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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811853616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811853613
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jarod (attilahoney@hotmail.com) on October 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am going to be honest and say what this autobiography meant to me.... Starting with her early days as an artist to an actress breaking from her mother's shell. To her associations with Duchamp,Roche,Varese,Reginald Pole,Krishnumarti and other well-known men. And it tells of the struggles she went through in paying the price to learn of life and her amazing stories in India,France..etc; were very interesting to read. I enjoyed her stories with the beloved Arensbergs' for they were very important in her life. Before this book I didn't have knowledge of most of the artists in her life. She has opened new doors! I laughed hysterically at her descriptions of her years with Pole and Steve.She is a riot!
An amazing woman really. This book will remain with me forever and I will read it again and again. For someone like myself can't beleve there is so much adventure in life. She died this spring at 105,in her heart 32. I would have loved to meet her.All I can do now is remember her and try to learn more about her life and art. I loved her and she is an inspiration to all humanity with her marvelious statements on the facts of life.Afterall,she lived 105 years and paid the price. A definate book to add to a collection for any Beato fan or curious book reader!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1998
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As a potter, I'd hoped to learn more about her art. However,there were some gems to be found in the text. I really enjoyed the stories about several other famous people in her life. She is brutally honest in her opinions and I like that. On the downside... it was a bit too "socially conscious" in places, for my own taste. Overall, I enjoyed the book and will read more by her. I wrote a personal letter to her, regarding her book and she answered me promptly... twice! Great lady! Wonderful clay-artist! :-) An interesting read, for sure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
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Being a potter and a Beato fan, I truly enjoyed the time I spent with this autobiography. I was fascinated by how her life unfolded from her relationships with those in art to her own creation of art. How her world which was largely centered around the men she knew, changed as she found herself in clay.
I loved how this story unfolded and I was sad when it ended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Pennington on April 21, 2010
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I knew Beatrice Wood, and lived in her guest apartment one summer in the early Seventies. Her charisma and perseverance will always inspire me to an uplifted existence.

Beatrice's "I Shock Myself" and "Playing Chess with the Heart" truly reflect her personality.

And regarding her revealed secret to longevity, I do believe she had it right.

I recommend these books for any individual's library.

Sincerely,
Michael C. Pennington
Aurora Wolf Literary Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1997
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Highly recommended, artist Beatrice Wood's autobiography, "I Shock Myself" gives the read a glimpse into her illustrious life and art. I could not put this book down
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lolo on April 25, 2012
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This is an amazing book about an amazing life. It is truly an inspiring book about aging and getting better and not giving up on your dreams. Love it!
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