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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062091182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062091185
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kendra Wilkinson has revealed herself before—in the pages of Playboy and on her reality show, Kendra. Now she reveals her private side, sharing the ups and downs, the joys and challenges of motherhood, marriage, and life in the spotlight.

In this intimate follow-up to her New York Times best-seller, Sliding into Home, Kendra confides her most candid thoughts and feelings on her experiences as a new mom, and she divulges her secrets on how to do it all and make it look easy, sexy, and fun—even when it’s not.

Now with a husband and baby in her life, a booming brand to manage, and her own needs to think about too, Kendra is learning the art of balance, sometimes the hard way. Not wanting to pawn her child off to nannies like so many other stars, Kendra relishes the role of supermom—kissing boo-boos, making lunches, scheduling playdates—all while juggling appearances, workout videos, and even training for the ultra-competitive hit show Dancing with the Stars.

While Being Kendra is full of humor and true stories that women can relate to, it’s also a heartrending look at Kendra’s very personal journey through some dark places, including a private struggle with postpartum depression and a very public tussle with post-baby weight loss. Kendra, who has always been known for her athletic (and enhanced) figure, opens up about her efforts to get her bikini body back and the difficulty of not looking sexy, which she believed was her most valuable quality. Her fight to lose weight at any cost, chronicled on the covers of countless magazines, has become yet another triumph for Kendra as she continues to succeed in the face of adversity.

From dental assistant, to Playboy girlfriend and face of a franchise, to wife and new mother, Kendra has embraced what life has thrown at her with determination, fortitude, and a ready laugh. This daring and honest memoir captures Kendra and her family in their best and worst moments as she lives, loves, rebounds, and, ultimately, finds her place in her new world.


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It’s all about multitasking. Fun in the sun with baby Hank at a park in San Diego. His first time at a park and paparazzi, of course, were there! On the set of DWTS. Hmmm… wonder why I’m smiling? Hank Jr. loved this dress, which I wore to the cast reveal of Dancing with the Stars. I think he just liked the sparkles.

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Kendra Wilkinson has revealed herself before—in the pages of Playboy and on her reality show, Kendra. Now she reveals her private side, sharing the ups and downs, the joys and challenges of motherhood, marriage, and life in the spotlight.

In this intimate follow-up to her New York Times bestseller, Sliding into Home, Kendra confides her most candid thoughts and feelings on her experiences as a new mom, and she divulges her secrets on how to do it all and make it look easy, sexy, and fun—even when it’s not.

Now with a husband and baby in her life, a booming brand to manage, and her own needs to think about too, Kendra is learning the art of balance, sometimes the hard way. Not wanting to pawn her child off to nannies like so many other stars, Kendra relishes the role of supermom—kissing boo-boos, making lunches, scheduling playdates—all while juggling appearances, workout videos, and even training for the ultra-competitive hit show Dancing with the Stars.

While Being Kendra is full of humor and true stories that women can relate to, it’s also a heartrending look at Kendra’s very personal journey through some dark places, including a private struggle with postpartum depression and a very public tussle with post-baby weight loss. Kendra, who has always been known for her athletic (and enhanced) figure, opens up about her efforts to get her bikini body back and the difficulty of not looking sexy, which she believed was her most valuable quality. Her fight to lose weight at any cost, chronicled on the covers of countless magazines, has become yet another triumph for Kendra as she continues to succeed in the face of adversity.

From dental assistant, to Playboy girlfriend and face of a franchise, to wife and new mother, Kendra has embraced what life has thrown at her with determination, fortitude, and a ready laugh. This daring and honest memoir captures Kendra and her family in their best and worst moments as she lives, loves, rebounds, and, ultimately, finds her place in her new world.


More About the Author

Kendra Wilkinson is the star of the hit reality series Kendra, and former star of the massively popular show The Girls Next Door. Her first book, Sliding Into Home, was a runaway success and a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Calabasas, CA with her husband Hank Baskett and her son Hank Jr.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed reading Kendra's first book, even though it jumped back and forth a bit.
LREN
Something went very wrong with this book, and I am not sure what or who Kendra is attempting to be.
Michelle
I found the book to be choppy & the story she was attempting to tell did not flow AT ALL.
Colleen

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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Dani on September 21, 2011
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OK, let me start off by saying that I am a huge Kendra fan. I love her to pieces, watch all of her TV appearances that I can, and adored her last book. I bought this book the day it was released, eager to read more, and finished it the same day.

I have to admit, this one was a total flop.

It felt more like a 'woe is me, I'm a celebrity' and a holier-than-thou attitude about parenting and diet/exercise. She also makes it glaringly obvious that her marriage has major, major flaws and I feel bad for her husband. I never felt that way before I read this book, but I certainly do now. To constantly ask your husband about infidelity, get abusive with him - not just verbally, but physically? And you're still newly married? That's not a good sign.

And to claim that she did her research on vaccines because she asked a doctor their opinion on them? Puh-lease. That hardly constitutes as research, Kendra. 99% of all doctors you find will read you the same literature, provided by the vaccine companies, of course - so you are NOT getting an unbiased opinion. If you want to REALLY research vaccines, you have to look at both sides and put more effort in to it than making a snap judgment based on what your doctor says. Most people that choose to delay, selectively, or NOT vaccinate spend months and months (or years) reaching a decision and it isn't one they take lightly. I wish people would finally get that there is a huge difference between parents who don't vaccinate their children because they can't be bothered to care for their medical self and those who have rejected vaccines after careful research and for serious and valid reasons.

Also, making snap judgments about mothers at the playground using their cellphones is pretty ballsy, I must say.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on September 24, 2011
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Oh where to start...WHY did I buy this book? (I must have asked myself this question every few paragraphs but continued to read) First, it's hard to believe Kendra hired a ghost writer. Whoever wrote this book is a terrible writer. The book rambles all over the place. One paragraph Kendra is lecturing us on texting and driving and the next we are back to her diet (but wait, didn't we just cover two chapters on poor Kendra and her wt loss woes?) It's ALL over the place. The same boring subjects are covered over and over and over...Being Kendra is actually a great title because that's all it is. MEMEME. Here's how hard it is to be poor me (doing every day things the rest of you moms out there do) but wait...let me tell you how much I love all the free things companies send to me. Poor me, I hated being on DWTS..but wait, I loved the paycheck.

My 'favorite' is Kendra's lectures on how the whole world should eat as healthy as she and Hank do and baby Hank (this goes on forever all thru the book) and why doesn't every mom out there make homemade babyfood? Yet in the middle of this we have: Hank is from New Mexico so he doesn't know how to eat well. What? I'm sure New Mexico readers will be thrilled to hear this) Kendra cries about how she can't lose her postbaby wt (she gained nearly 60lbs. She finally discovers she has a 'condition'-hypothyroidism, which she makes sound like some rare disease (note to Kendra millions of us have low thyroid and take the same dose of Synthroid as you do..oh, and I never gained a pound from it) So THIS is why Kendra got fat and can't lose her wt. But a few pages later read all about how Kendra ate junk food nonstop thruout her pregnancy, esp donuts. Hank slept on the couch so she could sit up all night eating donuts and all kinds of crap.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Colleen on October 2, 2011
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Dont waste your time or money on this book! I recently went to a book signing, bought the book & met Kendra. She seemed very uncomfortable around fans, extremely nervous & completely contradictive of the new Kendra she claims to have become. Her staff was rude & snobby, sipping Starbucks & rolling their eyes at devoted fans. It was quite sad. I excitedly read the book & was disappointed right from the beginning. The only thing I learned & appreciated was her honesty regarding the fact that reality shows are completely staged & celebrity photos are grossly photoshopped! She preaches & bitches & claims to be this wonderful mother that now appreciates other moms for all their hardwork. I found it humorous that a new mother & wife of 2 years would even go there & attempt to dish out advice to others! While her honesty is appreciated, the fact alone that she posed on a magazine cover in a bikini weeks after the birth of her son & lied in the article about how she lost all the baby weight was a slap in the face to new mothers struggling to lose postpartum poundage. The magazine cover & article made new moms feel bad about themselves & it was all based on deception, including the photoshopped cover of her bikini body! She claims she desperately trying to clean up her image. How can one respect her at all after reading this book?? I found the book to be choppy & the story she was attempting to tell did not flow AT ALL. She would discuss something in one chapter & then tell it differently in the next. For example, she spent quite some time describing her hardships being a new mother, living in Philadelphia & having to take care of baby Hank all by herself.Read more ›
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