Not That Fancy

Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots

Narrated by Reba McEntire
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023

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In Not That Fancy, GRAMMY-award winning singer and actress Reba McEntire shares life lessons, behind-the-scenes stories and photos, and her favorite comfort food recipes to inspire you to enjoy the simple things in life.

About the Book

Read by the author with audiobook-exclusive, behind-the-scenes conversations with Reba and her family and friends in Oklahoma!

The best things in life are really not that fancy. This audiobook featuring all-things-Reba invites you to get back to the basics of life: fun, food, friends, and family. In her first book in over two decades, actress and country music legend Reba McEntire takes you behind the scenes and shares the stories, recipes, and Oklahoma-style truths that guide her life.


"To me, there's nothing better than sitting on the back porch looking out at the land that goes on for miles. A beautiful sunset and then me, just sipping on a glass of iced tea (or whiskey and Sprite) with my friends and family. I don't know what heaven's going to look like, but I hope it feels like Oklahoma. Throw in some beans and cornbread, and I'm all set.

"Okies know that the secret to a good life is to keep things simple and be thankful for what the good Lord's given you. That's what I want to get back to. Simple fun, hard work, good food, and laughing with those you love. Everything I'm doing in my life from here on out—personal or professional, doesn't matter—I'm going to have fun.

"That’s what I'm sharing in this book—some simple, not-that-fancy truths I live by and a bunch of good stories, photos, and recipes that go along with them. So if you're looking to slow down, get back to basics, and have a heckuva lot of fun, I think we're going to have a good time together. Come on in, kick off your boots (or leave them on, I don’t care), and learn how to bring a little bit of my downhome-inspired life into your own."


Not That Fancy includes:

Never-before-told stories from rodeoing with her family to pranks with Brooks & Dunn to falling in love over a plate of tater tots

Behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her music and acting career, with inspiration on how to follow your passion, trust your gut, and take a chance on yourself

Lighthearted lifestyle tips on how to achieve Reba's signature hairstyle, plan a down-to-earth date night, throw an effortless dinner party, and more

An audiobook companion PDF download that includes nearly 200 photographs from Reba's childhood, career, and personal life—many of which are straight from Reba's phone—and more than 60 recipes for appetizers, mains, sides, desserts, and cocktails from Reba's personal kitchen, from friends and family, and from her restaurant, Reba's Place

Not That Fancy is ideal for Reba fans, country music lovers, or anyone who enjoys an easygoing Western lifestyle.

In Not That Fancy, GRAMMY-award winning singer and actress Reba McEntire shares life lessons, behind-the-scenes stories and photos, and her favorite comfort food recipes to inspire you to enjoy the...

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ISBN 9781400238279
PRICE $20.99 (USD)

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"The audiobook of "NOT THAT FANCY" is a true gem, largely thanks to the brilliant narration by Reba McEntire. Her storytelling is so captivating that it's almost like being in the room with her, savoring her delightful anecdotes as she "spins a yarn" (as she would say). Throughout the audiobook, her personal touch and down-to-earth demeanor shine through, making her legendary life feel relatable and endearing. The way she brings life to each story and seamlessly guides the narrative is nothing short of remarkable. Listening to Reba tell her story added a whole new dimension of enjoyment to the book. One particular moment that struck a chord with me was listening to her talk about her best friend (not an entertainer) and how much fun they have together. It's these unique qualities that set "NOT THAT FANCY" apart and left me thoroughly enchanted by this wonderful memoir."

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I received an advanced reader’s copy from net galley in exchange for an honest opinion.
This book definitely fell into the rules I’ve placed on myself. Reba is a favorite for me, I love her music- I’ve seen her in concert and in this case it was an opportunity to hear her in her own words with her own voice.
Like a catch- up lunch with a good friend this checked all the boxes for me. It was funny and engaging and sweet advice, the perfect length of time. I loved the story about her and Rex becoming the Tots! (As a personal aside, I could not fully appreciate the space covid gave me at the time. I didn’t know what to do with myself, all my plans were on hold and there wasn’t anything to be done about it or speed it along. It was nice to hear I wasn’t the only one. To come out on the other side a new and changed person, with new direction. Reb wrote a book 😊)

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If you love country music, you'll know the down to earth personality of Reba McEntire and in this lessons in life memoir you get to read how genuine her persona truly is. With this memoir Reba lets you in on her side of the story of her life events in a rich, humble, salt of the earth kind of way. If you loved Reba before you'll love her even more after you read this book. I can only thank Reba for being willing to share the lessons she has learned in her life. If you get a chance to listen to the audiobook like I did, you'll find her wonderful southern accent filled with hope, peace, and honesty. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

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Thank you NetGalley for this digital free ARC. I like Reba McEntire very much and this book was a true joy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Reba fan. I also feel this book would be a wonderful gift for anyone who likes Reba McEntire.

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I enjoyed this book & was able to listen to it in one sitting. Reba shares stories I had yet to hear about her journey. It was wonderful.

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I was sent the audio of this book to review. Reba reads it herself and does an amazing job of telling her story, her way. I fell in love with this book by the second chapter. Of course, I'm a big country music fan, so this book right in my special interest group.

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Reba is a national treasure and I would pay a lot of money just to listen to her say sweet and supportive things to me. She does a lot more than just that in this book. I would highly recommend this audiobook to any Reba fan as well as any parent going through the many stages of life! Listening to Reba tell her stories and give out advice is a sure-fire way to make one feel less put-upon by daily trials or alone on their own healing journey. Love to Reba Forever 💛

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Enjoyed listening to the book it felt like Reba was just talking about life and whatever came to mind. Preferred the audio book over the actual book

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When I saw this autobiography coming out from Reba, I thought, "Here's your one chance Fancy, don't let me down." And, she certainly didn't. I couldn't wait to pick up this title each day. I loved the story of how she got to where she is today and the lessons she has learned along the way. As a big fan of the Reba show, I enjoyed this deeper peek into her life. Previously, I wasn't aware of her faith and that part of the journey made me love her all the more. Fantastic read!

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