My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life

My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life

by Gabrielle Reece, Karen Karbo (With)
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My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life by Gabrielle Reece

Bestselling fitness expert and beach volleyball icon Gabby Reece uses her own less-than-perfect life to deliver a brutally honest, wickedly funny, and realistic view of motherhood and marriage.

Much has happened to Gabrielle Reece since her 1997 bestseller Big Girl in the Middle. She’s still gorgeous, still 6’3”, and a dominant force on and off the beach, but in the last fifteen years, she’s settled down with world-class surfer Laird Hamilton and raised three stunning blonde girls.

Her life might seem like a fairy tale from afar, but four years after her picture-perfect Hawaiian marriage to Laird, Gabrielle filed for divorce. In the end, the couple worked it out, but My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper tells the unvarnished and often hilarious tale of the turbulent ups and downs that beset every wife and mother—even the women like Gabrielle who seem to have it all.

Reece writes with wicked humor and down-to-earth wit about how she handles the sometimes mind-numbing details of domestic life, and she turns the notion that women can “have it all” on its head. As Gabby dismantles the notion of happily ever after, she gives readers plenty of concrete takeaways about how to deal. She underscores the notion that you have to make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.

My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper is an irresistible, hilarious, and helpful portrait of the humor, grace, and humility it really takes to stay sane given the challenges of being a modern wife and mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451692662
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gabrielle Reece is a former women’s beach volleyball star, television host, fashion model, fitness expert, and author of Big Girl in the Middle. She was named one of the “20 Most Influential Women in Sports,” by Women’s Sports and Fitness, and one of the top five most beautiful women in the world by Elle magazine. Gabby recently appeared as a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. She is married to professional surfer Laird Hamilton. They have three daughters.

Karen Karbo’s first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People magazine critics’ choice, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, The New York Times, and She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the minute I saw Gabrielle Reece on the Today Show promoting this book, I knew I had to read it. Her candor and experience mirrored my own and her book offered a realistic and practical approach to happiness. I've read this book twice so far and can honestly say that it has already made a huge impact on my new marriage. I have always been dominant in past relationships. Independent, strong, and self-sufficient. My husband is the epitome of an alpha male and Gabrielle's relationship with her husband, Laird, offered key insight into the type of partnership I could see creating in my own life. It works. We are both happy. We both have what we need. This book was a big part of clarifying some key issues for me and helping me to make my own decisions on what it is I really want out of my own marriage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not know who Gabrielle Reece was when I saw the new title. I read the synopsis & decided it would be any interesting read. I loved the book, the story and the honesty. I think it was very worthwhile.If you are a fan, you will really love getting to know more about this smart, funny woman, wife and mother, who is much more than an athlete. A very enjoyable book.
Todays_Working_Woman More than 1 year ago
Over the years, I've read numerous inspirational or what I affectionately refer to as the "Kick in the Pants, Wake Up Call" books. Without a doubt, Gabrielle Reece's My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life is, by far, one of the best I have read in a very long time. Lets face it. Life isn't perfect. For anyone that thinks it is, you're sadly mistaken. Anything worth having doesn't come have to work at it. One of the things I like about Ms. Reece's style is that she doesn't sugarcoat anything. There's no B.S.; she just tells it like it is. While I am not a mother, I am a busy working woman with a husband whom I have been with for over 25 years (married for 20), along with a multitude of things to manage in my life, including family, friends, obligations, personal projects and, believe it or not, a second career. It's not like I have a whole lot of free time; and yes, I do feel guilty (even though I don't have children) when I have neglected some things, including myself. The book provides a refreshing perspective on everything from marriage, children and even our relationships with other women. But the truth is ladies, this is stuff that we should already know but seem to forget when we are living in the midst of our chaotic lives. No one is going to make you happy except for yourself. I found that out a long time ago. Taking responsibility of your own life is knowing that no one is going to charge into your life wearing the cape to rescue you (my husband will get a kick out the cape reference as he is always telling me to remove the cape...more on that later!) and that yes, indeed, you have to stand up and take responsibility to do the things that will make you happy and for those of us that are lucky enough, to make our partners happy. But let's be clear here, what works for one may not work for someone else. At the core of Gabby's book is choice. I think that choosing how to make it all work for you is crucial to any relationship. Case in point, my husband does the cooking and shopping; in return, I wash the dishes and do the laundry. This doesn't mean that he does the cooking every night. I sometimes cook and he has been known to wash the dishes. But this is what works for us and that is what Ms. Reece is trying to say. Take a moment and read this book. I think you'll find it be one of the best you'll read in a really long time. I recommend that you keep it handy and go back to various chapters as an instant refresher course whenever you need a "kick in the pants, wake up call."
CP2 More than 1 year ago
A great read for all women. Her advice never comes across as overbearing, rather as someone simply stating what works for her and her family. Kudos to Gabby for writing a book that isn't afraid to say that men and women are indeed different and that "submitting" to one's husband is a choice a strong woman is free to make. Go Gabby!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. I read it in one sitting and loved her point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I lived Gabby's interview on Chelsea Lately the other night and it prompted me to read her book I expected more. My expectation was a light FUNNY read. This book was neither light nor funny. Her attempts to be funny fall flat and I just ended up feeling sorry for her.
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This is by far the best book I've read in awhile. It's depiction of a working mom's situations is right on but Gabby provides others perspective also so whether male or female, mother or father, single or married...this will relate to you also! Excellent read that I plan to read over and over again.
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donnat33 More than 1 year ago
I'm only half way through this book and I love it immensely.  Gabby's no nonsense talk is refreshing.  Her advice is common sense, but yet advice everyone needs to hear sometimes - and with her writing style, you feel you're getting it from a friend.  I can't wait to finish the book - I'm sure I won't be disappointed.  Happy to see she and Laird have made a conscious decision to make their marriage work and that they both appreciate each other for who they are, not for what they want them to be.  Definitely has made me rethink my own relationship and figure out how to embrace the things I love about my spouse and really think hard about the things that don't - are they my issues or his?  In taking the time to look at these things it's helped me let go of old grievances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got tired of s--t every few paragraphs, then came the "F" word. It just did not add to her story and got old fast.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, very funny quick read!
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c230_ More than 1 year ago
Funny read! As someone who has no model for how an intact family should function/operate, this was a great insight into how a working mother manages her household and family and how her marriage almost fell apart and how with hard work it fell back together. I will definitely re-read this book.