About Irene
About Irene

Irene Zutell writes books...
and is a featured columnist for NBC/Univeral's, LIFEGOESSTRONG.COM

And just in time for Mother's Day...

A memoir with a twist...

Who would dare invite mom to chime in with her version of the key events of one's life?

Vanessa Williams does, in this soul-baring tour de force from a performer who seems to re-invent herself at will.

From Miss America to Broadway (Kiss of the Spider Woman) to movies (Eraser) to #1 hit recording artist (Save The Best For Last) to television (Ugly Betty's unforgettable Wilhelmina) and most recently Renee Perry of Desperate Housewives, Vanessa Williams has done it all.

Like any climb to the top, it wasn't easy - and the dueling memories of Vanessa and her amazing mother Helen make a tangy, touching, sometimes eye-popping read.

Available April 17, 2012 from Gotham Books.


 Published by St. Martin's Press

What happens after happily ever after? Alice Hirsch is about    to find out...

Alice, a former New Yorker, struggles to feel at home in the bizarre world of the San Fernando Valley -- all while holding a job and caring for her young daughter and senile mother. When her attorney husband lands a trophy client - box office queen Rose Maris - things begin to look up.

Then Alex starts working late - a lot. He crunches his paunch into a six pack and trades his Gap ensembles for Armani everything.

Soon, Alex and Rose's affair blazes in the tabloids and Alice is plunged into trash-gossip hell. Her life crumbles around her as she navigates her newly single life through suburban L.A. -- a place rife with porn stars, psycho soccer moms and nutty neighbors obsessed with creating a winter wonderland despite the scorching desert heat.

Is there a chance to wrest Alex from the Sexiest Woman Alive? And if so, would Alice want him back? And what about George, her college sweetheart? Or Johnny, a walking charm-bomb paparazzo? As Alice inventories the rubble of her life, she desperately searches for her bearings and is forced to ask herself what she really wants from life, love and herself.

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