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“An intensely personal guide that stands apart from the pack.”
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About the Author

Bethenny Frankel, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, has her own spin-off reality show. Her recipes and health tips can be read monthly in Health. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Visit Bethenny at Bethenny.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143918691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439186916
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
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Like most of you I know Bethenny Frankel first from the 'Housewives of New York' television show, and then her own show, 'Bethenny Getting Married' and now 'Bethenny Ever After'. This new year of Bethenny's show I felt like we were finally getting to know the real Bethenny. She was sharing her life, but also sharing a lot more of her feelings, and letting us in to those places we often keep private. I was surprised how much I liked this book. In this book Bethenny has given us a very entertaining, informative and fun book. She exposes herself, and her family to all of us with some real lessons learned.

Bethenny has framed her book and chapters with 10 rules that she shares for a happier and more productive life. She incorporates each chapter with a 'Quote to Remember' that are quite inspirational and some are downright funny. One of the most important aspects of this book is when she starts talking about 'noise'.' She says,
'Noise is what gets in your way. It's a self generated obstacle, the negative talk inside your head that keeps you down.' Each chapter contains examples of noise that has hindered Bethenny's life in some manner, and a method to over come the noise. Her advice is excellent and every single rule comes with stories on how Bethenny has met her devils and overcome them. She gets very personal about her life with her parents and the difficult childhood. Her problems with her mother and father, and the relationships that changed her life. She had gone from relationship to relationship to feel complete. She tells us her stories of her engagements, her first marriage and how she came to find real love with her husband, Jason, their baby, Bryn and Cookie, their dog.
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I ordered this book TODAY for my Kindle. I'm home with the flu and needed a little pick me up. I read fast and I tore through this. I have been a fan of Bethenny's since her appearance on the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice. What I appreciate so much about her is her unfailing honesty and humor. She says it all, good or bad, appropriate or wildly inappropriate, it's out there. It's real. It's who she is. This is rare in the reality universe. She can make fun of herself and not apologize for not being perfect. I think the "rules" Bethenny lives by are easily applied to any life b/c they are all about common sense, being honest with yourself and never letting anyone else take your power from you. She never tries to say she's perfect or a prophet or THE example of how to live. She's just telling her story, what worked for her and giving encouragement to those who are looking for a path to THEIR place of yes! Her path isn't everybody else's, but it's good to know what works for others.

More than anything else, I appreciate the messy, emotional, warts and all honesty that Bethenny embraces. Life is a bumpy ride but we never know where we will end up. I applaud her bravery and I'm thrilled for her success in business and with her family. Bryn is a precious bundle that showed up at just the right time. Bethenny is clearly at a place where being a mother and a wife is a blessing.

This is a very funny, entertaining and interesting read. Bethenny fans will love it, and those who haven't been fans in the past will be fans once they read this book.

Bravo Bethenny!! Well done!!
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Having read Bethenny's two previous books and really benefitted from them, I was really looking forward to this one. "A Place of Yes" did not disappoint. Some of us need a reminder that we're not crazy or strange, and in this book Bethenny does that and more. She's the the girlfriend you most identify with, the sister you wish you had. If you grew up in a stable household and are still happily married to your high school boyfriend, this might not the book for you. But if your family is nuts (like mine), or you've ever felt lost or you want more out of life, Bethenny's honesty in telling her own story rubs off on you and you can't help but feel better knowing that someone just like you has picked herself up again and again (and vows to do so for the rest of her life) and is glad she did. I use suggestions from this book and her others every day (I lost 40 pounds after I read "Naturally Thin" and have kept it off for more than a year). I think back to her words often, especially when I need that push to accomplish a goal or stay on track. She's changed my life. Give her a chance, maybe she'll change yours. Also take a look at:
Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting
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As a "Mompreneur" I was very interested in Bethenny's business experience and her ability to create a brand. For the record, I only know her through magazine coverage. I don't watch much TV, so don't know her personality "in action."

What I found in this book was a very realistic view into success. You have to deal with your emotional baggage, have great business sense, and have the tenacity to get it into action. People who are ultimately successful usually have more strike outs than home runs, but they keep working at it an never give up. Bethenny shares her strike outs, her successes and shows how they are related with a sense of humor. This book is written in a way that makes it very relatable. I connect with personal stories and Bethenny does a good job of sharing hers (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and how they all ultimately contributed to her success. It banishes the notion that all you have to have is a good idea and it will organically grow into a successful business. Anyone who tries to tell you this may as well be selling crack pipes. Bethenny tells it like it is.

I did feel like this book was reverse engineered. It felt like it was solely intended to tell her story and then they just made up the ten rules to give it structure and make the reader feel like they were getting insight to
apply to their own lives. I think her story can stand on its own feet and didn't need "the ten rules" element. I also spotted a few editing problems.

Overall, a very worthwhile read if you are interested in entrepreneurship and its real life ups and downs. I appreciate Bethenny's willingness to share all of it. She's a great example of what you can accomplish if you persevere and believe in yourself. Good qualities whether you are interested in business or not. Cheers Bethenny!
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