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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Talbots Book Club’s Second Year and My Book Recommendations

Summer is a great time to get lost in a good book and transcend into another place or time. If you aren’t following Talbots on social media, you should! On May 21st, Talbots invited their customers and followers to share in their love of reading. I have been loving the suggestions on their social media channels, as well as on their website.

In 440 of their stores, Talbots has created a great lending library where customers can donate their favorite book and take one in return. As their lending library grows, so does their community of amazing women who enjoy it!

The company also collaborated with Random House to highlight new classics from best-selling authors:

This summer, Talbots curated “The Ultimate Summer Reading List” and shared it with millions of customers. They asked notable women such as authors, influencers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to tell us what they will be reading this summer and why. As part of this outreach, Talbots asked me to participate.

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Talbots Girlfriend Jean  /  V-Stripe Tank Top  /  Zesty Rosebud Square Scarf  /  Lisi Lerch Margo Earrings – White

Lately, I have been an especially voracious. In college, I was a politics and economics double-major, so I’m a news junkie and love history and enjoy reading books on history, business, Christianity, or biographies. This summer, I read eight historical fiction novels set during WWII.

For those who are new to my blog and don’t know much about me, I was born in The Netherlands. My mother is Dutch and my father is American. They met while he was serving as a physician at Ramstein Air Force Base in German during the Vietnam War.

My mother was born during WWII, and I grew up hearing family stories about the war. I love how books let you see the world through someone else’s eyes. The novels really gave me a deeper understanding of what life was like for my family, and made me feel close to my grandparents.

The strength, compassion and resilience of the characters in these books is inspiring. Reading about the harsh brutality of daily life during WWII and the struggle for survival reminded me of how lucky we are. We take so “little things” we take for granted, but it turns out those are actually big things. I think Happiness comes when we value all that we have, help others who have less, and remain grateful.

 

I highly recommend them all, but will put them in order of my favorites:

1. Kate Quinn, The Alice Network

2. Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

3. Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlett Sky

4. Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

5. Rhys Bowen, The Tuscan Child

6. Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave is Forgiven

7. Rhys Bowen, In Farleigh Field

8. Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls

I hope that you will read some of these books to remember all that we have to be grateful for, and all those who suffered so that we wouldn’t have to! We can learn so much from their heroism.

– Miss A

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