Friday, May 10, 2019

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of The Secret of Southern Charm, Slightly South of Simple, Dear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Harvey is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.

Her new novel is The Southern Side of Paradise.

Recently I asked Harvey about what she was reading. Her reply:
I am currently reading I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán. It is an insightful and very timely book about a woman whose best friend dies suddenly—of an accidental opioid overdose. In the aftermath of her friend Jenny’s death, Penelope begins to question everything: her career, her marriage, and her relationships with her brother and father. Instead of burying her head in the sand, she decides to face her troubles head on. She and her husband Sanjay make a pact to be brutally honest with each other and ask for the changes they need to make their marriage better. But, as is so often the case, honesty comes with unexpected consequences. It’s a fast-paced read with beautifully drawn characters and a fresh plot. I can’t put it down!

I’m also reading Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. I must be the only person in the world who hasn’t read her books yet, but they are such a great reminder, especially as I head out on a six-week book tour, that our path and our definition of success is for us to decide. It’s easy to get caught up in worries about what everyone else is going to think about your work, but, as Brown reminds us, what ultimately matters is what we think. My science brain loves that this is a book based on Brown’s years of research. It’s a fascinating read!
Visit Kristy Woodson Harvey's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Southern Side of Paradise.

--Marshal Zeringue