From Publishers Weekly
I was one of those kids who was always putting on a show, The View
cohost Shepherd writes in this tell-all memoir loosely structured as a self-help book; after every tumultuous chapter Shepherd gives the reader permission to do this or not do that based on her own experience (Write yourself a permission slip that says, 'I tried, and I can't handle this' ). Shepherd is a feisty African-American single mom, comedian and former Jehovah's Witness. The tone is good-natured, rueful and funny. Yet it will be no surprise that Shepherd has had a few bumps in the road: among others, being shamed by her family and church for having sex at age 14; rejected in her showbiz career; and the birth of a severely premature baby, divorce and a diagnosis of diabetes. Shepherd is a woman coming to terms with her altered looks as she passes 40 alone and raising a child. She is still religious, and occasionally the reader may pull back, such as when Shepherd admits she does not believe in evolution. All in all, though, this is a good, dishy read, if not easy to apply to one's own everyday life. (Oct. 14)
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About the Author
Sherri Shepherd currently serves as a co-host on ABC's The View
, which airs five days a week on ABC affiliates nationally and consistently draws more than 3 million viewers per show. She also plays a recurring character on NBC's 30 Rock
Sherri has had a long career as a regular cast member on some of America's best-loved shows, including Suddenly Susan
, Everybody Loves Raymond
, The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
and her own show, Less Than Perfect
. Sherri has also been in countless other TV shows and films including Beauty Shop
, and Guess Who
Sherri currently resides in New York with her son.