I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions
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I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions

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“IN THIS THIRD ACT OF MY LIFE, MUCH HAS BECOME CLEARER. SO MUCH IS OVER, AND I AM OVER SO MUCH . . .”

At a certain time in life, we all come to realize what is truly important to us and what just doesn’t matter. For Shirley MacLaine, that time is now. In this wise, witty, and fearless collection of small observations and big-picture questions,...more
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Published April 5th 2011 by Atria Books (first published April 2011)
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Peggy Payne Paustenbach
I needed a plane read so quickly picked up out of the bargain bin...thinking "How bad can it be?"

um...well...

Shirley presents herself as a kitschy cross between a female Andy Rooney (grumpy over why youngsters are rude, etc.) and, of course, the enlightened time traveler. I had to put the book down and read the flight magazine to take a break.

She's a really bright woman with some insights. I enjoyed her chapter on the founding fathers and her interpretation of the Great Seal... but she also tell...more
Tucker
Apr 25, 2011 Tucker added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: Abby S
Shelves: finished
A friend gave this book to me for my birthday. I love my friends. As for the book...it took me about an hour to read followed by three hours to deconstruct the introductory episode where the author watches a baby drown and does nothing, on the premise that the baby is a Thai Buddhist and if it falls out of a canoe it was its destiny to do so because that's what its parents believe. She could have made an argument for respecting local traditions and the superstitious choices of the parents and me...more
Stephanie
Oh Shirley, Shirley, Shirley.....you are SUCH a nut! And yet, in a lot of ways you really aren't. This book was quite enjoyable to listen too....and I highly recommend doing this one via audio. It's great to hear Shirley's voice and performance, and I'm not sure I would have stuck with it in book form.

Is Shirley a nut? Well, I like to keep an open mind. And here's why some of her ideas didn't bother me - because she's SINCERE! She's GENUINE. And quite frankly, I like her politics. When she wasn'...more
Mom
In the words of Maureen O'Hara "Rubbish!"
MaryEllen
Well, Shirley is always entertaining! And that's the thing. She's an entertainer. Her life is amazing. I loved reading what she's "over," what she's not over, and what she's semi-over. From religion to vanity, from family to exercise. From sex (she's kind of over it, but good Lord, she had enough with enough people for 50 lifetimes) to her now happy life of semi-seclusion in New Mexico with her dog.

I'd love to have dinner with Shirley. I'm sure we'd be friends. Even with the things I'm not quit...more
Judith
Shirley MacLaine has learned many lessons in her life, but probably her most all-encompassing one has been how to go out on a limb. Taking risks, expanding her awareness, traveling to the far reaches of the world (and beyond!)-- These traits are all uniquely her.

In her latest memoir, MacLaine shares some of the conclusions she has reached, most especially about what she no longer spends time worrying or thinking about. In a conversational tone, with a wry sense of humor showing itself now and th...more
Rick Ludwig
I enjoyed this most recent visit with the very honest, very outspoken Shirley Maclaine. She is not over her commitment to discovering herself and that is wonderful. The book is a variety of short and long chapters on various topics she is or isn't over. The book is alternately funny, touching, challenging, informative, and out-there. But, it wouldn't be Shirley any other way. She's a great talent, a compelling writer, and an honest observer of our world. She understands that not everyone will ag...more
Laurel-Rain
Shirley MacLaine has learned many lessons in her life, but probably her most all-encompassing one has been how to go out on a limb. Taking risks, expanding her awareness, traveling to the far reaches of the world (and beyond!)—These traits are all uniquely her.

In her latest memoir, MacLaine shares some of the conclusions she has reached, most especially about what she no longer spends time worrying or thinking about. In a conversational tone, with a wry sense of humor showing itself now and then...more
Mj
I haven’t read any of Shirley MacLaine’s books before although I have always admired her as a dramatic and comedic actress, dancer and political activist and for her boldness in being true to herself and always speaking her views and ideologies without concern for any fallout or judgment. The book didn’t disappoint.

Like the author, the book is smart, sassy, outspoken and opinionated and at the same time mellow and wise. The topics are wide and varied and demonstrate her very full and active life...more
Kathleen Hagen
I’m Over All that, and Other Confessions; by Shirley MacLaine, narrated by the author, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

At a certain time in life, we all come to realize what is truly important to us and what just doesn't matter. For Shirley MacLaine, that time is now. In
this wise, witty, and fearless collection of small observations and big-picture questions, she shares with listeners all those things that she is over
dealing with in life, in love, at home, and i...more
Abby
I began reading this book last year. In the book, Shirley Maclaine said she hoped President Obama was more than the great speeches he makes and I was taken aback, offended, and closed the book.

But then I recently realized that the Obama administration and his advisers have done more for the bailout of banks than foreclosed families. Slowly, families who are in danger of being foreclosed on have gotten relief but I don't believe enough has been done. While the bailout for financial institutions w...more
Lisa
I 'read' this as an audiobook read by the author. Some parts of it were so funny I snorted my latte while driving and listening. The Hollywood reminiscences are fun, though her time was mostly before mine and I only briefly know of the actors and directors etc she talks about (though who doesn't know about - and enjoy personal stories about such greats as Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, to name a few?). But I loved more her frank, honest, no-nonsense approach to life...more
Trixie Fontaine
My mom gave me this book for my fortieth birthday. My mom is a fan of Shirley MacLaine. And Coast to Coast AM.

If you're a Shirley fan, it's probably five stars. If you're a more moderate admirer of Shirley because your mom raised you to be, then three or four. As always, it's awesome to me to read any high profile person openly and casually talking about her unconventional relationship models.

Fun for the dishy famous people love notes, personable, affirming, and inspiring - it takes more than ju...more
Caran-marie
Absolutely delightful. I have read all MacLaine's books through the years- enjoying her search for answers and adventures. This one touches on reincarnation, UFOs, and politics, and the everyday issues we all face in our maturing years.

This book is wonderfully open and honest. MacLaine is a seeker who has found some truths through her life and is willing to share them. Along with tell all tidbits like ridding in cars with JFK, and curmudgeonly complaints, - why does the world laugh at her when s...more
JoAnne Pulcino
I’M ALL OVER THAT: AND OTHER CONFESSIONS
Shirley MacLaine
This is an enchanting, witty book by the renowned and celebrated star who is also a channeler, a student and seeker of truth, a free spirit and a truly fascinating woman.
She calls this the third act of her life and proceeds to tell us the annoying and mundane things that she is over and the important things she will never get over. While the world can provoke her, she is also delighted by its beauty, humor and future promise.
Be prepared to...more
Paula
Oh, Shirley! Shirley MacLaine. I have loved her like a third grandma for so long, and it's hard to be critical.

I loved the premise of this book--a bunch of short essays about what she doesn't care about anymore now that she's in her crone years, and things that she still cares passionately about. A nice taking stock of values, from someone who has truly been an independent spirit in many ways.

Some of the essays have more impact than others, some seem pretty tossed-off. If this had been more pai...more
Sherri Rabinowitz
Jul 09, 2012 Sherri Rabinowitz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spirtual seekers and hollywood buffs
I really enjoyed the book it is a very entertaining and thought provoking. There are parts that are funny and light. And there are parts that are very serious and to be honest I sometimes thought a chapter that was deep would be light and visa versa. It was a very different book from Shirley Maclaine because she sounded worried about us instead of upbeat as she was in her other books, I can't blame her at all for that I feel the same way. Just look at or read the news, it's sad and people are so...more
Amanda
I really like Shirley Maclaine as an actress, so that's why I picked up this book. I thought it would be a little different than how it turned out to be. However, once I got over my expectations, I found it to be kind of funny and very thought provoking. She raises a lot of good questions about humanity in general. Why are we here? You wouldn't expect an actress to ask the big questions like that but she does, and I believe this is a good book to read because it really does get you asking yourse...more
Rama
Thoughts on life by Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine captured the minds and heart of millions of fans by some of her best performances in several Hollywood movies, especially the Academy award winning movie "Apartment" with Jack Lemmon. In this book she shares very intimate and somewhat controversial ideas of life, but this is not unexpected from Shirley as she always has been a social revolutionary. She says that she has learned to ease up on worry, scheming for films or roles, planning for bet...more
Alison
This was a birthday gift from someone who remembered me reading "Out on a Limb" eons ago. Shirley is that favorite aunt who's traveled the world and lived an incredible life, the one who has an opinion on everything, loves to be the center of attention, and who gets crotchety when she's tired.
Karen
Ho-hum.
I think this might be the companion to the tour that she is doing now, where she shows pictures and tells stories from her life. It probably "reads" much better as a show, because she does have fascinating stories to tell. It just did not necessarily translate to the page.
Carol
I have appreciated Maclaine's books about spirituality, but this one is a bit of a mixed bag -- part Hollywood memoir, part complaints about the state of things, and part metaphysical musings. I suppose she's earned the right at this stage of her life to write about what she wants! (There is no mention of her current role on Downton Abbey, though, in case readers are looking for any tidbits about her acting life today.)

Please note that I do not use the star rating system, so this should not be...more
Betty
The experience and wisdom of her years is well worth reading. She has separated her book into 50 chapters. Some on which she is so over and others on how she will never or does not want to get over. Each chapter is filled with stories of her life. She does give name some names of her past lovers, and why they so excited her. Much of the book is written about her mystical experiences and her past lives. Her dog, Terry, is one of the most important relationships in her life. She tells us she has f...more
Holly Boyd
This one is okay...I kind of skipped around and read the chapters that caught my attention. Basically in each chapter she tells you what she is done with such as "I'm over politics or fear taught through religion" or some chapters she tells you "I'll never get over good lighting" etc. Some of it is interesting from a woman who has had an amazing career and still continues to work.

Sharon, you will like this....
My favorite part is the story she tells about Danny Kaye...apparently he would fly to g...more
Jessi
I got this book as a birthday present from a friend. I've always meant to read one of Shirley MacLaine's books and this one didn't let me down. For all intents and purposes, it lived up to my expectations of what a Shirley MacLaine book would be. She talked about her metaphysical beliefs, her travels, her sexual exploits, and her dealings with people of power (hollywood elite, political and mobster).
The metaphysical aspects of this book were interesting in both believable and unbelievable way...more
Doingitwritenow
Dearest Shirley,
I half hoped I could get an answer to a question I have of you.
In your book "I'm Over It Because I Am Better Than All of You People" I love to read but this is one instance where I wish I had ignored the clearance bin and saved my $2.00- mainly because then- I wouldn't have had to read about you allowing an infant to drown in your presence.
Inciting others is not enjoyable to me, but you managed to spark some very, very real emotions inside of me. (ooh- maybe you were me in ano...more
M. Joseph Murphy
Shirley MacLaine discussed UFOs with Jimmy Carter and had a fling with Pierre Trudeau. How can you not be interested in her?

Each chapter starts with one element of her life (or our current society) that she is over. This is followed by short tales from her fascinating and adventurous life.

As she states in this book, she's always been 30 years ahead of her time. Reading her earlier books instilled in me a passion for travel. To me she will always be a writer first and a performer second.
Terri
It was a nice read only because it allowed me to re-connect with an author who helped re-affirm and solidify my beliefs 20 years ago. I thank her for that. Plus she wrote it in Santa Fe! a city of artistic energy. My dream retirement home. The book though was at times a little "old auntish" - eccentric I don't mind, but whining is not very agreeable at any age. There were also some curious remembrances that didn't seem to be the way I remembered certain historical characters and events. But that...more
Andrea Borod
As nutty as she comes off, there are little nuggets of truthful, insider information regarding the sad state of American film today, and of the creative field in general.

While Maclean paradoxically drops names while discussing the perils of ego, she does offer up hilarious renditions of Fidel Castro to Arik Sharon.

While this book could have benefited from some editing (strong editing), the chapter entitles "I Will Never Over Over Trying to Understand the Russian Soul," had me laughing out loud...more
Roderic Moore
A rather disjointed discourse, which could be likened to the flow and inconsistency of a verbal conversation with someone, but entertaining nonetheless. Of course, as all Maclaines books contain, there are interesting revelations throughout the book regarding her love lives, past lives, early days in this life, etc. She is an acquired taste, and her tone here is one of a person that simply doesn't care what people think of her, or what she has to say. Take it or leave it. Cantakerous as usual, b...more
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Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. She is also the writer of a large number of autobiographical works, many dealing with her new age beliefs, such as solipsism, as well as her Hollywood career. She is the older sister of Warren Beatty.

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