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About the Author

Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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117 of 130 people found the following review helpful By vjmichaelg on November 17, 2010
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From reading the book, I get a clearer picture of the woman behind the unsurpassed talent. It's that thorniness in her character about having things be absolutely right. Perfect. That's the driving force in her success. And she does address this quest for perfection in the book many times, both the positive side and the annoying side. I get the feeling that this incredible eye for detail causes much internal turmoil and is a doubled edge sword of sorts. Through the book, one can appreciate the style, the taste and creative vision... I'm crazy for the millhouse with waterwheel by a stream... the grounds are breathtaking! Organic gardens, chickens with pale green eggs and more roses than the Rose Parade!!
My favorite photo in the book is of her sitting room/office... dead flowers on the coffee table... papers stacked up on the desk... real life. Just like the rest of us.
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Derek. on November 17, 2010
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As many long time Streisand fans and followers know, Barbra has collected art pieces,furniture & has had an eye for antiques,design and creativity from the beginning (about 50 years of collecting). I am glad a book of her recent efforts mixed with some treasures from the past have been put together in a nice book as such.I am just about done reading the entire book and I would recomend this for any fan of Barbra or anyone interested in design, antiques and style. A +
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By marta mccall on January 9, 2011
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Barbra Streisand is an amazing talent of our time, who knew she was also a visionary designer? This book is an inspiration and a gift to anyone who reads it. If you don't believe in heaven, you might want to reconsider when you see the environment by the sea that Babs has imagined and brought to glorious life. No detail has been left to chance and she has been extremely generous in sharing her thinking, her point of view, her life.

My Passion For Design is luscious, don't hesitate to purchase it. At nearly 300 hundred pages, every page is rich with gigantic photos most of which were taken by Barbra herself. It's a treasure.

Don't waste time reading this review, because I would have paid $300.00 for My Passion For Design---go buy the book, go buy the book, go buy the book. You'll thank yourself. I'm thanking Barbra!
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Ryan on November 16, 2010
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This book came this morning and I've already devoured it. The time, thought, and patience (not to mention money) that went into the building of this compound is staggering. A beautiful book with interesting and insightful text. A great Christmas gift with beautiful photography and great color.

Of course, a must-have for Streisand fans.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. Yockey on November 17, 2010
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Yes, this book is a little pricey, but most of the proceeds are being donated for "Women's Heart Health" She was interviewed yesterday on Oprah and stated that she wants to raise 5 million and will "match" the 5 million. The name of the hospital she is working with directly escapes me but she has made women's heart health her personal mission because so many women die of heart disease. A great book on Barbra's passion for a great cause!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine on December 18, 2013
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I have been a Barbra Streisand fan for many, many years. Her amazing talent as a singer,actor, director... not to mention the inspiring story of her life and all that she conquered along the way and doing it "her way" makes her an easy person to admire, in many respects.

So, when I received this book (her first) as a gift, I was pleased. And what a BIG book it is, almost 300 pages, with lavish color photography (most were taken by Barbra Streisand) throughout.

Barbra explores and details her lifelong love of design while taking the reader on an extensive tour of her home in California and all the decorating and renovating that went into making it her dream home. And far, far away from her humble beginnings in New York as a child.

It is a beautiful book to browse through and the love for her home and the incredible amount of work that went into decorating each room, is evident.

But for me, what came to mind again and again, looking through the book and studying the rooms was how austere, even cold so many of them seemed to be. Almost a museum-like atmosphere. No, I didn't expect socks on the floor, ashtrays and TV tables but somehow I pictured a warmer, more relaxed setting than what the reality is for Barbra Streisand.

It's also staggering to consider what must have been spent on getting things "just right" as the attention to detail in every room, every garden etc... is hard to even comprehend. The years that went into this project. It may be a design accomplishment on the grandest of scales, but is it a home?

Read my full review at: myreallifereviews . com
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By rednn on November 16, 2010
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Thanks to Barbra for taking the time and effort to do something to create a better awareness of and more funding for women's heart research. Women need to support women, and she is putting herself out there for us all. I'll love seeing her incredible home -- she has worked hard for it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Miele on March 17, 2013
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There are some beautiful photographs, to be sure, and she has nothing but good fortune, clearly! But this book is not about a love of home, design, surroundings, art or collecting. It is a narcissistic recount of her selfish, obsessive and controlling behavior towards those who worked for her and her exposure to the world of her materialism.
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