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An entertaining, inspirational book about second acts in life and reinventing yourself from beloved television actress Patricia Heaton—Emmy Award–winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and most recently, Carol’s Second Act. Patricia Heaton is one of TV’s most recognizable and beloved moms. She’s won two Emmys for her starring role as Debra Barone on the long-ru An entertaining, inspirational book about second acts in life and reinventing yourself from beloved television actress Patricia Heaton—Emmy Award–winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and most recently, Carol’s Second Act. Patricia Heaton is one of TV’s most recognizable and beloved moms. She’s won two Emmys for her starring role as Debra Barone on the long-running comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, and followed that career-making role with another gem as Frances Heck on the popular sitcom The Middle. Now, she returns to television as the lead in the new series Carol’s Second Act, which follows divorced fifty-year-old Carol Kenney (played by Heaton), who after raising two children and retiring as a teacher decides to finally pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Patricia Heaton knows what it’s like to stage a second act and navigate pivotal transitions in life. Just like Carol, when Heaton’s children left the nest, she found herself in a new and unfamiliar stage of life, compelling her to evaluate which direction to take next. She discovered she had the time to pursue passions that were previously placed on hold, both personally and professionally. She made her move and took a step forward in her career and for the first time, Heaton is not only the star of her own show, but also the executive producer. She also now finds her greatest fulfillment in using her influence to support humanitarian efforts as a Celebrity Ambassador for World Vision, the world’s largest non-governmental organization. She and her husband support their work in poverty relief around the globe, something that was planted in heart long ago. Through her own experience, Heaton became curious about other people’s stories of second-act transitions and ways to offer support in the process. In her new book, Your Second Act, she shares wisdom from her own personal journey as well as insight from stories of numerous people across the country. From work to health, to love and more, the results are heartwarming, inspiring, and surprisingly relatable! Filled with light-hearted anecdotes and pragmatic steps to help you discover your own path, Your Second Act shows us that midlife doesn’t have to be about crisis when you focus on the opportunity. After all, it’s never too late, or too early to stage your second act!


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An entertaining, inspirational book about second acts in life and reinventing yourself from beloved television actress Patricia Heaton—Emmy Award–winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and most recently, Carol’s Second Act. Patricia Heaton is one of TV’s most recognizable and beloved moms. She’s won two Emmys for her starring role as Debra Barone on the long-ru An entertaining, inspirational book about second acts in life and reinventing yourself from beloved television actress Patricia Heaton—Emmy Award–winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and most recently, Carol’s Second Act. Patricia Heaton is one of TV’s most recognizable and beloved moms. She’s won two Emmys for her starring role as Debra Barone on the long-running comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, and followed that career-making role with another gem as Frances Heck on the popular sitcom The Middle. Now, she returns to television as the lead in the new series Carol’s Second Act, which follows divorced fifty-year-old Carol Kenney (played by Heaton), who after raising two children and retiring as a teacher decides to finally pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Patricia Heaton knows what it’s like to stage a second act and navigate pivotal transitions in life. Just like Carol, when Heaton’s children left the nest, she found herself in a new and unfamiliar stage of life, compelling her to evaluate which direction to take next. She discovered she had the time to pursue passions that were previously placed on hold, both personally and professionally. She made her move and took a step forward in her career and for the first time, Heaton is not only the star of her own show, but also the executive producer. She also now finds her greatest fulfillment in using her influence to support humanitarian efforts as a Celebrity Ambassador for World Vision, the world’s largest non-governmental organization. She and her husband support their work in poverty relief around the globe, something that was planted in heart long ago. Through her own experience, Heaton became curious about other people’s stories of second-act transitions and ways to offer support in the process. In her new book, Your Second Act, she shares wisdom from her own personal journey as well as insight from stories of numerous people across the country. From work to health, to love and more, the results are heartwarming, inspiring, and surprisingly relatable! Filled with light-hearted anecdotes and pragmatic steps to help you discover your own path, Your Second Act shows us that midlife doesn’t have to be about crisis when you focus on the opportunity. After all, it’s never too late, or too early to stage your second act!

30 review for Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention

  1. 5 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Insightful Storytelling & Interesting Listening Before listening to the audiobook version of YOUR SECOND ACT, I knew very little about the life of Patricia Heaton. Yes I had watched her on Everyone Loves Raymond but knew little else. It was fascinating that her father was a journalist and both of her brothers. It makes sense she studied journalism at Ohio State before switching her major to theater. I loved how the center of Heaton’s life is not the theater or acting but her faith—and she makes Insightful Storytelling & Interesting Listening Before listening to the audiobook version of YOUR SECOND ACT, I knew very little about the life of Patricia Heaton. Yes I had watched her on Everyone Loves Raymond but knew little else. It was fascinating that her father was a journalist and both of her brothers. It makes sense she studied journalism at Ohio State before switching her major to theater. I loved how the center of Heaton’s life is not the theater or acting but her faith—and she makes this clear in the first chapter. The audiobook says read by author with full cast. Until listening to the book, I didn’t understand “full cast.” Other than the first couple of chapters, each chapter is focused on a single person. That person reads part of their own story in the book. After telling their story they include a Q & A section with Heaton asking questions and the person answering. Then each chapter includes Patty’s Points which gives readers action points from that particular chapter. Finally there are “Reflection Questions” for the reader. The stories are excellent but have universal application to readers trying to figure out their own second act. Each one is well-done and interesting. Each chapter includes “Reflection Question” for the reader to apply the material to their own life. The result is a well-done thoughtful book with application for every reader about reinvention. I highly recommend YOUR SECOND ACT. W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle "Champ"

    I am a big fan of Patricia and I have never once seen Everybody loves Raymond. I love the Frankie Heck Patricia :) Well that is why I read this book. This book is all about how to live that second part of your life, not necessarily a mid-life crisis, but a re-invention. The stories within this cover are uplifting, inspiring, and inspirational.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosario

    First of all, thank you to the author, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Whoever approved my request to read this in advance, thank you so much because it definitely did not disappoint. I came across this book when Patricia Heaton, the author, posted it on her social media and instantly knew I needed to add to my reading list; I thought it was an autobiography, and I wanted to know how her career has reached a high level of success. Howe First of all, thank you to the author, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Whoever approved my request to read this in advance, thank you so much because it definitely did not disappoint. I came across this book when Patricia Heaton, the author, posted it on her social media and instantly knew I needed to add to my reading list; I thought it was an autobiography, and I wanted to know how her career has reached a high level of success. However, to my surprise, it was all about "second act" in life (hence the title). With a bit of hesitation, I started reading the first pages, and I was immediately drawn to the story line, which consisted of many real and authentic stories about how middle aged people had started a new career path in that tricky life stage. I devoured the stories, feeling even more inspired to take charge of my own professional life. However, I took my own time to reflect on each story, and individually, they gave me a lot of personal growth, and professional knowledge. Before reading this book, I found "second acts" to be nearly impossible and uncommon in social circle, therefore, I had very little hope in doing one myself farther down the line. However, this book taught me to always try and see what happens, if not, the "what-ifs?" will most likely be a constant shadow in my thoughts. One of the many takeaways is that age should not be a factor whether a second chapter of someone's life is successful or not. It's about determination and a little bit of belief in yourself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Your Second Act by Patricia Heaton os an excellent book that is part inspirational, part memoir, and part self-encouragement. I have always loved Ms. Heaton as not only an excellent actress, but also as a strong woman and role model on and off the camera. I was obviously excited that she has written a book, and I read it in hopes of finding out even more about her. What I obtained from reading this gem is not only insights into her life, but her own hopes, dreams, memories, struggles, successes, Your Second Act by Patricia Heaton os an excellent book that is part inspirational, part memoir, and part self-encouragement. I have always loved Ms. Heaton as not only an excellent actress, but also as a strong woman and role model on and off the camera. I was obviously excited that she has written a book, and I read it in hopes of finding out even more about her. What I obtained from reading this gem is not only insights into her life, but her own hopes, dreams, memories, struggles, successes, and how she has been able to find herself and what matters to her. She let me know that it does not matter what age that this takes place. It is never too late, nor too large a hurdle to clear. I was able to not only read about her story, but also others’ stories as well as they relate to what she was trying to express to the reader. What I came away with was a story of hope, faith, resilience, and light. An excellent book for anyone needing help in finding themselves, no matter what age. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Russ Morey

    Okay, I admit it - I think I’m in love with Patricia Heaton! I purchased the Audible version in order to hear her deliver the words in print. I am a 52-year-old public school teacher who still has another 14 years to go until retirement (don’t get me started - I left a possible career with the postal service to fulfill my love for reading and writing, and instilling that love within my students). This book instilled in me the permission to pursue my “second act” of writing screenplays, short sto Okay, I admit it - I think I’m in love with Patricia Heaton! I purchased the Audible version in order to hear her deliver the words in print. I am a 52-year-old public school teacher who still has another 14 years to go until retirement (don’t get me started - I left a possible career with the postal service to fulfill my love for reading and writing, and instilling that love within my students). This book instilled in me the permission to pursue my “second act” of writing screenplays, short stories, and personal essays as a way to contribute to society. I’m not sure the world is ready for my sense of humor, but I’m willing to give it a shot (in the future). I enjoyed the various people who contributed their stories of their second acts in life. Patricia, if you are reading this review, I must tell you that I am married and have two fabulous young boys who also adore you! Keep up the positivity! This world needs more people like you in it. God bless!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I have read several nonfiction books by persons who are celebrities in various media. I enjoy Patricia as an actress and appreciated getting to know more about her vision in other areas. Wile this book does hav a Christian slant, it is not a religious book. The topic is one I have long had an interest in and I enjoyed the way she writes abut the people she interviewed. Patricia started with people she knew from her own starting over activities and writes also about others she learned about, people I have read several nonfiction books by persons who are celebrities in various media. I enjoy Patricia as an actress and appreciated getting to know more about her vision in other areas. Wile this book does hav a Christian slant, it is not a religious book. The topic is one I have long had an interest in and I enjoyed the way she writes abut the people she interviewed. Patricia started with people she knew from her own starting over activities and writes also about others she learned about, people who overcame obstacles, who did more than they were called to do, and those for whom there was a calling, that need to do more, to give back or pay forward the blessings they received in life. This is an inspirational book. A book to make you think about the possibilities in your own life. What would give it more meaning and how to keep it feeling like you are here for a purpose.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ash Luna

    I have been in love with Patricia Heaton since I was 9 years old and watched her on Everybody Loves Raymond . She is just super awesome and when I seen her in The Middle when I was 20 and became a mom myself I loved her even more. She is not just a wonderful actress but a wonderful woman. I have looked up to her not only for the characters she portrays on TV but for the phenomenal person she is. Reading Your Second Act was such a great feeling I loved hearing how she grew after her kids were lea I have been in love with Patricia Heaton since I was 9 years old and watched her on Everybody Loves Raymond . She is just super awesome and when I seen her in The Middle when I was 20 and became a mom myself I loved her even more. She is not just a wonderful actress but a wonderful woman. I have looked up to her not only for the characters she portrays on TV but for the phenomenal person she is. Reading Your Second Act was such a great feeling I loved hearing how she grew after her kids were leaving the house and she needed to learn how to be herself not just a mom raising kids. LOVED every bit of this book especially because I have two little ones myself and cant see where I would be without them in my life! A MUST READ BOOK!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jquick99

    DNF. Didn’t really know anything about the actress, never watched her shows, except she must have been on Letterman and was talking about her many plastic surgeries ... you lay down on a bed, you take a nap, and when you wake up...you look like this! I get a lot of audiobooks from the library, and got this. She begins the book with some of her life story and how she turned her life over to God. And then her career took off. If you’re NOT into this (I’m NOT) and prayer talk, I suggest NOT to get DNF. Didn’t really know anything about the actress, never watched her shows, except she must have been on Letterman and was talking about her many plastic surgeries ... you lay down on a bed, you take a nap, and when you wake up...you look like this! I get a lot of audiobooks from the library, and got this. She begins the book with some of her life story and how she turned her life over to God. And then her career took off. If you’re NOT into this (I’m NOT) and prayer talk, I suggest NOT to get this book. The rest of the book is inspirational stories from Seniors, written and read by (I guess) the real people. This is the easiest way to technically say that you wrote (compiled) a book. Oh, it’s also an advert for her upcoming tv series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a book about people who decide they want to change their lives. Mostly older successful folks who want more satisfaction out of their daily activity. Patricia Heaton tells her own story in the first chapter but then goes on to highlight 15 other people who changed careers midlife. It's a book that will give you confidence to go forward with your own plans if you are thinking about a lifestyle change. Ms. Heaton writes with clarity and a straight forward style that is easy to read. Not su This is a book about people who decide they want to change their lives. Mostly older successful folks who want more satisfaction out of their daily activity. Patricia Heaton tells her own story in the first chapter but then goes on to highlight 15 other people who changed careers midlife. It's a book that will give you confidence to go forward with your own plans if you are thinking about a lifestyle change. Ms. Heaton writes with clarity and a straight forward style that is easy to read. Not surprising since she was a journalism major in college. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam Carlson

    Men and women share their second act stories. This is not just a what do I do after retirement book. Some began new life chapters due to family situations or seeing a need they could meet in their community or another country. Patricia interviews each person and then add her own tips gained from them along with open-ended questions for readers to mull over. Volunteerism is stressed. Before jumping into a huge undertaking, find out your strengths for your best fit. Need inspiration for your next Men and women share their second act stories. This is not just a what do I do after retirement book. Some began new life chapters due to family situations or seeing a need they could meet in their community or another country. Patricia interviews each person and then add her own tips gained from them along with open-ended questions for readers to mull over. Volunteerism is stressed. Before jumping into a huge undertaking, find out your strengths for your best fit. Need inspiration for your next move in life? This is it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I am a big fan of Patricia but this book was just so-so for me. I think when you come to that point in your life where you enter another stage, it's a lot easier to transition if you have the money. For many people who don't have the funding, their hobbies bring them personal satisfaction more so than their jobs that create income to live on. The positive tidbit I came up with after reading this book is to identify doors that may open for us when we least expect it. I liked her new comedy and was s I am a big fan of Patricia but this book was just so-so for me. I think when you come to that point in your life where you enter another stage, it's a lot easier to transition if you have the money. For many people who don't have the funding, their hobbies bring them personal satisfaction more so than their jobs that create income to live on. The positive tidbit I came up with after reading this book is to identify doors that may open for us when we least expect it. I liked her new comedy and was sad to hear it did not make it into another season.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I enjoyed this book. At first i thought it was going to be like the Chicken Soup For The Soul books but this was way better. My favorite parts were how people with disabilities overcame their obstacles and did what they wanted. This book was so inspiring. I am grateful that Netgalley let me read this in exchange for an honest review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Some really inspiring stories. Enjoyed this book very much especially that she featured other people who have done amazing things with their lives when faced with challenges and not just her own story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Buron

    I thought this was a memoir but it’s actually a collection of stories of ‘second acts’ in life. Fun fact: it wasn’t until age 49 that Julia Child co-wrote her first cookbook. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced copy! 📚 I thought this was a memoir but it’s actually a collection of stories of ‘second acts’ in life. Fun fact: it wasn’t until age 49 that Julia Child co-wrote her first cookbook. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced copy! 📚

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz marx

    Interesting. Favorite story was about the comedienne Dani Klein Modisett who started Laughter on Call which is for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sosa Coleone

    So who's the third?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Scherer

    Interesting structure with great real life stories of success.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    (Audio) An inspiring collection of Second Act stories. I liked the re-phrasing of mid-life crisis to mid- life metamorphosis.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly D

    A little disappointed in this one. It is more of a self-help book than a story about her. The beginning and end were my favorites, the middle was blah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brittney Rose

    While several of the stories in this book were inspiring, overall it was not what I was expecting. When picking out this book I expected to read more about the author’s life than what was told. Perhaps this was simply my mistake for misunderstanding the purpose of the book. I also think that if I were at a stage in my life where pursuing a second act seemed nearer, perhaps I would have appreciated this more. I would recommend it to someone who is closer to a point like this in their life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori White

    Your Second Act by Patricia Heaton is not a memoir or a celebrity book. It is, instead, an inspiring collection of Second Act stories, amazing and challenging, scary and empowering stories featuring people of a certain age, including the author. The first part of the book focuses on the author's personal journey of reinvention, and it is entertaining and insightful, especially for fans of her work. But, the bulk of the book contains the good stuff. Like the story of Jamie Kern Lima, co-founder o Your Second Act by Patricia Heaton is not a memoir or a celebrity book. It is, instead, an inspiring collection of Second Act stories, amazing and challenging, scary and empowering stories featuring people of a certain age, including the author. The first part of the book focuses on the author's personal journey of reinvention, and it is entertaining and insightful, especially for fans of her work. But, the bulk of the book contains the good stuff. Like the story of Jamie Kern Lima, co-founder of IT Cosmetics, As an on-air TV personality with rosacea, Lima spent way too much time and effort trying to find a product she'd feel confident using. Solving that problem became her second act. There are a bunch of great stories in the pages of this book. Stories of empowerment and reinvention and hope. And woven into and between each story are bits of wisdom and encouragement from the author and other women who have already trod this path. Your Second Act isn't so much a how-to book as it is an encouraging friend, a cheerleader, a promise that you, too, can create a meaningful and wonderful second act. The inclusion of Q&A sections, advice and reflection questions helps move the reader from passive to active, something that I really enjoyed, as well , The author has a friendly and conversational voice, and one that instantly puts the reader at ease. Maybe because of her on-screen persona, there's a sense of trust almost from page 1. The stories are well-paced and personable, and the extra sections are meaningful. I've read a number of books on this topic - reinvention after a certain age - and this one fills a gap in a market quickly filling with academic and self-help-type books. It is engaging and personal, and the fact that it is written by a familiar and much-loved celebrity who has been through this stage herself sets it even further apart. This review is based on an advance copy read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Chantel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth Dusek

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Crowl

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Schenkelberg

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chaos

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Persing

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

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