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How to Look Hot in a Minivan: A Real Woman's Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, and Dressing Chic in the Age of the Celebrity Mom Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312658974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312658977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Janice really pulled together the best Hollywood tips and tricks for all of us moms to laugh at and learn from. Whether you have one child or four, there is definitely something for you in here!” —Heidi Klum

“Min’s familiar tone makes the book read like a girlfriends’ chat after mommy and me class. She shares personal stories about her pregnancy, postpartum and parenting issues — from muffin tops to working-mother guilt — with refreshing honesty, candor and humor. It’s no surprise the book is reminiscent of a lifestyle magazine filled with stunning celebrity photos, but Min’s style is engaging and she provides useful advice for regular moms. “If it were your full time job to look ... glamorous — and you had all the money in the world — you could probably look like an A-lister too. But this is real life ... we have to start aiming for goals that are actually attainable,” she says.” —Associated Press

"[Janice] shares advice for looking glamorous after baby, along with plenty of self-deprecating humor, and tips from doctors and experts in beauty, fashion and fitness." —Time.com

"A clever, honest, and practical guide to motherhood. J.Lo, Gwyneth, and the rest enjoy the aid of trainers and makeup artists; Min has gathered advice from the experts and experiences of celeb-world (whether or not we believe Jessica Alba struggled with postbaby weight, it’s reassuring to read about it) for our benefit. The result: a trove of info ranging from nutrition tips to how to dress for every occasion. Min, a mother of three, makes clear that while we can’t all be Angelina Jolie, we’re all—silver-screen siren or suburban mom—united in our quest for nonugly diaper bags." —Elle Magazine

“[How to Look Hot in a Minivan] is filled with a lot of great tips…it’s a terrific book” —Kathy Lee and Hoda on The Today Show

“As a mother I was laughing through everything [in the book]!” —Kit Hoover, Access Hollywood

“A very funny and yet very frank take on what it means to become a mother…get the book!” —E! News

“[How to Look Hot in a Minivan] offers a much-needed sense of humor about what really happens post-bump.” —SELF magazine

"Filled with awesome tips (like how to have celebrity-worthy hair, even on school days), this book will become your new best friend." —mom.me

“She divulges the inside info, from the perspective of a less than perfect real mom of three. She’s a great writer and includes many personal stories of her own pregnancy and parenthood experiences that are extremely relatable– from the time someone asked when she was due weeks after the baby was born… to the guilt of working motherhood…The book offers valuable advice in a funny, easy way with a message of being good to yourself. It would make a great gift for new moms as it’s filled with stories that most people won’t tell you when you’re pregnant (stretch marks, hair loss, cellulite!) Somehow Min breaks it to them gently, with lots of pretty celebrity photos.” —Carpoolcandy.com

About the Author

JANICE MIN has garnered rave reviews for her recent editorial revamp of The Hollywood Reporter, including a spot on the Huffington Post's 2011 list of "Game Changers" in the media. During her six-year tenure as editor in chief of US Weekly, she doubled the magazine’s audience to 13 million and earned some of the publishing world's highest honors, including Advertising Age's Magazine of the Year and AdWeek's Editor of the Year. Min has been named one of the New York Post’s Most Powerful Women, was described as having an "Oprah-esque power over celebrity culture" by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and is an in-demand expert for the Today show, ET, CNN, Good Morning America, and other national news outlets. She currently resides with her husband in Los Angeles, where they drive their three children around in a minivan.


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Perfect gift book for the new mother.
marcia m sheehy
I have always wanted to look just like a celebrity!
Lady Spacetrash
The book is also funny and fun to read.
sandralm39

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Spacetrash on July 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have always wanted to look just like a celebrity! Between my day job, my life a single mother, and putting myself through college, one of the issues at the forefront of my mind has been: HOW can I get my hair to stay voluminous past 10 am? SHOULD I get botox? And how will I be prepared when the paparazzi come to capture my picture while I'm pumping gas? This book addresses the real concerns of us 99%-aspiring-to-be-1% gals in a way that no other work has before! FINALLY, with Ms. Min's assistance I can create the illusion that I, like Kelly Ripa, am a woman of quality! With these hot celebrity tips, I can leverage my vanishing middle-class means to mask my fatigue and look like a chic Millionaire with a stylist. My gratitude is bottomless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunny California on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I checked this out from the library. I'm a mom in my early 40s and feel totally schlumpy. And yes, I drive a minivan (Honda Odyssey to be specific, and I LOVE IT) -this book is great. Yeah, it's not the most scholarly material, but I can vouch for the fact that looking good is empowering, so who cares...it feels good to look good!

I'm always looking for anything that will provide tips on how to look better, be healthier, etc. For a mom, it's essential. Because everyone knows, if mom's not happy, no one is!

Great photos, great "real" people makeovers in addition to the celeb stuff (which I was kind of mentally tossing out -fashion advice, hairstyles, makeup, etc.

Love it, good fun and an uplifting read!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry on April 15, 2013
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I loved this book because it gave me some simple tips to carry out the day without going insane and still look hot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin S Stogner on November 14, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. As a new mother I found it helpful and encouraging. Trying to find a new balance of my oldself and my new mommy self, this book provided alot of good ideas and tips.
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By sandralm39 on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book for my sister in law who just had twins and it was very helpful to get back on track.

It has plenty of helpful tips and we've had fun talking about it. I will purchase a couple of more for friends who are expecting.

The book is also funny and fun to read. What I like about this book is that it is real.
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By Lisa on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Janice Min's writing, honesty and humor are much appreciated. She tells the true story of what happens post-baby.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Saucier on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To start, in compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I think I just killed the last few braincells I still have reading this book. It reflected everything I hate about the world of celebrity and the pressure that is put out there to be superwoman instead of just chilling and enjoying your life and baby.

The author is very contradictory. She writes that she does not buy into the world of celebrity and that we should not aspire to look like them or bounce back within weeks of giving birth, yet she then goes on to write a whole book about how you can get to look like the very same celebrities! While the sections on healthy eating and exercising were just common sense (for anyone not just Mums), the section on different types of Botox/plastic surgery type procedures just made my jaw drop.

The photos throughout of "celebrities" looking good and bad will, no doubt, interest some readers but I hate it when you see a photo of anyone and then everyone gets to comment on how good or bad they look. What does it matter if Gwyneth Paltrow looks better with a paler lipstick or if someone wears Crocs on their feet (I am sure they are very comfy for running after a toddler), we should just accept them for who they are and their decision to wear whatever they are wearing, who are we to criticise anyway.

I managed to take one positive piece of advice from this book and that is, a recommendation for a dry hair shampoo for those days when you don't have time or can't be bothered washing your dirty hair. I know I am grasping at straws but I am trying to say at least something positive about this book.

Although, I thought the author did have quite a good writing style and dry wit, I just wish she would put it to better use. 1 out of 5 stars for this alone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather B. on June 13, 2013
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In an effort to not look like a totally frumpy housewife all of the time, this self-improvement book encouraged me to eat, dress and style myself better. Hubby seems to like the book too.
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