Eat Cake. Be Brave.

Eat Cake. Be Brave.

by Melissa Radke


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From the star of USA reality show The Radkes and creator of the viral "Red Ribbon Week" video, this is a hilarious and inspiring story of finding self-confidence in a world of naysayers.

My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!

Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos and The Radkes TV show bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book. I mean, books are written by people who say things like, "I was having a root canal and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin." Yeah, that didn't happen to me.

I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made the decision to live brave, bolder, and freer. I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40. But mine changed when I turned 41 and I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me. And maybe, just maybe, reading about my journey to find my sense of self-worth will help you rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it.

So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...
Here's to bravery.
Here's to courage.
Here's to cake.
(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538712177
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 272,815
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melissa Radke's online videos have reached more than fifty-seven million people on her Facebook page alone in a little over a year. Radke's "Upside Down French Braid" video has close to ten million views and her "Red Ribbon" video has been viewed over 100 million times across multiple websites and media outlets. A Texan born and bred, Radke spent 15 years of her life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a studio session singer for Recording Artists after graduating from Belmont University. Since becoming a parent, she moved her family back to her East Texas hometown because the barbecue is better and the babysitting is free.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 A List of Things We Should Probably Get Out of the Way 1

Chapter 2 Right after the Inhale 11

Chapter 3 People Who Might Want to Think Twice before Asking Me for Money 25

Chapter 4 Cheerleaders: Part 1 35

Chapter 5 Seriously, How Much Do I Look Like Elisabeth Shue in This Picture? 47

Chapter 6 Cheerleaders: Part 2 63

Chapter 7 The Truth about My First Date 79

Chapter 8 Let's just Talk about the Cover, Shall We? 97

Chapter 9 This Is Where I Went off the Rails and Started Melting My M&M's 107

Chapter 10 It's the Old Mermaid-Tinker Bell-Rose Lamp 119

Chapter 11 Tiny Dancers. Tiny Cells 133

Chapter 12 Water to My Chin 143

Chapter 13 Germans Do Bible Studies a Little Differently than, Say, Rednecks 153

Chapter 14 All Inked Up and No Place to Go 163

Chapter 15 My Dad Looks Nothing Like Denzel 179

Chapter 16 Cutting Corners. Setting Fires 187

Chapter 17 Lovers and Leavers 201

Chapter 18 Everybody's Doing It. Want Me to Do It for You? 221

Chapter 19 Dear Miss Danielle 235

Chapter 20 Ode to Big Dark 245

Chapter 21 Chicken-Fried Women 253

Chapter 22 Look at These People, Kids. Your Mom Is Braver than All These People 271

Chapter 23 When Hope Is Your Name (A Letter to My Daughter) 279

Chapter 24 The Last Piece 289

Acknowledgments 294

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