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Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the globe. Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a career in an industry that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love. Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out.


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Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the globe. Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a career in an industry that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love. Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out.

30 review for The Beauty of Living Twice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    First off, this is NOT the book most people probably expect, nor, to be honest, is it one many people would WANT! While I am not a super fan of Stone's work, much of which I haven't even seen, I thought there would be much more about that. I'd say that no more than 15% is about her career - yes, there is a chapter devoted to her breakthrough in 'Basic Instinct', and a few pages here and there on her other notable screen work - '"Stardust Memories', Total Recall' and 'Casino' each get mentioned, First off, this is NOT the book most people probably expect, nor, to be honest, is it one many people would WANT! While I am not a super fan of Stone's work, much of which I haven't even seen, I thought there would be much more about that. I'd say that no more than 15% is about her career - yes, there is a chapter devoted to her breakthrough in 'Basic Instinct', and a few pages here and there on her other notable screen work - '"Stardust Memories', Total Recall' and 'Casino' each get mentioned, but not in any great detail. But, even when she has come off as a bit of a ditz on the occasional talk show, I've always admired Stone for her gutsiness, her individuality, and undeniable intelligence behind all the superficialities - and I was most curious about her comeback from two devastating brain hemorrhages. Fortuitously. about a third of the book is devoted to that, as well as her other personal health and other setbacks - including three third trimester miscarriages and a double-mastectomy. A third of the book is devoted to fathoming her family's history of silence, violence and abuse, her reconciliation with her parents, coming to term with molestation by her maternal grandfather, and the joys she has found in mothering her three adopted sons. And the final third is devoted to her spiritual awakening in tandem with that understanding, and her devotion to charity work. All of this makes for harrowing, and often unpleasant revelations - but also riveting: I finished the entire book in about 4 hours. One comes away from the book with both a better understanding of how Hollywood didn't really know what to do with her talents, and often denigrated her unceasing attempts to better her craft, but also with a great deal of respect for what she has accomplished outside of her field - she has raised millions for amFAR, and started her own charitable foundation with her sister, Project Hope, that helps with the homeless. Unfortunately, sometimes her earnestness becomes a bit strident, and her prose sometimes descends to cliché. Large portions of her life seem unaccounted for - her second husband is only mentioned ONCE (although there is the indication that she had to sign an NDA to resolve their acrimonious custody dispute over her first son, which might account for his absence), and the non-chronological structure is such that one doesn't always know where one is in her journey. But there's no denying Stone has lived a unique and colorful life, and this certainly does justice to that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    A one-star rating for this Hollywood star's "TELL ALL"...... that never really did "TELL ALL". Quite frankly, I was expecting much more from a Hollywood icon from a small town in rural Pennsylvania with a reported IQ of 154, who appeared in over 70 movies and television shows.  Before reading this book, I knew that Sharon Stone's personal life featured just as much "drama" as her professional life -- and this, too, piqued my interest in her newly released memoir. Overall, Sharon Stone's memoir was d A one-star rating for this Hollywood star's "TELL ALL"...... that never really did "TELL ALL". Quite frankly, I was expecting much more from a Hollywood icon from a small town in rural Pennsylvania with a reported IQ of 154, who appeared in over 70 movies and television shows.  Before reading this book, I knew that Sharon Stone's personal life featured just as much "drama" as her professional life -- and this, too, piqued my interest in her newly released memoir. Overall, Sharon Stone's memoir was disjointed, superficial, and suffered from too many omissions and political rants.  Sharon Stone begins her book by discussing the details of her 2001 near-death brain hemorrhage/stroke that required seven hours of brain surgery.   She then starts talking about her childhood (1960s) and then she makes reference to another random event in another period of her life (1980s) that seemed to appear out of nowhere.  In other words, Sharon Stone's life events were not revealed in chronological order and this made the book seem very choppy. Also disappointing was Sharon Stone's failure to share behind-the-scenes details about many of the films/television she starred in. Few words were said about her two failed marriages and two broken engagements -- although she did state that a signed NDA prevented her from revealing details about her contentious 13-year custody battle over adopted son #1 that she had with husband #2. And, finally, Sharon Stone provided little information about her personal life as a mother of three adopted boys.  The fact that key events from Sharon Stone's life were excluded in this memoir was a HUGE letdown. I listened to the audiobook that was read by Sharon Stone.   I usually love it when a celebrity author reads his/her own memoir but with this book, Sharon Stone just seemed to drone on.  Also, although I respect Sharon Stone's political beliefs and her role as an activist, this book included waaay too many political rants that completely turned me off. Sharon Stone's rise to fame as well as her efforts to rebuild her life and write about her recovery after her stroke are all very admirable.  This book, however, is a very, very poor reflection on the actress's talent and robust accomplishments. 

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Actress and human rights activist Sharon Stone's brave, contemplative and inspiring memoir, THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE, is a tale of survival: surviving physical and sexual abuse as a child, an aneurysm and stroke that derailed her life for two years and the 13-year legal fight to regain the custody of her first adopted son. Stone's acting career skyrocketed with 1992's BASIC INSTINCT. She was 34 and writes, "I was aging out of the business I hadn't really gotten into yet." The role earned her a Actress and human rights activist Sharon Stone's brave, contemplative and inspiring memoir, THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE, is a tale of survival: surviving physical and sexual abuse as a child, an aneurysm and stroke that derailed her life for two years and the 13-year legal fight to regain the custody of her first adopted son. Stone's acting career skyrocketed with 1992's BASIC INSTINCT. She was 34 and writes, "I was aging out of the business I hadn't really gotten into yet." The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination, but she remembers when her name was read at the ceremony, many in the audience laughed. That disrespect and sexism continued on the sets of other films (including one unnamed director who wouldn't direct her unless she sat on his lap). Even though she produced the 1995 western THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, she had to fight for her choice of director and co-stars. (She personally paid Leonardo DiCaprio's salary when the studio didn't want him.) In 2001, she suffered a stroke. "My right vertebral artery... was torn to a fine shred and I was bleeding into my face, my brain, my head, and my spine," she writes. Doctors told her family she had a 1% chance of survival. "No one told me those odds," she writes. "I read them in People magazine." Her painful and arduous recovery took more than two years. Stone's tough and touching memoir reveals the traumas, setbacks and gritty determination to survive and thrive that have previously been hidden beneath a beautiful façade. This will be a book club favorite. This is a candid and remarkably inspiring memoir of abuse, loss, survival and revival for readers who appreciate gritty tales wrapped in Hollywood glitter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Twiles

    If you're hoping for a look into what it's like to be famous, wealthy, and stunningly beautiful, as one might expect with a memoir written by none other than Sharon Stone, well, you're going to be in for a bit of a disappointment. Sharon has much much more to talk about than her face - in fact, she really doesn't talk about her face. It's a mystery how she went from a gawky, poverty-stricken girl in rural Pennsylvania to the blonde goddess who has starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Micheal If you're hoping for a look into what it's like to be famous, wealthy, and stunningly beautiful, as one might expect with a memoir written by none other than Sharon Stone, well, you're going to be in for a bit of a disappointment. Sharon has much much more to talk about than her face - in fact, she really doesn't talk about her face. It's a mystery how she went from a gawky, poverty-stricken girl in rural Pennsylvania to the blonde goddess who has starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Micheal Douglas, Robert DeNiro, etc. One day she was getting abused by her crazy grandfather and seemingly the next she was at Cannes. I'm sure there is more to it than that, but Sharon has no interest in telling us the details. She would rather talk about her hardscrabble early life and her recovery from a devastating brain aneurysm. Be warned, her childhood is very, very dark. And it explains a lot about how Stone managed to avoid being nothing but a less famous Cheryl Tiegs. That fire, that hardness she has in her eyes? That comes from her past, her very, very difficult past. She couldn't have played Catherine Tremell without it, but I'm sure she would have rather had a better childhood. That ability to overcome, however, served her well when she came very close to dying of brain bleed. But if you're a Basic Instinct fan (I am) there is some good insidery stuff about that too. I would have preferred a lighter, more aspirational, more fun Hollywood read. But it's still pretty fascinating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve Ellerhoff

    Love this book. I've been in love with Sharon Stone since forever ago, so this chance to read about her life from her own perspective deepens an appreciation that was already long present. But gosh, she's been through so much. And goodness, she's open about as much of it as she can legally be. From the stroke that nearly killed her to serious trauma in her childhood, Stone expresses both pain and how she has learned to deal with that pain. Her confidence is contagious -- and her sense of humor c Love this book. I've been in love with Sharon Stone since forever ago, so this chance to read about her life from her own perspective deepens an appreciation that was already long present. But gosh, she's been through so much. And goodness, she's open about as much of it as she can legally be. From the stroke that nearly killed her to serious trauma in her childhood, Stone expresses both pain and how she has learned to deal with that pain. Her confidence is contagious -- and her sense of humor comes through again and again. I love the moral stands she takes, too, on a range of grave topics affecting our lives. One thing I really admire here is the memoir's structure. Instead of a chronological memoir, it's an associative memoir; the memory of one life event pinballs to other life events. This isn't just tangential in style -- it shows how these events in her life are connected and how one will echo in another that happened later...or earlier. I really admire that, which is not easy to do fluidly in a long written work. My only gripe is that there's absolutely zero mention of Dwight Yoakam, who Stone briefly dated. I kept wondering when Dwight was gonna show up. Where's Dwight, I kept wondering. And then I got to the end and Yoakam was nary a place to be found between the covers. Which then made me laugh because not mentioning someone in your memoir is actually a bigger dis than dissing them in your memoir. So, did I say gripe? I meant the opposite.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Jacob

    I think it is unfair for people to trash someone's autobiography as some reviews had done. An autobiography is someone's personal story, and a good one connects to readers through shared experiences and values. It's possible some people just can't connect to those experiences or values, but to trash that autobiography is in essence putting down those who do find inspiration or solace in a story and there were plenty of both for me in Sharon Stone's story. I grew up in Ohio and shared a lot of ex I think it is unfair for people to trash someone's autobiography as some reviews had done. An autobiography is someone's personal story, and a good one connects to readers through shared experiences and values. It's possible some people just can't connect to those experiences or values, but to trash that autobiography is in essence putting down those who do find inspiration or solace in a story and there were plenty of both for me in Sharon Stone's story. I grew up in Ohio and shared a lot of experiences of her setting in Pennsylvania. I nearly cheered when she talked about going to the creek, which she pronounced as "crick" the same as we do in Ohio. I found her philosophy about life thought-provoking and I learned a lot about my own fractured relationship with my mother through her revelations. In that first moment, I felt that I wish I would have had this book before my mom died at 92 in this year of Covid, but working my way through the book I realised there are spiritual connections we can make naturally. I never felt pretty my whole life and so I never thought I would have anything in common with someone as pretty as Sharon Stone, and this too was a revelation for me. Thank you, Sharon Stone, for your wisdom. Oh, and hearing you read your own book was an even bigger treat.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Payne Paustenbach

    I'm super surprised. Most memoirs and biographies for me are entertainment, guilty pleasure. This particular book I had to put down so I could pause and think. And rethink. If for no other reason this is worth reading as a reminder to stop the storytelling...or at least acknowledge that what you are telling yourself and projecting outwards is a story. Not even, often, our own story. It's an unconscious continuation of the story we were plunked into by birth and circumstance. How do we break down I'm super surprised. Most memoirs and biographies for me are entertainment, guilty pleasure. This particular book I had to put down so I could pause and think. And rethink. If for no other reason this is worth reading as a reminder to stop the storytelling...or at least acknowledge that what you are telling yourself and projecting outwards is a story. Not even, often, our own story. It's an unconscious continuation of the story we were plunked into by birth and circumstance. How do we break down what we are doing and recognize what's truth vs fiction? How do our own perceptions compare to what others see? How do we bridge that gap? How do you break out of perpetuating projected attitudes and stereotypes when you don't even recognize that it is happening? If life is a stage and we are actors, it's good to know who's really writing the script we are speaking. Also includes a good bit of gossip and fun anecdotes so your head doesn't crack open. So yes, guilty pleasure still included.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Arioch91

    I expected more from this autobiography of Sharon Stone. 65 films, 6 TV movies and an appearance in 17 series, I expected more space in the book about her career as an actress than a few allusions to Basic Instinct, Casino or The Quick and the Dead. In a few pages, Sharon tells us a few anecdotes about these three films and the rest is devoted to her difficult childhood, Buddhism, her various beliefs, her good works (notably for AIDS), her stroke that almost killed her. I'm not denigrating what sh I expected more from this autobiography of Sharon Stone. 65 films, 6 TV movies and an appearance in 17 series, I expected more space in the book about her career as an actress than a few allusions to Basic Instinct, Casino or The Quick and the Dead. In a few pages, Sharon tells us a few anecdotes about these three films and the rest is devoted to her difficult childhood, Buddhism, her various beliefs, her good works (notably for AIDS), her stroke that almost killed her. I'm not denigrating what she did outside of films, far from it, but I regret the tiny part that this represents in her book. Throughout the pages, Sharon reveals a very strong personality which makes her even more endearing but I'm left wanting more. I still have a few more pages to read but I doubt I'll learn more of what I expected to find. Edit: I skipped the last few pages. I couldn't take it anymore ^^

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Apa

    Totally recommend this book - but NOT if you are hoping for a tale of bed hopping and Hollywood gossip. It is a small window into the life of a woman who has risen and fought her way above and through more challenges than most. It’s so easy to see a beautiful and successful woman from the outside and assume they have it all. Sharon blows that myth apart with just enough honesty to see the shine of her authentic self. From the edges of poverty, childhood incest, and failed relationships to career Totally recommend this book - but NOT if you are hoping for a tale of bed hopping and Hollywood gossip. It is a small window into the life of a woman who has risen and fought her way above and through more challenges than most. It’s so easy to see a beautiful and successful woman from the outside and assume they have it all. Sharon blows that myth apart with just enough honesty to see the shine of her authentic self. From the edges of poverty, childhood incest, and failed relationships to career highs and lows - all the way to a near death experience. This book shares just enough of all of it for the reader to truly appreciate the fact she has found genuine peace, forgiveness and meaning in her 60’s. To be honest I knew who she was (ofcourse) but haven’t really seen much of her work. Well, now I want to!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Disappointing - needs editing! I like Sharon Stone and enjoy (most of) her movies, and from watching her in various interviews over the years, I think she’s smart and has something to say. And I believe that even after having read her book, which, like many celebrity autobiographies, ought to be an “as told to” bio. While the opening pages are as compelling as a page-turning thriller, and the stories of her childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania are honest and raw - and serve as a love lette Disappointing - needs editing! I like Sharon Stone and enjoy (most of) her movies, and from watching her in various interviews over the years, I think she’s smart and has something to say. And I believe that even after having read her book, which, like many celebrity autobiographies, ought to be an “as told to” bio. While the opening pages are as compelling as a page-turning thriller, and the stories of her childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania are honest and raw - and serve as a love letter to her family - the book ultimately simply unravels. She has a lot of interesting and important things to say - but it is an incoherent mess. There is no “aha” moment as in, “ok I survived this brain aneurism, now I’m gonna clean up my act and live differently” - so why the title? Living twice means two different lives...but you can’t tell where anything ends or begins. She would have done better with a great editor! I gave it 3 stars because I think she’s bravely fought through so much in her life and lived to tell about it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I checked this title out from the library largely because Sharon Stone was Miss Crawford County and grew up not far from where I grew up in Northwestern PA. On many notes, I could personally relate to her experiences, others clearly not as I have never and will never reach super stardom. Ms. Stone shares details from her childhood through present day without overstating. In her own voice, Ms. Stone tells how she was given a second chance at life following a stroke. Some may have taken this exper I checked this title out from the library largely because Sharon Stone was Miss Crawford County and grew up not far from where I grew up in Northwestern PA. On many notes, I could personally relate to her experiences, others clearly not as I have never and will never reach super stardom. Ms. Stone shares details from her childhood through present day without overstating. In her own voice, Ms. Stone tells how she was given a second chance at life following a stroke. Some may have taken this experience that cost her so much, but not Sharon....she took this phenomenon and found her truth authentic self.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I just finished this book today. I had to stop several times as I was gutted. I cried multiple times. As a survivor, I could relate to so much of Sharon Stone's background and trauma. She shares her story with such beauty, grace, and vulnerability. I had the audiobook and she is a fantastic narrator. You can hear her laugh and cry with authenticity. I could have finished this yesterday, but I stopped because I didn't want the book to end. I am so glad she wrote this book. Sharon Stone is a woman I just finished this book today. I had to stop several times as I was gutted. I cried multiple times. As a survivor, I could relate to so much of Sharon Stone's background and trauma. She shares her story with such beauty, grace, and vulnerability. I had the audiobook and she is a fantastic narrator. You can hear her laugh and cry with authenticity. I could have finished this yesterday, but I stopped because I didn't want the book to end. I am so glad she wrote this book. Sharon Stone is a woman's woman and a human's human- speaking out and giving help to those that are less able than she.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy (Bermudaonion)

    3.75 stars Sharon Stone’s memoir begins when she had an aneurysm that almost killed her. The near death experience and the long recovery that followed helped her reconcile with her past and appreciate her present more. Stone didn’t have an easy childhood in rural Pennsylvania but the lessons she learned there have served her well in life. She’s smart, gritty, and determined and I admire her for it. The bulk of the book is about her childhood and her post aneurysm revelations and subsequent charitab 3.75 stars Sharon Stone’s memoir begins when she had an aneurysm that almost killed her. The near death experience and the long recovery that followed helped her reconcile with her past and appreciate her present more. Stone didn’t have an easy childhood in rural Pennsylvania but the lessons she learned there have served her well in life. She’s smart, gritty, and determined and I admire her for it. The bulk of the book is about her childhood and her post aneurysm revelations and subsequent charitable work. There is very little about her Hollywood career. I enjoyed reading about her life but parts of the book felt like self congratulatory prose.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    "The Beauty of Living Twice" is Sharon Stone's second memoir. This one talks some of her childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania. She shares some about her career but not too much. A good part of this book she writes of the brain bleed she had in 2001 just weeks after 911. It led to a stroke. she writes of the two years for her to recuperate from the stroke. she had adopted a baby boy who was only one when she had her stroke. She adopted two more boys on her own. In her book she writes of tra "The Beauty of Living Twice" is Sharon Stone's second memoir. This one talks some of her childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania. She shares some about her career but not too much. A good part of this book she writes of the brain bleed she had in 2001 just weeks after 911. It led to a stroke. she writes of the two years for her to recuperate from the stroke. she had adopted a baby boy who was only one when she had her stroke. She adopted two more boys on her own. In her book she writes of traumas in her childhood, disappointments, friendships. charities that she works on etc. A pretty good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven Murphy

    Sharon stone. I’ve admired her for years because I thought she was the most magnetic actress I had ever known of. I knew she was intelligent and I found her to be inspiring and incredible. That said, no, this is not the most interesting or inspiring book ever written. Yet Stone meant for this book to be good for people and meant it to be a guiding light for people who have been abused or are in need. So when you read this book, remember the book is what it is. It’s not trying to wow you. But at Sharon stone. I’ve admired her for years because I thought she was the most magnetic actress I had ever known of. I knew she was intelligent and I found her to be inspiring and incredible. That said, no, this is not the most interesting or inspiring book ever written. Yet Stone meant for this book to be good for people and meant it to be a guiding light for people who have been abused or are in need. So when you read this book, remember the book is what it is. It’s not trying to wow you. But at the end of the book I still said “wow”. Sharon has more than grown into a responsible and beautiful human being.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth Amorosi

    A fabulous memoir by a real movie star, the always fabulous Sharon Stone. Beautifully written, told with heart & candor, “The Beauty of Living Twice” is a story about a feisty, whip smart, compassionate & giving survivor, humanitarian, actress, artist, activist, mother, daughter, sister, friend & soul sister. I just loved it. Bravo @sharonstone ! You have always been one of my very favorite actresses, but now? One of my very favorite people, writers & dare I say, kindred spirits. #thebeautyofliv A fabulous memoir by a real movie star, the always fabulous Sharon Stone. Beautifully written, told with heart & candor, “The Beauty of Living Twice” is a story about a feisty, whip smart, compassionate & giving survivor, humanitarian, actress, artist, activist, mother, daughter, sister, friend & soul sister. I just loved it. Bravo @sharonstone ! You have always been one of my very favorite actresses, but now? One of my very favorite people, writers & dare I say, kindred spirits. #thebeautyoflivingtwice #books #hollywood #sharonstone @aaknopf

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brian Hanson

    Don't come to this looking for the celebrity tell-all. There are one or two behind the scenes revelations, but you've probably already read those in the news & comment. It seems an honest account of a life, it is well written, and only now and then do you feel the strain of trying to fit unhappy events (the vagina-shot in Basic Instinct; the blacklisting by China for her views on Tibet) into the positive narrative. You have to admire her, though. Don't come to this looking for the celebrity tell-all. There are one or two behind the scenes revelations, but you've probably already read those in the news & comment. It seems an honest account of a life, it is well written, and only now and then do you feel the strain of trying to fit unhappy events (the vagina-shot in Basic Instinct; the blacklisting by China for her views on Tibet) into the positive narrative. You have to admire her, though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dyan

    Surprising I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I didn't know much about Sharon Stone's private life, just what you hear in the press. This book really shocked me, surprised me and was upsetting at times but the author writes in such a way that you are pulled into her story and want to know what happens next. Thoroughly enjoyable read considering some of the subjects being addressed. Loved it. Surprising I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I didn't know much about Sharon Stone's private life, just what you hear in the press. This book really shocked me, surprised me and was upsetting at times but the author writes in such a way that you are pulled into her story and want to know what happens next. Thoroughly enjoyable read considering some of the subjects being addressed. Loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sharon Stone is truly an interesting person! She has had a lot of ups and downs in her life and she still seems (somewhat) down-to-earth as she tells us her life story. The end of the book was the only letdown for me. She spent a lot of time talking about the lives of her friends. While I understand she was paying tribute to them, I got the book to learn about Sharon's life. Sharon Stone is truly an interesting person! She has had a lot of ups and downs in her life and she still seems (somewhat) down-to-earth as she tells us her life story. The end of the book was the only letdown for me. She spent a lot of time talking about the lives of her friends. While I understand she was paying tribute to them, I got the book to learn about Sharon's life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ✿✿✿May

    I highly recommend the audiobook!! I don't know about you, but to me she was infamous with "Basic Instinct" and I've always known her to be badass. After this book, she is even more badass to me, not just as an actress, but as a survivor of proverty, bullying, abuse, stroke and multiple miscarriages. I highly recommend the audiobook!! I don't know about you, but to me she was infamous with "Basic Instinct" and I've always known her to be badass. After this book, she is even more badass to me, not just as an actress, but as a survivor of proverty, bullying, abuse, stroke and multiple miscarriages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Sharon Stone's autobiography is a bit more akin to a self-help manual. Disjointed at times and weirdly written - lots of one or two sentences and lots of 'you'll see if you keep reading the book' kind of hooks, I was confused as to who her audience was. I came out thinking that Sharon was a hippie who seemed a bit too serious for her own good. In general, a forgottable & weird memoir. Sharon Stone's autobiography is a bit more akin to a self-help manual. Disjointed at times and weirdly written - lots of one or two sentences and lots of 'you'll see if you keep reading the book' kind of hooks, I was confused as to who her audience was. I came out thinking that Sharon was a hippie who seemed a bit too serious for her own good. In general, a forgottable & weird memoir.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Fitch

    The strength of her book is where she speaks of overcoming a cerebral hemorrhage in 2001. Yet, the rest is written haphazardly and not in chronological order as well. It’s not a gossipy memoir or a movie by movie synopsis but her career gets little mention. At 190 pages too there is a lot it seems that was left on editing room floor.....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Haneen

    Enjoyed reading the book, its what i call easy reading, took me one day to finish it. I always admired Sharon Stone, she has been always my fav. Star. Having the courage to reveal what she revealed should be acknowledged. The organization of the book however needs to be considered as I felt sometimes i was jumping from one story to another in an unstructured manner.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    A Memoir that lays it out with hopes of making the world a kinder place. I would recommend this book to anyone that had childhood trauma and made their journey about overcoming it. Sharon Stone has been brutally transparent and she has my respect as a woman that has accomplished even more as a connector among people than as an award winning actress.

  25. 4 out of 5

    James Lynch

    I had low expectations and was floored! Something about Meadville… I know many kind and wonderful people from there. Ms Stone is a unique individual and I knew NOTHING of her story before I read this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a thought-provoking read. I hadn't followed Ms. Stone's life and career except to see Basic Instinct. I had no idea she'd had a devastating stroke. I felt impressed by how she related that experience and the insights she shared. This was a thought-provoking read. I hadn't followed Ms. Stone's life and career except to see Basic Instinct. I had no idea she'd had a devastating stroke. I felt impressed by how she related that experience and the insights she shared.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Cavazos

    You would think someone so beautiful and famous would have it all together. This wasn’t the case. Fascinating biography. I enjoyed learning about her experiences in trying to help the children living with AIDS/ HIV in Africa. I listened to the audiobook version.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Beautifully written and beautifully read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What a great read! Sharon stone had me at Dr. handsome. Well done woman.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I wish this was better.

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