Thursday, May 19, 2011

Finding Sarah

Order Finding Sarah

I can hardly wait ... not.

Sarah Ferguson has written a new book, Finding Sarah A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself, which will be published in late June by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster.  The price of the book is $25.99

From the press release:

"More than a year ago my life was so off course that I wondered whether I would ever be able to find my way back. I was broken and lost, not even sure where I was, but out of this emotional barrenness I knew I had to find ME. And so, I took a journey to find myself, and begin the process of healing all the broken places. FINDING SARAH is the story of that journey."

So begins this extraordinarily personal memoir by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. Her struggles with adversity have taught her that life's lows can become a source of strength and courage. She knows, first hand, what it means to feel lost and she also knows that it is never too late to find your way back, to attain your goal, to take back control of your life and to make a special dream come true. Her journey, in so many ways, is everyone's journey and as she shares her story with us she also shares the advice and wisdom she benefited from along the way. As she spends time with Dr. Phil McGraw, she gains a new understanding of her relationship with herself and with others. Suze Orman helps Sarah unravel the poisonous money issues she suffers from. Martha Beck teaches her how let go of her negative self-image. Many other friends and experts populate these pages and you will meet them all.

Through intimate diary excerpts and personal emails from friends and family, Sarah opens herself unsparingly. On every page of this book you will hear from Sarah's friends and guides, her "real-life angels," as they help her get to the root of her problems – from comfort eating to self-loathing, from reckless over-spending to notorious mishaps. You will learn from them, as she did. In this way, Sarah hopes not only to talk to you as a friend but to inspire you, through her own experiences, to look closely at your own life and where you wish to improve it, then to encourage you to follow your instincts and find your true path.

Sarah Ferguson did, and so can you.

I can hazard a guess and say that Finding Sarah is the companion to the six-part eponymous series that will debut on the OWN network on June 12.

This is not a new topic for the former wife of the Duke of York.  In 2003, Simon & Schuster published What I Know Now : Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way, which was "written" by Sarah Ferguson.  Did she forget what she learned ...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello comes out with yet another wedding magazine

Talking about milking for all its worth, Hello, the British weekly glossy magazine, is about to publish its third commemorative royal wedding issue.  The May 7 and May 14 issues of the magazine were largely dedicated to coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Now comes word of ANOTHER special issue:

HELLO! ROYAL WEDDING SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION – Available to buy from Wednesday May 25.   [This applies to the United Kingdom.  I would hope that the magazine will also be shipped to North America.]

Since our very first issue in 1988 featuring Princess Anne on the front cover, HELLO! has been synonymous with royalty. And, having followed the relationship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the very beginning, HELLO! is the best source for coverage of their royal romance.

Now you can get a complete, intimate and detailed chronicle of Prince William and Kate’s relationship in a historic souvenir edition. From their early days meeting at university through to their historic wedding day, which drew a global audience of billions, it’s a must-have for any fan of the British monarchy and sure to become a collector’s edition to keep for years to come.
This exclusive souvenir issue includes:

• Full coverage of the wedding of the century, from the arrival of guests and the ceremony to the processions and the kisses on the balcony, in glorious colour photos

• The story of the royal romance

• The charming engagement interview

• William and Kate: A King and Queen in the making

• Preparations for the big day, including details of Kate’s tiara, hair, make-up – and that dress

• Royal brides through history

 The Duke and Duchess’s family trees

Do I want this:  of course!  I want it, and I want it NOW!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Royal Wedding DVD

NBC News' Royal Wedding DVD will be released soon. The price is $19.99.  NBC's coverage was the best of all the networks, even better  than the BBC's coverage.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bring on the wedding magazines

While browsing at Borders today (and getting my vanilla latte, large, skim milk), I noticed several new wedding magazines. 

USA Today's The Royal Wedding ($7.99) is the companion volume to the magazine published to commemorate William and Catherine's engagement. Nearly 100 pages of text (USA Today articles) and photographs.  This magazine has a great shot of the front seating, including the foreign royals, German cousins and the Mountbattens. 

This commemorative issue also includes features about the couple's life at St. Andrew's.  The final photograph is one I don't think I have ever seen.  The Prince and Princess of Wales with their two young sons.  Harry is about two years old.  Sitting on Diana's lap is the Prince of Wales' Jack Russell Terrier.  A rather sweet photograph.

The Royal Wedding from the Editors of Us Magazine is billed as the Collector's Edition and The Complete Photo Album.  Seventy seven pages of color photographs, including a pull out photograph showing the front of the abbey, where one can see the foreign royals and the members of the family sitting behind the British royal family.    The magazine also has features on Prince Harry (will he marry  Chelsy Davys), the Queen and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.  The price is $9.99, and the magazine will be on sale until August 1.  

The US Magazine Collector's Edition is published on highly quality glossy paper.  The magazine also published a commemorative magazine, which was published shortly after the engagement.


Newsweek's Special Commemorative Issue ($9.95) includes photographs from the wedding and feature articles on the couple, royal residences,  Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, the in-laws, the Middletons, and ... yawn, a profile on Diana.  This magazine is also on sale in Canada.  Nearly 100 glossy pages.

Life Magazine has published The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, trumpeted as the Expanded Commemorative Edition.  128 pages.  Photographs of the wedding, features on previous royal weddings, the British royal family  ("Meet the Windsors,", "the Lady says Yes,") and plenty of photographs of the wedding, of the couple, growing up. 
Photographs are the hallmark, the essence of all Life publications.  The price is $13.99 in the USA and $16.99 in Canada. High quality paper. 

This will also be published in a hard cover edition ($19.95).

I also  noticed special magazines commemorating the wedding published by Access  Hollywood Presents the Royal Wedding andTV Guide. One reader emailed me to say that the Access Hollywood magazine is" overpriced and unorganized", and not worth the $14.95.   In other words, there are other magazines for indulgement.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Grand Dukes and Diamonds

Raleigh Trevelyan's  Grand Dukes and Diamonds: the Wernhers of Luton Hoo was published by Secker & Warburg in 1991. A true masterpiece.  One of the best royal biographies-cum-histories ever written.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Andrew Morton's wedding book already out ...

Seventy two hours after William and Catherine were pronounced man and wife, Andrew Morton's William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding was available in British book stores.   The publisher is Michael O'Mara.

The publisher is Michael O'Mara and the price is £20.00.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Diana & William A Very Special Collector's Issue

I knew it ...  I knew it was going to happen  ... there had be one royal wedding magazine that was about Diana.

Diana & William A Very Special Collector's Issue was published by WU Magazine, based in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Sixty eight glossy pages of nauseous text and lots and lots of photos of Diana and William.  Plenty of photos of Diana. 

The articles are so laced with sugar that you might need to see a doctor for a diabetes test after even glancing through the magazine,   "Diana How She Became the People's Princess."  "What would Diana have thought about the union of William and Kate? "   (Easy answer: I think Diana would have seen William's bride as competition!)    My favorite absolute nonsense article: "Why she chose to be a Hands on Royal Mom."  

Er um, Diana had a lot of help from the moment she brought William home from the hospital.  If she were a hands-on mom, Charles was most certainly a hands-on dad.  After the couple separated,  Charles and Diana each saw their two sons for forty days per year.  

It was a single father who raised his sons after the death of their mother.

This magazine is described as the Summer 2011 issue.  The price is $5.99.   Yuck .. which means the Dianamanics will love it.


Got out of the car, and walked over to the mailbox!   Wow!  William and Catherine on the cover of Time and Newsweek, although Newsweek describes the couple as Prince William of Wales and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge,,   Time's cover -- with the kiss -- headlines the magazine as "Special commemorative issue.  27 pages!  Newsweek's coverage is seven pages long, but the magazine includes a full page advert for William & Catherine A Royal Wedding,  a special commemorative issue published by Newsweek.  30 Plus pages of just released photos ... timeline of the couple's relationship ... features on Princess Diana (bletch)m and siblings Harry and Pippa.  History of Queen Elizabeth, 

The price of the special issue is $9.95 plus shipping and handling.

The special magazine will also be sold at newsstands! 

I still have not seen the special People Magazine as my local supermarket hasn't yet received their shipment.  Contrary to what most people think, the Washington, D.C., area is not the center of the universe! Certainly not for magazines!

I understand the super duper Hello magazine went on sale today in the UK,

Sunday, May 1, 2011

People Magazine's Royal wedding issue!

While grocery shopping tonight -- after coming home from the Nats game (beating the SF. Giants! -- I noticed a sign at the checkout ... People magazine's special issue "The Royal Wedding" will be on sale on May 2 ... that's tomorrow!

Seventy two pages!  Woo hoo!