‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington; Michael Roberts

I have recently begun working for my local county library system. Really, it is like letting an addict loose in a pile of happiness. I now spend five – sometimes six – days a week at the library, surrounded by rows and rows of books … beautiful, beautiful, free books. As such, you can normally find me – during my lunch break – leafing through the collection and checking out more books than I can possibly read. It is in this new position, surrounded by so many novelistic opportunities, that I discovered my newfound love of audio books. While I loathe ebooks, I adore audio books. I pop into the branch during the day, grab a new batch of CD’s and listen as I work. ‘Grace: A Memoir’ was my latest listen.

In my opinion, biographies can be either terrific or tedious – there is no in-between. ‘Grace’ was enchanting. There was not a single moment of reminiscence reeking with the odorous scent of lies. The memoir was intelligent, whimsical, relatable, lacking any of the standard subterfuge synonymous with still-living memoir authors – and read by none other than shy and accented Grace Coddington herself, which made the tome that much more charming.

'Grace: A Memoir' by Grace Coddington

One of my favorite stories in the book centered around Grace’s first modeling job. In it, Grace matter-of-factly explained that the photographer wished her to pose in a forest – nude (Grace’s sketch highlighting the event is displayed above). She wrapped up the story stating, “Anyway, I had a lovely time. It was my first modeling job. And afterward we all went home for tea.” Like I said, enchanting.

'Grace: A Memoir' by Grace Coddington

'Grace: A Memoir' by Grace Coddington

Perhaps the book would not have been as satisfying as having Grace speak her stories to me – although I did also take out the hardback version in order to view the sketches especially created for the memoir, as well as the large collection of images interspersed through the pages. I know for certain I would recommend listening to the audio book to anyone who enjoys biographies, fashion, or just needs a pleasant diversion for several hours. I would especially encourage you to swing back to this blog after you finish listening to weigh in and let me know if you agree with my assessment. Next I am moving on to Anjelica Huston’s memoir, ‘Watch Me’, as she also narrated her own audio book. Stay tuned – Anjelica has a lot to live up to if she hopes to be as memorable as sweet Grace.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
RATING: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★

One thought on “‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington; Michael Roberts

  1. Ooh, I got Grace’s memoir for Christmas the year it was published, but I still haven’t had a chance to read it. I had no idea she narrates the audiobook as well – I’d love to hear her telling her stories! I might have to check my library for that. Thanks for the heads-up, C, and congrats on what sounds very much like dream-work!

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