What do you get when you combine the guilty pleasure of reality TV with the guidance and wisdom of someone who survived a dysfunctional childhood, eating disorder, a later than average marriage and childbirth and a created a hugely successful business empire? A does of humor and a dose of inspiration in the form of A Place of Yes by former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel.
Let me be clear about what lurks behind the bright cover with a smiling Ms. Frankel in her trademark red. This is not your typical self-help book. If you’re looking for the miracles of Marianne Williamson or gentleness of Geneen Roth, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re a fan of Bethenny’s trademark quick wit, sarcastic sense of humor and penchant for telling it like it is, grab your e-reader and download now.
If you’ve read the Bethenny Ever After star’s Naturally Thin, the format of a set of rules (in this case ten) broken down into chapters will feel familiar. Like her previous bestseller, the book shares her experience with what she calls “noise”, the voices that clutter our brains, bash us on a daily basis and distract us from our true goals and purpose, although this time is not centered around food. You get the same mix of tone and style that is authentic Bethenny mixed with her once again co-author Eve Adamson.
This could just be another personal growth book with the author tossing out platitudes, but if you listen to the experiences of a woman who has overcome challenges and learned to embrace success share her personal stories and insights with the readers who helped get her there, it can be much more. I personally identify with her less than traditional upbringing, her focus on career and finances instead of relationships and family, and her search for something more while feeling totally lost. If you’ve never considered a trip to the therapists’ couch, this is probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea. Not everyone will identify with the painful experiences of Frankel’s past, but its this pain that makes this book relevant to many modern women like myself, and allows us to relate to her struggle to find and be herself while balancing the external demands of the world.
I blog, as do many others, to hold myself accountable and share myself with the world in the hopes that others can take the lessons I’ve learned the hard way and save themselves some grief. Bethenny takes the spotlight she’s been given on by Bravo and goes one step further to do the same in this book. If you recall the infamous fight between Bethenny and another housewife whom she jokingly refers to as Madonna during a charity event, she tells us then and shows us now that she truly comes from a place of yes.
Bethenny Frankel, www.bethenny.com