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Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848731050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848731052
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Few people other than Oprah can count Bono, Alicia Keys, Sen. Barack Obama, and award-winning authors Amy Bloom and Ann Patchett among her buddies. Oprah's rightfully tapped these friendships over the years for contributions to O, The Oprah Magazine, for Q & A's and ruminations that cover such topics as love, friendship, the creative process, and how to cultivate joy. In Live Your Best Life, the past several years' worth of articles have been own pared down into a collection of the most "rip and save-worthy" ones. A bit surprisingly, some of the more stick-in-your-head essays and profiles are by and about people who are far from household names, but who are putting their souls into work that's bettering themselves and world. Like Susan Buckley, who lost 75 pounds and kept it off for 11 years; or "everyday hero" Saranne Rothberg, who founded the nonprofit Comedy Cures, to bring humor to people who, like herself, have faced a cancer diagnosis. While the majority of the book's topics are woman-focused ("Oprah Talks to a Mother of 9"; "Getting Married: The Strategic Approach"), a good chunk of it ought to appeal to men, such as the interviews with Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. Speaking of chunky, the book's hefty enough to induce wrist strain--as if the editors of O and Oprah meant it to be read only while propped on your lap, as you take a well-deserved break, stretched out on a comfy sofa.--Erica Jorgensen

From the Publisher

Oprah Winfrey will donate 100% of Harpo's profits from the sale of this book to Oprah's Angel Network. A charitable foundation dedicated to helping educate and advance women and children around the world.

More About the Author

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at http://www.mjrose.com/blog/

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..


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If you need inspiration, this book will help you make positive choices so you can live your best life.
Pamela D. Blair
After receiving this wonderful book as a gift, I purchased several copies to give to my close friends for Christmas.
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From a layout perspective, the book is beautiful and very appealing to those visually stimulated by color.
Fedra Pouideh [Feddy]

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Iris on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge oprah fan and since O exists, I bought it and I now have a subscription for 3 years. I never throw a O away, but they take a lot of space. When i heard of this book, i ordered it and eventually can throw away the O's. You can find everything you want very easy with the different chapters, it's what the introductio says: "we did the cutting and clipping for you."
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fedra Pouideh [Feddy] on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've got my little book of Oprah's "What I Know for Sure" supplement and "Live Your Best Life" on one nightstand, and my grad school book the "Blushing MBA" on the other. Each night I read passages from each and it inspires me to really go for my goals and start a business. (LYBL taps into the topics of starting a business or a new job.) What resonated most deeply was the confidence factor which seemed to be the common thread among most of the advice or milestones - confidence in yourself, your life, choices, partners, work. From a layout perspective, the book is beautiful and very appealing to those visually stimulated by color.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful, oversized, full color breathtaking book is filled with some of the best articles I've come across all in one place. There's really something for everyone in this book. The categories are: Your Personal Best, Diet & Exercise, Health & Beauty, Balance, Happiness, Confidence, Dreaming Big, Spirituality, Relationships, Dating, Couples, Marriage, Sex, Talking & Listening, Family, On Being a Parent, Friends, Living in the World, Everyday Heroes, Giving Back, Make a Connection.

The contributors bring the best of the best advice, REAL information, (I just love the article about what makes Mavis and Jay Leno's marriage work) and I can genuinely say that this is a book that is timeless. It doesn't try to show you the latest, it brings you the greatest content that can really make a significant difference in your life, and in the lives of your children.

It makes a great coffee table book, because when people open it up, their going to get some extraordinarily great information in a book that is top notch quality. It's one I really recommend from my heart to anyone who wants to learn more, grow more, and create the greatest life possible.

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author or Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE and Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Moss on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a new comer to the O magazine, it is fantastic to have all the best articles compiled together from the past 5 years. it is delightful and inspiring.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Barber on October 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Oprah is a spiritually uplifting person, so I wasn't surprised that her book was filled with such heartwarming stories focusing on others struggling to make a difference, as well as other stories on dating and dieting, just to name a few. Oprah's love for people as well as her generosity holds no boundaries. When my daughter bought me this book to hopefully give me the extra nudge of inspiration to continue living my best life, it did just that. I recommend this book to everyone, as I feel her engaging interviews, advice and inspiration are things everyone can use in their every day life, to live their best life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VAL ODUENYI on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Oprah's midas touch is evident on every page of this magazine. Words of wisdom abound in this 336-paged self-discovery book. Needless to say that if properly applied, they could be all you need in order to maintain a well-balanced physical and emotional lifestyle. Daily issues like: health, inspiration, confidence, happiness, success, family, spirituality, and ambition were given first-class treatment. All you need to do is to sit back and read things for yourself.
No single book caters for all the desires of the human heart, but this one's really worth your time (and money). Its narrations are cogent and compelling; and the same applies to its witty and exuberant style. The contents are unisex: not just for ladies! So, as many folks wind-up the 'old' year in order to turn a fresh slate, this could (as well) be a good way to support any resolutions that one might be planning for the new year. It is indeed a good piece to relax with. A valuable treasury of wisdom and advice: be it night or day! All the very best!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SaBu on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who love Oprah and the O magazines, I guarantee this is one book you don't want to miss out on! It has everything from health & body, to spirituality and Oprah interviews. All of the best articles from O magazine in one book - fantastic!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mzBEE on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a Christmas present. I love it. What a great book. Recently I discovered the O magazine and its articles on beautiful stories that inspire you, fill your heart and make you believe again. This book is a compliation of past articles (articles that I missed) in one great book. I open to any page and start reading and I'm refreshed and feeling good about life. I especially enjoyed the articles on Spirituality, relationships, marriage and weight loss. Everyone has a story and Oprah makes sure we hear about them and are inspired. I love it.
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