Likes to Smile Book Club Selection #5

My Aunt published her second book! My Aunt published her second book! My Aunt published her second book!  Woo to the infinite hoo!

I’ve always been captivated by public figures with talent: authors, athletes, musicians and actors.  I always imagine that they get to have their moment in the spotlight because they worked hard and fought hard and never gave up when the odds seemed improbable.  I find it hard to believe anyone accidentally ends up in these professions.  Sure, there may be examples.  But mostly, I think of these professions as a group of people unabashedly going after their dreams.  And achieving them.

It is breathtaking to have a front row seat as my Aunt publishes her second book (her first book is Every Crooked Pot).  It is nothing short of a dream coming true.  Oh, did she ever work hard. I’m so proud of her.

Likes to Smile is all about rooting for dreams coming true.  And reading good books.  So in the spirit of both, I present Dollface as Likes to Smile Book Club Selection #5!

Likes to Smile Book Club Selection #5!

Here’s the description:

America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

How amazing does that book sound?!

Please join us for our book club discussion on Wednesday, December 4th.

UPDATE: Likes to Smile Book Club is officially scheduled for Monday, February 3rd! I’ve read the book and holy prohibition batman! I cannot wait to discuss!

Here’s how book club works:
1) Read the book anytime between now and February 3rd, 2014.
2) On February 3rd, I’ll post a list of questions for us to discuss. I’ll include my answers in the blog post and you can include your answers in the comments. And we’ll discuss from there.
3) Absolutely anyone who has read the book is more than welcome to come join our cyber discussion!

And you? Will you be reading Dollface? And joining us for discussion day?

Dreams coming true. A great book. A great discussion. Obviously, this is my favorite of all things.

Until next time!


Postscript: Previous book club discussions include:
1) Revenge Wears Prada
2) Someday, Someday, Maybe
3) Reconstructing Amelia
4) You Knew Me When


  1. I can’t wait!!

  2. Sounds like a great book and congrats to your Aunt! I just finished The Chaperone which is a book loosely based on Louise Brooks a flapper/dancer/actress in the 20’s. It was an interesting read.

    • Oooo!! I’ll have to check out The Chaperone!! I feel like we have similar taste in books but rarely read the same ones!! Maybe one day soon! Happy weekend! xoxo

  3. Thanks Stacey! I hope your book club enjoys the book. I’m thrilled that you’ve selected DOLLFACE for your next read! Big hugs from me to you!

  4. I will be on the lookout for it! Oddly, I’m fascinated by the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, mostly because it was mentioned on an episode of Bones and I’d love to see how your aunt incorporates all of that in! Congrats to her!

    • HAHAHAHA!!! I love that you’re fascinated by the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre because it was mentioned in an episode of Bones!! I find it so amusing how certain things come to fascinate us. I bet that happens more often than we realize. I’ll pass on your congratulations to my Aunt! xoxo

  5. Congrats to your aunt! Publishing two books is a fantastic accomplishment. Sounds like an interesting read.

    • Thanks so much Kim!! I know… could you even imagine publishing 2 books?! I’m in awe!! Hope you’re well. xoxo

  6. Wow, congratulations to your Aunt! How lovely it must be to have your own book published? That is definitely because of hard work and keeping the faith and believing in yourself! I love such stories – believing in your dreams and making them come true. :-)
    The book itself sounds great to read too, and I’m definitely intrigued by the infamous day “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”… I’m going to google that, because I’ve never heard of it before. Would love to know more about it. :-)
    Hope your problems with your computer will be over before you know it and I wish you one hell of a great week Stacey! Sorry for being so long out of touch and not commenting so regularly but it’s been so hectic here. I hope you’re doing well! Hugs, Inge x

    • Hi Inge!!

      So great to hear from you always and NO apologies necessary for being out of touch. I think sometimes life is just easier to navigate than others and I’m always here! Sometime’s it’s just hectic. So you deal with it and then it passes :)

      I’m so in awe of my Aunt for publishing two books. It is just amazing. Such an accomplishment, I agree!!

      Hope you’re well (and feeling well)! Sending you my very best!



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