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GFY Giveaway: I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

Hey everyone! So, I’m VERY excited about this giveaway, as I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is one of my favorite books of the last couple of years. I strongly agree with both the pull-quotes from the WSJ and People on the cover:


You will really enjoy it, if you haven’t read it yet. We have five copies to give away today, and somehow my fingers are crossed for all of you.

THE PRIZE: Let us turn over the book, virtually, and see what its back promises us:

“In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, which Glamour hailed as one of the “10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List Right This Second,” a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse?

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.

But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.

Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, this “charming and engrossing portrait of one man’s midlife mess” (Elle) creates the perfect portrait of an imperfect family—and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.”

Just the words “a famous cutlery designer” make me laugh.

THE TASK: If you could have a misguided affair — guaranteed, however, not to ruin anyone’s life (this is all highly theoretical, you guys) — with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the publisher; open to residents of the US only. Thank you!)


Fug or Fine: Lea Michele at TCAs

I’m starting to wonder if Lea Michele has a very rare, very localized Pigment Allergy that exists only in her lips.

Lea Michele

I did an admittedly hurried skim and got to April 2014 on Getty Images before I found her in a strong lipstick. She even picked pink shoes; couldn’t she have rosied up her mouth just a LITTLE? This just makes her look thirsty. And not in the hungry-for-fame way; in an actual I Am Dangerously Parched sense.

As for the outfit… The flowers are pretty and deserve to make up more than 15 percent of something that is otherwise dull as dishwater and also partly the color thereof. I don’t know, this is all very Junior Real Housewife to me. Someday, this will find its place amid a cocktail fight in a Beverly Hills restaurant.

[Photo: Getty]


Recent Fugs: Diane Kruger

We lost track of the Krugs somewhere over the summer. Join us as we rectify it.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Your Afternoon Chat: Beach Reads


Today’s afternoon chat is a request, and it’s quite a good one! From Cucina49:

“I love reading about books that other Fug Nationals have recommended, and I’m about to leave on a two-week vacation on which I will get more reading done than at any other point this year.  Is it possible to have a post about book recommendations for vacation?  Not just fluffy beach books, but books that take you to other places or are just great reads.”

It IS possible, and here we are. Bring us your vacation read recommendations, Fug Nation! I — although I am sadly not on vacation — am currently reading the Pamela Hicks book Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten on the recommendation of at least one of you, and it is dishy. EVERYONE in it owns a wild animal that ought to be in a zoo, several people are having affairs, and she mentions offhandedly that one of her relatives died falling out a window. It’s highly conversational — I keep wanting to say, “PLEASE go back to that for a second.”  So that is my current recommendation. Give us yours!

[PS: Totally coincidentally, I just noticed that Barnes & Noble is running a Buy Two Paperbacks Get One Free promo, in case you want to buy some books. The Royal We is one of the included titles (which is how I stumbled on the sale) but so are lots of other books. BOOKS!]


WTF: Fergie in Moschino

You guys, this is Fergie:


As in, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas. Fergalicious, if you feel the need to use her formal title. She is nearly unrecognizable with that hair, which is a good piece of personal intel for her should she eventually choose to go on a crime spree and need to flee the long arm of the law. In this outfit,  she could walk swiftly past any number of people — me, Josh Duhamel, Will.i.am,  the other Fergie — and all of us would first think, “oh, man, that woman really misses late-80s Madonna,” and then, “is she wearing those crazy plastic pants that wrestlers use to make weight??” before anything else even occurred to us. Make a note of this in case you need to go on the lam, Fergie Ferg. Knowledge is power.

[Photo: Getty Images]


Fugs and Fabs: Hulu at the TCAs

All hail Mindy Kaling, who knows that when you are doing an event at which you are seated on stage, cute shoes are of the utmost importance.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: The Women’s Health Party in the Hamptons

Having grown up in Southern California, my understanding of the Hamptons comes primarily from whatever I’m watching on Bravo (aka “everything Bravo airs”) and a variety of people I follow on Snapchat who get to go to the Hamptons every weekend. There is nothing like watching other people at the beach from your sofa. ANYWAY, this event adds to my knowledge and what it has added is that a high percentage of the guests at this party might have forgotten to pack what it was they were planning to wear to it. Additionally: Malin Akerman seems like a hoot.  This information tracks for me.

[Photos: Getty]