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Make Your Life Prime Time: How to Have It All Without Losing Your Soul Hardcover – April 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416585818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416585817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Determination and drive were critical to the success of Telemundo/NBC talk show host Arranas, the secrets to which she shares in this empowering self-help memoir. Offering breezy but sincere advice rooted in her own challenges, including a dictatorial father and two broken marriages of her own. Her first, foundational lesson is independence: "Love shouldn't be the sole master of your destiny." Arranas insists that women must always be able to take care of themselves financially, preserve their integrity and avoid mediocrity while sharing the personal stories that brought her to the conclusion-including a cheating husband and a personal assistant who stole thousands of dollars from her. Her methods for coping, learning and moving on are her most important lessons, warning readers that "ignorance is not bliss but rather a brutal teacher." Advice aside, this celebrity memoir is obviously aimed at an audience already familiar with her TV persona, and makes an entertaining, if light, read.
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"María shares her ups and downs and provides a road map to living life with joy and dignity. For any young woman just starting out, it's the next best thing to having a big sister by your side to help guide you on your journey." -- Meredith Viera, cohost of The Today Show

"María is one of those rare and special people eager to thrive, grow, and learn from events in her life and happy to share her inspiring life lessons with people in a way that is powerful but still accessible and relatable." -- Rachael Ray, host of The Rachael Ray Show

"María Celeste reveals the secret to success in an engaging manner. I enjoyed every page!" -- Queen Latifah

"María Celeste's book is a fascinating read that gave me even more reasons to admire someone I already feel fortunate to call my friend. She shares with us many unique ways to look for deeper truths and lessons in life's difficult experiences. And I know this book will be a wonderful gift to her ever-growing legion of fans!" -- Gloria Estefan

"This book shows that when we live according to the right principles, the Universe makes sure that we are compensated." -- Ricky Martin

"Make Your Life Prime Time has the same energy as María Celeste. She is an honest woman, a fighter who has achieved everything with unshakable will. Her personal story will inspire many young people and will help them to take control of their personal and professional lives." -- Enrique Iglesias

"I've had the great pleasure to work side by side with María Celeste and see firsthand her exceptional talent, passion, wisdom, and compassion. This book will allow millions of people to experience what I have." -- Don Browne, President of Telemundo Communications Group --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author gives great advice and the book is very readable.
Patti Chadwick
"Make Your Life Prime Time" is a book with important principles and lessons based on her experiences that will make you have a different and positive outlook to life.
Anewnight
An inspiring story of a woman that has overcome career and personal obstacles that many people will relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on January 21, 2010
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This is an enchanting little gem of inspiration for all women everywhere. Heck, I think anyone could glean a dose of genius from this. Celeste brightly and sincerely expresses the "secrets of her success" if you will but without any of the cold hard cash style of other life successes. It's riveting, well-told, and simply a sparkling read. I guarantee you'll come away from this book with a different view on life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anewnight on May 12, 2009
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Maria Celeste is independent, assertive and she's smart and talented. "Make Your Life Prime Time" is a book with important principles and lessons based on her experiences that will make you have a different and positive outlook to life. Maria Celeste's shares her background, success, struggles, challenges, and trials, along with many different situations that have an impact. She describes how to endure it positively, with your head up and to keep reaching your full potential in excellence. You will definitely take something to heart from this book.
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I loved it!!! Very inspirational. I recommended it to all my friends!!! I even sent it to my sister who is going through a difficult time.
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By Marcela Landres on November 12, 2010
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The Emmy Award winner shares wisdom gained from juggling family, love, and a career in the cutthroat word of television.
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This was an inspirational book with a great message. Really the title says it all.
The author gives great advice and the book is very readable.
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I originally wanted to get this book so I could share some of the insights for my wife, since she exceptional language skills and Maria Celeste is someone she has watched in the past. But upon reading this, I was impressed that her desire was initially to write about her life for her kids to understand a lot about her and to give them ideas and ways to deal with life, love and opportunity.

She starts with two interesting stories about her mom first and then her dad. She delves into the encouragement she received when learning to swim at a young age and how she had the chance to be in the Olympics.

She shares us her lifes stories with her first husband and gives us a thread of her career in Journalism along with many very interesting anecdotes. She talks about love, forgiveness, character, frankness, taking chances, being gracious with former adversaries. She shows us by proper amounts of tenacity and taking opportunities that arise, that life can have some fun as well as new vistas.

I was very impressed at how she writes and her passion for the stories she shares. Surprising to me as well is how fast this book was to read through. I was done in one full day, of course not a full 24 hours. But I started reading this last evening and was finished the next evening. Not that I could not put the book down, it was that the 30 plus chapters were short, quick reads.

She wishes her children will learn from the book, I have learned from it and there are definately things to apply. In a time when our economy is struggling, there are things we can do to make an impact in the world around us. Make Your Life Primetime shares with us how to be brave to face a world of opportunity.
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Maria Celeste has open her heart and exposed her soul in this collection of personal life lessons. Early on she informs readers that these lessons are intended for her children but some will be useful for the masses. There are over 30 different lessons that detail experiences that she had and explains what she learned from them. Many of the lessons were very specific and may not be relatable to all. The insight into the life of a Spanish TV personality provides an unique view to her culture and reasoning behind life decisions she has been forced to make. The underlying message seems to be hold on to your integrity by any means necessary. Overall, this book is motivational, inspiring and would be a great gift for the recent graduate, thank you present or something to help you remember the good in your life.
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I'm really impressed by the format in which this book was written. I am also happy to have it in my hands, as it opened and enlightened my mind while giving me several new positive projections and ideas.
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