The Bookshelf, The Parlor, The Young Texas Reader, and the Monthly

The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mary Kay Museum

Mary Kay World Headquarters and Museum.

Dallas: The Museum, 16251 North Dallas Parkway, 75248, undated. Hardcover, oblong, 56 pages, many colored photos and illustrations. Rev. by June Adams.

The Mary Kay Museum passes along this tastefully produced book. Its maroon leather and gold spine sturdily encloses the crisp 14-part volume. If you don’t know Mary Kay, the internationally successful cosmetics maven who began with a Dallas storefront in 1963, you don’t know about Texas women. In short time, Mary Kay surpassed the million dollars (now a billion) a year in gross sales ceiling and continued to grow. Her legion of consultants (some motivated by those famous pink Cadillacs) learned how to care for their skin, nail, and fragrance and how to conduct business by direct sales and to manage people. If the book is boldly and beautifully self-promotional, well, would you rather the Museum offer a tawdry tome?

The volume celebrates a success story that could be warmly presented to friends and made available on library shelves. The Museum presents history of the consultants manner, career apparel, products, distribution, sketches the firm’s worldwide spread, community involvement, and some of the books by Mary Kay.

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