Author of the week
Though Rachel Hollis isn’t a typical revolutionary, “for many women, she’s what change looks like,” said Belinda Luscombe in Time. Hollis, 36, has within the past year become an industry unto herself. The Texas native and former Los Angeles–based event planner shocked the publishing business when her confessional self-help guide Girl, Wash Your Face sold 1.5 million copies, becoming the second-best-selling book of 2018. But the mother of four and daughter of a Pentecostal minister had brought her own huge audience to the game: avid readers of her lifestyle blog, which she had grown by exposing her own vulnerabilities while pithily preaching the need for every woman to identify her dreams and go after them. She is now a motivational speaker headlining her own conferences and broadcasting a live show online every morning for 3 million followers.
Hollis’ follow-up book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, suggests she has heard some of her critics, said Allie Jones in The New York Times. Instead of ignoring that she has some advantages over other women, for example, she acknowledges that she now has the money for a nanny, a housekeeper, and a personal assistant. What she won’t accept is the idea that she’s promoting a myth when she insists the good life can be attained by anyone who works for it, as she has. “I’m not saying everybody has the same opportunities,” she says. “But you buying into the idea that it can’t happen for you because of what your life looks like right now doesn’t serve you. It doesn’t serve you! That’s the hill I’ll die on.” ■