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Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure by [MacLaine, Shirley]
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"Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure is MacLaine's funny new book about the near screwball comedy of errors making the film about a woman (MacLaine) who accidentally receives a life insurance check for $5 million instead of $50,000 and is persuaded by her friend (Lange) to keep the money and go to the Canary Islands...But Above the Line is about a lot more than filmmaking." (Los Angeles Times)

“The author's insider's portrait of the moviemaking world sparkles. . . MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for What If...

“Fun and thoughtful by turns and told in MacLaine’s fiesty, funny voice, this should appeal to fans and doubters alike.” (Booklist)

“The legendary MacLaine will leave you laughing out loud while scratching your head with questions." (BeliefNet)

Praise for I'm Over All That

“The most revealing book of her career.” (Parade)

“One-of-a-kind wit.” (Vanity Fair)

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A funny, fierce, imaginative memoir chronicling New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine’s remarkable experiences filming Wild Oats in the Canary Islands and the extraordinary memories her time there brought forth of a past life on the lost continent of Atlantis.

Her agent advised her not to get on the plane. The male leads weren’t even cast. The financing was shaky at best. The script had been rewritten countless times. And yet something about Wild Oats lured Shirley MacLaine to the film’s location shoot in the far-off Canary Islands—and straight to the center of one of the most thrilling and paradigm-shifting adventures of her life.

The making of the film reads like a screwball comedy, as the cast and crew face unpredictable daily obstacles with ingenuity, grit, and personal sacrifice. Yet the chaos leads Shirley to a revelatory new understanding of the demise of one of history’s most elusive yet endlessly intriguing places. Scholars have long theorized that Spain’s Canary Islands are the remnants of the mighty lost continent of Atlantis. As the movie set descends into pandemonium, Shirley finds fascinating corollaries between the island’s cataclysmic fate and our own dangerous trajectory. Can we learn the lessons the citizens of Atlantis failed to comprehend?

The answer is borne out of recovered memories from Shirley’s past life on Atlantis and through a series of meditations that reveal the necessity of unfettered imagination when looking for bold new truths, rendering this evocative, irreverent, and honest memoir essential reading for anyone seeking a broader understanding of what it means to be human—both where we came from and where we are going.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3934 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, But Nothing to Write Home About May 19 2016
By NYC Customer - Published on
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MacLaine has a chatty if a bit acerbic tone to her writing. I don't mmd that at all. It's who she is.

Her descriptions of the actual filming of the indie movie were interesting and at times gossipy; but as the story unfolded, I found myself getting bored. It's light reading and perfect for times when you want a bit of distraction. Don't expect too much in depth or jaw-dropping revelations.

I have only read one other of her earlier books … Out On a Limb ... which was far more interesting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting as usual. Feb. 26 2017
By Ann G. Parker - Published on
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Shirley Maclaine tells her story with the usual fast moving plot going from the present to the past with ease and understanding. Her charactures come alive as though we really know them. Both those in the past as well as those in the present.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs work!! May 13 2016
By vejlepoint - Published on
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The author is a superb actor. She is in need of a good editor for guidance and direction as I feel cheated in a boring account of her movie and a ramble of her occult thoughts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of her books for a long time. June 18 2017
By W.L. - Published on
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I really like her conversational writing style and this book is no different in that respect. A story of her experience making the movie "Wild Oats". Lots of insider info about the challenges of making a movie along with interesting info about the Canary Islands and some of her own metaphysical experiences. As luck would have it, (or was it pre-ordained?!) I took the book with me to read on a flight, turns out "Wild Oats" was one of the movie options on the flight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the authors integrity with matters told her that should ... July 17 2016
By joan - Published on
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Descriptions of ancient worlds and psychic phenomena was interesting. I found it fascinating learning about the reality of movie making, egos, fundraising and personalities. I liked the authors integrity with matters told her that should not 'leave the room'.