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My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper

A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life

About The Book

New York Times bestselling fitness expert and beach volleyball pro Gabby Reece uses her own less-than-perfect life to skewer fairy tale notions of perfect motherhood and marriage in this “exuberant, right-on, and humorous hand-holder to confronting the crises and celebrating the victories” (Elle).

So you got the guy on the big white horse, and the beautiful little mermaids, and the picket fence, and your life isn’ t . . . perfect in every imaginable way?

You’re not alone. In 1997, Gabrielle Reece married the man of her dreams—professional surfer Laird Hamilton—in a flawless Hawaiian ceremony. Naturally, the couple filed for divorce four years later.

In the end they worked it out, but not without the ups and downs, minor hiccups, and major setbacks that beset every modern family.

With hilarious stories, wise insights, and concrete takeaways on topics ranging from navigating relationship issues to aging gracefully to getting smart about food, My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper is the brutally honest, wickedly funny, and deeply helpful portrait of the humor, grace, and humility it takes to survive the happily ever after.

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (March 25, 2014)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781451692693

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Raves and Reviews

"Gabby has huge feet. If this book will get her to stop asking me to exercise with her, I'm all for it."

– Chelsea Handler, author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

“I read My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipperin one sitting and loved every second of it. It’s blunt, honest, hilarious, andinspiring. Everyone who is married—or thinking about getting married—shouldread this.”

– Courteney Cox

“Cheers for Gabrielle Reece, an athlete, woman, wife, and mother who dares to live big, risk big, fall flat on her face and, with the brilliant Karen Karbo, write with humor and grace about it. We love her, and this book, even more for her shortcomings than for her triumphs. Reece is truly a heroine for our times.”

– Pamela Redmond Satran, New York Times bestselling author of How Not To Act Old

"An exuberant, right-on, and humorous hand-holder to confronting the crises, celebrating the victories, and—after a separation—achieving the middle ground in her marriage to world-famous big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton."

– Elle

“A really good read.”

– Fitness magazine

“A no-nonsense approach to marriage, and what it really means to be true to oneself. [Reece] opens up about her past marital struggles and even offers some sage advice on how not to sweat the small stuff….Highly recommended.”


The most beautiful thing about Reece is how real she is; she's in touch with her emotions and is brutally honest about the rocky road that she traveled to get to being happy in her marriage.

– Metro Family

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