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Stori Telling Hardcover – March 11, 2008
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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.
A Bonus Story and Family Photo from Tori Spelling
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
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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.
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!
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
Especially riveting is the vacant relationship she has with her emotionally remote mother. Candy Spelling has around $500 million (apparently), but she can't bring herself to have any kind of meaningful and solid relationship with her daughter. Instead she appears to like to control every aspect of her daughter's life in the only way she can - with money. She seems to have a "I'll buy you what I like, but if you don't like it you can pay for it yourself and don't expect any more help from me - ever." kind of attitude. Case in point Tori's first wedding. After reading about it, it seems that this was Candy's dream wedding - not Tori's! No wonder Tori and Dean flew off to the other side of the planet (sans Mom)to get married!
Another intersting aspect of the Spellings is that they never seemed to teach Tori any kind of normal life skills - especially how to manage money responsibly. In many ways you can see how Tori was ultimately set up for financial failure by her own parents.
The only reason why I didn't give the book 5 stars was because I felt that she skimmed over the ending - from the time she and Dean moved into the B&B. Instead she devotes pages to 'So NoTORIous'. She barely covers the B&B period in her life (which I would have liked to have read more about - there must be many funny stories that never made it onto TV). It seems as if she was in a hurry to finish the book, going on instead about how her life today is her 'normal'.
Good luck to you Tori (and Dean, Liam and 'Little Tori') and thank you for this very entertaining read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have loved all Tori's books in this series. She writes beautifully, is witty, funny and humble. All of these are a fantastic read, and I come away smiling and feeling uplifted.Published 24 days ago by CJR
I have been a fan of Tori Spelling since the 90210 days. I have watched her reality, and crafting shows. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sonya Byrd
I'm not a giant Tori Spelling fan, but I don't dislike her either and a friend recommended her books as perfect, light material for me to read while recuperating from surgery and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mia
received exactly as promised, and even earlier than expected. RecommendedPublished 7 months ago by Stephanie Fersolk
I really believe Tori is truly telling her story in an most honest way. She is funny and lighthearted.Published 7 months ago by Baseball MOM
I honestly enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to take a peek into Tori Spelling's life.
I did notice a few inconsistencies and some things she did I was totally... Read more
Tori Spelling certainly has a knack for writing an entertaining book. It's a comfortably easy read, as if she was sitting across from you having a casual chat.Published 9 months ago by Albert Leon