Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kimberly Rae Miller comes clean about her favorite character...plus a book giveaway

You hear about hoarding all the time, but you never realize the impact until you read about it from the perspective of someone who has been affected by it. That someone, in this case, is Kimberly Rae Miller. Her memoir, Coming Clean, is about growing up as the child of someone who struggles with hoarding. Today, she's here to celebrate the release of this book in paperback by talking about something light and fun...a friend date with her favorite chick lit character! Thanks to Amazon Publishing, we have FIVE copies of Coming Clean for some lucky readers in the US and/or Canada!

Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer and actress living in New York City. Her writing on healthy living has been published on Conde Nast’s blog network, Social Workout, Yahoo’s women’s network Shine, and in various magazines. She also contributes entertainment news to CBS Radio and CBS New York. In 2010, Kim was featured in Katharine Sise’s breakthrough career guide Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career. You can read her personal blog at TheKimChallenge.com. You can also find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Going British with Bridget

My very first chick lit heroine will always be my favorite. I read the first two Bridget Jones novels while I was backpacking around Europe when I was 18, at that time I thought I was all sorts of mature and worldly and had my act together. I thought Bridget was a funny, disaster of a human being, and that I would never be like that in my 30s. Recently I reread the books, to prep for the release of Mad About the Boy, and I thought of Bridget more of a kindred spirit. I’m in my 30s now, and have definitely lived through my fair share of bad boys, awkward social situations, and professional disasters. Girl, I get you now more than ever!

For the sake of this exercise, I’m pretending the third book never happened:

If Bridge and I were to spend a day together now we’d start the day off with brunch and Bellinis. Life is always easier after brunch, and then things would get real. We’d weed through her closet, get rid of anything age inappropriate --I know I sound old, but there’s a switch that gets turned on and you’re all of a sudden like, “I should definitely not wear that to work.” We’d discuss how completely disappointed we both were in the second movie—really, just complete rubbish. We’d remove Daniel from her phone, and also delete any pictures of his genitals he’d sent her—because you know if there were iPhones when Helen Fielding wrote the first two books it would have been all penis pictures all the time. We’d throw out her scale and her cigarettes—it’s not the 90s anymore, Bridge, it’s time to let it go. And, I would probably make the end of our day super awkward by asking if it was cool with her if I had a bit of a make out session with Mark Darcy. My fiancĂ© might be mad, but he’d understand, I’ve given him free rein with any Victoria’s Secret model he comes across. To make it up for her drinks would be on me, you can only take away so many vices from a girl.


Thanks to Kimberly for taking us on her friend date and to Amazon Publishing for sharing Coming Clean with our readers.

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17 comments:

Melanie Backus said...

I have the hardest time getting rid or passing on books I have already read. Stacks and stacks of books live at my house.

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Kristin Jones said...

I have a hard time getting rid of old ribbon from gifts, thinking I may use them again!

Hailey Fish said...

I have a hard time getting rid of old stories I've written when I was younger. Some of them I have gotten rid of because they were so terrible! I'm going to be looking through them over the next couple of days because my parents got a dumpster. I'll shred it and then throw it all in garbage bags then hoist them into the dumpster.

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Bonnie K. said...

I had a hard time getting rid of old letters of ex-boyfriends because they were good writers but eventually I did because I felt it wasn't fair to my husband. Now, I wished I had them so that I could use them to write a book. :( Another thing would be my books. I'm a hoarder when it comes to my books. I did get rid of many when I was younger but it was really hard. Harder today. I don't get rid of them as freely now.

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Anita Yancey said...

I have a hard time getting rid of things I saved from high school, even though I have no need for them any more.

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susieqlaw said...

Books

Erica said...

Jewelry. I have tons!

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Carl Scott said...

I hate to throw out old clothes even if I don't wear them anymore. It just seems so wasteful. I donate a lot but even worn out stuff seems to stick around.

Carl Scott said...

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Donna Kellogg said...

I find it hard to get rid of the clothes

bn100 said...

annoying people

Donna E said...

I find it hard to get rid of clothes. Even when I can't wear something, or it's not in good shape, I just can't seem to part with it. And that goes for hubby's clothes as well.
In fact, anything that comes into my house and I claim as ours is hard to get rid of even if I have no further use for it, nor any room for it.

Linda Kish said...

I have a hard time getting rid of things that were my mom's that I really don't need but have sentimental value. She passed away three years ago and I keep some things that I could just as soon get rid of. Not really many things...it's not like I have everything. Just a few purses and things.

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Cynthia Michalewski said...

A pretty handbag!

jpetroroy said...

jewelry

Maureen said...

I have trouble getting rid of clothes because I think I might wear them in the future.

rubynreba said...

I have some clothes I should get rid of but then I try them on and think I really like them. (But I still end up not wearing them!)