Pretty Takes Practice

Pretty Takes Practice

A Southern Woman’s Search for the Real Meaning of Beauty

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425266199
  • 272 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


Charla Muller’s first book, 365 Nights, was called “entertaining” (Albuquerque Journal),  surprising [and] remarkable” (The Independent [London]).  It also launched her into the public eye—and brought her to a moment of painful realization . . .
For an average working mom like Charla, going on a book tour was both intimidating and exciting. It also turned out to be horrifying: When she saw herself on a screen in glorious, unforgiving HD, it magnified all her flaws, prompted comments from unadoring fans, and forced her to reevluate her (lack of) exercise regimen.
But Charla was jolted into action and used that cringe-inducing close-up as a wakeup call. After shedding a few tears over how she’d let herself go (and over the five-year-old discount sweater she wore on Oprah), she set out on a strange, hilarious, and poignant journey that tapped into and tested her values, her beliefs about beauty, her self-image, and, of course, her relationship with her mother.
In this lively, funny, moving account, a Southern woman shares stories she swore she’d never tell—and ultimately offers some unexpected and universal insight about how pretty takes practice.


“Thank you, Charla Muller…Lovely…Beautiful…Hilarious.”—Jill Connor Browne, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“[Muller’s] journey is a confessional full of hard-won insight and good humor that all of us can relate to.”—Celia Rivenbark,  New York Times bestselling author of You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl

“The perfect guide to aging gracefully…An honest and engaging memoir.”—Jordan Christy, author of How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

“Unblinkingly honest and candid, this is a journey from pretty to frumpy to pretty again told in a strong, no-holds-barred manner.”—Ronda Rich, bestselling author of What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should)