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In her latest memoir, TV personality (and Jenny Craig spokesperson) Bertinelli explores questions of change and identity after having lost 40 pounds, a personal project she described quite publicly in 2008's Losing It. Newly svelte, Bertinelli's next challenge is facing the fact that weight loss is not exactly a cure-all: "I discovered that the life I want isn't about reaching a single goal." Bertinelli's obsession with food and weight maintenance is all-consuming, and, once pleased with her body, she finds herself unable to conceive of what's next. What she reveals about life at 48, aside from weight loss issues, is enjoyable and oftentimes hilarious: struggling with the adulthood and sexuality of her son Wolfie, searching for God, and waxing regretful over her lack of formal education. She shouldn't: her talent for humor, candor and fostering intimacy with readers is apparent on every page. Looking at middle-aged life with a boyfriend and a mixed family, Bertinelli is ceaselessly honest and pretense-free, and should get readers cheering for her accomplishments-even if they're no more than looking fantastic in a bikini at 48.
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Valerie Bertinelli has been acting since the age of twelve, appearing in more than two dozen made-for-TVmovies. Most recognizably, she appeared on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time and, more recently, on Touched by an Angel. Now a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Bertinelli was raised in Claymont, Delaware, and in the San Fernando Valley, California, and was married for twenty years to Eddie Van Halen (they split up in 2001). Currently, she lives with her son, Wolfgang, in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743598369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743598361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,960,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda K on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I, for one, loved reading Valerie's new book. I so admire her humor, honesty, and real voice. I feel like I'm with a good friend when I read her. Her insights about weight loss are invaluable. I also really appreciate her frank talk about Wolfie (her son). I hope she has another book after this one...I'll be the first in line for it.
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I was hesitant to read this after reading the reviews which criticized the political nature of the book. The last thing I wanted was to pick up a book about weight loss and have it be some celebrity's political medium. Thank goodness I did decide to read this as I was shocked at how little politics were in the book and how what was there was tied to HER journey of finding herself and inspiring change in HER life. Some people have little tolerance to even hear the name Obama and my suspicion is that is where those comments came from. So, if you can't stand to even hear the Obama name, then probably you shouldn't read this book. If you have an open mind and can embrace opinions of others which may differ from yours, then I would recommend reading this book.
For me, the book started out slow and took me awhile to get into. It was kind of like having a conversation with a friend. The first book was filled with fame,celebrity meetings, and some of that tabloid excitement of living on the edge. This book was very different and more about an average woman with everyday struggles. The more I read, the more I liked it for that very reason - it is relatable. In this book Valerie is trying to reinvent herself and struggles with such common things as a child growing up & not needing her, a career that is in flux, elderly parents, growing older herself and maintenance for her weight loss. She ties a lot of her journey in with faith, a need for change and an acceptance of self that we all seem to struggle with. There were some gold nuggets in this book. I love her notes to herself.
The first book was captivating as it led you through the rise to stardom, a high profile marriage and her dramatic weight loss. This book was more down to earth and less Hollywood.
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Having enjoyed Valerie Bertinelli's first book, I was looking forward to reading this one. I was eager for "the rest of the story" and dove right in as soon as the book was released. If you are looking for more than you could possibly want to know (or that I would imagine Wolfie and his girlfriend want you to know) about her teenage son's sex life, then this is the book for you. If you want multiple (many more than in her first book) political comments from Valerie, then you are really in luck - she repeatedly makes clear her disdain for political opinions that don't mirror hers. Hungry for lots and lots of family minutiae that has nothing to do with weight loss? You won't be by the third chapter or so.

Kudos to Valerie for her amazing weight loss success. I bought this book hoping to learn more about her success and to gain some tips and insights. By Chapter 6, I had had enough of trying to glean any tips and insights from all of the other information Ms. Bertinelli chose to share. I was so excited to begin reading this book. After a less than enjoyable read of six chapters, I find I have no desire to finish it.
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In her new book "Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life without Opening the Fridge," a follow-up to her bestselling memoir "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time," Valerie Bertinelli intimately details her life after the release of her first book. Throughout the chapters, her writing is light and humorous which provides for one entertaining read. We learn about her teenage son Wolfie who tours with his rock star father Eddie Van Halen, gets his first serious girlfriend, and has trouble passing the driver's license test. Then there's Tom, Valerie's boyfriend who has four children of his own and whose witty commentary Bertinelli quotes throughout the book. However, obviously the most interesting character is Valerie herself. Despite her Hollywood stardom, Bertinelli comes across as very down-to-earth. She struggles with maintaining her weight, worrying about her teenage son, and becoming exhausted from all the errands. While writing candidly about her life--so much that I often felt like I was reading her diary, Valerie also discusses her belief-system and the quest to stay optimistic. Before each chapter, Bertinelli even includes a "Notes to Myself" section which lists her thoughts, and often includes inspirational quotations. In addition to being a memoir of Valerie's current life, this book has the bonus of functioning like a self-help book for others out there who are also struggling with a positive self-image and regrets from the past (Valerie's include spending too much time in her miserable marriage, failing to get an education, and allowing herself to gain weight in the first place), while dealing with the present. Overall, I found this book to be a solid read and something I would recommend to not only Valerie's fans, but women in general as well as men who are having trouble understanding their wives.
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First of all, I want to say that I am beyond impressed with what Valerie has done to improve her life! I lost weight and I had also begun to run . .so I do know how hard both of these issues are! It is great to hear how someone, regardless of their celebrity status can overcome difficulties and completely turn their life around! Her boyfriend Tom sounds like an absolute gem!!!!
However, as I so enjoyed her first book and even bought copies for my friends, her second book was more like a diary read. Interesting, funny, eh, sort of boring sometimes. I don't know if it was too soon after the first book to have put out a second--but somehow, the material was not as moving. I found myself skipping pages and losing concentration in my reading. I found myself wanted to hear more about maybe her life: what was going on with her son, her boyfriend, or her ex. Just something to fill in. The first book was so good and was so in depth, I believe that it is hard to match something that was so perfect.
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