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The world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and recently, a fixture in the news for her painful, public divorce and subsequent marriage to a cherished friend. But in this extraordinary autobiography, Shania reveals that she is so much more. She is Eilleen Twain, one of five children born into poverty in rural Canada, where her family often didThe world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and recently, a fixture in the news for her painful, public divorce and subsequent marriage to a cherished friend. But in this extraordinary autobiography, Shania reveals that she is so much more. She is Eilleen Twain, one of five children born into poverty in rural Canada, where her family often didn't have enough food to send her to school with lunch. She's the teenage girl who helped her mother and young siblings escape to a battered woman's shelter to put an end to the domestic violence in her family home. And she's the courageous twenty-two-year-old who sacrificed to keep her younger siblings together after her parents were tragically killed in a car accident.Shania Twain's life has evolved from a series of pivotal moments, and in unflinching, heartbreaking prose, Shania spares no details as she takes us through the events that have made her who she is. She recounts her difficult childhood, her parents' sudden death and its painful aftermath, her dramatic rise to stardom, her devastating betrayal by a trusted friend, and her joyful marriage to the love of her life. From these moments, she offers profound, moving insights into families, personal tragedies, making sense of one's life, and the process of healing. Shania Twain is a singular, remarkable woman who has faced enormous odds and downfalls, and her extraordinary story will provide wisdom, inspiration, and hope for almost anyone....

Title : From This Moment on
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ISBN : 9781451620740
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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From This Moment on Reviews

  • Kellie
    2018-11-01 02:47

    I love reading autobiographies about various celebrities and influential people throughout our time. It is so interesting to read about someone who is famous but has had a life that is so different from what you would expect. Eilleen Thiebaud (aka Shania Twain) is no exception. She had a childhood of poverty, dysfunction and witnessed spousal abuse within her family. I believe the determination to pull herself out of this life and make it better was the driving force behind her success. I remember when she came out with her first hit. It was actually from her 2nd CD. “Any Man of Mine” was her first single but the most notable song from this CD was “If You’re Not in It for Love”. She was the talk of the music industry and extremely intriguing. I remember watching the Behind the Music special on her. So, I was familiar with her story before reading this book. The book was a pleasant surprise. There is a lot about her childhood, her parents and the life she lived in Canada. And then she goes into her big break into the music business, restrictions in her creativity until meeting Mutt Lange. She talks about her success, time on the road and the people on tour with her. And then her marriage to Mutt, her son Eja and her life in Switzerland. Finally, she ends the book with the end of her marriage to Mutt and a new beginning with her marriage to Fred Thiebaud. Eilleen is so open and honest about her life, almost to a fault. But it is interesting to read about someone and share the same views, emotions and ideas about being a mother and wife with a career and a 45 year old body that is starting not to cooperate. There is so much to this book. She offers intimate insight on all sorts of aspects of life I think this book can attract a large audience. I found myself turning the pages quickly, so engrossed, especially when reading about Eilleen meeting Mutt and, of course, the affair. The one thing that stands out though, is her vulnerability and the fact that she let it all out between the pages. I so admire her courage, wondering if Mutt Lange is going to feel the backlash of her honesty about the end of their relationship. Eilleen shows incredible talent for writing a book. I was so impressed. A quote that stand out…”A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words”. I truly enjoyed this autobiography and I am so impressed with this celebrity’s writing talent and openness. Great job!

  • Née
    2018-10-21 21:58

    Two stars is even a bit too kind for this book. While I understand that Shania is not a writer and this is her personal memoir of her life, I have to admit I was expecting a bit more. Not in the way of life stories, this book is so chock full of them I actually wonder if she left anything major out. No, I mean more in the way of editing. Whoever edited this book was either asleep at their desk or gave in to all of her desires to make this book be her voice - because it is very, very repetitive and in some cases so personal that it reads more like a rambling diary entry than a book.I can't fault her reasons for writing this, and I really did relate to her Northern Ontario girl stories (not the poverty or hardships, but the rough-and-tumble way that growing up in the bush moulds your character). I also felt a bit of a kinship with her due to half of my family coming from that part of Canada and having spent a great deal of summers and winters there.I also appreciated her explanations of fame and how it can destroy your spirit and sense of self, causing loneliness. But ultimately, if this book was half the length it would be about 100x more effective and enjoyable than this was. I will say that the last third of the book was hard to put down, but the first 2/3 were quite the slog.Read at your own risk.

  • Crystal
    2018-10-21 03:06

    I just finished reading this book at 2 am on a work night! What?!?! Now here I am writing a review at 2 am, listening to her "Come On Over" album. Haha. The book was easy to read and so interesting to read that it was hard to put down! I actually had no expectations for the book since I don't even like reading autobiographies/memoirs if it's not about a rock band with really bad boys, but I picked this up on a whim during a trip to the library because I liked the quote on the back on the book. I've always been a fan of Shania, but after reading the book, I JUST LOVE HER MORE!!!I loved reading about her life. But some things preventing me from giving this book five stars: she went into A LOT of detail about her childhood and life with her parents. So much that I felt that I actually knew her family. That was cool, and I expected to have that much detail about her tours and records...but she skimmed those parts of her life! She basically said she worked nonstop, played some pranks, and rode horses. WHAT?!?! No sweet fan stories or more backstage stuff?!!? No stories about the inspiration behind her songs? It was like, "I went from city to city and became exhausted and finally I could go home. Next chapter." Then the next chapter was about her divorce from her husband. It was SO heartbreaking to read because I've been in a similar situation and her descriptions of her emotions during that time were exactly how I felt too, except hers was probably 100x worse since she was married to the guy. I liked that she decided to share her psychoness of pleading and making excuses for her ex-friend and ex-husband because haven't we all done that? I had no idea what the body image chapter was for. It was out of place and I didn't even finish reading it because I felt it was pointless. Shania, you're gorgeous, and I get that you can get insecure at times. You don't need a whole chapter discussing it, though. In the end, after reading about her struggles and successes, I just really love her more than I already did. I feel that by her sharing her story, she shows us that despite setbacks you may have, losses you may experience, etc, you CAN achieve your dreams! With a lot of hard work, persistence, and optimism. And also, you CAN have it all without compromising your integrity. She always stood up for herself, stayed strong for her fans and son, never did drugs or slept her way to the top...yet is one of the best selling recording artists of all time! (:

  • Karen Harrison
    2018-11-07 02:54

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down because Shania writes the way she speaks...from her heart to the page, she is honest, vulnerable and transparent. I admire the way in which she seeks to process/understand the trials in her life without judgement. I loved her tomboyish charm, the images of the unforgiving North, the respect she maintained for herself as a young girl thrust into a sometimes seedy industry. Loved her songwriting spirit and her amazing ability to put her suffering into perspective by taking responsibility for her future...one "moment" at a time. Bravo.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-27 00:05

    Who knew that this woman who once lived so far out in the bush in Canada and had such an impoverished childhood that food and running water was a luxury would grow up to be one of the top selling music artists of all time? I found her childhood story fascinating and not at all what I expected. She overcame a tremendous amount of adversity to get to where she is today. I couldn't imagine how she felt when she was thrust into the role of parent to her siblings in her early 20s due to the tragic passing of her parents. She took on her new role as breadwinner to her smaller siblings and was still able to reach her high goals she set for herself.My only issues with this book are that she seems to me to misdirect her negative feelings in certain situations in life. Her father used to beat her mother to a bloody pulp and Shania seems to think it is because her parents loved each other too much or something. Also, her dad is a big time pervert (feeling her up on at least one occasion and calling her sexually explicit names in another - all of this while she was supposed to be sleeping and defenseless) and Shania pushes that off as perhaps he was sleepwalking or something. Maybe this is the reason why, years later, she blames her then-husband (Mutt Lange) about 0% and his mistress (her ex-BFF, Marie-Anne) about 100% for their affair. It takes two to tango. Yes, Marie-Anne is a nasty homewrecker, but Mutt is a lousy pig of a husband, too. Shania stated in the beginning of the book that she was writing the book so that her son would have an accurate picture of her life, should she pass away early like her parents, instead of reading about her via tabloids. This could be the reason for much of the sugarcoating. Although Shania seems to me to be in quite a bit of denial about how the world works and those that are evil in it, she can sure make some awesome music that is easy to relate to. I will say that I found her book to be really good, especially if you can get past the denial bits (which are really only a small minority in the book). I thought her book was kind of like reading a Laura Ingalls Wilder book - with all the simplicity and pioneering ways of the bush and the humble existence that she and her family led. The book is over 400 pages long and I don't think it was full of filler fluff, except for maybe a small portion at the end. For the most part, I found this book to be a real page turner. I would recommend this book to anyone who had a poor or abusive childhood, as they could easily relate and, of course, to anyone who is a fan of both Shania Twain and autobiographies.

  • Kaylynn Johnsen
    2018-10-17 22:55

    Don't read this book if you want to keep liking Shania Twain. I knew a little of her back story and admired her being able to overcome everything in her past, but reading this poorly written, whiny autobiography made most of that disappear.This book needed a ghost writer or a more forceful editor. Just tell the story, don't stop constantly to tell us how you see things in hindsight, save it for the end of the book. Here is my paraphrasing a sample paragraph. 'When I was 8 we moved to town and the violence increased. My father, because we were not allowed to call him step-father and I respect him for that and for taking on the burden, at such a young age, he was only 18, and loving us as his own was an amazing thing to do, was beating my mom to a pulp on a regular basis. I know that it was only because of poverty and my mom did kind of ask for it because she was stressed out about money. If she could have just kept her mouth shut then maybe things would have been better, although that doesn't excuse the violence, even though I have forgiven my father and respect him so much that when choosing a stage name I felt that abandoning Twain would have been a betrayal. I don't understand his motivation in whispering hateful things to me when he thought I was sleeping or for the times he groped my breasts while I was sleeping, I completely forgive him and respect him. But, back to the time when I was 8 years old and we moved to town.'Were you able to keep all of that straight? Her storytelling style is to take 2 steps forward, 1 step back, jump 4 steps into the future then backtrack 3. And someone needs to tell her that you can forgive someone without justifying their actions. Poverty doesn't cause violence. And nothing excuses molesting your step-daughter, even if he was young when he married your mother and never let anyone say step. Just tell the story and give us your insight and evaluation at the end.There were times in the book that she realized that she was whining but just went on whining anyway. And the way she treated her marriage, it seemed doom from the outset. Nothing justifies infidelity, but marriages take work and that means time. Time! So, when your tour ends don't run off to go horse shopping with Bo Derek, Michael Douglas' wife and some princess for a month! Yep, after the tour she took off with her friends for a month rather than spend Time with her husband.I'm sorry that I read this book, any respect and sympathy I had for her have been severely diminished. I'm sorry you had to read this review, but please, please, don't read this book.

  • John
    2018-11-16 20:59

    I went to Las Vegas last month and was fortunate enough to see Shania Twain's show at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace. I had a great seat, orchestra on the aisle, and wow, I'm so glad I went. After the show, I bought a program and this book - an autobiography published in 2011 that I had not known she had written. I knew generally that Shania came from rural Ontario, Canada, and that her family was poor, and that her road to success was quite a story. I also know that she had a tumultuous divorce, and then in recent years before doing her Vegas residency she lived rather hermit-like in Switzerland.Well, needless to say, what I knew only scratches the surface. This is quite a story, and I laud Eileen (aka Shania) for her candor and willingness to share some very private things in the book. It's a fairly long book, but a good read, and one that has humor, sadness and a humble author. It's like reading a story by a friend. I liked the style and flow. That said, I wanted more. I suspect editors jumped in and cut some stuff I would have loved to know about. After the first half of the book focusing mostly on her rough-and-tumble upbringing, and the simple fact that her family had no money, ever, I was curious to know how her family reacted to her success and whether she is supporting them now, etc. But, it's the sign of a good book when it leaves you wanting more. It's really quite a story.The last chapter really resonates for anyone who has faces or is facing challenges and what it takes to move forward "From This Moment On." It's genuinely inspiring.I wish now that i had read the book BEFORE seeing her show, because certain sections make more sense and are more powerful and resonant now - and I understand why she has those beautiful horses in her show! (Yes, huge, beautiful horses!)A good read. Honest, humble, with feeling. I finished and feel I know Eileen and would love to have cup of tea with her. She's the real deal.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-04 00:38

    This is one of the worst books I've ever read, but I could not put it down...I'm not sure if it was because I bought it on an ereader and I didn't want the book to go to waste, or because I was curious how it would end (even though, from following tabloids, I know how the book ends)...but I just don't think Shania Twain is cut out to tell a story through the pages of a book. Stick to song writing (cuz I love her music!) The book just didn't seem to flow right. She seemed to take every horrible thing that ever happened to her and randomly insert it whether or not it had a place. I get trying to tell the complete story-but it came across as a "feel sorry for me and everything I went through" rather than an actual integral part of the storyline. I don't recommend this book-or...perhaps if you are so curious, I suggest borrowing it. I don't feel I gained anything from my time spent reading this book.

  • Dawn Echlin
    2018-11-10 19:05

    Okay I was a sucker for the Borders going out of business sale and felt I HAD to purchase something. Shania Twain's biography was originally $35.00 and I got it for like $3.00...so I read it. It is written like someone with no writing experience so be ready for thoughts that pop up and change directions several times. But as a story, its interesting. Very small town girl, with a truly sad childhood perseveres and becomes a best selling artist. Her point in the story (although not as inspiring as it could be) is that even those who are rich and famous have hurts, are less than perfect, and suffer from self doubt. It exposes her and makes her very vulnerable. I like Shania (Eileen) Twain, and actually kind of like her music as well. This book gave me a little more background and a little more intimate view into her life. Easy to read, quick too, I think I finished it in a day.

  • Stuart Smith
    2018-11-04 20:50

    this book is more than a love letter to the fans. As she has done with the lyrics of her songs, Shania opens up and is enchanting, funny and at times immensely and intensely vulnerable in a way she rarely allows herself to be with the public. Her strength is showcased with such brilliance that one can’t help but be inspired to stay strong no matter what life throws your way. From This Moment On will inspire women to heal, encourage children to dream all the while giving the world (especially Twain fans) a rare glimpse into Shania’s musical success. Her story will stay with me, because that’s what a great story does.

  • Marcia
    2018-11-03 00:04

    I'll tell ya, to me, this book was amazing, but because I went through a similar situation last year. To read about her difficult life and her climb to popularity, it just goes to show you that you don't really know a person when they are a star. If you've been betrayed by not only one but two people that you loved, it is a great loss, and a daily mental struggle - especially if you have to see these people every day. How Shania describes her feelings and strength she used to get through was very inspiring. What can I say, I'd recommend it.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-11 23:50

    Great book! One thing I want to say to Shania: Why would you care about losing that old hag Mutt? You are beautiful, talented, and much too good for him! I have ALWAYS thought this. It's good riddance to bad rubbish! Glad to see that Shania is doing well and I hope she gets her career up and running again. She is gorgeous!

  • Mary Lou
    2018-10-17 18:39

    From this Moment On by Shania Twain is the story of her life written so it “would not be put together with half-truths someday, misconstrued through articles and various other media exploitation. I’m also writing this in order for my son, Eja, to have an honest and complete account of my life should I not get the chance to tell him about it myself” (xii).She espouses a life philosophy that includes ideas such as, “I believe negative feelings are toxic, and I’ve learned with the grace of time and the butt-kicking teaching of experience that my energy should be spent avoiding negative thoughts and emotions rather than allowing my need for answers to spin me into obsession and suck all my energy dry” (398). Although statements like this make Twain seem quite naïve, her life has been very difficult as well as materially very successful, and she presents convincing evidence that she is very strong, mentally and physically.Born Eileen and taking as a stage name Shania which meanson my wayin Ojibwa, she was so poor as a child that she and her family picked free potatoes, sometimes thrusting her hand into “a muck-like slime of putrid, rotted potato” or finding one that “doubled as a condo for potato worms … large, fat, white and so disgusting” (49). She describes her childhood in detail, times her parents fought and times she helped her mother run away from the man who raised her, but she doesn’t denigrate her parents. She says, “I just accepted the fact that they weren’t always capable of being there for me …” and “Life isn’t like a TV series. … Anyone who gives a good, honest effort wins my respect every time, and in that regard, my mother and my father deserve my thanks” (32-33).At age sixteen, she earned money by work with her father and a bunch of men to “chain” or measure the distance between stakes planted on a grid by miners. She says she “had a stubborn pride in not being some girly-girl: (129). Soon after the Twain family “got into the reforestation business” (133) and Twain worked as a crew boss in charge of twelve or thirteen grown men. She learned to live with no conveniences and “came to enjoy the solitude of working in the bush” and “understood that if I was respectful and worked as hard and fast as the guy, I’d earn their respect” (138). She started her music career as a child, “from the age of seven … tapping out melodies on a cheap electric keyboard” (68) and didn’t make it to high school graduation or prom because she was on the road with a band. She moved away from her family when she was eighteen, a time she thinks of as a “developmental period of toying with ideas that just lingered in my creative subconscious until eventually they worked their way into real songs” (166).On November 1, 1987, when Twain was 22, her parents were killed in an automobile accident, and she took guardianship of her sister and two brothers, eventually supporting them all by working in a production called Viva Vegas at Deerhurst, then a small resort, now a leading Canadian resort destination. There she lost her stage fright, learned to apply makeup and perform in skimpy costumes, walk in high heels, and deal with “professional competitiveness and cattiness” (197). Twain met and married British rock producer Robert John Mutt Lange and became famous. They created four albums—the 1997 Come on Over, which he produced is the all time best selling album by a female artist—two compilations and a son, Eja, born in 2001. They separated in 2008 after Twain learned that her best friend, who worked for Lange before Twain met him, lied to Twain about having an affair with Lange, even reassuring Twain that “it was absurd to even think her husband could possibly be having an affair” (350). Twain married Thiebaud’s ex husband in 2011.]Her book definitely includes details about the end of her marriage and how she coped that began as part of her therapy. She’s very open about her feelings and her concerns, which include her body and aging. She comes across as a real and admirable woman, albeit a bit idealistic, i. e. “At present, I wake up every morning to a dream. I have the perfect partner, lover, and friend who spoils me rotten and is intelligent, gorgeous,” etc. (403).

  • Rain
    2018-11-09 00:54

    "I figure if I keep shooting for the stars, should I miss, at least I'll have a chance at landing on the moon."I discovered Shania Twain ten years ago. It was late and I couldn't sleep, so I started browsing through the channels of my TV and found this concert that turned out to be of her Up! tour, live in Chicago. At about the same time I was also going through a difficult situation, so her music will always be very special to me, as it takes me back to that period of my life every time I listen to it.In the scale of 1 to 5, as a musician she's a 6 for me. But when it comes to this book... I wanted to love it! I already knew a few things about her, mainly that she lost her parents when she was young, leaving her to take care of her siblings. And in this memoir, she goes into great detail about almost every aspect of her life, starting from her childhood in an impoverished home, facing the cold winter of Canada; being encouraged by her mother to sing in public, to be the star her mother believed she'd one day be (and she wasn't wrong!); witnessing domestic violence (some of it was hard to read); working as a tree-planting supervisor in her father's reforestation company; her parents' death; her success as a singer (and not wanting to limit herself to one genre, in this case, country); feeling isolated by said success; she also talks about her first husband and his infidelity, and how it affected her."I was ten when I wrote my first songs, and the backyard was a great place to hide and write. When I escaped into my creative world of 'putting' stories to music, like when I played with my grass dolls, I lost myself in a world of fiction."I discovered more about her than I expected. There's the phrase "baring her soul", and I feel that's what she did. But the writing... or maybe because of the lack of good editing, it just was very repetitive, often jumping from one topic to another without a smooth transition, and sometimes spending too much time on the same topic. And some of it felt too personal, although I admire her for being so open about herself, knowing how difficult that must have been (something else I learned about her by reading this book). I had a hard time finishing it (I feel like I'm being a bit generous with my rating... but I can't bring myself to rate it lower...). I mostly read it before bed and sort of 'used' it to fall asleep faster! That's true for the first half, though, a little after that I began to enjoy it more. "The experience stamped me with the joy of aloneness. By that, I mean the chance to dive into a space where time has little importance, and the divine right to feel, think, or say whatever you want is yours. All yours. Lost in the bliss and simplicity of less, with all the time in the world to reflect and turn those thoughts and feelings into music."Having said that, I'm glad I read it. I got to know more about her as a person who's lived through a lot of hardship, and who has managed to remain positive, humble, and thankful for every experience she has had. And I loved looking at the pictures included at the end of the book, from her childhood, performing at bars, her family, her horse Dancer and her very faithful dog Tim (both mentioned in the book), and some from her photoshoots.

  • Meghan
    2018-10-19 00:41

    Have you ever read an autobiography and felt that it contained no soul? Almost as if no person had put their own thoughts, emotions, or love, into its creation? I have. Yet, From This Moment On was the complete opposite. I felt as if Shania was speaking to me directly. I felt the emotion she needed to convey. That is what it I felt with the writing: a sense of urgency with the words as if she needed them to be read. I heard a lot of negative things about this autobiography and it made me rather hesitant. On the other hand, I am a fan of Shania's music and I became interested in how this Canadian woman became the artist she is today. When I finally got the nerve to crack it open, I was both pleasantly, and horribly, surprised. To read the reality of Shania's childhood actually frightened and surprised me. How could this beautiful woman have gone such troubling ordeals? But that is just it: I categorized her as a woman in the spotlight as many people do. I heard hateful remarks on how she has no reason to complain when her husband left her because she had fame and fortune. I pity those who feel this way. Anyone who honestly believes that money makes pain easier to bare is both naive and insensitive. All people deal with situations differently. She may not have struggled financially, but Shania struggled with her grief just as emotionally, and physically, taxing. Celebrities are humans too. They feel pain, suffering, and anxiety like the rest of us. Nothing makes one person's suffering superior to another because it is a personal struggle. Comparing grief to other people just makes everyone worse off. On that note, I wish Shania Twain, and her family, all of the happiness in the world and sincerely hope that she continues to create music.

  • Books
    2018-10-21 02:44

    I can’t say I’m particularly a fan of Shania Twain, but I’ve heard her music playing on the radio over the years, and I especially enjoy one of her songs, Ka-ching. The only reason I picked up her memoir is because I always enjoy a good rags to riches story, and this one did not disappoint.In fact, Shania Twain’s autobiography gave me a deeper insight into what it’s like for children who are neglected by parents who selfishly had more children than they could afford. It just cemented my opinion that most of the world’s poverty can be attributed to people irresponsibly having more children than they can care for. Sad to see is how she justifies the neglect by her mother and the domestic abuse by her father. I guess no matter what, most of us refuse to see our parents through anything other than rose tinted glasses. After finishing From This Moment On, I feel that Shania Twain deserves all the good things that come her way. Having grown up the way she did, making all the sacrifices she did, and working her behind off for her dream and achieving all that she has, she is more than deserving of the good life she is living. I’m not saying this as a fan (because I’m still not), but as someone who made the journey through Shania’s life story by way of her memoir, and as a wife and a mother who has also suffered betrayal and divorce.Although much of this autobiography is Eilleen reflecting on her life and writing this book as a way to heal, beyond her sad childhood and painful divorce, there isn’t much else in here that haven’t been publicized in the media over the years. True Shania Twain fans won’t find much new in here, but others, like me, would come to know both Eilleen and Shania Twain.

  • ✱Dajana✱
    2018-11-02 02:04

    I wish I could give this book a higher rating, so good!

  • Elaine
    2018-11-12 00:44

    This was an interesting read....a warts and all book. Shania Twain is open and honest in this biography. A rags to riches story, this incredible woman deserves the success she has achieved.

  • Michael
    2018-10-31 00:39

    I cannot say I am the biggest fan of Shania Twain, but I do love her voice. I vaguely hearing about her songs, such as Any Man of Man, Man I feel like A Woman and other hits. Reading this memoir was good to hear about her heartache and how she overcome her parent's demise and her broken marriage. Despite my ambivalent feelings towards the book, I thought it was a decent portrait of an artist life. I was not a huge fan of the writing style, this this book almost got three stars. However, I did like how the book ended, no one should have to endure what she went through in her marriage. I did not necessarily agree with her actions but then again this is a memoir not a fiction book. It is very hard to rate memoirs cause you don't want to attack an author's life.Closing thought: It was good but I won't recommend it, but that is my picky nature talking.

  • Susan Stuber
    2018-10-20 19:49

    Everyone has a story to tell, but Shania Twain’s is hard to beat. She tells pretty much all in such an intimate way, at times it reads almost like a diary. It is a rich, thoughtful, interesting and brave book. It is enlightening, too. For ex., it is hard to imagine what it must be like to grow up in Canada in a very poor, rather large mixed-race dysfunctional family, but Shania’s description of her early years gave me a clear picture of what it was like. The portrayal of her relationship with her parents is poignant. Her step-father (whom she always refers to as her “father” because, as she says, she never knew her biological father) was often extremely violent with her mother, who, like many battered women, seems to give in and up. When Shania was an adolescent, there are incidences that show just how highly conflicted he must have been. As an outsider, it is difficult to understand why a child who is often neglected to the extent that she was at times clearly in harm’s way, can have such a deep love for her parents. It seems to be a rather common phenomenon among such children, though, from what I have read. This was highly interesting to learn about the Twain family’s business of planting trees with native workers in the Canadian backwoods. Teenage Shania often worked as a foreman there and so we see this scenery and slice of life not only through her eyes, but it also reveals a lot about her character.When her parents are killed in a car crash, Shania has to take over as head of the family. She finds a job in a variety show in a nearby town. There she rents a bungalow with no toilets or running water, and she washes her siblings’ clothes in a nearby river.The section about her entry into the music scene in Nashville is fascinating. Again, one cannot imagine what it must be like for a talented young woman to arrive there and have to negotiate with practically only men who are set in their rigid traditions. Two of the funniest anecdotes in the book (and the book abounds with good ones) is an encounter she has with a chatty salesgirl in Nashville, and an incidence where she flees the mansion of an over-confident admirer in his fancy car.She does a very good job of describing the various stages of her musical career, starting from the time she was just a young girl singing in bars, to the long periods she wrote music while snowed in in a makeshift cabin in the woods with no water, electricity, cell phone, and just a wood stove. She tells about the toils of getting on shows, her stage fright, the long drives, and her mother’s unfailing belief in her talent. I understand better now where her music, which is at once intelligent, sassy, heart-rendering and yearning, comes from. No wonder it rings true and strikes a chord with her millions of fans.It is also hard to imagine just how difficult it is to be a celebrity, and again, Shania does an excellent job describing this. We fans, for example, do not understand that while we think we know every detail of her life and will thus approach her as an old friend, to her we are simply strangers. She tells about how lonely and exhausted a star can get while travelling in a bus all over the country doing live shows for a year or two with hardly a break. Try to imagine, also, what it must be like to spend your days either in a bus with several other people, or on stage in front of thousands of people, and whenever you leave one or the other, you risk being surrounded and bombarded by staring people who want your autograph. So many young women dream of being rock stars, but the reality behind the glamour and the wealth is not that wonderful.Then there is the section about the break-up of her marriage, which as she admits herself was most likely the catalyst for her memoir. While in some ways Shania holds nothing back here (such as she is not ashamed to admit her insecurities, her rage, her confusion, and gets quite philosophical, making an essay on love, another on emotional pain and how to deal with it), she doesn’t go into what was the cause of their drifting apart. I can only imagine that this was getting just too personal and too painful. She does very well in describing her own feelings, and I doubt that I have ever read a better personal testimony on acute depression.There is a very touching anecdote when Fred, her friend and future husband, comes to rescue her when she was at her lowest. Here she also comes with some of her best metaphors, such as likening Fred to a gift that was hidden back under the Christmas tree.The last part of the book reads almost like a chat with all her girlfriends. She talks openly of changes in her body as she approaches 50 (including a disarming part about her cellulite), how she hates having to worry about her hair and how she looks. She dares to criticize fashion industry and how they put pressure on her personally and other women in general. In this book, Twain lets us in on things that most women would most likely prefer not to talk about, such as when a live-in lover turns his back on her just after her parents die, or, on a lighter level, the twinge of jealousy she feels while waiting for a flight at the airport and a perked-up young blond outshines her.As you close the book, you feel justified in all the positive emotions you have ever had for ST.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-03 01:44

    Shania Twain shot to fame on the country music charts in 1995 with her second album The Woman in Me. Her music was part of the new generation of 90s country, featuring such artists as Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, etc…, that would blend country and pop for a new sound. In her memoir Shani recounts her life from her childhood in the northern part of Ottawa, Canada to her sudden fame to the heartbreaking realization that her husband was cheating on her with her best friend to her recovery and new life.As a fan girl of the reclusive Shania Twain, I was super-stoked to see that she decided to release a memoir. I respect her need for privacy, and I think that offering up more information on her own life on her own terms is a healthy way to handle fame.The book is essentially in three parts: life before fame, stardom, life after she took a break from music and the dissolution of her marriage. By far the strongest part is the first third where we see the rough beginnings of Shania's life and how she came to be the person she is.The second section is frankly disappointing. Shania barely brushes the surface of what actually went on behind the scenes, instead focusing in on how drained and dissatisfied her newfound fame made her feel. Fans want to know more about what went on at the videoshoot in Egypt, for example, in addition to her feelings. The last section of the book addresses Shania’s time off from music, the birth of her son Eja, and the dissolution of her marriage to music producer Mutt Lange. This part is hard to read, because it is so abundantly clear that those around her have used and abused Shania. It becomes abundantly evident that money and fame cannot buy happiness, although Shania's poverty-stricken depressed mother certainly thought so.Overall, I found this to be a moving memoir, if a bit flawed. It meanders sometimes and skips over some things that fans would definitely want to know about, but it is an interesting insight into the mind and life of a famous country singer and gives an interesting look at the negative effects of fame, even if they aren’t as huge as drug overdoses.Check out my full review.

  • Dale Stonehouse
    2018-10-27 19:38

    I read this book because even though I am familiar with Twain's music I wanted to know more about her background. I am always interested in learning what it's like to live in Canada (in her case eastern Ontario), which she never left before moving to Nashville in 1992. She makes clear that she is writing her story as a catharsis of her emotional baggage; if I had to describe this process it would be a form of emotional exhibitionism. She seems compelled to tell everything and it gets a bit uncomfortable at times. Her stories are potentially compelling, but her apparent curious need to forgive everyone who has ever done her wrong give them a frustrating blandness. From her parents' violent arguments to the breakup of her marriage by her best friend, the dirt gets covered with a pathological niceness. There is nothing wrong with that approach so chosen, but reading it might depend on what the reader is looking for. In later chapters I was looking for her to express a form of "I don't know," even just once, but she doesn't or can't, possibly out of a need to get, have and/or keep control. If there is a sadness to Shania Twain's life, it is in her absolute desperation to seize self-determination, which manifests in a need for the appearance (illusion) of control that none of us can have no matter how much we may try. Give her 5 stars for honesty but a much lower grade for reflection.

  • jimtown
    2018-11-04 00:37

    I'd watched Shania Twain from the start on CMT. Her first video came out In the early 1990's, around the same time as Toby Keith got his start with Should have been a Cowboy. In fact they toured together as new artists. I knew that. I'd also heard bits and pieces of her story over the years. Hearing it told so candidly by (Eileen), Shania herself shows just what a lot of spirit, determination and strength she has. She not only grew up in a poor household. She was hungry, her father was abusive toward her mother, and maybe harbored a little resentment of her even though most of the time he was a good father. Eilleen worked hard as a child and took on a lot of the family responsibility. Life has been filled with extreme highs and lows but Shania rises to meet them even when dead tired. She's strong. Her second video, Any Man of Mine shows her at her very best. It's my favorite of all of her videos. Shania sometimes goes on a little too long, like in her introduction, but she tells the story of her life like it was. Shania paid her dues in full getting to where she is. More than once over. She has earned every bit of her sweet success. She deserves every happiness and contentment.

  • Heather
    2018-11-11 20:00

    After reading some of the reviews of this book I wanted to give my opinion of their thoughts. I did not find it hard to follow at all. I admit there were times she would backtrack in time on certain thoughts but would get back on track. I thought she wrote the book in a way that brought out her personality and who she is as a person not just another superstar. I admit there were times I thought she made excuses for her parents or even rationalized the abuse going on but on the other hand her parents are gone and I'm not sure what good it would do to drag down their memory. I also think as an adult looking back she can see contributing factors and has established forgiveness instead of anger. I enjoyed reading about her life, her rise to stardom, and also the insecurities that she battled and still does. Honestly I didn't think she used this book to bash her ex-husband/best friend but I rather thought she told her coping experience. I think she could have said a lot more! I thought this book was insightful and can be used as a learning experience for some facets of your life.

  • Nada
    2018-10-24 18:39

    Even when life hits you like a Mack truck that’s come out of nowhere, there is still a chance that you will survive, and although the road to recovery may be slow, long, and even permanent, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of your life and be happy again. Although I can't consider myself a huge fan of Shania Twain but I have few songs by her that I love dearly.This woman is a survivor. Eilleen is such an honest & straightforward woman. This is more than just an autobiography about a singer rising to fame. This is about a child surviving a dysfunctional family, a person surviving every tragedy & hardship she faced and was able to keep moving forward. She didn't hold anything back, she gave us a full account of her lows & her highs.very interesting & well-written.I'm glad that the ending -opposing to the very sad beginning- is a happy one. I wish her well, I hope she finds peace & happiness. She really earned everything she achieved.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-13 23:00

    Well done. I grew up in Timmins a few years ahead of her in school. The early years are,sadly, all too true. Loved hearing about her rise to fame and how it came fast and much too much too handle. I think if we are being honest, we all would have had a hard time handling it. While she has enjoyed a few years of fame, she certainly paid the price along the way and has had so much sadness in her life. She is Gracious and Grateful with capital Gs.I think she gives great advice and is wise at times about how it is easy to have vulnerabilities in our marriages or relationships. "When you stop talking to your spouse you leave the door open to allow anyone in" true!!!I do think she decided to take the high road with Mutt and not hang him out to dry. He clearly cheated on her, however she still has a son that may read this book one day. Well done Eilleen from another Timminite!!!

  • Carol Cassada
    2018-10-18 22:42

    I'm not a fan of autobiographies, yet I love Shania Twain and was interested in reading her life story. I was surprised learning about her tough childhood, her parents struggling to make ends meet, her father's abusive nature, then the hardship she endured starting out singing in Nashville. But her emotional breakdown discovering the affair of her husband and best friend, stole my heart, I felt her pain and her struggle to open up and love again.All in all this is a wonderful book, as Shania opens up about her struggles and offers life lessons to readers.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-23 23:53

    Oh Eileen. You can definitely sing, but I would leave the book writing up to others. I feel bad saying this since she came across as such a nice, down to earth person, but the book lacked flow and at times seemed like it was being written by a child was a bad case of ADD, never focused enough to stay with one thought before heading off on another train. I admire her for writing the book by herself when so many celebrities slap their names on the cover when indeed some poor no name actually wrote the book, but in this case I think a little ghost writing would have benefited the story.

  • Monique
    2018-10-21 00:52

    I don't know what's up with me and reading these bio and auto-biographies, but, I seem to keep reading them...lol...I love Shania Twain, been a fan since she first hit the music scene...She always seemed very grounded and down-to-earth...Never quite understood how she ended up with her first husband, just had a bad vibe about him....But, happy that she's found love again and is happy....This is a must read for all fans of this lady...Her writing is simple and easy to read...I thoroughly enjoyed this book...Is was good for me...

  • Peggy
    2018-10-24 02:53

    Never in a million years could I have imagined what I would find out about Shania Twain's life. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after I finished it. She definitely has the kind of life you can write an autobiography about. I really didn't like the ending of the book, though. I felt she included a lot about her divorce in order to get back at those who hurt her. I do understand these are the most recent events in her life, and therefore hold the most emotion in her still, but it kind of made a bitter ending to the book.