Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age

Valerie Ramsey, Author, Heather Hummel, With with Heather Hummel, foreword by Susan Lucci. McGraw-Hill $24.95 (268p) ISBN 978-0-07-154623-2

Ramsey's best friend in high school was the beautiful Ali MacGraw, who “hopscotched right over the gawky stage” of adolescence. With such a friend, Ramsay says, “you couldn't help but feel insecure.” Readers might be tempted to feel the same as Ramsey describes hopscotching over her own gawky, aging stage. Beautiful and accomplished, she has gone from happy stay-at-home mom of six (of whom coauthor Hummel is one) to older career woman and runway model in her 60s. But while few women have her genes, or her success, they may benefit from Ramsey's frank advice and beauty tips. She includes such useful information as how to pose for a photograph, strategic uses for Botox, what to eat, how to exercise, what makeup to use, the advantages of meditation and how to stay sexual in a long-term marriage. None of it is particularly original, but it is heartfelt and admirably health conscious (except perhaps for the Botox). Not everything has been roses for Ramsey. She's a survivor of uterine cancer and was diagnosed with a weak heart. How, then, does she do it? Ramsey attributes much of her success to the power of positive thinking. And then, of course, there are those genes. (May)

Reviewed on: 02/25/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Paperback - 290 pages - 978-0-07-181044-9
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