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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416587004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416587002
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She was television's most famous virgin--and, as Aaron Spelling's daughter, arguably its most famous case of nepotism. Portraying Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling became one of the most recognizable young actresses of her generation, with a not-so-private personal life every bit as fascinating as her character's exploits. Yet years later the name Tori Spelling too often closed--and sometimes slammed--the same doors it had opened.

sTORI Telling is Tori's chance to finally tell her side of the tabloid-worthy life she's led, and she talks about it all: her decadent childhood birthday parties, her nose job, her fairy-tale wedding to the wrong man, her so-called feud with her mother. Tori has already revealed her flair for brilliant, self-effacing satire on her VH1 show So NoTORIous and Oxygen's Tori & Dean: Inn Love, but her memoir goes deeper, into the real life behind the rumors: her complicated relationship with her parents; her struggles as an actress after 90210; her accident-prone love life; and, ultimately, her quest to define herself on her own terms.

From her over-the-top first wedding to finding new love to her much-publicized--and misunderstood--"disinheritance," sTORI Telling is a juicy, eye-opening, enthralling look at what it really means to be Tori Spelling. Exclusive
A Bonus Story and Family Photo from Tori Spelling

The Manor
People are always asking about my parents' mansion, which they called the "Manor," but I don't really spend much time talking about it in sTORI Telling because I didn't grow up there. After demolishing Bing Crosby's former estate in Holmby Hills, a fancy neighborhood in west L.A., they spent six years building the Manor. It's about 46,000 square feet (slightly over an acre) and has 123 rooms. Not that I counted or measured. I got those figures from the press, just like everyone else.

Anyway, we moved in when I was seventeen and I only lived there for two years. In some ways the house is like a normal house, but everything is on a bigger scale. It has four floors: the basement (which we call the "Lower Level," probably because that's its designation on the elevator) and the first, second, and third floors. The first floor has a kitchen, a breakfast room, a dining room, an office, a family room, a living room, and a projection room. There's a grand foyer with sweeping staircases on each side. Oh, and there's also a guards' room and the staff dining room. Everyone except fancy guests comes through the service entrance into a hallway with the guards' room and the kitchen.

The kitchen is gigantic, and my fondest memory of it is from when I was twenty-one and had just moved back in after splitting up with a boyfriend. I came home drunk with some girlfriends, and we pillaged the two double-sized Sub-Zero refrigerators. There was always bulk food in there for the staff. We pulled out a big vat of chicken salad and a tub of peanut dressing, both of which looked like they'd been made for giants. Somewhere in the middle of our feast we decided to have a food fight, and the five of us started flinging food at each other. Soon we were covered in peanut dressing from head to toe and the pristine kitchen was a mess. Then we heard a ding, the elevator doors opened, and there was my mother.

She stared at us in silent disbelief. I said, "We're going to clean it up!" She just said, "Mmm hmm," and left the room. I felt a surge of love for her in that moment. It took us hours to clean the kitchen, but it was worth it. That moment made it feel, for once, like home. --Tori Spelling

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.

More About the Author

Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She's received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. Recently she both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love on Oxygen. She lives with her husband, Dean McDermott, and son, Liam, in Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

I could not put the book down, I read it in 2 days.
Heather K. Johnson
Stori Telling by Tori Spelling was surprisingly funny and very well written..
Kimberly Easther
I was a huge 90210 fan and I love watching Tori and Dean's show on oxygen.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

129 of 136 people found the following review helpful By P. Mann on March 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book! Interestingly enough, I wasn't even a Tori Spelling fan when I bought the book. I had read an excerpt in People Magazine, and thought that Tori sounded so down-to-earth and real in the piece that I bought the book. I wasn't disappointed either. Ms. Spelling's openness and friendly manner draws the reader in completely. She describes her life's ups and downs with such frankness and humor that I even found myself laughing out loud at one point. Given how much trouble I had putting this book down, I went ahead and ordered Tori's series "So NoTORIous" to continue the fun!
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Binky on March 14, 2008
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I bought this book after seeing Tori Spelling in an interview. Though I wasn't familiar with her TV shows, I had never forgotten her performance in a TV-movie called "A Friend To Die For." Still, I must admit that because of her famous name, I had made some snap judgments and generally dismissed her.

Her book was a pleasant surprise, filled with unexpectedly down-to-earth recollections of a childhood defined by wealth. Not even half way through it, I was rooting for her as she described repeated attempts to get roles. Her happy-to-even-be-there attitude seems quite genuine, and in such contrast to the sense of entitlement that seeps out of the vapid, rich-girl stereotype perpetuated by the likes of Paris Hilton.

If you are at all mildly entertained by these Hollywood, fun-read books, then pick up Ms. Spelling's story. I guarantee you will find that she doesn't deserve all of the rotten tomatoes lobbed at her solely because of her famous name. In fact, I think you'll end up liking her.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Urban on April 28, 2008
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Had a lot of preconceived ideas about Tori's character through the tabloids, but after reading this book, I am rid of them. Tori comes across as a normal, unspoiled girl who just happened to have been born into wealth. Like regular folk, she struggles with her mother and with insecurities concerning her appearance. Unlike normal folk, she has to deal with the stigma of her last name to get jobs in tv and movies and to be recognized as a qualified actress in her own right. I like this girl; her spirit and sense of humor touched me and made me smile throughout her honest account of her life thus far. The only downside here is in wanting to hear more from Tori. Here's hoping she'll continue telling her stories in a second book !
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this tell all and had mixed emotions after reading this.

The little rich girl story has merit to be revealing insiders look at growning up Spelling. Those fans of the gossip rags or TMZ will find very limited things to mine for trash. Its all presented here in an honest and frankly told volume.

Tori is forthcoming on her relationship with her mother and her late father. One could say you seen this type of book genre before, in such books like Mommy Dearest (Christina Crawford) and Little Girl Lost (Barbara Hutton story). Spelling heiress Tori tends to be the nicer type of girl--the anti-PARIS and it shows in her text

It is an nteresting look at Aaron Spelling the man and the father. A man who started with a little and grew to have an empire. Tori came from a silver spoon in her mouth childhood and grew up. Whereas she learned to expend under her father's roof, it became different after he left her home...and she explains it in great detail

One of my favorite stories in the book is that Tori overspent to the amount of $50,000. Her father said "I know you are having money problems." She said yes and he gave her only five hundred dollars.

Tori talks candidly of her relation between her and her mother...her affair with second husband when she was married to her first husband...her work ideals. She is no saint, nor nice girl. However she lays it out honestly and revealing with no cop outs.

I can not say I loved this book. It did an revealing insight. However, in my opinion, just an overview of something more indepth which she should explore in her next volume

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Sanders on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I never was a huge Tori Spelling fan and grew up watching 90210 religiously. However, reading this very personal and honest account of Tori's life thus far has turned me into a true fan. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone. I was most surprised to see how likeable Tori really is. She explains her insecurities and mishaps with humor & genuine humbleness (and I don't feel it's forced ala Tyra Banks style- "I'm just like you, believe me! Like me!").
What I found most surprising was Tori's childhood and family life. It was nothing like you'd assume and you clearly realize that the grass isn't always greener. Not everyone with money has a charmed life. The stories about her mother are unbelievable!
The format and style in which the book is written is impressive. I couldn't put it down. Great Job Tori! You're a class act!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on May 2, 2008
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This is really a smartly written book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's a great read. Tori is very candid in here and seems honest throughout. She doesn't pull any punches when it comes to talking about her relationships with her parents (especially her mother) and her collegues and the press and almost everyone else.
She starts off talking about her childhood and the dolls given to her each and every birthday that were really more for her mothers pleasure than for Tori herself. To some people she might sound brattish and spoilt, but she admits that she is fully aware that the average reader of her book might think "She wanted one car, but her parents gave her a different, more expensive care. The poor thing.", but she goes on to explain that her parents never bought her things that she would care for; it was more about what they wanted. She tells about how her best memory of her dad when she was a little girl, is helping scoop poop from their lawn. It was always the little things she loved and cared about more than the flashier things.
She talks a little bit about Shannen Doherty and what she and the other 90210 cast mates thought about her, Tori's abusive relationships, trying to get roles on her own merit, her first marriage and her second and the birth of her son Liam. All the things you might want to know about her are in here and it really is an interesting read and not totally superficial. I enjoyed it a lot and hope you do as well.
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