So tonight I went to a book signing at Chester County Books and Records. It was for Teresa Giudice and her Fast & Fit cookbook. Teresa is part of the Bravo Real Housewives franchise and she is on of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Now the last time I photographed a housewife it was Bethenny Frankel at Skirt in Bryn Mawr a couple of years ago. Bethenny was very nice and totally fun to photograph. And if you look at my photos you will see a couple of her now husband Jason – it was when they were dating, and before her RHONY spin-off.
But back to Teresa Giudice. She was actually very sweet, and stopped mid signing to speak about a charity she is hot on, Nephcure.org. There was a young woman there with Nephrotic Syndrome, and the whole thing was really very touching. I believe Teresa said it was the charity she played for on Donald Trump and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Incidentally, Chester County’s own Congressman Jim Gerlach is an ambassador for Neph Cure.
I had a totally fun evening and met women from as far away as York and Lancaster, PA who made the drive to meet Teresa Giudice. Teresa, incidentally is quite a knock out in person. And again, was completely pleasant and dow to earth, very different then the snippets of television persona viewers see on Bravo. I think Bravo shoots something crazy like over 80 hours of tape to distill down to a 1 hour segment.
Now let’s talk about Chester County Books and Records. It is in the shopping center with the K-Mart and ACME. That shopping center is the West Goshen Shopping Center on Paoli Pike. Now that shopping center has some good businesses and a wonderful ACME, too bad whomever is responsible for the property doesn’t give the exterior a facelift.
But back to Chester County Books and Music. I love books, I love bookstores…and this is a giant independent bookstore. I can’t wait to go back and explore! Many thanks to Thea from the bookstore who does the events for letting me come in and take photos! I hope to check out more book signings in the near future and just get lost in the books for a while.