How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World, by Sophia Stuart

As per the traditions of Hollywood, and my habit of turning conversations my way here’s the preface:
Oh! Talk about me? Of course! Spoiled and sheltered, and can go Sicilian in an instant.
On the other hand. There are people who restore, regenerate, thrive in self-invention, and don’t have a molecule of spite in them. They go through life sharing and communicating and extending the love. What am I talking about? Why, this book: how to stay sane in a crazy world | by sophia stuart.  There’s something really cool (aka, admirable) about a conscious choice on the author’s part to stay in the light. In the face of travail she sought a path, a path modeled in the footsteps of women in Hollywood. Women who invented themselves (Anita Loos) and supported each other (Mary Pickford and Frances Marion) and knew how to find comfort (especially on the screen). When devastating illness interrupted her life, she wanted a book to tide her through, and not finding that precious volume, she decided to write it.


How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World: A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul: Sophia Stuart: 9781401944100: Books.

On receiving a frightening diagnosis she checked into a five star hotel…
And allowed herself to seek comfort in all the wrong places…
dinner at eight
And knew enough that when her body said “slow down” she did.
She’s got the glamour, she’s got the wit, she’s got the strength, she’s got the style. And now Sophia has the book…
Me again? Well, I don’t mind if we do! Does this mean I get an autographed copy? You bet it does!

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  1. January 21, 2014

    a MOST special autographed copy INDEED.

    bless you for your wit, wisdom and glorious hollywood archival knowledge.

  2. January 21, 2014

    For me??? I am heading over to Amazon this very moment! You are the blessing my dear, and your book a magic elixir.

  3. Heather in Arles
    January 21, 2014

    Oh hooray! I am such a hopeless geek as this made me a tad teary-eyed! Just so proud of BOTH of you and am grateful to “know” you both…I am betting the diamonds that both of your books are going to be monumental successes…And now, off I go to Amazon, I can wait no longer…
    Bisous to you both, amazing ladies that you are…

  4. January 21, 2014

    Sister-woman! Dust off those diamonds, dry those tears, and join me in toast to our glorious Sophia — you will LOVE the book! xox, V

  5. George Kaplan
    January 21, 2014

    I Love this! Such a fantastique piece for a remarkable, indomitable, elegant woman – and the tome sounds wunderbar! Oh, and what a triumvirate of astonishing ladies: Madame Sophia, Lady Heather, and Queen Vickie. We (that is *me*) are in awe. 🙂

    • January 21, 2014

      George, darling! I hope you don’t find me too familiar. We hear it’s your birthday! Felicitations! Beguiling would like to extend a gift for your frequent contributions and lovely commentary. Set a subject and we will write a post especially for you. Wishing you many more *most* happy birthdays!

  6. George Kaplan
    January 21, 2014

    Oh, Ms Vickie, you touch this silly fellow’s old heart… Thank You profoundly. I would ask You to write a post about your Amazing self but somehow I doubt you’d go for that! Let me reach inside the old hat box and see what I can find… Boundless Love, George

  7. January 21, 2014

    Superb! Witty! Wonderful! Your post makes me wish we could look forward to Sophia, the Movie 😉

    • January 21, 2014

      We’ll inquire! Perhaps she’s working on the screenplay? I can’t wait to get the book in my hot little hands and have her sign it!

      • January 21, 2014

        She should be! Alas, my copy will not be signed. Although I have one of the little cards she posted out and I will attach that to my copy 🙂

  8. January 21, 2014

    Well here I am home from work where I tweeted and Facebooked this post on the sly… And I am so happy I did. We love our Team Gloria almost as much as we love our Vickie. I am off to Amazon to per-order my book. Love love LOVE!

      • January 21, 2014

        Oh golly Moses! LOL. You are too!

  9. January 21, 2014

    PS I also LOVE the way you illustrated your points Miss Lester. You are one brilliant cookie, blog-wise. Well in fact in every-wise there is. Ring-a-ding-ding!

    • January 21, 2014

      Big Brother Lanier, you have taught me well, design-wise, style-wise, now…when I head up there you better teach me perfume-wise. LOVE you!

      • January 21, 2014

        Yes I will and you can also bet that there will be no cracked compact mirrors, sweet and sour sauce. And our soundtrack will be Frranti & Teicher playing the theme from “The Apartment”! xoxo

      • January 22, 2014

        That is the very one Miss Kubelik!

    January 22, 2014

    wow, just gotta love how you bring together the fabric of TG’s and your own storytelling. brilliant. delicious.
    Chapeau, Madame!

    • January 22, 2014

      Wait until the three of us get together in a room! Looking forward to it, hugs, V

        January 22, 2014

        it’s going to be legen – wait for it! – dary?


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