The Beauty of Living Twice (Unabridged)
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose. • “Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the globe.
Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a career in an industry that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.
Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sharon Stone has seen some things. In fact, she’s lucky to be alive at all. Her revealing autobiography starts by going into deep detail about the 2001 brain hemorrhages that she only survived after many hours of surgery. The actress is similarly upfront about the other traumas in her life, including her troubled small-town Rust Belt childhood, multiple miscarriages and broken relationships, and a double mastectomy. Even Stone’s Hollywood success was riddled with hardship. She claims the controversial flashing scene in her breakthrough film, Basic Instinct, was filmed without her knowledge, and the tabloid press had a field day with her decision to wear a chain store men’s shirt to the Oscars in protest of gender double standards. Ultimately, The Beauty of Living Twice is a story of personal triumph and spiritual fulfillment, which she reads with plainspoken honesty in her trademark throaty voice, complete with laughing asides. We’ve always admired Sharon Stone’s seeming fearlessness, but learning about the struggles it took to get to that place makes her downright inspiring.
If you only read/listen to one memoir this year, let this be the one. You won’t be disappointed.
Can’t get over how good this book is!
The drama the philosophy the history the storytelling! 5/5. Fun educational & nostalgic!
I didn’t finish this one. It’s not a tell all so I lost intrest. And something I wish celebrities like Sharon Stone understood: hearing about your childhood= boring, the build up to getting your career and hearing about overcoming the struggles and the first glories of having the career are what is most interesting. Other interesting things would be relationships. Your charity work blah blah blah is not what we bought a Hollywood actors book for.