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Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I Hardcover – March, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

TV sitcom star (Filthy Rich, Designing Women) Burke describes her journey from beauty pageant winner (18 in all) to TV star and, most recently, tabloid fodder for her weight problems in this "slim" but engaging memoir/style book. While pageants gave Burke a start, it was TV that made her a household name, most particularly as the irrepressibly self-absorbed Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women. It was also in TV that she discovered that anything larger than the size six she struggled to maintain was not acceptable; in Hollywood, beauty is apparently only for the slim. Burke points out that a double standard exists in the entertainment industry: "I went from being Barbie on a pedestal to a sexless, unattractive nonentity... Whereas my husband [actor Gerald McRaney], who is balding, who is getting a little bit of a potbelly, and who is now fifty, nonetheless is expected to romance twenty-year-olds in his onscreen roles." Now, after years of struggling to maintain a size that pleased TV executives and cameras, Burke has come to terms with her weight. She offers solid advice for maximizing one's appearance and developing the confidence to live up to one's own image, not someone else's. She also includes resources for products and clothing created for the "real-size" woman. Burke's fans and anyone who has struggled with weight and attendant self-esteem issues will likely welcome the story of a once slender, still beautiful woman who, rather than conform to an impossible (and possibly unhealthy) standard of body size, has chosen to celebrate what she is rather than to lament what she is not. 48 pages of color photos. First serial to People; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-One of the unforgivable sins of the teenage years is to exist outside approved group standards, to look or act in ways that set you apart from your peers. Burke was not born to blend in, even before her weight became an issue of national interest during her seasons playing the role of Suzanne Sugarbaker on the television comedy, Designing Women. From the time she was very young, Burke loved the look of tiaras, and thus gathered several of them winning beauty pageants. She was admired first as a beauty queen and then as a successful "real size" actress. Full of hope and sound advice, her story reflects her winning personality. She mixes lots of reminiscences and photos with her personal philosophy of style. She includes many useful tips to enhance the beauty of large women of any age and to help them feel good about themselves. Her central message is that a large person has as much unique beauty as a small person, despite society's current norms. She reminds readers that while looking good is important, the key to happiness is to focus on feeling good from within. Readers blessed with generous curves will learn some beauty secrets and gain increased self-esteem after delving into this useful and entertaining book. Even thin girls will find it fun to browse through the many personal photos.
Catherine Charvat, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312154542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312154547
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Souheaver on May 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am 19 years old and I appreciate this book as much as anyone could. This candid book can inspire anyone from a real size woman on down. The information i found in this book was something that is hard to find anywhere, truth and hope from a genuine human being in Delta Burke. I found her real life story hit close to home and I can relate to the information revealed to us about Ms. Burke's insecurities and struggle with self confidence. This book gives the real size women the proof that it is ok to be who you are, not who societies stereotypes say you should be. It isn't possible to put into words how greatful I am for Delta writing this book, she gives makeup, hair, and fashion tips, all while building the confidence of the REAL woman everywhere while reading this REAL woman's book. Thank you Delta! :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on a lark at the library, and put it down only twice after I began reading. Why...? Because I felt like I was having an old-fashioned sit-down chat with one of the girls. It's very conversationally written, which expresses the personality and warmth of its author. I don't consider myself a big fan of Delta "the celebrity", but over the years, I have admired her honesty, and the drive and determination that makes her a winner... over and over again.
While turning the pages... I chuckled many times throughout, and especially when she refers to herself as "a goddess." (We're all goddesses, girls... some of us just have the confidence to say it!) And I said, more than once, "I know what you mean, girl", when Delta spoke of periods of low self-esteem. The fashion advice...? Some is great, some just doesn't seem my style, but then again, why not try something new. (I will say that her Designs are classy, feminine and cut well.) And the make-up and skincare advice has some redeeming value, too.
Sit down, put on your comfy clothes, and enjoy your "chat" with Delta about growing up, confidence and self-esteem issues, the importance of family and friends, life and career goals, and more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Mcdonald on June 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ever since the 80s when Designing Women hit its peek I have adored Delta Burke. I have even had the pleasure of meeting her a time or two. Why it took me so long to get around to reading this book, I do not know. Even as an admirer of Ms. Burke I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I reads more like she's sitting in your living room telling her stories than stiff pages of an autobiography. Her personal style and sweetness come shining through in the pages. I could have lived without the beauty tips & dressing tips in lieu of more personal stories, but her shopping guide was a nice touch. There are lots of great pictures spanning her entire life. She is a true southern lady and a steel magnolia to boot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dvanvelse@hotmail.com on August 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Great pictures - easy read.
Like Delta, I was a thin person for many years. I never knew the struggles of needing to shop in the "oh my god sizes" until I was about 35. What misery! Suddenly, there were no trendy, sexy, feel good clothes. At department stores I was told to go upstairs or to the basement to find my size. If I was lucky and the "women's sizes" were on the main floor they were usually right next to petites. And, once I located the department I was ALWAYS disappointed with the dowdy ugly merchandise! Delta acknowledges all of this because she lived it too.
After reading her book, which I did in one evening, I grew to appreciate her more for her heart than for her acting ability (which is great). This woman is a go getter and I'm glad she's out there designing clothing. What's really wonderful is that she's asking for our input. Finally, there is someone to listen to what we want in size 14 and up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nahodil on October 6, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Having gone through some of the most tragic years of my life with only the television series Designing Women to bring me to laughter, I have a heartfelt appreciation for Delta. Much to my dismay, time constraints limit my availability to follow her career in close detail, however I was all too happy to come across this wonderful book on cassette read by the Author, Delta Burke.
If you have already read the book version, I still highly recommend the audio-book version. Delta has a way with words and through her reading of the book it is just like she's sitting there next to you telling you about her life and trading beauty secrets.
What does a guy want with beauty secrets? I'm not exactly sure but I swear that I got a lot of her tips for style dressing and personal skin care that will no doubt be quite beneficial to my life. As for her fashion tips, they can be applied to anyone thin and Full-bodied, male, female or transsexual. After finishing this book I feel that I'm walking taller, stronger and most definitely a little lighter thanks to her great sense of humor. The most memorable snippet was when she declared, "I like having Big Hair because it brings me closer to God". As I drove and listened, this quote left my windshield full of coffee as I managed to spit all over it as I broke into bales of laugher.
I highly recommend this book but I caution listening to the audio version while driving and sipping hot liquids.
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