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Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex Hardcover – August 6, 2013

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“Fans love Frankel not just because she tells it like it is and swears like a pirate but also because she's an ambitious woman struggling to balance her business, her family, and her past on five-inch Brian Atwood pumps.” (Forbes)

“If anyone knows how to get into amazing shape fast, it’s Bethenny Frankel. Despite her crazy-busy schedule, Bethenny has found the secret to shoehorning in enough exercise to live up to her Skinnygirl name.” (Health)

“The health-conscious celebrity chef and Skinnygirl mogul…is clearly an expert on all things culinary.” (The Huffington Post)

“It’s this brutally honest, refreshingly inappropriate candor that has won her millions of fans." (People)

“Bethenny is honest 24/7 – with or without cameras.” (Glamour)

“The mommy mogul manages to do it all.” (Us Weekly)

“Her appealing confessional tone and admission of personal challenges with dieting and love make these otherwise mundane subjects (diet, exercise, and home organization) fun to read…. For those who admire her no-nonsense approach and ambition, this latest offering will likely be an inspiring read.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Skinnygirl Solutions” is a compendium of advice for the modern woman on how to live right, from the personal to the professional. Written Bethenny-style, it offers tips that Martha Stewart would never think to share.” (New York Daily News)

"The voice is classic Bethenny: candid, sassy and opinionated, punctuated with self-deprecating humor. She writes like she’s talking to her girlfriends — unedited and not afraid to show a vulnerable side in the brief mentions of her painful divorce. With hundreds of self-help books, Frankel’s connection with her fans sets this one apart. Her ability to tap into how women think and feel creates an intimacy with readers." (The Washington Post)

“Skinnygirl Solutions” is written from the heart. The book is lovingly dedicated to women and it’s clear Frankel genuinely cares about making life better for them, whether it’s sharing a low-fat recipe or creating a business plan. Her pluck and unrelenting work ethic will inspire fans and will probably be responsible for a new generation of female entrepreneurs who are healthy, organized and impeccably dressed." (The Washington Post)

"As an author, single mom and soon-to-be talk show host, Bethenny Frankel knows plenty about juggling. Her new book offers tips to smooth the way." (People Magazine)

About the Author

Bethenny Frankel is a five-time bestselling author. Her books include Skinnygirl Solutions, Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, health, and fitness, and focuses on practical solutions for women. Visit her at Bethenny.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451667396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451667394
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bethenny Frankel is the four-time bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand--which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health--and in 2013 she will take the stage as the host of her own talk show, "bethenny". She has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine and is regularly featured in both Health magazine and Glamour. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with her daughter, Bryn, and dog, Cookie. Visit www.bethenny.com.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I know from reading this book that the author is a TV personality, but I have never seen (or previously heard of) her show, so I haven't been influenced by that. Without the celebrity distraction, this is a straightforward, common sense guide to a lot of things you might not have learned from your mom.

Sponges can easily be a hygiene problem, so you should clean them thoroughly and zap them in your microwave sometimes -- and don't keep them around for months, either. Beauty products' prices depend to a high degree on their packaging. "Wheat bread" doesn't mean it's made from whole grains. Don't carry credit card debt. This is the kind of advice you'll find in this book.

It's not deep, it's not new, but there are plenty of people who don't know how to clean a hairbrush, and they can learn how from this book.

Admittedly, they'll also learn that the author is glad she works with other women because she can't avoid flashing her private parts. I can't quite imagine how that would happen around the office, but I'm not trying too hard. On the other hand, where else are you going to get big-sisterly advice on gambling or freezing your eggs? There are things to be said for getting your daily life advice from someone whose daily life includes things that are a little less daily.

The book is pretty much a collection of stuff that can be handy to know about health, housekeeping, travel, family, and career. There are recipes, checklists, and lots of personal stories. If you find Martha Stewart daunting and would like to have an orderly life with more humor and less stringent standards, try it out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BETTY on October 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sorry Bethenny. I'm a big fan but this book is not worth buying. I have never bought any of her previous books so I have nothing to compare it to but wish I hadn't spent any money on this. This book gives no real tips for the everyday women. She talks about things to make your life better like getting organized and eating healthier. Well I know that will make my life better but I was looking for actual information that would help me to do that. Oh and she states, one way you can stay organized is to use the calendar in your smart phone. Well golly gee, this would have never occurred to me at all (sarcasm). The reason she is able to stay organized is because she has a maid, a nanny, and two personal assistants. Then she states you should be able to cook with a few basic ingredients in your house and that you can substitute many things. She has been to culinary school so of course she would know what items could be substituted for another. I personally don't and was looking for actual advice on this. I feel like she threw this together while she was on the plane to Australia. This turned me off of watching her talk show anymore as I feel this was so poorly put together as a way to make more money off her fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CarliAlice on November 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Admission, I am not a Bethenny Frankel groupie. I've never watched her show(s) or even read any of her other books. But for some reason this one spoke to me. From the moment I opened it, I knew that Bethenny was a women after my own heart.

Bethenny shares simple, practical advice on being thin, eating well, organization, career, and fashion. While I admit that certain chapters spoke more to me, that's just because there is something in this book for almost anyone. She is not the type of celebrity who spends oodles of money on items when you can get the same thing at Target for less. She's practical and down to earth.

This book is by a women for women. I'm not so sure that a man would appreciate some of her banter about her work attire (or lack thereof) or how to clean your makeup sponges. The price of $25.99 for a book of this genre is a little high in my opinion but you can purchase it on Amazon for about $12.00 if you get the Kindle Version. I'd gladly pay that as the book was just as much entertaining as informative. Some of the best advice in the book are things you know but maybe don't actually do and need the reminder.

Always have nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, half a sandwich, a can or box of healthy soup...so you're never desperate and ravenous.

The chapters on food, exercise, and beauty alone are the best in the book. Practical, realistic, and doable. I'd recommend this book to any woman out there.

I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Book Reviews on August 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
You may think after reading the title that this is just another boring book about how to live your life to the fullest. Let me just tell you, you will so enjoy this book! It is informative yet entertaining. I enjoyed the book and learned from it too!

The solutions given to everyday issues such as weight loss, relationships, and style (to name a few) are helpful and easy to implement. I liked the openness of the author. She is a television personality, which for some may be a turnoff. If you have seen her on television and do not enjoy her personality I still think you can learn from something in this book. I actually found her tips and hints to be honest and non-judgmental. I have even implemented some of them into my daily routine already!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some helpful advice but who doesn't want to read a boring how to book. You will be entertained all the while being educated on how to live a better life. I gave this book 5/5 stars and will be keeping it and referring to for many years to come!

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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