The Joys of Much Too Much: Go for the Big Life--The Great Career, the Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted
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The Joys of Much Too Much: Go for the Big Life--The Great Career, the Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted

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A business powerhouse and mother of four who has led America's most popular magazines -- including "Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Us Weekly," and "Star" -- to record successes, Bonnie Fuller has, until now, been an immensely private person. But in "The Joys of Much Too Much," she shares an unthinkable secret: the key to happiness is not a balanced life but one that is maxed out w...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Fireside Books
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A quick read, but not all that interesting. Same old advice, "Don't limit yourself", "Go after what you want", blah, blah, blah---it was sort of interesting in that she extolls being unorganized and sort of out of control and letting yourself be comfortable with that chaos. Chaos is a natural part of people's lives, and I think its a good idea to be able to roll with the punches and all that. But, all the people I've known who live in a constant state of chaos (which this author says is an okay...more
I was looking forward to a book that would tell me HOW to manage it all... and that would share some stories (good and bad!) about another working mom who cares just as much about her power lunch as she does about taking snacks to her kid's soccer game. If anyone could do it, I figured Bonnie Fuller would be able to.

The book started off well. Like Fuller states in the early chapters, I am frustrated by the magazine stands full of headlines telling me to scale down, cut back, and simplify. (It's...more
Bonnie Fuller, high-powered magazine editor, writes the decadent and delightful, The Joys of Much Too Much, as if it were a column in one of her magazines. The writing is pithy, witty and entertaining- chockful of clear takeaways that are made clearer by Fuller’s decision to bold certain ideas such as “You’ll get twenty no’s before you get a yes.” and “You need to embrace and learn to love your less than perfect self because she will wind up being your strongest ally.” This is good stuff that wo...more
This book was just awful. She managed to offend me before I even got to chapter one by showing her obvious ignorance of simplicity. It has nothing to do with being afraid of the "big scary" world, but paring down one's life so that one has the time and resources to devote to their most important things. Unlike the author, my most important endeavors are not a career where I work 60+ hours a week, and a husband and family who seem a bit useless because she doesn't get to see them that much anyway...more
Oct 20, 2007 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: the ladies
Shelves: nonfiction
Pretty motivational stuff, very girl power. It's a good one to pick up and read through from time to time when life seems to be stalled. It's a pretty quick read, especially because some of the sections won't apply to you if, say, you haven't had kids, etc. So you can read the chapters that are most relevant, give life a booster shot, and keep going.
Jun 15, 2007 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: magazine junkies
This is not "The Iliad," clearly, but it's pretty entertaining and well-written, especially if you're at all curious about Bon-Bon and her life/progression to the top. There's some cute advice for working women and some brief admissions of personal failure, all of which make Bonnie seem human and her success accessible. Moderately inspiring.
Fuller describes how woman can have everything -- and provides a blueprint for finding the right job, the man of their dreams, and for starting a family -- plus explains how to juggle it all at once. It is a quick read and a bit inspiring.
Aug 27, 2007 Beneth marked it as to-read Recommends it for: women w/ no free time
based on goodreads review, apparently it goes into giving up perfectionism. Interesting to me personally and from a sociological standpoint; I'm not sure I will agree with everything in it, but it definitely looks like it is worth checking out.
Although a bit over the top, (uh, checking in your lettuce with your jacket at a dinner meeting?!), it was GREAT insight into how much women high on the corporate ladder work, and how insane life can get when you DO want it all.
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Bonnie is essentially saying that we can have it all and balance it all but we cannot take ourselves too seriously or think everything can be done perfectly. She is married, has 4 kids, and an amazing career.
Meh. Really for someone just starting out. The advice was decent, but I'm not sure I was entirely on the same page as the author (ha!). Everyone needs to set her own priorities.
Really makes you want to get out there and do EVERYTHING, but doesn't really go into the drawbacks or discuss anything negative about doing it all.
If you are a woman in the media industry and you have not read this....SHAME.
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Bonnie Fuller is a Canadian-born publishing executive based in the United States. She was editor of Flare magazine, YM magazine, the first American edition of Marie Claire magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Glamour magazine (beginning in 1998), and Us Weekly. Her tenure at these publications was marked by a change in content towards a more sensationalistic sensibility, resulting in the desired incre...more
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