B as in Beauty

B as in Beauty

by Alberto Ferreras

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ISBN-13: 9780446697897
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alberto Ferreras is a New York City based writer, filmmaker and performance artist. He has directed and produced the critically acclaimed "Habla" series for HBO, and his independent film work has been presented all over the world, including the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. As a performance artist he is known for playing "Doctor Truth", a character who makes himself available in public spaces to answer any question with complete honesty.

"B as in Beauty" is his first novel.

For more information please visit http://albertoferreras.com/

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B as in Beauty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop! This is one funny novel!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Cuban-American Beauty Marie Zavala is tired of the world judging her by her waistline just because she is forty pounds over the so called norm. She has tried everything to lose the excess, but fads come and go, diets and exercise come and go, but her weight remains the same. B is ashamed of her body.---------------- She really tanks when she overhears her boss at the Manhattan ad company commenting negatively about her size; even worse her waistline apparently will prevent her from receiving a well deserved promotion. B has had enough with the put downs. Her best friend Lillian the petit suggests she do a remake of the entire B. Russian-American Tax accountant Natasha Sokolov offers her work to show off her voluptuous body to men who will pay for a big woman. B accepts the deal of spending time with big body worshipping males only her first client is disappointed when he sees her as he insists she is too small to be anything but a fashion model.----------- B AS IN BEAUTY is an entertaining contemporary tale starring a woman who fans will root for as she begins to not accept her size, she learns to accentuate her assets. B is the star, but the kindhearted madam-mentor somewhat steals the show with her tutelage. The irony that B is too small adds humor to a profound tale in which the heroine learns beauty is only skin deep.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny, very human, B is a character. The story sucks you in right away and the book is hard to put down. The writing is like a wonderful and intimate conversation, full of interesting and unexpected details. Great story. This book goes right to the top of my gift list. I absolutely loved it. Susan
MarthaPeters More than 1 year ago
First I was concerned about the fact that this book was written by a guy, but then my favorite bloggers (Bobbie Craford-McCoy and Kathy Cano-Murillo) started raving about it. I finally got it after I read the review in the Daily News. All I can say is that I loved this book, it made me laugh out loud and yet it made me question some serious matters in my life. It's a wonderful read, but maybe a little too kinky and daring for ultra-conservative readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
happygirl101 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Its funny and entertaining. B " The main chararcter' is very entertaining. The author has a unigue writing style.He dose't write the words a author would write.The writing speaks more of the words of a New Yorker.I would highly reccomend this book.
readoholic More than 1 year ago
Gotta ahold of an advanced copy and I couldn't put it down-- what a funny and thought provoking adventure-- kind of kinky too! Loved it! Erin C.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this book although I swear the premise of a woman learning to love herself through working as a ¿comfort provider¿ sounded like another book I read. Other than that Ferraras amazed me being a man and yet as I read the book I would never have been able to tell. B is funny and suffers from a lot of the same insecurities that many other women suffer. I loved watching her come out of her shell and embrace who she is and eventually makes the career move that makes her happiest. I would highly recommend this book to any lover of chick lit.
vanedow on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Summary: Beauty Zavala is a self-described "fat chick." She's never felt comfortable in her own skin, or even with her own name, so she goes by "just B." All that starts to change when she meets Madame Sokolov, a sort of Russian fairy godmother/escort service. With an interesting combination of pithy wisdom and makeup advice, Madame shows B a thing or two about what beauty truly means. My thoughts: This was a really fun book. Early in the book, B kind of drove me crazy- she's so WHINY. But as I moved on, I realized that's kind of the point. And she does get better. The real point of this book is that B's "problem" has nothing to do with what she looks like and everything to do with how she feels about it. Trite? Perhaps, but true nonetheless. B's adventures with being a professional "comfort provider" (no sex involved) range from an old man with a foot fetish to a man who can't sleep except squished into a tiny space on his couch. There are some funny moments in this book, people. Through it all, B starts to realize that there's all kinds of lonely people in the world, and if she doesn't want to be one more of them, she better take control of her own life. I found it interesting that this book is written by a man. So what we have here is a man telling women that they shouldn't worry about what men think of thier bodies. If I were cynical I might add, -in order that they might be more attractive to men, but I really don't think Ferreras meant it that way. My final word: I rate this book a 4. Highly enjoyable, and guaranteed to make you think, at least momentarily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great! So beautifully written and lovely. Amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful! Makes you realize that you have to comfortable with yourself, before you're comfortable with others! I never buy books, I will buy this one in hard back, its a keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I find it a quick read and it was hard to put down. This main character has to deal with being a big girl in a world full of people who believe skinny is beautiful. She develops her inner self esteem and with that grows as a person. This book has some of the most insightful words I have read. It was witty and charming and an overall good book.
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Zeldazonk More than 1 year ago
As a woman, as a reader, I am grateful for this book. Grateful for the way it talks about sex and grateful for the way it describes the beauty of a woman's body. This book is fun and compelling. Ferreras: Please keep writting!
TheAleph More than 1 year ago
From Terri Slichenmeyer's review at Santa Barbara's Daily Sound "With a perfectly sweet and funny heroine, a few ugly "sisters", a borderline-criminal fairy godmother, a handsome carriage driver, a flock of flawed and unwitting helpers, and the most unlikely Prince Charming, author Alberto Ferreras has crafted a modern fairy tale that is absolutely irresistible."
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Balgama More than 1 year ago
This book is a great one day read for the beach. Not at all literary gold. It tried to be offbeat by combining the styles of Henry Miller and Seventeen magazine. Who proofread this? There are typos galore. It's one redeeming quality is that it slaps you with the moral of 'love yourself'; which was evident in the first chapter. Don't waste your money.