May 18, 2011 · 1:56 pm
A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life by Bethenny Frankel with Eve Adamson (Touchstone; $24.99; 336 pages) or The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brenne Brown (Hazelden Publishing; $14.95; 260 pages)
Let’s be practical and admit that one size does not fit all. For that matter, one approach to self-realization is not the answer for everyone. With that in mind these two books are being reviewed in a comparison of sorts.
Each of the authors is a well-known figure with their own realm. Bethenny Frankel has accomplished the following: hosting her own reality TV show – Bethenny Ever After, developing a wildly popular beverage line – Skinny Girl Margaritas, which she has recently sold to the big boys of the adult beverage industry, and writing several well-received books relating to her expertise in dieting and healthy cooking. Dr. Brenne Brown is also the author of several books, a university professor and a licensed social worker in the state of Texas. She is an expert in the area of shame and her findings have been featured on Public Broadcasting as well as on commercial television, including the Oprah Show.Both women are mothers and profess to be very happily married to their respective husbands. They share the need to overcome traumas from their childhoods that have had great impact on their adult lives. The reader is presented with 10 steps to use in moving toward a better life that the author has crafted based on her own growth and development. In Bethenny’s case, the 10 rules for living are dished up with a generous helping of her life story and in Brene’s, they are guideposts based on her qualitative research of the notion of wholehearted living along with glimpses into her life.
You may be seeking a wholehearted life or wish to come from a place of yes. These are the two concepts featured in the books. The reader is addressed directly by the authors and made privy to rather personal information that serves to create a somewhat therapeutic relationship. Both of them provide insights into the notion of leading a satisfying and fulfilling life. Here is where the similarities end.
Bethenny sounds like the New Yorker she is and comes off as a combination cheerleader/Dutch uncle – in a good way. There’s plenty of straight talk offered in a smart, funny convincing style. Her freewheeling, no guts, no glory approach to life’s challenges is blunt and direct. She urges the reader to break the chain that anchors the reader to the past. Yes, s**t happens and something happened to you. The reader is told to quit looking back letting what happened then shape your life now.
Brene uses a voice as one would imagine coming from a credentialed university professor and lecturer. Moreover, her publisher, Hazelden, is a well-respected institution in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Her style can best be described as reporting out, speaking directly to the reader using conclusions she has reached after years of carefully conducted research. The gently encouraging guideposts are clearly non-threatening. A sense of disclosure reminiscent of a Twelve-Step meeting permeates the book.
The choice is up to you! Regardless of your style preference, the book you choose will be quite engaging and may even get you to move your life in a better direction. Highly recommended are both books.
Review copies were provided by the publisher.
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January 26, 2011 · 2:43 pm
Thanks to Megan at HarperCollins, we have two (2) copies to give away of the forthcoming debut novel by Dana Precious, Born Under a Lucky Moon. This book will be released by Morrow Paperback on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 ($14.95). Here is a synopsis of the story and a brief profile of the author.
Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom “things” just happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt and out-of-control existence. But it’s also about good surprises – like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie’s eyes to her real place among the people she loves most in the world… the same ones she ran far away from to begin with.
“Lucky the reader who picks up this funny, charming and touching debut novel. I loved it.” Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author
Dana Precious lives in L.A. with her husband and son. She has two dogs: a small border terrier named Thompson (as in Hunter – long story) and Bella, a very large bullmastiff whose activity of choice is sleeping on the couch and watching Oprah. Prior to writing, Diana worked for several major film studios.
So, you can probably tell that this is going to be a fun one to read! How can you win a copy? Simply by posting a comment with your name and e-mail address here, or doing the same by sending an e-mail to Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry in the contest. For a second entry, please answer this question that Munchy the cat came up with, “What is the craziest thing about someone in your family (human or animal)?”
You have until Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Midnight PST to submit your entry or entries. In order to be eligible to be a winner in this contest, you must live in the United States or Canada, and have a residential mailing address. Books will not be shipped to P. O. boxes or to business-related addresses.
The winners will be picked by Munchy, and will be notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to supply their mailing addresses when contacted. This is it for the complex contest rules. Good luck and good reading!
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