Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
If you like to read about a writer with many talents, then Home Shopping Diva is the book for you. The effect is that the book is a bit of a hodge podge of thoughts that are vaguely telling of Flather’s life. Through it all, Flather’s self-confidence in having the gift/talent to make the world a better place is loud and clear.
Flather is a multi-talented woman; she peppers the book with autobiographical anecdotes of her life, memories of her various travels around the globe, and tidbits about her jobs with the Home Shopping Network (jobs that led to her self-proclaimed “Diva” status). She does some minor name dropping and of course mentions that she – like millions of other people – almost took a plane bound for Boston on 9/11/2001–but I will let that slide. Flather also shares intimate details of her family’s life, growing up, her likes and dislikes, her fears and so on. She has many successes (she was a makeup artist on a major network television channel and a skin care promotion guru on QVC) and explains the process to better beauty for anyone interested in looking fab right now.
The book has sections of poetry following each of the thirty short chapters. The problem with the poems is that they seem more like fillers and I found them to be very Dr. Seuss-ish such as this set from “Wake-up Call” (p.95).
“I look and look
Where is it?
And look and look
I look and look
Where is it
And look and look…
…Is it in a glowing Times review?
In a church?
Beneath a pew?
I am not quite sure what Flather was trying to create with that poem, but she has many others just like it to get some point across to the reader who is patient enough to sort it out. Flather is somewhat successful in relaying the story of her life but did not engage me as a reader. The book also comes with two CDs of the author singing folk/soft rock music. One CD has 13 songs and the other has 14 songs on offer. The author has a pleasant and solid voice; it is not very distinctive but easy to listen to nevertheless. I would use these songs as background noise while puttering around the house but would not consider this collection for my evening work commute. A sample of lyrics from a song: “Let’s take a breath…let’s hold hands on the street….talk in the present tense…return to innocence.” I could tell that the author has taken a lot of time to put the book together, but I was not left with an overriding theme for this work.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by JKSCommunications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.