Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Publishers Weekly Review of "Heart of Glass"



"Lively and engaging," is one of the many nice things they said about the book (which drops on March 15th!).  You can click on the link to read the review.

I also did a Q & A with them which will be published soon.

And if your book group is planning to read Heart of Glass, I am happy to set up a time to Skype or Facetime with you.  Just email me at chanelbonfire@gmail.com.

Friday, February 5, 2016



Rest in Peace.

David Bowie has only been gone for a month. Upon hearing of his death many people, including me, felt a sort of shock and deep sadness for what, for who, we had lost. He was such a part of my girlhood and adulthood that I feel as if a part of me has gone with him. I never met him, or saw him in concert - but he is in both of my memoirs. He sings "Rebel Rebel" as we blast the record at the wild teenage party in Chanel Bonfire. And in Heart of Glass, Iggy Pop tries to lure my friend Annie and me to party with him and David Bowie, who he claims is on his way to pick him up in a limo. Safe travels, Starman. Now you are in heaven.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

All the Young Dudes ...



Here I am as Cherubino in Beaumarchais' play The Marriage of Figaro at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It was 1982, and yet another example of my life imitating my art. I played a confused and heartsick kid, okay a boy, but still typecasting. Like Cherubino, I pined for true love and ran around trying on new identities - and costumes! I would eventually find it but not until many years and many mistakes later and in an unexpected way.

Monday, November 9, 2015



Dearly Departed

When I started working on HEART OF GLASS, I was struck by the number of people who appear in the book who are no longer on this earth. There was the old boyfriend who I discovered had died of the flu at the age of fifty-one, and two close friends who literally dropped dead of heart attacks in their forties. Last week my wonderful old pal Morris Lafon went the way of the angels much too soon. Mo was a true artist, who moved to New York to work in downtown experimental theater in the seventies. He was friends with Janis Joplin, threw Alan Ginsburg out of his house for hitting on his friends, and snuck a bottle of vodka to Nicholas Ray in the hospital when he was dying. I will never forget Mo's marvelous laugh, hilarious stories, his zest for life - and the time we danced the Lambada at my thirtieth birthday party. I love you Mo and you will always be with me.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Introducing the sequel to CHANEL BONFIRE, HEART OF GLASS.



I wanted to share the cover of my sequel to Chanel Bonfire, titled Heart of Glass. My dear friend, Ann Marsden, took this picture of me at her loft space in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1983. I was one lost and confused girl, and Annie became my fast friend. She was one of the smartest, wildly talented and supremely stylish people I ever met. She never wore socks in the sub-zero Minnesota weather and wore her camel colored coat unbuttoned draped around her shoulders as she drove a vintage Mercedes around town with an Astrud Gilberto cassette stuck in the tape player. When we arrived at our destination, she'd pull out a popsicle stick and jimmy the meter. Sadly, she no longer here which is why I am so happy her photo is on my new cover and she gets a credit. Love you Annie. You'll always be with me.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A few things people get wrong ...

I'm advised not to respond to reader reviews, but sometimes it's tempting! One recent review on Goodreads assumed that my sister and I had lost touch. Chanel Bonfire is dedicated to my sister, who I consider to be the hero of the story in many ways, and we remain close.

Another common critique is that the book has no pictures. This was an editorial decision made by my publisher, Gallery Books. You can go to the Chanel Bonfire Facebook page or the website www.chanelbonfire.com and see photos of many of the people who appear in Chanel - friends and family.

I hope that clears up a few things!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Come Fly With Me!






The new paperback edition of Chanel is out today!  And it's being featured at the Hudson News Store in all your favorite airports!  Perfect for vacation reading!

Both the photo of my mother, Georgann Rea and the one of me and my sister Robin were taken by my late step-father, Oliver Rea.  The new edition also includes the first chapter of the sequel, Heart of Glass due out in March 2016!

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading!