Thursday, June 14, 2012

OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION By Jill Smolinski

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While I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this one, I’m all about it for many reasons – the concept of hoarding is a main thread, which, if any of you have seen the TV show Hoarders, well, it’s just maddeningly addictive and a great topic for books (which you’ll also see in another great book I’m bringing to you next week!). I also love, as you all should know by now, stories where the ex-boyfriend shows up, and yes, Objects of My Affection has one of those! 

Some of my favorite authors have praised the book: Jennifer Weiner says it’s “Smart, engaging, and as refreshing as a dip in the surf” (however, I wouldn’t put the book in the ocean – or your Kindle cuz we know what would happen then! And Sarah Pekannen calls Objects of My Affection “Simultaneously breezy yet thought provoking, this is a fun read that stays with you.”

So, here’s more! …

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them. 

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding, she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep, those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.


To enter to win a copy of Objects of My Affection: Look around the room you are in right this moment – what is the one object of your affection that is NEITHER a family member NOR your phone, computer OR piece of jewelry!! Tell me what the item is! Gotcha on that one, didn’t I!? Time to think OUTSIDE of the box! Heh heh! : )

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101 comments:

your invisible pixie said...

i would definitely have to go with my stuffed pig, Pigglywinks...bought him a few years ago when I was feeling excessively lonely, and he's definitely helped! :)

TaraUB said...

I was going to say The Cats, but they are family. Probably our Eames Rocker. Or the painting a 7 year-old did for The Husband and it happens to look like me.

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I would have to say the photo albums from my childhood.
qweska8402

Kristin from Louisville said...

A True Blood Calendar. One of my favorite shows!

Betsy said...

My sewing machine - if I could just find the time to create...

ncsuloges said...

I am at work so that's a tough one. Maybe the white board. haha I read every single day!!! Yes!! If I was in the other room I would definitely say a book I am reading. Spring Fever, by Mary Kay Andrews. Love her books!

Juliet Farmer said...

my swim fins. i adore swimming!

Mary Jo Burke said...

The blanket and pillow my daughter made for me.

Emma S. said...

This is a hard one because I'm already sitting at my desk at work. I'll go with my purse since it has my life, including my phone, in it.

susieqlaw said...

Piano

susieqlaw

jdstec said...

my kindle

absolutahnie said...

another "at work" person checking in - i guess it'd have to be my new yorker cube calendar. it's a cartoon a day and it generally provides the one smile a day that i have.

Katie said...

I am at work so my diet dr pepper is what I am coveting right now!

TinaB said...

My golden retriever, Cooper!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Carly said...

I have a few photos up by my computer including a wedding photo, honeymoon photo, a photo of my best friend and photo of grandma. I love them all.

Carly H

Carie Casey said...

My file with our marriage license and all my kiddos birthd certificates.

Carie

Kelleyc said...

I have a picture of my family on my buffet and it's one of the last one of my dad before he passed away.

accidentalgypsy said...

all my photo albums

Carol5814 said...

My bookshelf, filled with old favorites, and my to-be-read pile.

Melissa Hightower said...

Another one at work - so it would be my planner that has pictures and the important dates that happen in the next month.

Dani In Chicago said...

My new vintage portable Victrola record player I just bought on eBay!

faithspage said...

My University of Kentucky
basketball signed, by the coach.

Bridget said...

Picture of my three kids on our couch when they were all living at home. They are all acting goofy.

iambtinrb

Kimmi said...

It's slim pickins' since I'm at work. I'll go with a quirky little frog statue that I've had for years.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

This is easy...My sewing machine! I loved Jill's first book and am looking forward to this one.

Jeffie T said...

Photo of my friends and I in all our gear right after we went skydiving.

Margie said...

Small pedestal occasional table that belonged to my parents.
Margie T

Denise said...

Since I live in a studio, I can see all of my things. So the answer is easy, the sock doll that my greatgrandmother made for me when I was born - his name is Buddy and he's a little rough around the edges all these years later, but he's still the best!

-Denise F.

TinaPow said...

My metal desk bird....I have had it for 10+ and can't imagine having a job or desk without him sitting there

Lizett34 said...

I am at work so it would have to be my planner. It has a lot of very important information =)!

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Well, since I'm at work. I'd have to say the maracas carrying pink flamingo hula dancer my nephew gave me for Christmas. :)

Krystal said...

The Circle of Love figurine that was the cake topper for our wedding cake!
kndyer

buttah said...

I would say pics of me and Hubs and Little Man...since I am sitting at my work desk...there really aren't any other things that I deem valuable here! haha!

Ally said...

My pets.

equinn726 said...

I have a framed photo that my Aunt took off the balcony of their former lake cottage. Every time I look at it I remember the 20+ years of summers we spent out there as a family and it makes me very happy.

Luvschocolate said...

My coffee mug

DaphneSFL said...

I'm at work, so it would be the silly putty on my desk in my office. I play with it everyday.

Corgi Lover said...

My dogs. They're like my children.

Melissa said...

I am at work, and I love the mug I got from TJ Maxx. It's very bright and summery. It says "Bee Happy" and has cute bees on it, amongst flowers. I drink from it every day!

Melissa A from CLC

Lindsay said...

My maltipoo Zoe!

Mumma23qts said...

I'm at work and I'd have to say my Diet Pepsi!

Sslinsky said...

My coffee!!!!

Sarah

Nanette said...

That's a hard one since I'm in my office at work!! Pfft!! I would say a very cool piece of artwork my son did when he was much younger. If the building were on fire...I'd definitely be grabbing that. And his 6th grade picture, too, come to think of it. OK..that's TWO! LOL!!

Nan :)

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Sitting at my computer right now and off to my right are my wonderful book shelves. Please don't ask me to pick just one book from them. There are just so many that I love that I wouldn't be able to pick.

Melissa said...

I'm at work so the only object of my affection around me are my sunglasses. Can't leave the house without 'em!

-tmd636

Kim W. said...

My stack of books I have yet to read!

Tiffany Drew said...

My grandparent's rocking chair. They both passed away in 2007 and I called dibs on it. It's still kind of pushed against a wall, not sure where to put it, but I know I want to eventually put it somewhere to read in :)

lucy872 said...

a acorn that my husband and I took after visiting our friend's cottage last summer. It is a "twin" to one that we have on his desk from 20 years ago, to commemorate a date in the fall to a state park with all the beautiful leaves changing color on the trees. He wrote I Love You on the bottom of the "original", so when he handed me the new one it made me realize that he was remembering that day from long ago.

Bridget O'Neill said...

My Kitchenaid mixer. I love to bake, and that mixer makes it so easy!

Jessica said...

My dog! I don't know if she counts since she technically is a member of my family. I would say my refrigerator is the second object of my affection because I love food!!

Thanks!
-Jessica M

walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Margaret said...

A set of two pillows on my guest bed that were made by a friend of mine as a gift to my Mom before she passed away.

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Joelle said...

my pandora bracelet. :D

- jobella

Kat said...

Photographs of my parents and me as a child.

Bev V said...

In the room I'm in now? That would have to be my coffee maker.

Bev (shaggy552@gmail.com)

robynn78 said...

My Canon 7D camera that I shoot with.. it doesn't leave my side, and if I lost it I would be severly depressed.

Books & Reviews said...

Russian nesting dolls.

slm8803 said...

picture frames that need to be put away...

Anonymous said...

My son painted me a picture in his Kindergarten art class. The teacher had them paint daisies, but B changed them to tulips because he knows they are my favorite. I'm looking for a frame for this painting. I LOVE it and will keep it forever.

Colbey J

Lilian said...

Oh that's easy! My viola...or my piano...eh, a viola is more portable.
Because music makes my world go round.

lilianxchengATgmail.com

Emily said...

in this room...my bookshelf full of books.

Emily116

Amy said...

My Vinylmations collection from Disney

betsy_blixt said...

My CD collection. Each and every cd as a memory attached to it. It's a huge collection full of the soundtrack to my life.

EBrowning said...

My Peach Bellini candle. :)

BRN2SHOP9 said...

The pocket knife my grandfather gave me.

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

My engagement picture. Mel Rem

ludy2288 said...

Reisling in my favorite wine glass

EKB said...

picture of my daughter holding her new baby sister just hours after she was born...

Shellybelly43066 said...

My beautiful, lovable kitty Lila, who is cuddled up with me now

Kristi said...

My Kindle. I can't count my yorkie because he's a member of my family as far as I am concerned. I like him better than some of them too.

Jen said...

A very old school student driver sign (one of the magnetic ones) that a favorite teacher kindly 'borrowed' for me because he knew it would make me laugh. Can't seem to get rid of the darn thing, and you know what? It still makes me laugh.

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

Megan said...

I have this plastic elephant that I gave to my good friend who was fired from our workplace. I keep that elephant on my desk now. Makes me think of her every day.
Eloisepeaches

Leah B said...

The photo albums - they are my history!

Mom'sLove said...

I'm going to say my collection of journals..
Amanda
byacourt at gmail dot com

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

This is tough when you're at work...

probably my photos that are up at my desk!

Christina said...

A plant that was given to my family when my sister died a few years ago.

ChristinaL

Sherry said...

My books--love to read and when someone buys me a book that they think I will love--I am so happy because they totally get me:0

Daisy said...

My CD collection.

Anonymous said...

A wine rack my mother gave to one of my friends. My mom has since passed away, but my friend gave me the wine rack when I decided to have a wine themed kitchen. jennyb75

Marla W. said...

I'm in my living room so I'd have to go with my Nike flip flops - they're sitting there by the front door just waiting to be slipped on at a moments notice - quick, comfy, and casual...I love them!

Erin G said...

My cookbooks!

Kristin said...

I have two angels on my jewelry box that my husband gave me when our daughter was born. I love them.

CherylB said...

The pillows my daughter made to go with our couch!

cabest@yahoo.com

canative said...

While in Bermuda I bought a picture from a local artist at a street fair. I just love it. Everyday it reminds me of this awesome time I had with my family.

Nicole

Kristen said...

My DVR. I couldn't live without it now!

Kristen27

Becki*** said...

Quilts made by my Grandma . .

keltban said...

A cute blanket that my Mom gave me. It's been with me forever. Any apt. that I move to..it has to be in the living room.

Anonymous said...

A scrapbook that my friend made me from university - to this day it is still one of the best gifts I ever received. RebeccaE

Terri said...

Photo albums from my childhood.

Terri M.

A.C. said...

If you don't count pets as family (which I totally do) then it would be my dog Bosley. Otherwise, it would be my signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. That's the one "thing" in this room that's not really replaceable.

Jonita said...

I am so excited about this book!

I would have to say that the one object of my affection in this room are the pictures that my sons painted for me for Mother's Day that are on my walls! My "office" is a dingy little room but those pictures make me smile. :)

Jonita

Crystal said...

I'm at work so I'd have to say a photo of me and FI. :)

crystal717

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Alice said...

My copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Amelia said...

my sewing machine

BrendaL71 said...

At work, the art work that my daughters makes for me and tells me to put up at work. Really special.

Leslie said...

My McDonald's sweet tea! I'm officially addicted. LeslieGC

Nancye said...

Right now, the main objects of my affection in the room are the balloons that my family got for me for my birthday 2 weeks ago. They are still somewhat inflated!

nancyecdavis At bellsouth DOT net

Anonymous said...

The thing that is the object of my affection is my grandmother's wedding ring that I am wearing right now.

-Donna W.

bluestarbrite said...

My beading supplies. I like to make jewelry.

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