One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”
What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.
After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.
Television producer Salata shares her story of transformation in this approachable debut. Salata, writing in a diaristic style, begins with her decision to leave her long career working as executive producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In her mid-50s, she felt it was the right time to leave, and was overwhelmed with excitement and worry about the future. As she took stock of her life, Salata began to face demons she had been avoiding: the lack of romantic love in her life, her insecurities about her body, and the pressure to always be ready and willing to work. Salata walks readers through her great "reckoning," when she faces her foibles by starting a journal, attending a therapy spa, and taking a year off for "radical self-care." To fight back against self-destructive thinking, she recommends readers be kind to themselves and to journal in order to "tenderly look at the landscape of your life and lovingly explore its pits and grooves, its highs and lows." To this end, she offers her own process through revealing, in-depth discussions of difficulties in her own past, including the moment that problems with her weight began, the uncertainties of her 20s, and her victorious battle against cancer. Salata will be a comforting guide to any reader looking for new strategies for overcoming personal obstacles.
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Sheri Salata is a great storyteller. Her book reads like the podcast she co-hosts with her BFF, Nancy Hala: real, funny in spots while deep in others, and full of moments that make you think. I can relate to so much of what Sheri writes about, right down to the nearly identical menu it sounds like our families used to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Ladies, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Sheri's memoir-so-far is a treat with the added bonus of a free downloadable companion guide on the book site thebeautifulno.com.