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Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 27, 2010
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“She’s not afraid to dish….Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life….[She sheds] light on who she’s become off-camera, and that person has a lot of good advice to share.” (San Francisco Chronicle )
“[A] woman’s dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16…. Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years.” (The Daily Beast )
“[Ringwald’s] book offers tips on prettifying from the inside out.” (People )
“A warm and chatty guide to aging gracefully.” (Salon.com )
Top Customer Reviews
Then I read the book. Which, as I stated above, was unfortunate. Because I no longer felt like I needed to "get my pretty back". I more or less felt that I needed to get the last 20 or so years of my life back. You see, I haven't ever made a movie; lived in France; fallen in love with a man several years my junior who was dating my friend; and/or had his children. I'm not inclined to throw dinner parties on the rooftop garden of my New York apartment (so creating the perfect cheese plate is a lost art to me) or go on wine buying "binges". I don't care how to tie a Hermes scarf because I can't afford one. Nor do I want to hear someone espousing the benefits of peels and injectable fillers. Perhaps, my life has not been as exciting as I've led myself to believe. Or, perhaps, this book is not as great as the editors copy led me to believe. I honestly didn't know that a book could give me low self-esteem. Though now she is perfectly poised to write a follow up tome on "How to Get the Dignity Back".
To say that this book left me cold would be an understatement.Read more ›
What I Liked: This book covers everything from dinner parties to lipstick. I can't think of a topic that she did not cover. In that aspect, this book delivered on it's promise to give you advice on how to handle anything. I also enjoyed when she threw in antidotes about her life over the years. Those little stories were the best part of the book.
What I thought was So-So/Didn't Like: I really wanted to love this book but most of it was "eh". I am not sure that most of her advice is good for everyday people. It is probably because I am not a fashionita. I do figure that I am not the main target audience for this book. It just seemed a little out of reach for most normal people.
Why I gave it a 2: I will admit that this is one of those books that will probably get ratings from bad to good because it really is more of a personal type of book. The advice either appeals to you or not. I love Molly Ringwald and feel like this book will appeal to other people. It just didn't work for me.
Who I would recommend it too: Anyone who likes non-fiction advice books on beauty, travel, wine, and cooking.
Author Website: Harper Collins Book Site
I stumbled upon this book by accident and am glad I did! I found it very fun and affirming. It reminded me that it is important to not lose yourself, that you are a better mom if you take are of yourself in a way that is above just brushing your teeth. I read the Kindle version in two days as I nursed my 6 month old baby. I was sad to see it end, it felt like talking to a girlfriend about things that had been bothering me.
Some people may think this book is too aloof because it talks about Hermes scarves and cheese platters, but I found it enjoyable. It is perfect for all you girly girls out there who owned your own REAL toolset at 21, went clubbing and have found yourself deep in a diaper bag in your 30's. It is a really nice pick-me-up!
This book was a chapter book describing various ways to basically enjoy your life. However, the author lives in France and many of the ideas she had to enjoy life really were not ideas I could relate to living in Nebraska. I am not saying our state is a backwards, we don't knows squat are of the United States. It's just that the cultures are so different. Plus, many of her ideas sounded way out of my budget. They really were not for the typical, middle class, woman.
I did enjoy seeing how she lived her life and what she did for enjoyment; but as far as a "self-help" book, I will have to pass on this book's ideas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed the book it not only had helpful ideas but was amusing. The illustrations were well done as well.Published 14 months ago by Julie Puttock
Sometimes in life we need a reminder. Molly Ringwald does it in such an honest fun way that I went out and bought new sleepwear, because I am worth it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Margaret Kling
Amazed by the fast delivery, I think I received one on a Sunday, shocked but in a good way. Love amazon!!!!!Published 19 months ago by sharon gonzalez
It started of great but endup up ok. I like her tips but she spent a little to much time focusing on herself and thats when I realized that maybe the book was ment to talk about... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jacqueline Morales