Sorry about the lateness on this – but it’s a fun one! You choose whatever you want to read this month, and we’ll get together and talk about it at the end of October. Good Times!
I’m really looking forward to hearing about what everyone has chosen, and why – and adding to my ever-growing TBR pile.
I thought for ages about which book I’d choose for this month’s challenge, because honestly it could have been pretty much anything… I’ve cued a lot to read in the last couple of months.
I decided to go with something I’d never choose for the Book Club in general: American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by Leslie Carroll I grabbed on a whim from the library.
A behind-the-scenes look into the life of Meghan Markle and her romance with Prince Harry—a dishy, delightful must-read filled with exclusive insights for anyone obsessed with the Royal Family.
Leslie Carroll’s books on royalty are “an irresistible combination of People Magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune
When Prince Harry of Wales took his American girlfriend, Meghan Markle, to have tea with his grandmother the queen, avid royal watchers had a hunch that a royal wedding was not far off. That prediction came true on November 27, 2017, when the gorgeous, glamorous twosome announced their engagement to the world. As they prepare to tie the knot in a stunning ceremony on May 19, 2018, that will be unprecedented in royal history, people are clamoring to know more about the beautiful American who captured Prince Harry’s heart.
Born and raised in Los Angeles to a white father of German, English, and Irish descent and an African American mother whose ancestors had been enslaved on a Georgia plantation, Meghan has proudly embraced her biracial heritage. In addition to being a star of the popular television series Suits, she is devoted to her humanitarian work—a passion she shares with Harry. Though Meghan was married once before, Prince Harry is a modern royal, and the Windsors have welcomed her into the tight-knit clan they call “The Firm.” Even a generation ago, it would have been unthinkable, as well as impermissible, for any member of Great Britain’s royal family to consider marrying someone like Meghan. Professional actresses were considered scandalous and barely respectable. And the last time an American divorcee married into the Royal Family, it provoked a constitutional crisis!
In American Princess, Leslie Carroll provides context to Harry and Meghan’s romance by leading readers through centuries of Britain’s rule-breaking royal marriages, as well as the love matches that were never permitted to make it to the altar; followed by a never-before-seen glimpse into the little-known life of the woman bringing the Royal Family into the 21st century; and her dazzling, thoroughly modern romance with Prince Harry.
I’ve read PLENTY of royal books and biographies, but try to read books by people who know the royals or who worked for them so I can totally get the inside scoop. I’m looking forward to see what Leslie Carroll can provide given she’s neither of these!
If nothing else, it will be a nice bit of escapism.
I’d love to hear what you’re going to choose – feel free to have a chat in the comments below, or in the Facebook group/on Instagram/Twitter with the #vmbookclub hashtag. I’m sure there’ll be enough time for me to put in my requests before Christmas after all your inspiration!
About the Veggie Mama Book Club
This is super-chill, read what you want, as much or as little as you want, participate-however-you-want-kind of book club. Maybe challenge yourself a little because that is a good thing, but let this not be a burden.
We’ll pick a book per month and discuss it both on the blog and in the Facebook group (and for locals, in real life, over a beverage and platter of some type).
You can share at any time anywhere with the hashtag #vmbookclub and you can tag me @veggie_mama. I am also open to suggestions at any time, and I look forward to us maybe getting out of our literary comfort zones and always learning something when we do, even if we don’t like the book itself. Or the author. Or Tuesdays. Or broccoli.
Find previous picks here:
- February: M Train, Patti Smith / discussion
- March: Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh / discussion
- April: Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf / discussion
- May: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy / discussion
- June: Lost for Words, by Edward St Aubyn / discussion
- July: A Cook’s Tour, by Anthony Bourdain / discussion
- August: The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke
- September: 100 Years of Dirt, by Rick Morton