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Lives Charmed: Intimate Conversations with Extraordinary People Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558745939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558745933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A life charmed, how appropriate... a story of influences and odds beaten. Jiminy Cricket couldn't say it any better." -- Jim Huber, CNN

"From dog walker to celebrity biographer. I'd say Linda Sivertsen has a charmed life, too!" -- Kym Douglas, E-Channel Gossip Show

"Linda Sivertsen's story is truly a magical one, and her intimate conversations are truly extraordinary." -- Leeza Gibbons, on the Leeza show, NBC

"Lives Charmed is one of the best books I've ever read." -- Glenn Meehan, Entertainment Tonight, NBC

Linda's writing makes you stop, smile and remember your dreams. I only wish I had read her work sooner." -- Tom Squitieri, USA Today

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Linda Sivertsen is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of nine books--two NYT bestsellers among them. When she's not writing her own books (Lives Charmed, Generation Green, and the most recent Your Big Beautiful Book Plan with Danielle LaPorte), Linda teaches writing retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea. She and her work have appeared in/on CNN, E!, Extra, the NY Post, New York Times, Family Circle, Teen Vogue, the Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her man, their horses, and a couple of perfect pups.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Chamberlayne on April 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
As the author of the 'Paul Williams Music And Acting' web pages, I was first drawn to this book because it contains a fascinating chapter on singer, songwriter, actor and humanitarian Paul Williams. Being an avid fan of Pauls and Vice-President of the Official Paul Williams Fan Club I was interested to know what Linda could tell me about Paul that I did not already know.
What I found was that Linda has a gift for writing about those areas of her subjects lives which are usually 'hidden' from public view. Not that this book is a 'kiss and tell' book with lots of scandal. It is rather an account of what has made her subjects the contented people they are today.
Contentment is the over-riding theme of all the mini-biographies. Despite some of her subjects past histories of abuse and self-abuse, they have all come to a place in their lives when they have the courage to look back and understand the part their past history has played in making them the fulfilled people they are today.
After a brief introduction at the start of each chapter Linda then leaves it up to her subjects to 'tell their own story'. Rather than a 'question and answer' type of interview Linda has very effectively chosen to divide up each chapter into topic headings, and then leaves it up to her subject to tell his/her story in his/her own words. What makes this book the gem it is, is the topics Linda has chosen to focus on. Each of her subjects starts by defining what to them is 'Happiness' and then moves on to talking about their 'Early Years' and 'Influences'. Other topics regularly covered include 'Obstacles', 'Spirituality', 'Life Work', 'Family', 'Drives', 'Fears', 'Visions', 'Miracles' and 'Earth'. Not subjects one is used to hearing 'stars' talk about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Northrup on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Although Linda writes about the lives of celebrities, the quality of the writing and the anecdotes she chose from her lengthy interviews frames their humanity first. These people struggle, as we all do, with the trials and traumas of life and loss, love and tragedy, they just do it with a spotlight illuminating their struggles as well as their triumphs. Their generosity to share the lessons learned on their journeys and Linda Sivertsen's vibrant and focused writing makes this book a kind of treasure map to help all of us on our journeys to discover our own magic within. Thanks, Linda, for helping me believe in and create my own "Life Charmed"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy K. on March 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Lives Charmed" shows you how the people who seem to 'have it all', created their lives to be that way. As I read this book, I found myself taking many things from the individual lifestyles and applying them to my own life.
I began to see a common thread of thinking, a way of looking at the world that makes sense. All of the subjects of the 'mini-autobiographies' have their own unique style, but the spirituality is the same. They all have a deep connection to their Inner Wisdom, the Earth, their Soul and their God.
Linda's personal anecdotes about how these extraordinary people came into her life are the real treasures in this book. I cried when I read about her father-like relationship with Paul Williams. I laughed from my own skeptical-belly when she described her first meeting with Guru Singh.
This book is a treasure for your personal library and a great gift for friends & loved-ones. I can't wait to read more of Linda's extraordinary conversations. I am looking forward to 'Lives Charmed II'!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chellie Campbell on February 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book that gives the reader a very personal glimpse into the attitudes, beliefs and feelings that have guided these extraordinary people to greatness. Rarely has an interviewer asked such pertinent and revealing questions as posed by author Linda Sivertsen. Each of the people she has profiled in her book has achieved greatness in their lives, and Linda shows us their power, their passion and their foibles as well. (When was the last time you heard an interviewer ask about a star's spirituality on a TV sound bite interview show?) From spirituality to happiness to family values to obstacles overcome, each celebrity answers in depth about the inner drive that charmed their lives. This is a great book and I recommend it highly. I can't wait for the next installment!
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