• The Gift Bag Chronicles
As the newly promoted head of event planning for one of L.A.'s top publicity firms, Alex Davidson spends her days making decisions of utmost importance: Grey Goose or Belvedere? MAC or Stila? Queen Latifah or Chloe Sevigny? And though her boyfriend, agency president Charles Evers, lives on the other coast, she could be doing worse. But leave it to her mother to point out the obvious: After one failed, childless marriage, Alex is the "career divorcee" and the antithesis of her sister, the perfect stay-at-home mom. And there's no spin in the world that can cover up the growing rift between Alex and Charles.

From dealing with outrageously self-important clients and holier-than-thou C-listers to trying to make sense of her growing attraction to a man who is not her boyfriend but her best friend, Alex feels as if she's about one Red Bull shy of a meltdown. With her professional future hanging in the balance, she has the biggest party of the season to pull off. And the real question is: Will the gift bags measure up?


Hilary de Vries is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered Hollywood for more than a decade. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and has written for Vogue, Rolling Stone, W, Vanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.


Laura Hamilton is a two-time recipient of ALA Notable Recording Awards and numerous Publisher Weekly 'Listen Up' Awards for her audiobook narrations. Ms. Hamilton has also done video and radio voice-over work for such companies as AT&T Broadband, the Chicago Bulls, Busch Gardens and Chicago's world famous Field Museum. She lives in Chicago.



"Narrator Laura Hamilton accurately skewers the essence of the L.A. party scene, where making the gossip columns is mandatory, and the bling in the gift bags is more important than the booze. Alex Davidson, head of event planning for a high-end PR firm, is swamped by demanding, sometimes demented, clients, not-to-be-trusted co-workers, and an East Coast boyfriend who can't seem to commit. With the biggest blast of the season looming, Alex is forced to take a hard look at her life. Hamilton chronicles party power in Tinsel Town with hilarious results, keeps up with the lightening-paced events, and infuses each character with a distinctive voice."

Entertainment Weekly
"De Vries captures the glamourless life behind the velvet ropes--with killer name-dropping. Grade: B+."

Curled Up With A Good Book (www.CurledUp.com)
"Laura Hamilton narrates this audiobook, delivering a vibrant first-person rendition of Alex. Hamilton crafts Alex with an upbeat voice that, even when down and depressed, manages a good dose of liveliness. She executes other voices, such as the young man painting Alex's apartment, with an almost perfect translation to the caricature created by de Vries. Her conversations flow smoothly without confusion as to the speaker, and her pace provides an even flow to the story."

Publisher's Weekly
"...Hamilton perfectly captures the author's sarcastic tone and takes her hip dialogue to another level with her vast cache of accents and attitude."

The Gift Bag Chronicles

Author: Hilary de Vries

Narrator: Laura Hamilton

ISBN: 9781593163310

SRP: $29.95

Length: 6:00:00

Item No: LL350

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