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Product Details

  • Series: Sexy Skinny
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608198278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608198276
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For sweet, sexy, and strong moms…intoxicating…deliciously satisfying…" –Essence

"It is impossible not to fall in love with the plucky plus-size heroine of bestselling author Randall’s fourth outing… A heartwarming and engaging read, Ada’s story is more than that—readers following Randall’s rules will drop the pounds along with Ada, and perhaps discover something about themselves." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Randall’s] keen observations of black culture and the human condition impart a true celebration of aging, health, and beauty in the context of one woman’s life…Randall is sure to draw plenty of attention." - Booklist

"This isn't a diet book, and it's not a self-help title either. However, this new novel by the author of the New York Times best-selling The Wind Done Gone could be either (or both), as it follows the attractive yet overweight Ada Howard through her weight-loss journey.... Randall's honesty on life and change is refreshing, especially as she introduces characters who test and embolden Ada. A seemingly minor character offers the greatest moment of this novel; his story, woven almost imperceptibly into the narrative, shows the strength of Randall's storytelling. Randall takes an ordinary weight-loss story and creates timeless personalities, demonstrating the challenges that we all face when reaching for a goal" - Library Journal

"Ada’s Rules might be a diet book disguised as a novel, and it might be a novel disguised as a diet book, but I guarantee it will make you laugh and make you think, while it nudges you oh-so-gently in the direction of a brand new way to think about and celebrate your body." —Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

"Ada’s Rules is a modern love song to women, to men, to the bodies we all inhabit through tasting, loving, cooking, nurturing, and aging. No one is too old or too young, too heavy or too lean, to absorb the wisdom of Ada’s insights about embracing our histories, writing our own, and nurturing the bodies that allow us to fashion the lives we want to live. Alice Randall does it all with humor, gumption, savvy and compassion. Ada is here: reach out and read her!" —Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite

"Alice Randall’s Ada’s Rules is a story about bodies—about the stories we tell ourselves about them, and the narratives they shape for us, and the ways in which they are shaped by politics and history and culture. Ada’s Rules is a sharp, poignant book about the emotionally fraught war that Ada has with herself and her body, but is ultimately about the struggle all of us undergo—to cross the gulf between the people we are and the people we want to be—and the way we learn to patch together a useful guidebook by taking the best wisdom that we can find from every source we encounter." —Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

"Ada’s Rules is a novel for anyone who has ever wanted to take control of her life. With loveable characters, whip-smart dialogue, and a plot that will leave you breathless, Alice Randall has written a story about how we really live. There is love on these pages— tough love, but tender at the same time. Ada's Rules is a novel about the way people genuinely change their lives." —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

About the Author

Alice Randall was born in Detroit, grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Harvard. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, and Rebel Yell. She is also an award-winning songwriter, and the first black woman in history to write a number one country song. Randall lives with her husband in Nashville and is currently writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University. Like Ada, she's done battle with her weight and won.

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This was a fun book to read.
Toni Campbell
Randall had a good grasp of the dialogue her characters would use, and because of that many of the conversations in the book rang true.
Xina143
Ada's Army is a novel that takes you through all of the emotions faced by anyone struggling with weight loss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toni Campbell on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a fun book to read. Ada Howard has just received an invitation to her college reunion and, like most of us, uses it to motivate her weight loss journey. But there are other reasons as well: her marriage has hit a sort of roadblock as she has to share her preacher husband with his flock (and is he sharing too much?), taking care of her aging parents and running a daycare business is taking its toll, and she wants to be a better example to her two adult daughters.

So Ada comes up with some rules for shedding the pounds and balancing her life. We follow her successes and failures as she strives to set up a healthy life for herself, physically, emotionally, and even financially. The best thing about this book is that the rules really work. So if you are looking for a great novel and a weight loss book in one, this is the book for you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mom22boys VINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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When I first opened Ada's Rules I have to admit I was a bit nervous that I was not going to enjoy this book at all. After all - she lost 70 lbs writing this book. I thought this book was only going to be for dieters ... boy was I wrong!

The chapters in Ada's Rules are broken down by each Rule. She starts the book thinking that she is doing this for everyone else, but by the end realizes the journey was just for her.

Ada's Rules will make you laugh, cry, gasp as you turn page after page! Ada's Rules are great rules to live by - not just for people needing to lose weight!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. S. Shirer on June 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When Ada Howard receives an invitation to her college reunion, she embarks on a weight loss journey. She wants to shed the excess pounds that she has accumulated over the last 25 years. Ada is a preacher's wife who had been accustomed to looking after everyone else. Now she will have to turn the tables and begin looking out for herself.

I applaud the author for introducing middle age characters, aging parents and tackling the problem of obesity. However, I didn't know if this was supposed to be a weight loss book or a novel. Each chapter is a weight loss rule/tip. So, the author wrote each chapter in response to its title. In that sense, it seemed as though she created a series of stories about the main character in order to fit the chapter titles. Therefore, the plot seemed rather disjointed instead of cohesive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
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Ada Howard is suffering from the "four f's" - fifty, fat, frumpy, and a fading love-life. Alice Randall's novel "Ada's Rules" sets out Ada's journey to reclaim her life and become fit and fabulous. Well written, touched with humor, and containing common-sense information which readers may find helpful, "Ada's Rules" is as much a "diet plan" as it is a novel.

Married to a popular, handsome preacher Lucius Howard, Ada runs a daycare center, cares for her aging parents, and manages her duties as First Lady of the church. She takes little time for her own care; consequently she has gained a significant amount of weight and, as a result, thinks that is the reason Lucius may have "outside interests." An invitation to her college reunion, accompanied by a note from an old boyfriend, provides the impetus for Ada to begin her journey toward a healthier weight and lifestyle. "Ada's Rules" is the very real story of one woman's success and the path she followed to achieve that success.

Alice Randall has created likeable, interesting characters; individuals with whom many readers will identify. Intelligent dialog, recognition that weight loss is not easy, and very real emotions make "Ada's Rules" an enjoyable, information-rich read. Conservative readers should note there is some discussion of sexual matters through the text. It is not gratuitous, nor overly detailed; most such subject matter is related to Ada and Lucius' marriage and relationship.

Because "Ada's Rules" is not a universally appealing novel, I have rated it a 4-star read. It is an entertaining and a very non-threatening "diet and lifestyle plan" disguised as fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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Ada is a 50-year old, 220 pound woman who has an inkling that her husband may be cheating on her. She has also received an invitation to her class reunion where she hopes to see Matt Mason, the boyfriend that got away. Thinking that she may be tempted to cheat to get back at her husband, Ada decides to lose some serious weight before the reunion so that she can get back into the arms of Matt. What follows is a book broken down into the steps that she has laid out for her weight loss plan, which is a common sense plan of healthy food and exercise that anyone can follow along with her.

As we journey with Ada through her physical transformation, we also get to see her mental transformation as she comes to terms with what she thinks a sexy black woman is supposed to look like as opposed to the healthy black woman she wants to become. At the beginning of the book, she is a preacher's wife who runs a daycare and is more concerned with taking care of everyone else than of her own needs. By the end of the book, she is a woman who knows how to take care of herself physically, mentally, and spiritually by slowing down and enjoying the little things in life. As she gets thinner, she is emboldened to visit each of the women she thinks may have slept with her husband and is surprised by what she discovers. Will it drive her into the arms of Matt or will she keep her wedding vows?

I love the idea of incorporating a healthy lifestyle plan into the narrative of a story. You really get the inside view of how difficult it is to take the tough way rather than just going under the bariatric knife. Ada is a strong, loving, willful woman that it's easy to admire as she makes this journey to get to know her body, her family, and her life.
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