Welcome back to chez Bertinelli, where life is as crazy and comical as ever. In revealing talks with her longtime boyfriend, Tom, Valerie gets even more personal about her inner worries: her maternal anxieties about her son, Wolfie (he's fallen in love and, as she writes, "getting your sex talk from Eddie Van Halen wasn't recommended in any of the parenting books I read"); the challenges of dealing with a blended family; her mother's own new diet adventure; and a craving for a deeper relationship with a Higher Power ("I have experienced days of inner peace and connectedness with a larger spirit -- twice," she writes. "Why not more often?"). And as if these everyday challenges weren't enough, Valerie is work-ing to maintain her own very public weight loss. She even gets to thinking she might kick it up a notch, shed more weight and get so buff she can wear a bikini -- in public.
In this new, inspiring memoir from the beloved actress and author of the bestseller Losing It, Valerie tells the story of what happens after you change your life. It's not all peaches and cream, or even non-fat yogurt.
In Finding It, Valerie comes face-to-face with hard questions of family, faith, and beachwear, and realizes that she's hungering for another transfor-mation -- to become better, not just thinner. Forget the scale; the real change is happening inside, and Valerie realizes that this is the part of dieting that no one ever talks about -- the reality of keeping the pounds off. Dieting fixes one problem, she discovers, but to maintain that weight loss, she has to work on everything else -- all the reasons she got fat in the first place.Warm and friendly, honest and self-aware -- like a talk with your BFF -- Finding It tells of the common worries and frustrations, the funny and fabulous moments in Valerie's publicly private life. Humorous and humble, it is also the emotional story of family and the deep bonds and patterns that persist through generations: for as Valerie transitions to her latest role of motherhood with an increasingly independent son, she connects with her own mother in a profound new way.
With the same winning wit and candor that touched several generations of fans in Losing It, Finding It is an optimistic story for trying times. It's about believing in love and happiness, having faith that both are possible, and finding out that God does want you to enjoy life's desserts -- even when you're on a diet.
In her latest memoir, TV personality (and Jenny Craig spokesperson) Bertinelli explores questions of change and identity after having lost 40 pounds, a personal project she described quite publicly in 2008's Losing It. Newly svelte, Bertinelli's next challenge is facing the fact that weight loss is not exactly a cure-all: "I discovered that the life I want isn't about reaching a single goal." Bertinelli's obsession with food and weight maintenance is all-consuming, and, once pleased with her body, she finds herself unable to conceive of what's next. What she reveals about life at 48, aside from weight loss issues, is enjoyable and oftentimes hilarious: struggling with the adulthood and sexuality of her son Wolfie, searching for God, and waxing regretful over her lack of formal education. She shouldn't: her talent for humor, candor and fostering intimacy with readers is apparent on every page. Looking at middle-aged life with a boyfriend and a mixed family, Bertinelli is ceaselessly honest and pretense-free, and should get readers cheering for her accomplishments-even if they're no more than looking fantastic in a bikini at 48.