Friends and fans of The Well Appointed House, set your DVR’s! My very good friend and famed author, Duff McDonald, will be making an appearance on Good Morning America this Friday October 2nd 2009. ABC will talk to him about his book Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan Chase. Duff is absolutely one of the most well-read, witty and interesting people you could surround yourself with. I might actually think that I am a bit biased given the fact that he is Godfather to my son, William, aside from the fact that he is a contributing editor at New York magazine and has written for such notable publications as Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, Wired, Time, Newsweek and others. He is also the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine awards – Best Business Story (gold) and Best Investigative Reporting (silver). His latest book on Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase is hitting bookshelves October 6th. To reserve yourself a copy, be sure to order today. My sources at some of the publishing houses tell me that this is a highly anticipated release and a must read for Christmas!
In addition to being an incredible writer, Duff is father to the most adorable little girl on the planet. Here he is with his wife, Caroline, their daughter and my son (at right) relaxing on a Sunday afternoon at our home. (Did I mention that in addition to the whole talented writer/handsome/family man…he also has a smart, equally as well-read and gorgeous wife) As far as authors go, this guy is truly someone you need to fall in love with…and now! Add his book to your coffee table… treat yourself by buying a copy now. This is not just shameless promotion of a friend, simply Google Duff for yourself to read about him and his talented writing. Duff will soon have a fan page on Facebook. More to come…
Now, while I am on the topic of promoting things (or people) that I am personally involved with, I must tell you about the Museum of Natural History’s Sixteenth Annual Family Party on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 rom 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Chairs of the party are Diana Roesche DiMenna and Allison Mignone. I (Melissa Hawks) am a Co-Chairmen along with Hilary Addington, Devon Briger, Brenda Earl, Sloan Greenspan, Amy Griffin, Michelle Marie Heinemann, Stefanie Offit and Laura Whitman. The Family Party is truly one of the Museum’s best-loved traditions featuring educational activities and fun entertaiment for children of all ages. I will be there with my children and we have many friends who are attending with us. Please join us by buying tickets here. You won’t be sorry and your kids will love it. You’ll also be supporting one of the world’s great museums.