Don’t Forget the Parsley: Review + Interview with Marie Claire Lim-Moore + GIVEAWAY!
Hi darlings! It’s February and I know I haven’t been doing loads of reviews lately, but here’s one that I really wanted to read. So today, I’m bringing you a review of Marie Claire Lim-Moore’s DON’T FORGET THE PARSLEY–plus an interview with the author,m and a GIVEAWAY, too!
ABOUT DON’T FORGET THE PARSLEY
Don’t Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don’t Forget The Soap)
Launch: Feb 15, 2016
by Marie Claire Lim Moore
Genre: Non-fiction memoir
Marie Claire Lim Moore builds on her first memoir, Don’t Forget the Soap, offering more entertaining stories about her family in this follow up. Like her first book, Don’t Forget the Parsley is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from her second-generation immigrant childhood in Vancouver and New York City mix with recent expat experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong where she balances multiple roles as wife and mother, corporate executive and author. Her positively Filipino parents continue to have a big influence on her whether it comes to managing family and career, meeting heads of state and world leaders or simply making new friends.
From stray observations (everything is funnier at church) and midnight anxieties (if Jessica Simpson gets to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why shouldn’t I?) to life mantras (don’t let perfection hold you back) and litmus tests (would you serve drinks at my mother’s art show?), Claire’s warm and honest storytelling will resonate with readers and leave them smiling.
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2 years ago, I (alongside other bloggers) were given the opportunity to review Don’t Forget the Soap, a collection of anecdotes and memories by Marie Claire Lim Moore. So, when I heard there was going to be a blog tour for the second book, I definitely took the chance again—because that’s how much of an impact the first book has!
Well, I wasn’t wrong. Don’t Forget the Parsley is, in such a way, like DFTS because it also holds the memories and stories about the life of Lim-Moore and her family, but I believe it also could stand on its own. I like how this one is a bit shorter than the first, but it’s filled with a lot of wit—and stories that will really make you laugh, think, and pretty much just nod your head.
Sure, Lim-Moore may be affluent. She may have traveled the world, and she has lived all over the world with her family. But the stories she shares are things we could all relate to: how simple dishes (like corned beef) could be made special with garnish; how kids these days are way too different from kids of the older days; how there aren’t that many cartoons or educational shows in the afternoons anymore; how there are things we forget—and most importantly, how families and friends could really have a big impact on one’s life.
Another great thing about this book is we learn more about Lim-Moore’s father, who’s also a great influence in her life—as well as her own weaknesses. See, strong women have weaknesses, too—and they are nothing to be ashamed of.
Reading the book will make you feel as if you’re just talking to a friend, recalling the memories of her life. And you’ve got to hand it to Lim-Moore! She really has such a vivid memory—and that’s great because she also has a colorful, remarkable life!
But if there’s one thing you can take from this book (at least, in my opinion), it’s this: We all live different lives. We all have different lifestyles. But in our own ways, we should learn how to make things a little bit special. We should learn to dress up, no matter how bad we feel. We should make even the simplest dishes special. We should appreciate everything—even the smallest kinds of blessings. Mostly, we should just treat life as a gift—rather than a liability.
Don’t Forget the Parsley is something you’d like to read over and over again. It’s refreshing, it’s witty, and most importantly, it’s real. Hands down, I’m sure it’s going to be one of the best non-fiction, coffee table, and whatever they call it, books of the year!
Check out my interview with Marie Claire Lim-Moore, the author of Don’t Forget the Parsley, below!
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
She Flies with Faeries (SWFW): Hi, Claire! Really so happy for Don’t Forget the Parsley. So, it’s no secret that I really loved Don’t Forget the Soap. My first question is: How different is Don’t Forget the Parsley from it? What sets this book apart from the first one–aside from that kooky, amazing title?
Marie Claire Lim-Moore (MCLM): Thanks so much, Cassandra. Appreciate your kind words and good wishes for this new book.
In many ways, Don’t Forget the Parsley picks up where Don’t Forget the Soap left off. Many of the stories from the first book were from my childhood and focused on early career experiences. While the second book still includes family anecdotes from when we were kids, there’s more I share about life after children, life after writing my book, etc. There are also a lot of fun stories about my father (and other family members) as well as my mother.
SFWF: Well, Parsley is used in a lot of dishes. Just for fun, if you could invent a Parsley-filled dish for your family, what would it be and why?
MCLM: One of the dishes in my repertoire is parsley-filled pesto dish. The real recipe actually calls for more basil but sometimes you have to improvise! I also sometimes use almond slivers instead of pine nuts… Much more cost effective 😉
SFWF: Life has clearly changed since the first book, hasn’t it? Your kids are growing up now. Can you tell us how different is your parenting style now from when they were younger?
MCLM: My parenting style has remained pretty consistent since the first book in 2013. I imagine this will change if you ask me in 5-10 years when they’re all teenagers but for now we’re focused on laying a strong foundation for good values, sticking to a consistent schedule and talking and spending as much together as we can every day (family breakfasts, lunch calls / skype, family dinners).
SFWF: What’s something you would want your kids to learn from you?
MCLM: A positive attitude combined with an appreciation of their roots and values will lead to happiness and success.
SFWF: And, can you give us one quote from the book that you’d want people to always remember?
MCLM: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos, Isabel, and Sofia, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia.
Claire is regularly ranked among leaders in the Asian-American professional community and her experiences have been written about in The New York Times, USA Today, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping and People Asia. She enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women through her talks as well as her writing. Previous speaking engagements have been hosted by Standard Chartered Bank, The Financial Women’s Association of Singapore, and MasterCard Asia.
In 2014, Claire received the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) that recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields, and who are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, female mentorship and legacy. Claire is also featured in women’s empowerment expert Claudia Chan’s Remarkable Women Series along with female role models Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch and Zainab Salbi.
If you want to meet Claire, don’t forget to attend the DON’T FORGET THE PARSLEY Book Launch and Signing at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City, on February 15, 2016, at 7PM!
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