Realistically Ever After: Finding Happiness When He's Not Prince Charming, You're Not Snow White, and Life's Not a Fairy Tale

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What if living happily ever after isn't the fairy tale you thought it would be? Who would have guessed that Prince Charming snores, or that his horse was a car with a cracked windshield? Cristina Ferrare shows us, with the trademark wit and candor that have made her a beloved media personality and bestselling author, that life isn't a fairy tale. But look at it the right way (and you will after this book) and the reality is wonderful in its own right.

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Overview

What if living happily ever after isn't the fairy tale you thought it would be? Who would have guessed that Prince Charming snores, or that his horse was a car with a cracked windshield? Cristina Ferrare shows us, with the trademark wit and candor that have made her a beloved media personality and bestselling author, that life isn't a fairy tale. But look at it the right way (and you will after this book) and the reality is wonderful in its own right.

Using examples from her own life, Cristina illustrates that the dirty dishes, hungry kids, cranky boss, and messy house can be just as much a part of joy as rare romantic moments, perfectly behaved children, a well-earned promotion and raise, and a spotless home. Her journey through "a fairy tale interrupted" is one that will strike a chord with both working women and stay-at-home moms.

Thousands of women with low libido identified with Cristina's voice in Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache. Reading Realistically Ever After, women everywhere will see themselves, their families, coworkers, and neighbors in her stories of life's everyday frustrations and hilarious predicaments. And they'll realize that they don't need a hero on a white horse-they've already got everything it takes to be happy.

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Shallowness reigns in these two titles, one by a marginally famous woman, the other about a bona fide icon. Former supermodel Ferrare (Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache: What I Learned (and What All Women Need To Know) About PMS, Hormones, Stress, Diet, Menopause-and Sex) fails to demonstrate any personal growth in documenting her silver-spoon failures. She bemoans not landing the cohosting job that went to Kelly Rippa and overeating; she also crows about her proudest achievement-creating jewelry sold on cable TV. Libraries should instead consider Jackie Kallen's Hit Me with Your Best Shot: A Fight Plan for Dealing with All of Life's Hard Knocks (now in paperback) instead of this insipid read. Libraries should be aware, however, that Ferrare launched a new furniture line in April on the Home Shopping Network, so there could be demand. Meanwhile, former Colgate-Palmolive VP Flaherty (Talk Your Way to the Top) fairly idolizes Camelot's First Lady. In chapters padded with cursory biographical snippets, she purports to explore what Jackie "taught" the world. Take, for instance, the chapter "Men and Marriage," wherein readers learn that Jackie made herself attractive and "followed her heart." Much is made of the "beautiful, cultured, and intelligent" icon of our collective (and idealized) cultural memory. Instead of wasting money on this hardcover trifle, commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jackie's death by dusting off some respectable biographies, e.g., Sarah Bradford's America's Queen: A Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or even Pamela Clarke Keogh's photographic Jackie Style. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579549473
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Cristina Ferrare, after twenty years as a supermodel, co-hosted "AM Los Angeles," which was the highest rated morning television show during her five-year tenure. She is hosting a new show on the Home Shopping Network entitled "Realistically Ever After." In addition to hosting several other TV shows, she has acted in film and television, designs a line of jewelry, and has written three best-selling books: Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache, Cristina Ferrare's Family Entertainment, and Cristina Ferrare Style. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. The Illusion of the Cover Photo 11
2. The Fear of Failure 23
3. When Prince Charming Falls Off His Horse 39
4. The Myth of a Painless Childbirth 51
5. Remarriage and the Brady Bunch Syndrome 67
6. Selective Memory: The Delivery Room Revisited 85
7. Family Vacations 103
8. Raising Teenagers 131
9. Setting Boundaries and Letting Go 149
10. Volleyball Mom 159
11. Starting Over 175
Epilogue: Fairy Tales with a Twist 189
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