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About the Author

Marie Osmond was the youngest female country artist ever to debut with a number-one record, at the age of 13. At 16, she was also the youngest star to have her own variety show, with her brother Donny. Most recently, she and Donny co-hosted Donny & Marie, a syndicated talk show.

She lives in Los Angeles and Utah.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044667852X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on May 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hard to believe that someone so gifted could suffer from depression, post partum or otherwise. Yet that is the story shared by Marie Osmond. The world saw her smile, sing, dance, act and host shows with her talented brothers. She appeared to be on top of the world as she embraced marriage and motherhood. Yet behind the professional smile and demeanor was pain and unhappiness. She writes the book to help other women who suffer similarly and who are unable to articulate their feelings. There is a surprising chapter on the abuse she experienced, and has identified as a causitive factor in her own depression. Writing the book was cathartic for Ms. Osmond. Women and their husbands may likewise gain insight into this illness and how to help each other and their marriage by reading this book. Candid, honest, and revealing.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
While this is a book basically about PPD the fact is it is a book about mental illness and how we as a society either turn away or face the lion and the fact that mental illness in whatever form is treatable.
My birth mother was institutionalized because of schizophrenia, my husband after being hit by a drunk driver developed PTSD (post traumatic shock disorder) and because of the roller coaster journey I had a brush with DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder.
PPD like these other mental health issues can be dealt with. And unless you have been there, you cannot possibly understand why Ms Osmond doesn't tickle the voyeurs need to know the torrid details about the sexual abuse she notes she encountered. I am thankful she had the maturity to note it and move on to the bigger picture which was PPD, and the help she got.
Thank you Marie for helping everyone, patient as well as family and friends better understand that mental health is something we all need to come out of the dark ages and into the modern world of wholeness and help. You may never fully know what a great gift you have given so many, many people.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am truly impressed. Marie Osmond was very candid in this book. She revealed many very personal details about her struggle. While writing the book may have been cathartic for her, I think she revealed these details to help other women (more than anything). She is very successful in that effort! We are lucky she took the time in her busy schedule to write this book to help others!!! I am currently facing these issues myself. I found her book enormously helpful, interesting, funny, sad, moving, etc. I could relate to much of what she went through. I am so glad I bought this book. I have already recommended it to a friend of a friend who is also dealing with PPD. Having been diagnosed with manic depression following the birth of my 1st child 6 months ago, I really appreciated this book. Even though Marie was not diagnosed with manic depression, there was mention of it towards the end of the book (in Dr. Moore's section). If you are thinking about buying this book, do it. You won't regret it. I laughed and wept. I loved the coverage of alternative/integrative medicine and the appendix resources! Outstanding! There is even a section called "The Father's Experience of Living with Postpartum Depression" in Dr. Moore's part of the book. Believe me, my husband will read this book next. Couldn't put it down!!! It's awesome.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melanie A. Norton on October 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I thank Marie Osmond for having the courage to write this book. I have been dealing with the shame, the pain, and other emotional obstacles due to PPD for the last 2 years. The tears rolled down my face as I read this book. The book validated all the emotions that I was feeling. Now that I know what it is I am dealing with I can get the help that I need to get out of this and move on with my life. Thanks Marie.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susan Black on May 2, 2001
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I thought I was alone. That no one could ever feel the pain, sadness and loneliness I have felt. But, as I read each written word of Marie's story. I somehow found it comforting to know that I was not alone and that there is hope. I have always admired Marie and have been a fan since my teenage years. I am a private person also. But, now I have decided to seek help. Her book gave me the inspriation and the courage and the hope that I needed. Thank you, Marie
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By donna barnes on July 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for anyone who has been through or is going through PPD. Some people want to put down Marie Osmond and other stars for writing self-help books, and it is really sad that it takes someone like this to make people realize that this is a problem. I have been suffering from PPD for 2 years now, and I thought I was crazy until I read this book. It is very informative, and lets you realize you are not alone. There is a section where her Doctor speaks about treatment for PPD, she gives you a list of ways to treat it. Test you can ask your Dr. to perform, medications that can be used. Anti-depressants are not the only types of medications that can be used to treat this horrible disease. She informs the reader you can be treated through vitamins, herbs or homeopathic treatments and you are even given the names and places where you can order by phone or online if you choose to have herbal or homeopathic treatment. As a matter of fact, I ordered my first shipment today, and I hope I have a turnout like she did. Shorter rating- Thumbs up Marie. Excellent Book could not put it down, as a matter of fact I stayed up all night and read the entire book.
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