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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
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.
Exellent book. I chose it for my book club, which I hosted last Friday. We had a wonderful Skype session with the author, Alice Randall.Published 2 months ago by Pamela Howard
It felt like a diet book of reading material. The wording was confusing. It talked about her daughters like they lived at home but they lived in different cities. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Joseph
Many of the members from "Turning Pages Book Club", felt that "Ada's Rules A Sexy Skinny Novel" was not a page turner, however it did provide some helpful information regarding how... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charlie Lomax, Turning Pages Book Club
This story was a how to: how to handle aging with grace, how to make your own dreams come true,, how to fall in love again...with yourself. Unusual, quirky,satisfying read.Published 17 months ago by ccneal
I loved everything about this book!
I could so identify with Ada, her beliefs, thoughts, position in life, etc.
I could so identify with her weight challenges. Read more
After going low-carb for about a year and losing 100 pounds, I still had an extra 30 pounds that wouldn't budge. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angela F.