball hockey. His favorite sport is tennis. :)
My younger son who is 5, going on 6, ice skates, swims and took tennis lessons (didn't resume it yet this year)
Both kids play chess at a chess club every Sunday, if you can call it sport.

Fencing sounds fun! It's very different. I like it.

 
At 5/6/12, 8:25 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Oops, I meant archery.. she tried fencing and didn't like it -- the mask smells, she said, it probably did. But I wasn't gonna buy her her own without knowing if she was gonna stick with it or not... vicious circle.

Do you only have two boys? I thought you had more kids.

We might revisit the ice-skating. For us it's indoors and there's only a couple places to do it at (both of which you have probably seen on TV/movies since it's where most movies about ice skating are shot). Emily is very physical, always had an uncanny kinesthetic intelligence, which, I assure you, she doesn't get from me.. I'm sure she will always be doing something physical.

 
At 5/7/12, 9:44 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Archery would be very interesting. I think it must teach you how to maximize your concentration. I agree that you wait until Emily shows some dedication :)

I have only two boys. And I am done. I didn't want to have three boys :( My father-in-law has 7 male siblings. And from that side, my husband has 18 male cousins (my s-i-l is the only girl).We've seen only boys so far in the third generation which is my kid's generation. That gene is super strong gene. :(

I like girls who are sportive. I love all kinds of sports, but not really good at anything (I do a lot of sports though, never good :()
It would be even nicer if Emily could find some sport that is a perfect fit for her!

 
At 5/8/12, 8:18 PM , Blogger Dana Howze said...

People have no idea that I sleep with a teddy bear.

 
At 5/8/12, 8:20 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

No way :) Woof! You go girl!

 
At 5/20/12, 9:18 PM , Blogger Alaine88 said...

Just wanted to let you know I received your package on Friday. :) Perfect timing! I had a flight today to New Orleans and read the book on the way here and treated myself to Starbucks at the Dallas airport :) THANK YOU!

 
At 5/21/12, 2:07 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

So happy for you, glad you enjoyed it. You're welcome and thanks for your lovely comment :)

 

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