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From the opening ultrasound scene, in which Spelling frets that her unborn son's nose is too big, through her two bouts coping with baby weight and numerous shopping sprees, the memoir focuses heavily on appearances. What rescues the book from complete narcissism are Spelling's sense of humor—which is truly fun and alive to irony—and her obvious love for her small children. Listeners will respond to her desire to create a real life for them, even as they raise eyebrows at her decision to have their childhoods broadcast on reality television. Spelling narrates with a chatty Valley Girl style and loads of inflection and drama—whether or not the circumstances warrant it. (A scene about showing up with the wrong Halloween costume at a party is delivered with the same agitation as one in which her baby loses consciousness from a seizure.) A Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover. (May)
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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. 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, son, Liam, and daughter, Stella, in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141659910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
90210 actress Tori Spelling won me over with her first memoir, sTORI Telling (it actually prompted me to check out her show So NoTORIious, which I found hilarious), and I was eager to read her followup, Mommywood, especially now that she's got two kids, son Liam and baby Stella. Mommywood is her term for being a mom in Hollywood, and details her experience giving birth to Stella while filming her reality show Tori & Dean, her anxiety about being the mom of a girl, and shares mostly amusing stories and occasional insights.

When Spelling dishes on other celebrities, most of the time, she's hilarious, such as when she got invited to a birthday party for Diddy's twin daughters. She can't figure out why she was invited since they don't really know each other, and hilariously has to look up his kids' gender online, only to mistakenly buy them clothes for one-year-olds, when they're turning two. There, she encounters Gwen Stefani. "We talked about babies and siblings for a few minutes, and then we had nothing else to talk about and said good-bye."

However, sometimes this celebrity namedropping goes awry. An encounter with Luke Perry at her stepson's birthday party is pretty boring. He gives her the cold shoulder presumably because he's mad about something she wrote about him in her first book. That story seems like a stretch and really has no drama or interest. Similarly, her rant against Chelsea Handler is interesting at first (Handler has railed on Spelling on her show, and they share a publisher, Simon Spotlight Entertainment), but goes on too long.

When Spelling truly shares, such as about her dealings with her stepson, Jack, and his mom, she makes this book about something real that stepfamilies do actually deal with, and does so in a sensitive way.
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Tori...I love her. You will want her to be your FRIEND...lol...she is just so stinkin' funny and down to earth. I read her first book. Then I read her mother's book...and now this one. Her mother is honestly missing something. But Tori, gets it. She makes her shortcomings known and her feud with her mother is obvious...but at least Tori owns her BS and admits her shortcomings. Her mother, clearly has no clue and is always the victim. I adore Tori Spellings and it wasn't that way until I read her books. I hope she will write another...and another. (yep, I'm a mother, by the way.)
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From the opening pages of Tori Spelling's searing new memoir, "Mommywood," readers will realize that we are in for a rare tale of pathos and depth. In that first scene, Spelling recounts the devastation and fear she experienced when, at a 3-D ultrasound for her first child, she realized that his nose looked too big. Gigantic, even. She could not believe that this horrifying defect, which could well destroy Liam's Hollywood career before it even began, went unnoticed by her husband and doctor.

Spelling knew it was vital that baby Liam have a perfect nose, because she had made the noble decision to record his every smile, poopy diaper, temper tantrum, and birthday bash for all of America--no, the whole world--to see. On her reality show "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," which airs weekly on the Oxygen network, Spelling vents to fans about the tribulations of having two tiny children who are followed everywhere by the paparazzi she invited into their lives.

In the book, she reveals her fascinating quest to lose the baby weight from Liam even while getting pregnant with her daughter Stella. She courageously opens up about her sex life. She trashes her mother's catty trashing of her and discusses Mom's shopping and wanton materialism. She reveals how, after redecorating their home, she realized it was far too small and bought a mansion instead. She frets at length about the faux pas of arriving at a birthday party for celebrity twins with the wrong present because she had never actually met the children and didn't know their ages. She also wonders aloud why it is that Luke Perry, her old co-star on 90210, snubbed her at another child's birthday party, finally concluding that it may have something to do with what she said about Perry in her last memoir, "sTORI Telling.
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Tori Spelling is back in her latest tell-all book with lots of tantalizing scoop about her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. Unlike her first go-around which analyzed every detail of her torrid relationship with her mother Candy; this installment focuses more on her latest role as a new mother. With a husband plus two small children, Tori must learn how to keep her private life and the demands of stardom in balance.

Being part of the Spelling Dynasty made having a normal childhood virtually impossible. So, Tori and husband Dean set out on a mission to find the perfect location to raise their young family. Surprisingly, it's not with their fellow Hollywood Starlets. Instead, they move into an upper middleclass neighborhood complete with Fourth of July parties and nosey neighbors. Of course, despite their best intentions, the television cameras from their reality show plus the paparazzi lurking in their bushes do little to help them blend in with their new-found friends.

From the get-go, Tori knew firsthand that motherhood would be no easy job. From dirty diapers to Red Carpet temper tantrums, Tori has her work cut out for her. Not to mention, Dean just happens to be the apple of their son's eye. Who would have thought that jealousy over their own child would come into play? Luckily, the two learn to accept their son's fickle expressions of love and put their relationship back on track.

With the news of another child entering their love nest, the threesome embraces the addition of a precious baby girl. Of course, Tori laments over the possibility of her repeating her mother's errant ways. With the help of Dean, she welcomes the baby into the fold with hilarious zany adventures only befitting to the delightful Tori herself.
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