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The Joys of Much Too Much: Go for the Big Life--The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted Paperback – January 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743238362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743238366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,684,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

If you still don't know how she does it, Fuller can tell you: don't sweat the small stuff (forget about organizing the sock drawer!), don't expect to be perfect and don't feel guilty. Fuller is a high-powered magazine editor, wife and mother of four, and in the upbeat, peppy style of Helen Gurley Brown, one of her mentors, she explains how you can have it all and enjoy getting it. Fuller is a believer in the power of positive thinking: push yourself forward, she says, and behave in a self-confident manner in order to get the job you want. You can balance marriage, family and career, she says, if your marriage is based on mutual unconditional love. Fuller has had a few hard knocks along the way and describes how she coped with the serious illnesses of two of her daughters, and a career crisis when she was fired from Glamour and had to struggle for months before getting another job. Failure is not a permanent condition, this optimist advises, and her pragmatic approach to a "jam-packed, maxed-out" life should inspire other women trying to have it all. (Apr.)
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Review

"Fascinating...Fuller aims to inspire and empower women and, like everything else she puts her mind to, she succeeds."
-- Houston Chronicle

"Rather than clean out your sock drawer, Fuller would like to see you take risks and live a full, messy life. And that's refreshing to hear."
-- Chicago Sun-Times

"A surprisingly potent statement for the sisterhood."
-- The New York Times

"A self-help guide to grabbing life with gusto."
-- USA Today

More About the Author

Bonnie Fuller was named EVP, chief editorial director of American Media, Inc. in July 2003. In this newly created position, she is charged with overseeing AMI's 16 weekly, bi-weekly and monthly magazines, in addition to monthly specials.

Some of the AMI titles she oversees include: the new Star magazine, Shape, Men's Fitness, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy. She also is in charge of the new AMI Latino Magazine Group, which includes Men's Fitness En Espa'ol.

Prior to AMI, Fuller was the editor in chief of Us Weekly where she restructured, redesigned, and repackaged the then Us magazine. Under Fuller's charge, she increased newsstand sales over 100%. For her achievements, Ms. Fuller was named Advertising Age's Editor of the Year.

Fuller was editor in chief of Glamour for three years where she strengthened the magazine's renowned coverage of beauty, health and women's issues. Under her leadership, Glamour's circulation rate base raised from 2 million to 2.1 million, the highest ever. She was editor in chief of Cosmopolitan from 1996-1998, where she revamped the title, following on heels of legendary editor, Helen Gurley Brown. Fuller led the magazine to record profitability and reversed the circulation downturn of several years. She grew newsstand sales 18% from 1.6 to 1.9 million in the first year, and grew the rate base from 2.25 to 2.4 million.

She was editor in chief of Marie Claire from 1993 to 1996 where she conceived and launched the title in the U.S. for the American market. Under her leadership, the magazine went from a rate base of 250,000 to 500,000. For her achievements, Fuller and her team received Advertising Age's Award for Magazine Launch of the Year.

In 1989, Fuller was named the editor in chief of YM where she redesigned and relaunched teen title, changing the name from Young Miss to Young & Modern. Circulation of the magazine soared from 700,000 to 1.75 million.

A graduate of University of Toronto, Fuller and her husband currently live in Hastings-on-Hudson with their 4 children.

Customer Reviews

I found myself skimming the second half of this boring book.
Samantha W. Mckevitt
That being said, I really don't think that the average reader will find much here to help them in their day-to-day lives.
Amazon Customer
I decided to no longer waste my money on this trash, even in hopes someone would wake up and go back to the old format.
TawnTawn

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. G Havemann on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bonnie Fuller's book "The Joys of Much Too Much" started out on a great note. Forget about trying to analyze your busy life or feel guilty about not simplifying but, instead, go for it all and have no regrets. I admit that's how I ran my life with four children and a full-time job but I had no choice. I was a single parent receiving no child support or alimony. I did what I had to do to support my children and provide as enriching, supportive, unconditionally loving home for them as possible while, at the same time, encouraging them to embrace their education and find a career they would have a passion about. I even had a child with life-threatening cancer, as Ms. Fuller did. I am fortunate, after an early bad experience, to have a job I love and that challenges me every day but I am fully aware that this is not true for the majority of working mothers who are grateful to just have a paycheck. But, even given all that, my life was serene and boring compared to Bonnie Fuller's and, knowing what I experienced, I cannot relate to Ms. Fuller's life nor can I recommend that others try to emulate her because they are certain to fall short, very short.

Personally, I thrive in chaos and love the noise and bedlam of growing children. I do my best work, at home and at the office, when deadlines are looming and time is short; it helps me focus on the important things. My housekeeping extends only to the level of "just barely presentable" because that's what works for me and what makes me find comfort in my home. But I know many many people who cannot tolerate that kind of life. Individuals are necessarily quirky and people have to adjust to what they need to function best.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By TawnTawn on June 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Says Bonnie Fuller. Her advice is kiss your boss's behind, and you will receive promotions and raises (i.e., have no scruples to "get ahead" - scruples are never considered or even mentioned). If you are pregnant, always say you feel "great" even if you're dying, because that's what she did, at look at her now. Do not worry about your life outside work, your spiritual life, what you are really meant to do in this world. Just push your way around in the workplace, gather a crew of like-minded co-workers, and the pie is yours for the taking! Because hey, she took it, so can you!

Years ago, I used to always read Cosmopolitan, then I noticed it wasn't the same magazine it used to be. It used to have a really good fiction section, real experience articles, a good medical column, plus cutely written articles about makeovers, wardrobe, etc. Then it changed. No fiction, no real experience articles, but lots of in-your-face stuff about sex, somehow worked into every article. The women writing and written about were nasty and mean-spirited. It was depressing and discouraging to me as a human being. Then I noticed it was Bonnie Fuller at the helm, making her much vaunted (by her) changes. I decided to no longer waste my money on this trash, even in hopes someone would wake up and go back to the old format. Star I also used to read, as pure escapism. Now it's nothing but advertising for makeup, clothes, pictures of celebrities, and hardly any articles. There are plenty of fashion magazines already, without ruining my escapist pleasure, don't you think? I do, so, no money for Star from me anymore.

The book is a bragfest by Ms. Fuller of all the changes she wrought in whatever magazine she hopped to next. All for the best, claims she, and anyone who naysayed her, Ms.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Maugham Fan on May 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book represents one of the things that is wrong with publishing -- a person gets a book deal because she has a "platform" and can pepper her back cover with quotes from her important cronies (Donald Trump, Bobbi Brown, etc). But Ms. Fuller's self-help book reads like a tedious, name-dropping memoir. She goes on to list the people that gave her breaks over the course of her career (I'm surprised the book didn't have an index of names!)

This is a trite read that has a certain "Let them eat cake!" attitude toward the average working mother. When Ms. Fuller talks about having 4 kids over the course of her stellar magazine career, she remarks proudly that she didn't slow down a bit, and that she returned to work a few weeks after the births of her babies, as she was able to set up a crib at the office. Her advice is, "Whatever works for you!" But Ms. Fuller has seemed to have forgotten, in her ivory Manhattan magazine tower, that most women are not able to do this. What's more, I think that most parenting experts (Ms. Fuller does not have that credential) would say that what babies really need during the first few months of life is to bond with their mothers--to have uninterrupted time to develop this all-important relationship. If Ms. Fuller really wants to champion the cause of working mothers, she should use her mouthpiece (and her influential friends) to fight for longer maternity leaves.

In the meantime, my advice would be to save your $25.00 and go for a slower, simpler, and saner lifestyle--the very opposite of what this book celebrates.
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