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- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161608264X
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Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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“This beautiful book of hope will inspire all of those who live with adversity… the Oscar story will just break your heart but show you how far you can go if you have determination and a positive attitude.”
– Bonnie Tiegel, Entertainment Tonight/The Insider
“A delicious behind-the-scenes look at fashion and TV… and the vicious disease, the unrelenting pain, and the triumph that comes with finally deciding to wear it all like a badge of courage. Christine Schwab took lemons and turned them into haute couture. I like her style more than ever!”
– Adam Glassman, O, The Oprah Magazine
"An enjoyable, interesting, helpfully informative read."
- American Library Association’s Booklist magazine.
“Christine Schwab shares the many obstacles of living with a devastating form of arthritis that threatened every aspect of her life and tested her strength. Her humbling story of courage, determination, and triumph is a true tale of inspiration for the millions of Americans who struggle with arthritis on a daily basis.”
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“Christine has always been a class act – on camera and off. She shares her story with honesty and her signature style.”
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About the Author
Christine Schwab is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle television reporter and author. She has been a recurring guest on Oprah!, NBC Nightly News, CBS's The Early Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Rachael Ray, Inside Edition, and E! Entertainment. Schwab has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; Vanity Fair; Ladies Home Journal; Women’s World; The Chicago Tribune; The Huffington Post; and the Washington Post Book Magazine/Sunday. She is author of Quickstyle and The Grown-Up Girl’s Guide to Style. Schwab lives in Newport and Beverly Hills, California.
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of what it is like to live with a chronic illness. As someone
who has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over twenty-one
years, I really appreciated the fact, that she did not sugarcoat
it. It was like looking into a mirror.
Her story was told with honesty and sometimes very heartbreaking truths,
when it comes to all the terrible things, one goes through when living
with a chronic disease.
Christine, certainly has turned her trial into a triumph. I am so glad,
she is now speaking out, and truly making a huge difference!
You will find yourself crying and cheering her on. I highly recommend
this book, to anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness. Her
strength and resolve shine right through. I am proud, to call Christine,
Today, having just finished Christine's book, I realized it is much more than the brave "Celebrity-With-A-Disease" story that I had expected (which is actually why I bought this book in the first place). As a lawyer, I was impressed with the accuracy of the factual accounts and the credibility of the personal and emotional accounts. As an English major, I was pleasantly surprised at just how literary Take Me Home from the Oscars is, with its inclusion of metaphor and symbolism, for example. The high-fashion, high-heeled shoe images epitomize the fashion industry, but serve as sharp contrast to RA, illustrating the dual-world within which Christine operated - wearing the most stylish of sneakers. I was impressed by how brilliantly Christine juxtapositions the fantasy world with the real world. She weaves in the themes of denial and loss of control throughout the book by flashing back to childhood memories amid her twenty-year RA progression. Just as Christine could not control being "boarded out" by her mother as a child, and the sense of loss she felt back then, RA seemed to be controlling her life at its peak, threatening a new marriage and all she had worked for professionally. Her defense mechanism - both as a child and as a professional woman with a chronic illness - consisted of denial and pretend (as in a make-believe, television world). Just as she persevered after a difficult and lonely childhood, and with determination and ambition became a fashion and television success, she has taken control of her disease. Through smart, passionate writing, she is now inspiring others to do the same.
Of course, RA is chronic and life-long; her battle is not over just because the book ends. But we are left with a sufficiently feel-good ending and a strong sense of hope. I am grateful that she no longer keeps her RA a secret because her strong voice raises awareness and hope for people with RA. I know that my RA friends will read this book and I have no doubt they will be glad they did. I wish my healthy friends would read it so they could understand this disease and the way it greatly impacts the lives of its victims - even powerhouses like Christine Schwab. Anybody who lives with RA or who has a loved one with RA should read this book. Even if you care nothing about RA, perhaps someone you care about suffers with this disease but keeps it a secret, like Christine (and I) did for many years. At the very least, you'll enjoy the "Hollywood tell-all" (Entertainment Tonight) aspect of this book!
UPDATE: I begged my spouse to read the book. I have RA, and I needed my husbands support and I felt like I couldn't be honest about my fears with this disease, so afraid I would loose him. After I begged, he finally read it! He couldn't put it down. "Take Me Home from the Oscars" has literally saved my marriage. It opened his eyes about RA. My loved ones are clueless about the daily routine of pain with RA. Every husband/wife of someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis really needs to read this book too! It makes a world of difference having someone just 'understand' for once!