Recently, Bravo stars Josh Flagg (Million Dollar Listing) and Bethenny Frankel (Bethenny Ever After) both released books. Frankel authored two previous best-sellers: Naturally Thin and the companion cookbook Skinnygirl Dish. By now you’ve surely heard of her latest offering – A Place of Yes, a self-help guide including “10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life.” After reading the first twenty pages of Place of Yes, a response of “fuck no” started to form. Place of Obvious might be a better title for all the wisdom and insight tucked into the pages of this meandering manifesto.
Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream might sound like a real estate book, and in many ways it is. Flagg writes with endearing honesty about his upbringing and family. Shaped by strong women, Flagg gives credit where credit is due – to his grandmothers and mother for shaping him into his current success. He discusses his first feelings of detachment from the crowd, and how his burgeoning homosexuality further reinforced his isolation. This description makes the book sound heavy; it’s not. It’s hilarious. If you watch Josh on Million Dollar Listing, his voice narrates the anecdotes. Here are a few gems:On his Grandma Edith bringing polyester to the U.S. fabric market, “So in short, my grandmother became incredibly successful and was single handedly responsible for the horrendous synthetic fiber jogging suits of the 1970′s.”On Mom and Dad, “I blame them both for my precocious demeanor and pretentious sense of self-worth.”Concerning his Father specifically,”…his plan to make me a humble human being backfired.”“Parents of other kids in my class, they loved me! For the ones that couldn’t tell I pitched for the other team, they were thrilled because they thought their daughters were going to marry me. For the ones who could tell, they wanted me to come over to their houses and help them redecorate their living rooms.”From his Grandfather’s death at Auschwitz to his reign as cotillion queen, page after page, Flagg’s disarming candor reveals his unvarnished, often painful truth.When you compare these two books, the startling difference boils down to authenticity. Josh’s account resonates as personal and genuine. Bethenny’s book reads like she’s trying to convince us she’s got life all figured out.Check out Flagg’s Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream – not only will you learn a thing or two about real estate, Josh’s forthright career memoir may change and inform your opinion of the squeaky-voiced (yet charming) dork.