Valerie Frankel
Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

Valerie Frankel is a bestselling novelist and an award-winning journalist. A former editor at Mademoiselle magazine, she has won a Clarion Award for essay writing, and was nominated for a Quills award and a Cybils award for fiction. She has written fourteen novels, among them The Accidental Virgin and The Girlfriend Curse, and has co-authored self-help books such as The Heartbreak Handbook and The Best You’ll Ever Have. She has also contributed to dozens of publications including The New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping.



Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of chronic dieting and self-loathing, was given three stars by People magazine, an A- review in Entertainment Weekly, and is described as “rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny” by The New York Times. Frankel recently collaborated with the cultural icon Joan Rivers to write Men Are Stupid . . . And They Love Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery, to be published later this year.

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From the author of Thin Is the New Happy comes a hilarious memoir about embracing your Inner Hater “The hate in you has got to come out.” The day her doctor...

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You’ve heard the phrase “the mirror is not your friend.” For Valerie Frankel, the mirror was so much more than “not a friend.” It was the mean girl who stole...

How to Beat Bad Body Image: A Discussion with the author of Thin Is the New Happy: An inspirational discussion about weight, body image and learning to love the skin you're in. Frankel explains how she overcame decades of bad body image by purging negative thoughts, memories and associations, posing nude, cleaning out my closet, and confronting the people who made her who she is.
The Working Writer’s Life: How to Make a Living As a Full-Time Writer: You can make a living as a writer, if you know how to diversify. Frankel explains how she managed to support her family by writing full time for a handful of sources including magazines, websites, books and others.
Love the Skin You're In: A Workshop/Discussion About Body Image: A proactive approach to improving body image. Frankel coaches women to get to the heart of their body image problems, and find solutions that fit individual women.
Body Image and Sex: The author of Thin Is the New Happy and The Best You’ll Ever Have explains how body image affects sexuality, and how you can improve your self-love and partner-love at the same time.
Don't Diet!: A Discussion on the World’s Most Prevalent Eating Disorder: Dieting is an eating disorder in an of itself. The author of Thin Is the New Happy and veteran of thirty years of chronic dieting explains how not dieting can change a woman’s life for the better, and make her lose weight.
Mothers and Daughters and Dieting: A Discussion on How to Be a Good Role Model about Food and Dieting: Women often don't realize the destructive habits they're teaching their daughters about food and dieting. Frankel, whose mother cruelly criticized her weight from age 11 on, realized she was harming her daughters with her chronic dieting habits. She talks about how she stopped dieting, and changed her life, and became a better role model for her young daughters.
Praise for It's Hard Not to Hate You
"Fast and funny, tart and taut, in your face and genuinely helpful for anyone who's felt tense, fat, overmanaged, underloved, or just plain human."
-Library Journal

"With humor, Frankel shrewdly probes her darkly shallow places."
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Thin Is the New Happy
"Rueful, zestful, surprisingly funny."
-The New York Times

"Infused with humor and refreshing candor... A self-aware, witty exploration of a woman’s body issues."
-Kirkus Reviews