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The increasing girth of Kirstie Alley's rear end has figured prominently (pun intended) on many a tabloid cover in recent years. At the peak of her career ("Cheers"), of course, her butt was indeed at its smallest. It's no surprise that she therefore sums up her life philosophy this way: one's level of happiness tends to be inversely proportional to the size of one's posterior.

With extremely salty language on par with what you might hear in a 50 Cent song, Alley has penned a self-deprecating Hollywood tell-all in the disguise of "note-to-self"-style diary entries. With many apologies to Bridget Jones, we learn that Alley is a former cocaine addict who once participated in the snorting of a six-foot-long trail of powder at a party. (She's says she's currently a Scientologist and credits L. Ron Hubbard with curing her of her narcotic addiction, as well as her issues with food.) We also learn--for better or worse--that she has the hots for John Travolta, Kid Rock, and Ben Affleck, and that she blames her weight gain for a super-extended period of unplanned celibacy.

As crass as she is (she kisses and tells, even including the sordid details of her losing her virginity in the front seat of a Chevy Impala), it's hard not to feel sympathetic for Alley. She admits that following a miscarriage in her third month of pregnancy and subsequent diagnosis of infertility—which were also broadcast in the tabloids--her weight started ballooning. And as much as she dishes about Hollywood actors such as Tim Matheson (of Animal House fame), she has the decency to leave Parker Stevenson, her ex-husband and father of their two adopted children, out of the gossiping. Even so, overall, this feels like a strangely extended endorsement of Dianetics. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kirstie Alley is a much-loved American actress. She has starred in America's No 1 sitcom, Cheers, for six years; appeared in many successful movies including Look Who's Talking and Deconstructing Harry; been nominated for six Emmys (winning twice); and won a Golden Globe and two People's Choice awards. She is currently starring in and co-producing a new, unscripted comedy series called Fat Actress, in which she plays a fictionalised version of herself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486232X
  • ASIN: B000E1KPQO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Wood on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's all this talk going back and forth about Kirstie Alley right now. Whether she's a positive or negative influence for large women depends on the group or individual. Despite her weight, she is the 'it girl' of the moment. She's also just another woman trying to make it through life the best she can. She just happens to be using her butt to do it instead of her breasts.

"How to Lose your Ass..." is not a how-to book as the name suggests but a diary-biography. Each chapter opens with a few excerpts from Kirstie's diary followed by a vignette. Diary entries begin on December 31st, 2003 and end January 1st 2005. A year and a day. There aren't a lot of entries; about 63 ranging from a few lines to a few paragraphs. There's a mix up with dates on two entries that appear on the book flap and then again inside. This is not a tell-all book, just some exciting and sentimental tidbits, a few juicy parts. Each chapter reads like a complete story.

Kirstie talks about sex with Tim Matheson (and a few other people), how she first learned about scientology, the secret behind the name Kirstie, her life long self esteem issues, and her assassin Corgi. Doing coke, decorating houses, lying to friends, family and to herself, and bringing 'Fat Actress' to fruition are all open to discussion. She talks about her daughter Lillie and son True and their issues with weight, hers and their own; the personal tragedy that led her to gain weight and the revelation and emotional release she witnessed with Dianetics. How she secretly blames John Travolta for everything, the death of her mother, and one of my favourite topics...airplane seats are all mentioned. The last chapter is the best of funny. I can't tell you why or the title because it would ruin it for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2005
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I loved her when she was thin and I loved her when she was fat. No matter how you look at Kirstie Alley, you will get the genuine article. No plastic Barbie doll here.

Kirstie writes from her life in such an engaging way, I could really relate. I love the formatting she used. The diary notation at the top to set the stage for what came next. This is a real person! She is funny, poignant and down home. A great read that will leaving you laughing in some parts and shaking your head in agreement all the way through.

(I preordered the book as soon as I read about it in the Good Housekeeping article about Kirstie.)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jack Vink, author on April 6, 2005
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I had the opportunity during a long flight to read Kirstie Alley's humorous look at herself. I am sure Kirstie did not mean to write a serious book yet it seems many people just don't get it. This book is not meant to receive a Pulitzer Prize. It is a simple and small book about the life and times of a very funny actress. You have to give her an A for honesty and that is much more than other authors such as Bill Clinton's, My Life. Some of her past lovers must cringe when they read it.

It is a fun book, a way to pass several hours on a plane or late night in bed when nothing good is on television. Kirstie is not the greatest writer, so let's not get too critical or throw stones at a lovely lady who has made all of us laugh. Just remember Cheer's and the many times this woman entertained us. Why are we all so critical of each other? Can't we all just get along. As a writer, I know we cannot please everyone so I suggest to dear Kirstie, just read the three stars and above. Jack Vink, Pulitzer Prize Nominee author of Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fox in a Box on March 8, 2005
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Kirstie Alley's journey through public life has been joyous, celebratory and sometimes rough. Anyone who has opened a series of tabloids to see her own expanding butt featured as the centerfold deserves an air kiss, a hot fudge sundae and an AK-47 loaded for bear.

Alley also deserves respect, however, for her work (very, very funny), her honesty and her willingness to plop her expanded arse down on the sofa next to you and tell it like it is. Yowza! What a relief! What a hoot! Wotta broad!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Persephone87 on December 16, 2005
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I've never flown on a plane, but I think this would be a perfect book to read on one. By the time you've reached your destination, you'd already have read half the book. On the flight back you'd finish the second half, that is if you could wait that long.

I read this book in two days, extremely easy to read and very entertaining.

There were quite a few times, while reading, that I flipped to the first couple pages of the book to see if Ms. Alley had really written this all by herself. It appears she has. I'm impressed.

I definitely reccomend How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life. It made me laugh, it made me think and it was just...fun!

I really hope Kirstie writes another book. She obviously is a very talented writer.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By New Mommy on July 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book was like watching The Jerry Springer show. Just disgustingly fascinating enough to keep you hooked, but awful enough to make you feel guilty and embarrassed for having read it. Kirstie's detailed sexual exploit with the guy with the microscopic penis. Kirstie's pooping into her kid's diaper after her laxative kicks in. Kirstie's drug-induced haze. Everything in her life is so dramatic, addictive, over-the-top. I kept waiting for some grand revelation or "Aha" moment for Kirstie, kept waiting for the "regaining your life part." I never saw it. Instead, I was left feeling sorry for her, feeling like I really did not like this person. It does not seem that Kirstie has ever truly been happy with herself, whether thin or fat, and it shows on the pages of her book. It seems also seems like Kirstie does not like or respect overweight people and cannot wait to get herself out of their category. I (even as a thin person) found her irreverance for, and descriptions of, overweightness to be offensive; not humorous, just mean. In the end, this book was pointless and really had no redeeming qualities in it, except for the photos of Kirstie growing up, which were interesting. I recommend that you not waste your money buying this book, nor your time reading it.
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