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Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far Paperback – May 22, 2012
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The oldest daughter of Sarah Palin and single mother goes beyond the headlines, offering readers an inside look at her life, her world, and the things that matter most, including her family and the faith that keeps her centered. When her mother became the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, Bristol Palin was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, becoming the focus of intense public and national media scrutiny at the age of seventeen.
In Not Afraid of Life, Bristol gives readers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life for the first time, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother’s political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with her baby’s father crumbled publicly—not once, but twice. Bristol talks about the highs and lows of her appearance on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, including the aching hours of practice, the biting criticisms, and the thrill of getting to the show’s finals. She speaks candidly of her aspirations for the future and the deep religious faith that gives her strength and inspiration. Plainspoken and disarmingly down to earth, Bristol offers new insight and understanding of who she is and what she values most.
A Look Inside Not Afraid of Life
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|I fished in the Mat-Su Borough from a young age. Here I am on a fishing trip with my grandfather at Willow Creek.||After an interview near the Statue of Liberty I was the only student to accept a diploma while wearing baby puke on my dress. Piper is dressed up in my graduation gown while I hold Tripp and McKinley looks on.||One of the most challenging parts of competing on Dancing with the Stars was not being able to hang out with Tripp as much as I wanted to! His on-set visits energized me.||Our home overlooks Lake Lucille, which freezes completely solid during the winter. Tripp is learning how to ice-skate on this cold day. Maybe one day he’ll follow in my brother Track’s steps and become a great hockey player!|
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About the Author
Bristol Palin appeared on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, where she reached the finals and ultimately placed third. She frequently speaks in front of groups across the country, where she focuses on inspirational and pro-life topics.
Nancy French is the author of Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War and Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. She is also the editor of SixSeeds.tv, a pop culture-focused magazine for parents, and lives in Tennessee with her husband and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Bristol Palin professes many things in her life: that her parents gave her a "purity ring" in adolescence (a sure-fire applause line for one of her mother's speeches, had she used it, which she hasn't), that she has had only one sex partner at the age of twenty ("one too many," as Nancy French writes). After being put on birth-control pill at age fifteen, she says, to relieve menstrual cramps, Bristol woke up "cold in a tent" after passing out from too many wine coolers and losing her virginity; and that the young man to whom she announced her betrothal not once but twice is "a gnat." Oh, and that she felt she had to "watch her back" in the presence of Meghan McCain. Bristol's many, many grievances--such as why her family did not routinely fly first-class when her mother was, briefly, governor of Alaska, or why the McCains owned so much Louis Vuitton luggage and had more hairdressers at hand during the 2008 campaign--take up most of this book. And from the foreword by Theodore Roosevelt, the person who actually reads this book has to wonder how much of it Bristol herself read. It also appears to be a catch-all for grievances accumulated by her mother since the publication of Sarah Palin's ghost-written "Going Rogue."
"'Wow!' said my mom," pointing out that the "Dancing With the Stars" finals garnered more viewers than Keith Olbermann, whom Bristol says, "has seemed to disappear, and is more irrelevant than ever.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book it's nice to hear the truth about some things instead of thru TVPublished 2 months ago by Shanna Brown
so cool that she is not afraid to show that she is a fun girl who doesn't mind having fun sex with anyone. Read morePublished 14 months ago by nature boy
Shouldn't the title be - not afraid of unprotected sex and pregnancy out of wedlock.Published 16 months ago by Mark Fwain
After all her clueless blaming of Levi, how does she explain getting pregnant AGAIN without the benefit of marriage.
Love your honesty and the lessons you shared. I sure many will receive help and encouragement. Way to go Bristol!Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like Bristol's honesty once she realized her mistakes. I would recommend this book to the many teenagers that think it will not happen to them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by HM Trottier