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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.”
– John H. Klippel, MD, president and CEO, Arthritis Foundation

“Christine has always been a class act – on camera and off. She shares her story with honesty and her signature style.”
– Kathie Lee Gifford

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161608264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082642
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So many of us take our 'normal' childhoods and pain-free lives for granted. We grew up feeling both loved and cherished and assumed everyone else did. In her gutsy memoir, Take Me Home From the Oscars, Christine Schwab shares with readers that she did not have that kind of childhood. We ache for the lonely child who must say good-bye to her beautiful, but distant, mother never knowing when they will see each other again. We wonder about her absent father. Later we agonize with the successful television personality as she deals with years of pain from rheumatoid arthritis, suffering reactions from numerous medications, always hoping for remission. But this is not a story of despair. It is a story of strength, determination, and the power of unconditional love. Christine chose long ago not to let her past define or limit her. This book is proof she has succeeded! Told in a chatty, informal style, this emotional story is a must read.
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You owe it to yourself to get to know Christine Schwab. In Take Me Home from the Oscars, she tells the inspiring story of fighting rheumatoid arthritis in secret while working in the exciting and glamorous world of fashion and style reporting. It's a fascinating book - its mix of behind-the-scenes stories from a number of well-known television shows and the raw emotion of a challenging and serious health issue is well paced and keeps you glued to the page. Schwab's honesty in recounting the struggles from her childhood and the impact these had on her adult life, as well as battling severe RA is very moving. Anyone who lives with a chronic illness will be able to relate to her stories of navigating the medical field, trying to keep work and family life going and the quest to feel normal when everything very much isn't. Her call for activism and advocacy to and the stigma of rheumatoid arthritis is incredibly motivating. I believe this book will be an important part of creating awareness about RA.
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Christine Schwab has written a poignant, inspiring story about the devastating effects rheumatoid arthritis has on both her personal and professional life.
As you turn the pages, you are taken on an emotional roller coaster of pain and triumph. She balances her career in the unforgiving entertainment world while testing dozens of medications and incurring debilitating side effects in order to find relief. Her incredible courage, optimism and determination shine through on every page.
Christine Schwab is truly an inspriation to me and will be to anyone who reads the book.
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By Joy on May 12, 2014
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Being recently diagnosed with ra and have began treatments 2 months ago I wanted information from someone that is or has gone thru what I am . Doctors can tell you some of what to expect but nobody knows better than the patient , people with RA can tell you first hand experience of the daily struggles! Thanks Christine for sharing your story your courageous fight against RA , glad to hear that after 7 very hard years that you are now in remission gives me hope that remission is a possibility for me and others with RA:)
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In this wonderful book, Christine Schwab truly captures the essence,
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,
my friend.
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Take Me Home From the Oscars is a must-read for anyone who suffers from a debilitating illness. Christine's gripping portrayal of a woman at her peak both professionally and personally when diagnosed with RA is riveting. Written with rare honesty, and offering a tantalizing peek behind the curtain of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, Christine weaves a story of fear and courage. This book is a powerful portrait of determination and hope. You will root for her, cry for her and, ultimately share her joy with remission.
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I thought this book was totally amazing! I will be watching for her next book!!! I literally could not put it down, I'm a slow reader... only my hands got tired... not my brain! Also wishing they'd put this book into a movie for lifetime, or oxygen channel.

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!
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