Coming November 2019
Rachel Levy Lesser tells the story of her life in this collection—fourteen coming-of-age essays, each one tied to a unique fashion accessory, laced with humor and introspection about a girl-turned-woman trying to figure out friendship, love, a career path, parenthood, and, most poignantly, losing her mother to cancer at a young age. About far more than just a hair tie, a bracelet, or a belt, Life’s Accessories is a window into the many ways in which Lesser has come to understand life—in all of its beauty, its joys, its sorrows, its heartaches, its challenges, and its absurdity.
Advance Praise for Life’s Accessories
“I’d like to be one of Rachel Levy Lesser’s best friends even though I’ve never met her. You would too after you read about how honestly she writes about her young life. She’s smart, funny, savvy and knows what she wants in best friends, men you can trust, mothering, and classy high fashion choices.”
—Ilene Beckerman, author of Love Loss and What I Wore
“Lesser imbues each anecdote, centered around a piece of clothing, jewelry, or accessory, with humor, wisdom, and memory. She excavates her own personal history through particular objects in her closet, and makes the personal universal. I laughed, I cried, I nodded vigorously in agreement as I read. I loved this book.”
—Lindsey Mead, Writer and Editor of On Being 40(ish)
“Rachel Levy Lesser had me on page one. Her storytelling is heartfelt, engrossing, entertaining, and as addictive as reading a friend’s diary. Life’s Accessories will undoubtedly leave readers wanting Lesser to add to her collection.”
—Amy Blumenfeld, author of The Cast
“Rachel Levy Lesser paints a relatable, compelling picture of her highs and lows, and beautifully writes about the loss of her mother. Life’s Accessories is this season’s must-have accessory for your best girlfriend’s bedside table.”
—Zibby Owens, Writer, Creator/Host of Podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books”
“I fell in love with Rachel on page one, and by the last chapter I was convinced she was my long lost BFF. She writes with humor and grace, and takes us on her life’s journey with vulnerability and wit. Rachel is as real and authentic as it comes.”
—Ali Katz, author of One Minute to Zen
“In this episodic memoir, worn talismans give Rachel Levy Lesser the strength to claim her voice, weather grief, and navigate a rich and full life. Reminiscent of Ilene Beckerman’s classic Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Lesser captures the pressures and pleasures of a new generation of women as her warmth and wisdom shine through.”
—Andrea Jarrell, author of I’m the One Who Got Away: a Memoir
“Reading Lesser’s memoir is like sifting through a closet with a friend, stopping to pause over certain items and remembering why they meant so much in the first place. She artfully reminds us how even just thinking about an object can immediately transport us right back to a moment in time.”
—Beth Ricanati, author of Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs
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Rachel Levy Lesser’s articles and essays have appeared in various outlets, including The Huffington Post, Glamour.com, Parenting.com, Kveller, Modern Loss, Scary Mommy and The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. In her previous life as a marketing professional, she worked on the business side of Time Inc. on magazines including InStyle, Life, People, Real Simple, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Lesser lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. Life’s Accessories is her fourth book.