My introduction to magazines began when Mia Freedman was the Editor of Cosmopolitan. I picked up an issue, read her introduction and was hooked for the rest of my teen years.
These days, Freedman heads an enormously successful website that doubles as a community discussing topics big and small, writes a weekly column for a newspaper publication… and writes books.
Her previous book, Mama Mia: a memoir of mistakes, magazines and motherhood, gave us an insight into the highs and lows of Freedman’s life. And it made women fall in love with her all over again. This is a woman many of us can relate to; someone who knows what we’re thinking about and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. She’s someone you feel you could talk to over a cuppa, who you’d love to work with and chat to by the watercooler each day.
Her latest offering, Mia Culpa: confessions from the watercooler of life, is the next best thing. It’s like having your friends in book form. Freedman shares her own take on a wide range of topics, as well as countless funny stories from her friends, acquaintances and Twitter followers. You’ll laugh and nod along, but thankfully you’ll only cry if you’re laughing lots (not much sad-sack talk here).
Subjects under the spotlight include everything from pubic hair to motherhood, working from home to single life, and plenty in between; all discussed in a funny but classy way. Ever wondered how other women know they’ve had enough children? Or thought about when you transformed from cool to not? Maybe you think you’re the only one who doesn’t do Valentine’s Day?
You’ll soon discover what other women – and men – think about all these things.
It is this wide range of discussion topics, in addition to Freedman’s informal, chatty writing style, that makes you want to grab a glass of wine and a block of chocolate and join in the madness. But be warned: time will disappear as though you’re at a girlfriend’s house talking about, well, everything and anything that pops into your head.
Freedman weaves her way from one topic to another seamlessly, as though a scribe has sat next to her at a dinner party recording her conversations. And she invites you to join in the fun.
The more, the merrier.
Title: Mia Culpa: confessions from the watercooler of life
Author: Mia Freedman
Publication Date: 28 February 2011