A compassionate, creative and well-intentioned memoir.

They Serve Bagels in Heaven

ONE COUPLE'S STORY OF LOVE, ETERNITY, AND THE COSMIC IMPORTANCE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

A memoir and treatise on faith, love, and life after death.

Weinberg (Love’s Eternal Marriage, 2012) presents a new edition of her book, first published in 2001, exploring the ramifications of her husband Saul’s tragic death in an automobile accident, which she survived. Shortly after the tragedy, Weinberg received a strong spiritual message telling her that she should “be loving and kind to everyone.” As she physically recovered and grappled with her grief, she encountered several mediums and spiritual healers who hinted that Saul might still be with her in spirit. She eventually found her way to a healer who claimed to have direct messages from Saul. In his messages, Weinberg says, Saul explained life beyond the grave, the nature of Heaven, and human beings’ true purpose on Earth: “Your soul purpose is the gift you came here to share with the human race, no matter how simple or grand it may seem,” he said. “It also involves the personal relationship lessons you came here to learn this time around.” For Saul and Irene, he said, this lesson took the form of multiple lives spent as soul mates, spanning major events of world history and the specific history of the Jewish people. These stories add narrative drama to a book that mainly serves to explain Weinberg’s ideas on how people can come to grips with the concept of life after death, and how they can live better lives on Earth. The prose is straightforward, with little literary or aesthetic embellishment, but it makes the ideas easy to understand. However, the author gives little attention to her own personal, emotional experiences, aside from the details necessary to set the scenes, and this somewhat obscures the story of her emotional journey. That said, this is a big-hearted, earnest memoir that shows Weinberg’s clear desire to help readers. Believers in spiritualism and life after death will find plenty of food for thought.

A compassionate, creative and well-intentioned memoir.

Pub Date: Dec. 10, 2001

ISBN: 978-1493618668

Page Count: 160

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2014

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An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

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The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star.

Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn’t write: “a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life.” Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she “walked away,” fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating “one billion dollars in annual sales.” However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she’d become a “feelings addict,” just needing “enough noise to distract me from the pain I’d been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, ‘Just give him your light. See if it saves him…’ ” On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher’s daughter moving 18 times before she “hit fifth grade,” and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson’s memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor. One of Kirkus and Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2020.

An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-289996-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2020

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Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media.

After writing a column for 14 years titled “What I Know For Sure” for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Winfrey brings together the highlights into one gift-ready collection. Grouped into themes like Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity and Power, each short essay is the distilled thought of a woman who has taken the time to contemplate her life’s journey thus far. Whether she is discussing traveling across the country with her good friend, Gayle, the life she shares with her dogs or building a fire in the fireplace, Winfrey takes each moment and finds the good in it, takes pride in having lived it and embraces the message she’s received from that particular time. Through her actions and her words, she shows readers how she's turned potentially negative moments into life-enhancing experiences, how she's found bliss in simple pleasures like a perfectly ripe peach, and how she's overcome social anxiety to become part of a bigger community. She discusses the yo-yo dieting, exercise and calorie counting she endured for almost two decades as she tried to modify her physical body into something it was not meant to be, and how one day she decided she needed to be grateful for each and every body part: "This is the body you've been given—love what you've got." Since all of the sections are brief and many of the essays are only a couple paragraphs long—and many members of the target audience will have already read them in the magazine—they are best digested in short segments in order to absorb Winfrey's positive and joyful but repetitive message. The book also features a new introduction by the author.

Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1250054050

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Flatiron View Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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