Reba McEntire is officially a best-selling author! The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s new book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots, landed at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, as well as the best-selling lists by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.
The news comes as the book’s accompanying Not That Fancy album, landed in the No. 1 spot on the Country Album chart as well.
McEntire wrote Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating and Dusting Off Your Boots, as a light-hearted way to share more of herself with her fans.
“The book is a fun book,” McEntire explained on the Today Show. “Sometimes you have books, autobiographies, that are really diving into stuff. This is just a fun book. You can look through it. You can read it front to back. It’s got recipes, stories, new pictures people haven’t seen before. Talking about my family, my faith, my friends. And then recipes that are from the restaurant in Otoka, Oklahoma, called ‘Reba’s Place.’”
The Not That Fancy record, produced by Dave Cobb, includes reimagined versions of some of her former hits, including “If You See Him, If You See Her,” her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn, and “Does He Love You,” with Dolly Parton.
Not That Fancy also features a few new songs, such as her current single, “Seven Minutes in Heaven.” The song and video honor McEntire’s late mother, Jacqueline, who passed away in 2020.
“The music video for ‘Seven Minutes In Heaven’ is just really sweet and simple,” McEntire said (via CMT). “We tried to imagine what it might be like to go to heaven and sit down with someone you’ve lost. The heartbreaker is that you only get to spend seven minutes with them. For me, that person is my Mama. I hope that the fans can imagine who that person is for them and find some comfort in knowing that someday, they’ll get to spend forever with that person they love.”
McEntire, who recently said she is open to marrying her longtime boyfriend, Rex Linn, is enjoying her first season as a coach on The Voice, working alongside Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Niall Horan.
“We’re having a blast,” McEntire boasted to Extra. “It is competition. It’s fun rivalry, but we have the best time on that show. And what blows me away is the amount of talent that keeps coming on. We’re in Season 24, and the talent is unbelievable.”
Garth Brooks wrote the foreword to Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots. The book, and all of McEntire’s music and upcoming shows can be found at Reba.com.