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Recollections, wisdom, and advice from the beloved entertainer, American icon, mother of eight children, and New York Times bestselling author.
When the Donny and Marie show ended its award-winning run on ABC in 1979, 19-year-old Marie was ready to leave the stage lights for a secretary?s life?she had prepared to say ?goodbye? to fleeting fame by studying shorthand and typing! Clearly, life took a different turn.
Now, decades later and still a beloved superstar, Marie opens the door to her thoughts on many of her milestones and missteps, both the public and the personal. In a life brimming with a mixture of charm and chaos, blessings and hilarious bungles, victory and vulnerability, Marie recounts for her ?family of fans? her greatest successes as well as her most crushing disappointments, career pressures and expectations, marriage and divorce, depression, weight issues, tough choices, honors and awards, and the incredible joys and challenges of raising children. Through it all, Marie has bounced back time and again with unstoppable enthusiasm, resilience, and an unbeatably healthy and positive outlook on life.
In Might as Well Laugh About It Now, she imparts her insights on surviving all of life?s roadblocks and detours in a collection of friendly musings and heartening advice about learning to survive? and moving forward?with humor and optimism.
Ok, as I grew up a huge fan of the Osmonds brothers and had many of their albums, Marie really was not in that picture at all. Why is she claiming that she was part of that experience? She wasn't she was at home learning how to be a proper mormon wife and mother, as that really is the only option she had. But then, superstardom set in and the family thought, hey more money for us and the LDS church!
Maria tells us that she has had issues, but everything is great now! You know she cannot really say how she feels, because the church will get upset with her, (not that 2 divorces make any difference because if it did, she would not have her current standing in the LDS church).
Maria is so casual about the real things in life, making us think that the she is just so perfect.
We all know the truth about this so called perfect family and perfect church. Marie, if you want us to know you, tell us something about you!...more info
- ENTERTAINING, but SCATTERBRAINED
I've been a fan of Marie's since PAPER ROSES. In this book Marie comes across, to me, exactly as what her oldest son called her once: "scatterbrained". Marie says more about herself from what she DOESN'T say and from a few of the things she DOES say. The way her kids seem to see her is the way she appears to really be, and it is a bit disheveled and "scatterbrained". I believe this comes from biting off more than she could chew. Some people in life know how to cope better than others;Marie appears to have had a more difficult time. She tells us how SHE dealt with the stumbling blocks;like millions of women with kids, we all learn how to deal too. Marie's book is vague about the DETAILS of her life. She wants us to believe this book is about how she dealt with divorce, her kids problems, etc; and she touches none of it with any depth, if at all. I feel cheated. Marie could have done better. The book seems hastily put together;never mind that her journals were all burned in a fire. Marie should have not continued her pattern of being hasty and
scatterbrained and waited another five years to put a more comprehensive, helpful book together. It's entertaining, but you don't learn anything that other women don't already know about her and life....more info
I bought this book today for myself, my mom, my aunt and my grandmother. About a hour ago my mom and grandmother called to tell me they finished it. I am about 100 pages away from being done!!!
This book is so precious and you fall in love more and more with Marie after each chapter. She really captures the reality of life. I find myself laughing out loud because I totally understand where she is coming from - like her GPS, or not leaving the house without lipstick and earrings!!
She is very candid. I suggest to anyone who is considering buying this book to go ahead and buy it for yourself and every woman in your family. It completely captures you!! ...more info
- Might As Well Laugh About It Now
Marie Osmond is beautiful both inside and out. She shares such personal stories in her life that are an inspiration to many. I couldn't put the book down! Loved It!...more info
- Great Book!
Marie Osmond,Has written A great book. Happy some kind of sad. You really should buy this book. It,s a very good read and it not that long 320 pages you can,t put it down all the diffent places she has been on world tours With family. Talking about everything from lessons she has learned that have helped her later in life and the wonderful parents that were always there for them. Much more good stuff and I love Maries since of humor. I have met her many times and she is always funny upbeat and down to earth. Very beautiful also. When you meet her she seems like a best friend. I will always admire Marie so get the book....more info
- Sure to bring a smile!
Marie's wit and sense of humor shine through the pages of this very enjoyable book. She looks back on life experiences, shares the lessons she has learned from them, and makes you smile all the way through to the last page. You'll learn some things about her famous family that you may not have heard about before, and read some great stories about her crazy life with her eight energetic children. "Might As Well Laugh About It Now" is touching, fun, insightful, and you won't want to put it down. A great book from a great lady - don't miss reading this one!...more info
Again, Marie Osmond has done it again! Her list of talents go on and on. This book connects the author with the reader. What a joy to read such inspiring stories about the "ups and downs" of life and how to face the every day journey of life. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!...more info
- Good Book
I am still reading this book, but what I have read is good. I am a big fan of Marie and I love her outlook on life....more info
- Witty, Inspiring----How do I get on your Christmas card list?
RE: Might As Well Laugh About It Now
I pre-ordered this book and it arrived yesterday----I couldn't put it down
and just finished it. Marie is so funny and witty; she reminded me of Robin Williams with her quick wit. This is definitely a "feel good" after
reading kind of book, and I look forward to seeing what this talented woman will do next. Julie W., Stephenville, Texas...more info
- Amusing Yet Insightful
This book was on my wife's nightstand and having been a "Donny and Marie" fan many years ago I gave it a read. Patchy in some spots, as she jumps here and there in her timeline, overall I give it two thumbs up. Very enjoyable in some spots as well insightful into her personal struggles of balancing relationship, motherhood and career....more info
- Hilarious and Honest
Marie did an amazing job writing this book. She really hit home how important it is too keep a sense of humor even thru tough times. What a great read!!! She made me laugh, she made me cry, and she made me hopeful....more info
- Surprisingly good!
I have enjoyed the Osmonds off and on over the years, but would not consider myself a "fan." I received this book as a gift and was surprised at how enjoyable Marie's story was. Better written than many celebrity memoirs, with more substantial content, I learned much about her family and life as an adult. Of particular interest were her comments about career decisions(didn't know she'd turned down the role of Sandy in "Grease" back in the 70's) and how she managed her family while on the road. ...more info
I've loved Marie since the 70's and I guess I should have known she wouldn't dish any secrets in this book...I still love her but didn't learn anything from this boring book.
- MIGHT AS WELL LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW
Just as I was expecting, Marie brought all her humor and humility and love of God and family to this most interesting and heartfelt book.
I enjoyed it so much, I could not put it down.
Marie is a true inspiration to every woman who has had to overcome challenges, both personal and professional.
- Marie at her Best and Everything in Between
I could not put this book down until I finished reading it in one night. Marie's life is as busy and crazy as mine was growing up with one brother and 4 sisters. I laughed and cried as I read the book. I would recommend this great book to anyone who thinks the life of a star and Mother is easy. I especially loved reading about her relationship with her parents. I felt I got to know her like a friend. I hope Marie will write another book soon. Perhaps her next 10PM project. ...more info
- Marie Osmond's Might as well laugh about it now
The book is well written, informative, most enjoyable and gives the reader a look into the lives of Celebrities that we don't normally see. They're just people, with the same trials and events we all face day to day....more info
- A Couple of Queries...Posers....
Let me admit that I am NOT an Osmond fan, never have been, never will be but Marie O. made me laugh during Dancing with the Stars with some of her comments so I thought I'd give this book, courtesy of the library, a go. I heard her say on DWTS and in this book that she and her bro were Mattel's first celebrity dolls...hmmmm...seems to me I was the proud owner of a Mattel Twiggy Doll back in the late sixties. Was Twiggy not a celebrity? Also, the old gal says that "Osmonds don't take drugs." Wasn't her son in rehab for a drug problem? I find myself VEXED by these questions. Anyone have an answer? BTW, the book was a light read, some of it humorous, some tedious, especially the parts about her parents, St. George and St. Olive. ...more info
- Might As Well Laugh About It
Was a very easy book to get through. Never read "Behind the Smile" so I will order that today. She is funny and a beautiful woman she looks great with the weight loss....more info
- Clever, smart and oh so witty!
Marie Osmond proves here that she still is a strong and inspirational person, not matter what comes her way.
In Marie's new book we see a fun and charming person. If you are looking for the tabloid-gossip style writing on her life, it is not here. The book does skip around from the 70's to present day and back to her childhood. Yet it works.
Sure there are the personal stories, but in a uplifting and laugh out loud style. Some stories have been told before, but many are new. The title of the book is perfect for what you would expect from her...clever, smart and oh so witty! A fast and fun read. I can hardly wait for her next book!...more info
- A Multitalented Woman
Marie Osmond writes about her life in each chapter, but never in a chronological order.She philosophizes on what has helped her through
her life in various areas.Marie mentions she derived a great deal of
strenghth from her mother, who people refered to as "Mother Osmond."
She is able to joke at herself and shortcomings.Just as she can recognize her strong side after working in show business since early childhood,
alongside eight brothers.
A remark by a famous actress, when she was pregnant with her first child, has made her realize her eight children are her number one concern.
The Children's Miracle network is another.
Marie writes a book of "humor".She alludes to problems without mentioning
any specific ones, except her weight issues.Because her mother suffered a debilitating stroke,Marie has lost over 40 lbs.,and now is both health and heart conscious.
When she is upset she turns to her religion and nature.
Marie has suffered many family tragedies in the past nine years.Maybe
they are too fresh and ongoing to deal with at this time.
This was meant to be a book of humor.
A light read and very funny!...more info
- An Ejoyable Read
If you are an Osmond fan, you will enjoy this easy and relaxing book. Even if you aren't, you may become one! It held my interest and had Marie's typical humor and wit. I broke out laughing so many times and shared portions with my husband, who rolled his eyes and laughed, as well. I appreciated, so much, Marie's memories of her Mom and Dad. Wait until you find our Marie's uses for Sharpies. ...more info
- Excellent Book
I thoroughly enjoyed Marie's new book. It only took a short time to read because I always wanted to get back to it. She is so honest, humorous, and just delightful in her story telling about her life. I am 66 and wish more young people had her values. It was nice to read something wholesome for a change and do a little laughing. Too much sadness going around these days!!...more info
- An Upbeat Positive Perspective On Marie's Life!!!
Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond
Last Saturday, when our oldest daughter Mary was visiting us, she asked if I'd read Marie's book and I said no, that our library had it and would read it. She said she would leave it for me to read, as she'd just bought it and knew I'd have it read before she could, as she was reading my Donny Autobiography. When I got up the next morning to read my e-mail, Marie's NEW book was sitting on top of my other books!!!! I had no idea she had a new book out!!! After starting this book, I'd read two VERY negative comments about this book on Goodreads and after finishiung the book earlier today, found nothing negative that Marie had said that this one young lady had purported Marie as saying.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Marie's introspective looks into her life and how she laughs at life's little foibles. Marie looks at life the way I do, always looking at the good in everything and everyone. Marie shares her outlook on how she handled her passing out on Dancing With The Stars, her house fire, her managing her hectic life being a mother of 8 children, how much she loves her children, the devastation she felt at losing her parents, her divorce and her battle with Bulimia. If you want to read how Marie uses laughter to get through life's biggest struggles, do yourself a favor and pick this delightful and poignant book up. You'll be glad you did.
Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: April 2009
- Refreshing as always.
Couldn't wait to read a new book by Marie Osmond! Like sitting down with a good friend. Marie has problems just like everyone else and chooses to face them with wit and determination,instead of getting bitter and wallowing in selp-pity as so many do. Thank you for being a shining light....more info
- Marie Osmond
I loved being able to peak into her life. She is warm and inviting and very human.
I thoroughly enjoyed her book....more info
- Marie is wonderful!!
I read this book in only a few days. Marie is funny, warm, insightful. I have always admired her and her family but now I am even a bigger fan. ...more info
- Great book, didn't want to stop reading!
Loved the book. Such an easy read, didn't want to put the book down. What a fascinating life. Very well written, you'll want to share this one when you're done!...more info
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