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The Woman I Wanted to Be
256 pages; Simon & Schuster
This 67-year-old superstar managed to marry a prince, revolutionize the fashion industry with her wrap dress and serve as a style icon for the entire globe. Her personal history, however, may come as a surprise: a mother who survived Auschwitz, a husband who died of Hepatitis C, and a daughter with a rare genetic disorder. These challenges resulted in a woman who speaks ambitiously and fervently about the struggles of all women in a book that's part memoir, part manifesto. "Lying about your age or about anything, for that matter, is the beginning of trouble," she writes. "It is the beginning of lying about who you are."
— Leigh Newman