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Shania Twain
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Book Description

March 27 2012
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 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.

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“Packed with intimate details that may surprise even her most dedicated fans.” —EW.com

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Shania Twain achieved worldwide success with her album Come On Over, which became the bestselling album of all time by a female musician, and the bestselling country album of all time. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain has also achieved major success as a songwriter and has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide to date.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story that is honest and bittersweet June 6 2011
Format:Hardcover
I picked up this book because I saw an interview with Shania and was impressed with how she came across. There is so much BS in the entertainment business and Shania just seemed... different. I'm not a big country fan, but I liked HER. She chose her words carefully, was thoughtful and polite, and didn't seem phony and self-involved like 99% of the other celebrities I see on TV.

So I brought the book home (I've actually never read a celebrity autobiography) and honestly, I was blown away. I could not put it down. It was like a window into her life. It's clear that Shania is a very private person but she's taken a big risk here, and her book is like a conversation with an incredibly thoughtful, honest, and down-to-earth person.

I take issue with some of the comments that other reviewers have made about her parents, because I myself was particularly impressed by her take on the abuse. Her discussions about her parents weren't black-and-white, but instead were textured and nuanced, which is a lot closer to how we actually experience these things in real life. It's so easy to make other people into monsters and it's much, much more difficult to see them as people, which is what they are. We are all capable of incredible darkness given the right (or wrong) conditions. This is her story. She was there. I wasn't.

I walk away from this book amazed by a woman who has overcome a lot, and is still working through stuff (and is honest about it!). It was downright inspiring, and I don't say that with even a hint of sarcasm.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to be a critic June 5 2011
By shertoo
Format:Hardcover
Was it the best book I have ever read? no it was not! Was it truly a literary gem? again, no; however, I have no regrets regarding its purchase. I read it in a few days and it captivated me - maybe because I have been residing in her hometown for many years, and I remember her vaguely in our McDonald, in our malls, and maybe even heard her sing in a local bar. And although I am no country music fan, I appreciate that many of her songs are great for dancing. What I know for certain is that she had a story to tell, and I was interested in knowing what it was: a young woman from Timmins who successfully made it in the Nashville scene and of whom our city is extremely proud.

I believe that her autobiography was as honest an account of herself as she could make at this time: her experiences, her feelings, and her perceptions. How easy it seems to be for others, who have no inkling of Shania Twain as Eilleen, to judge, criticize and comment on matters that truly do not concern them. Shania shared a gift of some her most personal experiences with the readers, a gift probably intended for her fans as well as for her son.

The respect she speaks of for her parents (her father in particular) is not uncommon for any abuse survivor - she needed to see her parents as they truly were, and to acknowledge their strengths just as much - if not more - as she needed to accept their weaknessses - this was crucial to her survival and recovery. For better or for worse they were her parents, her family, her circumstances - they were who they were, who she had, and she loved them.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The first part of this book looks at Shania's hardscrabble childhood in northern Ontario and is very compelling. The second part deals with her meeting Mutt, rise to fame and an honest account of her experiences in the music industry. Very interesting! The third part of the book deals with her marriage breakdown, her new relationship and growing older. This third section was the part that needed an honest editor. I was uncomfortable with a) the many pages devoted to vitriol at "the other woman" and b) the very end that read like a self-help manual for others. However, overall it was a good book, by a smart, talented and interesting person. I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intense Childhood July 3 2011
By AEL
Format:Hardcover
The book starts off talking about her childhood. Shania was poor (and I mean dirt poor.) She has been trough a lot growing up, including her parents death. I loved that she is a Canadian from northern ON, because i am as well. That part of her book was really interesting to read. I also enjoyed reading about her rise to fame. However it fell flat after that, and I was pretty much bored for the second half of it. I think if I read another autobiography I want it to be a little bit more juicy, and I want names! Any ideas?
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left wondering May 6 2011
By amr
Format:Hardcover
By the end of it all, was just left wondering why she chose to go so easy on Mutt Lange? If there was any tenderness/chemistry between them it was not revealed in the pages of this memoir, nor is there any sense of anger/hurt as his betrayal, which was so much worse than that of his mistress - Shania saves it all up for the "other woman". Fell flat. Almost "Springer-like". Still I do appreciate how far she has come, and wish her all the happiness in the world. My guess is, this book was premature in her healing process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of Shania's Story April 8 2013
By Uldis Kundrats TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Last night Shania Twain showed up at the AMC Awards show to announce the winner in one of the evening's key categories. Wearing black thigh high boots and with her hair perfectly flounced,she looked as if she'd just walked off the set from one of her mega hit video shoots. The audience was wildly enthusiastic in its welcome and the collection of contemporary country performers on the stage stood around, respectfully giving Shania some space and maybe thinking about what a genuine musical superstar she once was.

It had been ten years since Shania Twain's last visit to the ACM's. One of the things that she had done during her absence was to complete her autobiography, FROM THIS MOMENT ON.

As so often happens when celebrity bios are produced, stories about the famous people's early days and dogged determination during their climb to success are told in great detail and reveal much about the subject's motivation, personality, and family background. FROM THIS MOMENT on is no exception in this regard.

As a child, a teenager, and a young woman, Shania Twain learned to work hard, to be resourceful and to develop a sort of self reliance that carried her through some of the devastating crises she faced in her early life. A love of music was part of the picture, of course, but there was much more than that, including incidents of abuse that Twain relates in a more or less matter of fact way. In addition, she offers details about the causes of the road accident that killed both her parents -- factual information, combined her own speculative thoughts.

Achieving mega fame was not a big goal for Shania Twain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I enjoyed reading it from the beginning to the end. I had heard she had had a tough upbringing. It was confirmed in the book but also learned how talented and dedicated she was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I have been a fan of Shania Twain ever since I first heard Any Man of Mine. I think I found her more relatable and any other celebrity because like me she grew up in Northern... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice
Perfect for hitting the road to the cottage, You get all best hits. I found a few gems that I did not know existed.
Published 7 months ago by michelle,tremblay@pch.gc.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and Fantastic Read
Simply stated - one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. Twain does not withhold in this book - in several cases I found myself with goosebumps! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brent Josef
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The story brought both, a smile to my face and a tear to my eye at times,It was very moving to read about all the obstacles she overcame and struggled through to finally have her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by carl Taillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good read
I was neither here nor there in my opinion of Shania before reading this, but I'm certainly a fan of her as a person after reading this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by EMR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Book was in perfect condition when received and its an amazing book about her life. you will enjoy if you like shania twain :)
Published 13 months ago by Lauren Ramjitsingh
3.0 out of 5 stars Twain Fan
This was an alright read. Ms. Twain comes across as pretty into herself which may or may not be true. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marlaine Pethick
5.0 out of 5 stars best looking woman in the whole wide world.
love her beautiful music and voice...... could listen to her all day and all night....

Love to see her concerts in Las Vegas.
Published 19 months ago by paramedic
2.0 out of 5 stars Shania Twain - From This Moment On
From the moment I picked up this biography my opinion of Shania has changed. She has such a powerful story, yet she is so concerned with her public image that her biography comes... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2012 by pamrob
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