Don’t Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don’t Forget The Soap)
by Marie Claire Lim Moore
Launch: Feb 15, 2016
Genre: Non-fiction memoir
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“Marie Claire Lim Moore builds on her first memoir, Don’t Forget the Soap, offering more entertaining stories about her family in this follow up. Like her first book, Don’t Forget the Parsley is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from her second-generation immigrant childhood in Vancouver and New York City mix with recent expat experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong where she balances multiple roles as wife and mother, corporate executive and author. Her positively Filipino parents continue to have a big influence on her whether it comes to managing family and career, meeting heads of state and world leaders or simply making new friends.
From stray observations (everything is funnier at church) and midnight anxieties (if Jessica Simpson gets to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why shouldn’t I?) to life mantras (don’t let perfection hold you back) and litmus tests (would you serve drinks at my mother’s art show?), Claire’s warm and honest storytelling will resonate with readers and leave them smiling.”
More than two years ago, I read Don’t Forget the Soap, and was fascinated by the author’s family’s experiences as immigrants in America. I can still easily recall parts of the book that I really enjoyed and I have learned a lot from the author’s mom especially the advice on keeping the balance. I think this is one advice from the book that I have really taken to heart. In this sequel, Don’t Forget The Parsley, Marie Claire Lim Moore continues to regale me with her anecdotes and lists, and this time I was given the chance to get a glimpse of her father and her brother, Justin.
Don’t Forget The Parsley, just like its prequel, is funny and entertaining but the memoir is more than that. The humor in the stories is not simple nonsense but they also attempt to give life lessons without sounding too preachy. The author’s colorful experiences, especially because she got the chance of travelling to different places and countries, serve as a rich reservoir of learning and realizations. I love the references to pop culture (the music!) and the light, easygoing type of the narrative. Reading the book feels like chatting with a new (talkative) friend over coffee and bread.
This book is teeming with positivity. Truly, there is wisdom in learning from our parents because they have been in this world longer than us. Their experiences are their greatest teacher and would be wise for us to learn from them and not make similar mistakes. The last couple of chapters are, for me, the most meaningful ones. I love how the author tries to live out her parents’ example but she also does not hide the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to be cheerful all the time. Aren’t we glad we have parents to teach us a thing or two about parsley?
Don’t Forget The Parsley may not be a complete bible for life but it contains practical tips to make living a little bit livelier. This is one book that I would like to keep on my shelf for years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos, Isabel, and Sofia, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia.
Claire is regularly ranked among leaders in the Asian-American professional community and her experiences have been written about in The New York Times, USA Today, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping and People Asia. She enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women through her talks as well as her writing. Previous speaking engagements have been hosted by Standard Chartered Bank, The Financial Women’s Association of Singapore, and MasterCard Asia.
In 2014, Claire received the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) that recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields, and who are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, female mentorship and legacy. Claire is also featured in women’s empowerment expert Claudia Chan’s Remarkable Women Series along with female role models Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch and Zainab Salbi.
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