Someone somewhere is going to look at this book, the autobiography of the popular host on cable's QVC shopping network, and announce the End of Civilization as We Know It. But Levine's tale is a success story as Americans have known it for more than 200 years.
The perky pitchwoman who sells merchandise for three-hour stretches, while also chatting about her mom, her dog, her hopeless hair and her search for the perfect man, is an appealing, not intimidatingly pretty, role model. She preaches the gospel of self-acceptance and making the best of things.
Levine was 34 before she found a job she was good at (the QVC gig), she has waged a lifelong waistline war (but admits she doesn't exercise) and at 42 is still single (she divorced her nice but boring husband). None of this keeps her from staying cheerful and relishing life. She encourages other women to do the same. And, hey, if happiness means a $79 brooch—go for it! (Pocket, $23)