Friday, August 3, 2018

A tale of real people finding themselves, dreaming big and never giving up.

    One reason I read is to learn from the experience of others. This is why I loved the Maybelline Story (that and the exciting American history backdrop in Chicago and Hollywood). The characters in this story are vibrant and inspiring. I was swept up into their journey and struggles so much that I read the book in 3 days! I love a book that stirs my emotions enough that I actually care about how the lives of the characters unfold. Some face their demons and move into the light, all find their way. This is a tale of real people finding themselves, dreaming big and never giving up. It screams HBO mini-series all over it.

     I saw a woman reading this book on a recent flight so I took a quick look at it. I spent several hours reading it yesterday and did not want to put it down. It is a real page turner for anyone interested in history, Hollywood glamour, self made men and family drama. It has very little to do with makeup and everything to do with building a business, while the family's dynamics and secrets unfold. I'm sure this will be turned into a movie in the future if it is not already in the works. 

     This was the fastest read I've ever done! The legacy, the story, and the drama behind it kept me intrigued! its a great story about the uprising of the company and the family of Maybelline. Tom Lyle Williams and the story behind him is truly one of a kind!  I would recommend this read to anyone. Can't wait for the movie! Great Read! 



  1. In today's world of PC-GenderEquality, please let me note 2 views of...Males! (Eh! no aspersions are cast on the previous Commentators! We quite be InSync!)
    Alas as Y'all may know, Sharrie was not, at least outwardly, a shy girl, or Saffron as they were called at Culver City High, but one who was given to 'cruisin' with a bevy in her hot '57 Chevy in the Sixties. One regular stop for nutritional refueling/socializing was an Alpine themed hamburger place with a new niche featuring D-i-Y sundae and burger condiment bars...ever put crushed nuts on a burger? Anyway, a former manager there happened to read The Mabelline Story and his ravings literally badgered me into reading this presumptively Girly-Girl life-drama "novel". Given I'm not much of a reader anymore, OMG this became one of my FAVs. If you be a male 'of an age', think of the cliffhanging "To-be-Continued", mostly cowboy, serials in Saturday afternoon theaters of your youth. For younger Dudes, think the same concept as used in Indian Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark! Don't envision a dry-sandman that a family-bio might conjure up. My hunch is so many jumped to an erroneous presumption reading ads, they missed a great read.
    Is there a sad part of my note? Yes: Sharrie has not published a fun read again/yet and e.g. Netflix hasn't picked up The Maybelline Story for one of their "Original" flicks or series. Elsewise, this should be on high school reading lists especially, tho not exclusively, for those Kids not planning on a college career....Go Horatio!

  2. Great comment and review Bob. Thanks so much