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And One More Thing Before You Go...by Maria Shriver
"Shriver's 'book' — such that it is, at a brisk 64 pages — started as a graduation speech to a class of high-school girls and their mothers. Apparently, the response to her words of wisdom was so effusive that Shriver decided to turn her speech into a book. Given the dreadful quality of the finished product, I can only assume that the overenthusiastic response came from unapologetic sycophants trying to score some face time with a Kennedy. Shriver's speech-turned-book is nothing more than cheesy maxims straight from the Hallmark store..." Sacha Zimmerman, the New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)
Synopses & Reviews
Graduating from high school is a big step for any girl. She is leaving her childhood behind and beginning the rest of her life. She is also leaving her mother's protective circle of love and guidance. One of the greatest gifts a mother can give her daughter at this pivotal moment in her life is good counsel. In And One More Thing Before You Go... Maria Shriver, bestselling author, acclaimed journalist, First Lady of California, and mother of two daughters, provides a loving and heartfelt guide for girls as they go off to college.
Expanded from a speech given to her young friend Ally's graduating class, Maria writes as a wiser, more experienced girlfriend, but also as both the daughter of a mother whose advice she still seeks and as the mother of daughters for whom she wishes a fulfilling and happy life. In this stirring and inspiring guide, Maria talks to young women about how to find abundance and emotional richness, and how not to overlook life's most special gifts. Her ten rules — told in a witty and poignant anecdotal style — offer a firm grasp on what's really important in life.
And One More Thing Before You Go... is a book that transcends age groups, a book that will make you laugh, cry, and open your eyes to a new way of looking at life. Thoughtful, compassionate, and above all, filled with love, And One More Thing Before You Go... is a book that will make every mother cry and every daughter stop and think about her mother's words.
"Shriver, veteran TV news reporter and first lady of California, expands on a speech she gave to her 'young friend Ally's' graduating high school class, and the result is a sweet and inspiring book. The author of four (decidedly more substantial) previous books lays out 10 rules for success applicable to anyone, teenage or older, and though it's short, the book is eminently useful. Advice like 'fear can be your best teacher' and 'be willing to let go of your plan' precedes 'learn from your mistakes' and 'you'll need a lot of courage,' which leads to 'and when you need courage... think of the women in your life.' Although some of these directives are obvious, Shriver's delivery of them is personal and compelling. She shares anecdotes from her own life (such as her struggle to support her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease) and admits her mistakes (such as her 'doozie' of forging ahead too quickly in creating the California Women's Museum without doing the proper research). Most importantly, Shriver's tone is never pompous. Rather, it's conversational, loving and rousing, and gives a big voice to this small book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Maria Shriver is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and the NYT bestselling author of Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Into the Real World and the children's books What's Wrong With Timmy?, What's Happening to Grandpa?, and What's Heaven? In 1983 she became a national reporter at CBS News; she later moved to NBC, where she anchored a variety of news programs and specials as well as covering presidential races and other stories. She lives with her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and their four children in Los Angeles.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
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