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.)
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
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