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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Updated edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476773556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476773551
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bette Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She lives in New York City.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Have you seen Bette Midler recently? She looks great! Part of the glow might be coming from the release of her updated book. It is witty, funny, sarcastic, down-to-earth and informative. What else would you expect from this multi-talented woman. Fiction is fine for passing the time ... but so is non-fiction when it is presented in a great biography like this one. This is a book which will hold the interest of many readers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Trenn on April 2, 2014
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The book is funny, brash, unpredictable and literally all over the map with its fun photography. Ms. Midler's act was solidifying the characters and humor that launched her successful concerts for the rest of her career, and this is a fascinating look behind the scenes of her first global tour. She's also a good writer, effective whether she's trying to be funny or reflective. Read this book after seeing her concert films "Divine Madness" and "The Showgirl Must Go On," and it will help you connect the dots between the two. The bonus is having Ms. Midler look back with affection in the new forward she wrote for this re-release.

It takes a lot of guts to put on a hot dog costume and take it across the globe. It takes talent and self-awareness to spin it into a book that still holds up 34 years later. Thanks for sentimental journey, Ms. Midler. It's great to have you sit down in front of the keyboard again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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I am a great Bette Midler fan, so this book was top on my list - especilly when its written by Bette, herself. So far Out of all the books on Bette I have enjoyed this one the best - Its so fun and unique. Bette Makes this book full of laughs and funny pictures. Divine. A book every fan must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell on April 12, 2014
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I love this book! But, I am a huge Bette Midler fan so I could be a bit biased. I have a copy from the original release and had to buy a copy of the re-release. I'm sure I will enjoy it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justina on June 17, 2014
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It did not keep my attention and as a result I have not finished reading the book..
Expected more humor and funny stories. She is a funny and talented performer but the book did not reflect that in my opinion
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Baldwin on November 25, 1998
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This is a combination of scrap book and jotter, containing thoughts both real and in the abstract from the time deciding to do her first world tour, prepare for it and actually under take it. There are chapters on all the major cities she visited. Only likely to be able to get it now from a Bette Middler fan. Good fun.
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Well written, even 25 years ago! I've always loved and admired Bette Midler for her wits, laughter and staying power in a world that constantly tries to knock you down. She has held her head high, pursed her lips and in not so many words said "to hell with it" and did her own thing! This was unheard of, especially in the 60's-70's. That's why she is still a STAR today. She knows how to persevere and how to treat people. The young talent coming up are emulating her because she is one they admire and look up to.

Make no mistake about it...Bette's "A View from a Broad" is a crazy read, from crazy lady, reviewed by a crazy-lovin' BETTE MIDLER FAN!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on August 8, 2003
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This book is a must have for all Bette Midler fans.
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