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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439123926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439123928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lisa Oz's new book is laugh-out-loud funny, deep and wise, and filled with practical relationship advice that can be easily applied in a sane and manageable way. Her honesty is refreshing and relatable (and so entertaining!) and the depth of her personal and professional experience shines from every page. When it comes to the most important part of life - our relationships - this is one guide you'll want to keep close to your heart." -Cheryl Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, and The Unmistakable Touch of Grace

“This is the best kind of book—it is filled with incredible insight, and reading it is like talking to a best friend. Thanks goodness Lisa Oz has stepped into the spotlight; her warmth, wit, and wisdom is a gift on every page.” -Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason

Us is, quite simply, the best book about transforming our relationships—to ourselves and to others—that I’ve ever read. Lisa Oz is a shaman in disguise, a genius of the soul—powerful, authentically funny, and wise. Read this inspiring book and begin healing your life.” -Dean Ornish, M.D. Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco author of The Spectrum

"Lisa Oz is that rare gem of wise sage and down-to-earth friend, and Us is a treasure trove of philosophy, insight, and practical advice. This book is nothing short of powerful and transformative; those who go with her will surely be lifted and deepened." - Kathy Freston, bestselling author of Quantum Wellness

"Lisa Oz is one of those writers who manages to make you feel as if a benevolent mentor is sitting beside you, helping ease your worries and dilemmas. Anyone struggling for better relationships with anyone—self, loved ones, strangers, the world as a whole—will find a wise friend waiting in these pages. Especially if your other relationships are in turmoil, your relationship with this book will be comfortable, easy, and deeply encouraging." - Martha Beck, bestselling author of Exepcting Adam and Leaving the Saints

"A fine pick" --Bookwatch

About the Author

LISA Oz is a housewife living in New Jersey. She also moonlights as a writer, producer and entrepreneur. With her husband, Dr. Mehmet Oz, she has raised four children, coauthored five New York Times best-selling books, including YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, and cohosted a daily radio show on Sirius/XM, yet is somehow unable to organize her closet or stick to a diet.

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Reading the book put a big smile on my face.
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Her thoughts and advice were insightful and really made me think about how I handle my relationships with family and friends.
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The book is an easy read, very real, insightful, yet fun.
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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Just as a note becomes music through its combination with other notes and a point in space defined relative to other points, so we manifest ourselves through our interactions with those around us." - From Us

I'll be honest: when publisher Free Press sent me Us by Lisa Oz (unsolicited--I hadn't even heard of it before it arrived), I thought "Here we go...another wifey trying to cash in on her husband's popularity and assert her place in the mass media as a viable entity apart from his persona." To add to my prejudgment, I wondered "And why in the world is she scowling on the cover? Way to sell books..."

But I decided to give Us a chance, mostly because I happen to like Dr. Mehmet Oz...

Well! Consider my snobby reviewer stance blown away entirely when I reached page 10. Yes, page 10!

Why? One of the first concepts she tackles in Chapter 1 is the importance of knowing ourselves. She asserts quite rightly that all of your relationships have one thing in common...you. "You are the fundamental unit of every partnership, friendship, romantic entanglement or antagonistic encounter you've ever had", she writes. "And since you're the only part of your relationships that you actually have any control over, working with *you* is a pretty good place to start."

And start she does with a psycho-spiritual personality system that I've been studying for almost a decade and found to be valuable--a tool called the Enneagram. Of possible origins with ancient Sufi mystics and employed by the Desert Fathers, this system categorizes individuals into 9 personality types that have central core fears and ways of coping with them (that are rather predictable), as well as ways to "wake up" to each ego trap and realize our core Essence.

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Emily Smith on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is thoroughly entertaining, as well as being insightful and profound. It was a pleasure to read, which is an important thing in a book - but it's also a powerful tool for improving relationships (with yourself, others, and the Universe). I found the exercises in each chapter to be very helpful in my own interactions, and will keep it handy as a reference that I will go back to again and again.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Bouchard on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In this little book, Lisa Oz has given us all practical and simple but remarkable little strategies for shifting our thinking when it comes to our relationships. Had I simply followed the basic premise of transforming myself (instead of looking, like most of us, to "transform others"), I would have been spared much pain and confusion along the road of life. Lisa is unusually candid about her own life and mistakes in the book, and her words ring with a rarified honesty in the "self-help realm". If we all followed her sage advice, the world would be a very different and better place.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dearreader on April 12, 2010
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I really loved this book. Lisa Oz is forthright and funny and her advice is practical, which I like. Instead of just talking about change, she has exercises that help you challenge all those bad habits that you've been carrying around for years. It's that rare find: a self-help book that entertains and enlightens but isn't at all preachy. A fun, smart and insightful read, perfect for my book club. It's got lots of juicy parenting and relationship stories to laugh about and identify with... I plan to spread the word!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michaux Jr on April 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I barely have time to read and was given this book as a gift. I thought it was going to be a girls book and would give it 20 pages. Wrong I was. I was pulled in and couldn't wait till I had a break in order to devour more. I found it insightful, FUNNY and most of all it took me on a journey of self discovery that I had not allowed myself. I feel a better person having read it. If you are debating buying this book, stop wasting your time and start reading.

My only wish is that Lisa is already in the works on another book. The sooner it is in the book store the better.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eileen McKiernan on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I saw Lisa Oz on Fox and Friends this week. I know from reading the YOU series by Drs. Oz and Roizen that Lisa Oz has played a significant role in the success of those books. Since I am always searching for better ways to understand relationships and one's own role in relationships, I was anxious to read Lisa Oz's new book. Lisa Oz's work offered me novel ways to think about relationships. Understanding the Enneagram provides a great starting point and challenged me to take ownership of my own limitations. Lisa also created an upbeat, irreverent tone that I found refreshing. Lisa teaches that the success of US truly depends on U. I am sharing copies with friends!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jill Jones on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I saw Lisa Oz (and her husband, Dr. Oz) on The View last week and was compelled to buy her book. I couldn't put it down and finished in less than a day! What an incredibly insightful look at how we can achieve better relationships. The author is extremely candid and funny and provides helpful advice, particularly about how we can change our own behavior to achieve our relationship goals. I know I will be referring back to several chapters and am excited to apply what I've learned in my marriage. "Us" absolutely tops my list of recommended books
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lagirl on April 11, 2010
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I laughed out loud, teared up, cheered and related whole-heartedly to this wonderful book...and it's SUCH a fast read! of course, Dr. Oz's wife is down to earth, smart, funny and super-cool...great read. RUN to get this book...it's one of those gems you can hand off to anyone to read after you're done and keep paying it forward...
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