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Joan Lunden's a Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road: 10 Positive Principles For Dealing With Change Hardcover – October 13, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow and Company; 1st edition (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688160832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688160838
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

We can't stop changes from occurring, but we can control how we react to them, says Joan Lunden, cohost of Good Morning America for 20 years, who suddenly found herself ending her stint on the show and unsure of her future. She shares her story and her philosophy that change--as negative as it may seem at the time--is an opportunity to grow. The book teaches that "staying even is better than getting even."

If you're a fan of Joan Lunden, this book is like listening to her tell her stories for hours. Amidst tidbits of philosophy, Lunden offers flashbacks to memorable incidents on and off the show, such as her first interview with Howard Stern, ice-skating in Central Park with Brian Boitano, training for a Las Vegas dance production, and smashing her alarm clock on David Letterman's show.

"Whether it's a breakup, a job change, or a loss of your health or a loved one, you need to learn to change what you can, accept what you can't," says Lunden. Lunden shares the tools that work for her, such as reorganization, relaxation, pampering, hobbies, reflection, exercise, and positive affirmations. --Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

As perky and positive as ever, Lunden describes being ousted from her 20-year stint as cohost of Good Morning America. With an abundance of platitudes and clich?s, many presented as chapter titles ("Take the High Road," "Get Glowing, Get Going," etc.), she delivers a pep talk on prevailing through such changes as divorce or the loss of a job, both of which she experienced publicly. Lunden puts a happy face on nearly everything; her advice includes such expressions as "Staying even is always better than getting even" and "If you want to get back at someone, kill 'em with kindness." In between exhortations, however, she reveals herself to be a savvy businesswoman, carefully preparing for every meeting, planning strategies, working hard and always "respond[ing] intelligently" rather than "reacting emotionally." Lunden describes overcoming her fears, taking risks and pushing the envelope with her particular brand of journalism. Flying a U-2 plane, dancing with veteran Vegas showgirls and bungee jumping have all been part of her new role on a series of TV specials called Behind Closed Doors. These specials, fulfilling her ABC contract, along with commercials for Claritin allergy products, are part of Lunden's "new life." What's next for the TV star is not revealed, but "what sometimes seems to be the end is often a new beginning.... We just have to be willing to venture around the bend." 100 color and b&w photos. First serial to Good Housekeeping; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. McAndrew on June 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I tried to like this book, but it was a little too dull and boring. Her sense of humor seems contrived. I'm sure she is a nice person, but this book did not hit home with me. It didn't speak to me.
It seems like she just wrote this book to make money.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Joan Lunden, the cohost of "Good Morning America" for nearly twenty years, has penned a quasi-coffee table book about accepting change in one's life. Her 10 principles are among the most cliched around and include "Take the High Road" and "Remove Failure as an Option". The one-time belle of the morning portrays her departure from the ABC dawn patrol as life altering and demands that the reader share her pain, so to speak. Lunden even devotes a paragraph to the decorating changes that the career shift required in her home. The book's prose is of infomercial quality and the large color photographs of Lunden, more often alone than with others, feed the reader's sense that this book is an ego-maniac's plea for public recognition of how hard it is to be given millions to walk away from a job that she had held for 20-years. This book is simply pointless. Save your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Fundock on March 30, 2013
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Joan was the centerpiece of GMA on ABC for years! Her briallance seems to resonate with every page of this book.
It is well written(IMHO) and sends a message to all. That life has obstacles,and they can be overcome in MOST instances,and she includes many of her own.
I can honestly say that this book is an easy read. The hard part will come when(and if) you apply what is presented.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
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I reviewed the audio tape several times and found it to be very helpful in our approach of how we deal with issues in everyday life. While many of the stories were insightful and inspiring, the one that most stuck with me was when she talked about one of her aids on Good Morning America that told Joan that she could start her day over whenever she liked, when she felt that Joan was off to a bad start in the early morning hours when most of us are still in bed. We all deal with rough times in our lives, and it is important to learn how to best deal with those times. Joan Lunden shares some idea's that would help most anyone. I also attended an Anthony Robbins seminar a few years ago - where he had assembled numerous celebrity or high achievers to speak to the thousands assembled. Joan Lunden was by far the best speaker there. This is not only a great tape or book to review, it would be one that others would really benefit from.
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