Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me – In Stores June 3!


My next book, Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time, comes out four months from today. Ahhhhhh!!!

I know I’ve mentioned the book on this blog, but I don’t feel like I’ve given you the full details yet. And now, suddenly, the release is around the corner. When did that happen?

I’m so so SO excited about this book. I’ve included the full jacket copy below, but let me just say that any of you out there who have ever read People, coveting Jennifer Aniston’s arms or Jennifer Garner’s seemingly perfect marriage or Beyonce’s, um, everything, will relate to it (I hope). My editor once called it The Happiness Project meets Us Weekly, and I’d say that’s the highest compliment there is.

I’m so excited to have a book coming out in June because I think this might be the ultimate beach read (sorry for the self-promotion but….). A self-improvement memoir with a dose of celebrity worship? Just what you’re looking for, right? I hope so!

A charming memoir brimming with wit and wisdom, Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me is a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities, as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars.

What woman hasn’t seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Beyoncé and wished she had their clothes, their abs, their seemingly flawless lives? For Rachel Bertsche, these celebrities are the epitome of perfection—self-assured and effortlessly cool. Yet lately, between juggling her career, her marriage, and her dream of becoming a mother, Bertsche feels anything but put together.

In Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, Bertsche embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models—while sticking to a budget—to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. While trying to unlock the stars’ secrets, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s wardrobe to Julia Roberts’s sense of calm to—maybe one day—Jessica Alba’s chic pregnancy, Bertsche learns valuable lessons. A toned body doesn’t come easy or cheap, avoiding social media can do wonders for your peace of mind, and confidence is the key accessory for pulling off any outfit. But can she immerse herself in the A-list lifestyle and still stay true to herself? And will her pursuit of perfection really lead to happiness?

You can pre-order Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks, Google Play or Random House. I’d be so grateful if you would! And stay tuned for more info as the release gets closer.

In the meantime, I’m dying to know: What’s the one celebrity feature you’d most want for yourself? SJP’s wardrobe? Tina Fey’s career? Lena Dunham’s sense of humor? There are so many to choose from… (Also, Gwyneth Paltrow: love or hate? Discuss.)


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13 responses to “Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me – In Stores June 3!

  1. diane kamp

    I will look forward to reading this…..the one and only one celebrity feature I would love is Barbra streisands voice…..mine hasn’t quite reached that tone of perfection yet.

  2. I’m so excited to read this Rachel! MWF Seeking BFF is still one of my top five favorites from last year (and may be my favorite non-fiction from last year :))

  3. Gena Ansell-Lande

    Why would anyone want to purchase a book about someone Wishing for someone elses life? Before you have kids I would do some soul searching do you really think celebritys are adequate role models? How about EMTs? How about a firefighter?

    From: MWF Seeking BFF Reply-To: MWF Seeking BFF Date: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM To: Gena Lande Subject: [New post] Jennifer, Gwyneth and Me In Stores June 3! Rachel posted: ” My next book, Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time, comes out four months from today. Ahhhhhh!!! I know I’ve mentioned the book on this blog, but I don’t feel like I’ve given you the full details yet. And now,”

  4. What a great idea for a book! I will definitely be looking for this come June!

  5. Just pre-ordered with Amazon. Can’t wait to have you autograph it when you are on tour again.
    If I could have one trait from any celebrity, it would be Jennifer Garner’s marriage. She seems to have her priorities in order and is so happy as a mom and wife. Also, I think her acting is very underrated.

  6. I love the description of the book. It sort of sounds like it would feed both my desire to devour celebrity gossip magazines with my (seemingly incompatible?) desire to be intellectually stimulated. Plus, I live in New Zealand now so I’m kinda starved for US celebrity gossip over here. This sounds like just the dose I need. 😉

    • Thanks Danibelle! That was exactly goal… Indulging in celeb culture and having a smart conversation about it. Plenty of intelligent women like to indulge in the gossip sometimes, and I don’t think that’s wrong.


  7. Despite the probable cliche, the celebrity feature I would love (and think I come close to having) belongs to SJP or even more to her Carrie Bradshaw – spunk, insight and conviction.

  8. Debbi Coran

    Congrats on your 2nd book. Preordered 1 for myself & 3 to gift. Hi to Matt & congrats to you both on baby.

  9. Lynn Schulz

    I just finished MWF Seeking BFF, wow what an amazing inspiring book. Now motivating me to get out there and meet new people as despite having many acquaintances/friends I too lack that special BFF. Which reminds me, Rachel do you have any Canadian friends? Perhaps I could be your ‘Robin Scherbatsky’. 🙂

    In response to whose life I most envy, this would be anyone who is able to make a living doing what they truly love to do. For me this would be Rachel Bertsche or any amazing author and I too have a passion for writing.

    • Wow, thank you so much Lynn! Such kind words. And yes, I could definitely use a Robin Scherbatsky… or, bett yet, a Robin Sparkles!!

      On Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM, MWF Seeking BFF wrote:


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