The Beauty of Living Twice (Hardcover)
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“Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose.
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.
About the Author
SHARON STONE is an actress, human rights activist, artist, mother, daughter, sister, and writer. She has been honored with a Nobel Peace Summit Award, a Harvard Humanitarian Award, a Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award, and an Einstein Spirit Award, as well as many other accolades. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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“A candid, heartfelt, poignant memoir, written with grace and humor.”
“In this courageous, daring and tender-hearted memoir, Sharon Stone interrogates her own trauma and a myriad of losses and discovers the gift of clear seeing. The Beauty of Living Twice is so much more than a celebrity tell-all. It is an act of reckoning, contrition, and above all, love.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
“Elegantly written with her wicked sense of humor on full display, the memoir is catnip for fans who have never managed to crack the exterior of the elusive star.”
“Stone is uncommonly candid about life, fame, and trauma.”
—The New Yorker
“The Beauty of Living Twice is far from the glitzy account of Hollywood that readers might expect. Instead, it shows a woman who’s spent the majority of her years in the public eye seizing the opportunity to tell her story entirely on her own terms.”
“While [The Beauty of Living Twice] contains some startling personal revelations, equally affecting is Stone’s warmth and grace, qualities that, by the end, feel quite miraculous. . . . Writing with zeal and urgency, Stone argues for a stronger legal system, for rape kits on police shelves to be processed, for better training for teachers and pediatricians. Above all, she offers a hopeful glimpse of life beyond trauma. . . . The Beauty of Living Twice promises the possibility of improvement or redemption, of compassion and understanding, of living honestly.”
—Charles Arrowsmith, The Washington Post
“Stone is a strong portraitist of the instant in time, and aware that stardom, like identity, is mostly a phenomenon of the memory. . . . The gossipy moments in this book are juicy. Her occasional lapses into divahood are frankly more entertaining to read than the more virtuous edit of the same event would have been. . . . The Beauty of Living Twice is a book about Sharon Stone’s life, which makes it a book about how women take on multiple personas when they become very famous, then struggle to keep them in order.”
—Jo Livingstone, The New Republic
“[The Beauty of Living Twice] charts not only the highs and lows of her career on screen but also her struggles, including medical problems that nearly killed her, in her personal life. Stone being Stone, it's all delivered with a wit and honestly that brings the book beyond your average movie-star memoir.”
—Town & Country
“The past few years have seen a string of revelatory celebrity memoirs that aren’t just promotional tools but genuine, no-holds-barred autobiographies offering nuanced looks at people we might have thought we knew . . . This year, Sharon Stone shares her story: The actress recounts how she rebuilt her life in the wake of a massive stroke and pursued a slow road back to wholeness and health.”
“Fans of Stone will eat up the actress’ new autobiography, which chronicles not only her famous roles but also a traumatic childhood; a stroke in 2001 that, she writes, cost her both her career and savings; and her humanitarian efforts to strengthen the lives of women and children around the world.”
“In her candid memoir, Sharon Stone discusses how she rebuilt her life after a stroke that forever altered life as she knew it.”
“Brave, contemplative and inspiring. . . . Stone's tough and touching memoir reveals the traumas, setbacks and gritty determination to survive and thrive that have previously been hidden beneath a beautiful façade.”
—Kevin Howell, Shelf Awareness
“Stone delivers a bighearted, wonderfully rambling story full of wisdom and humor.”
—Amy Scribner, BookPage
“Delivering a barrage of self-reflective anecdotes, [Stone] is consistently candid, alternatingly tender and feisty, and always witty. . . . Fans will blissfully revel in the intimate if restlessly delivered details in this perceptive memoir.”
“Bold. . . . Suffused with wry humor, Stone's storytelling alternates between literary descriptions and intimate colloquialisms. . . . The mix of moxie and vulnerability conveys a life well lived, and well examined.”
“[Stone’s] writing is conversational and engaging, especially as she tells the powerful stories that demonstrate resilience and grit in many facets of her life, from her childhood to her acting career and beyond. . . . A welcome memoir of finding your way when life doesn't go according to plan. Stone's vulnerability and rediscovery will resonate with many readers.”