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OUT ON A LIMB

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,792 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Her most controversial book is one you will never forget.An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self.An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks Shirley MacLaine's quest of self-...more
ebook, 380 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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Charissa
Okay, I admit it. Back in the day I haunted new age crystal stores, hoping to find the long lost spirituality that I never had. Here in Northern California there were plenty of them, believe me. It was the 80s and crystal worshipping was the new fondue. Shirley had all the answers. And who wouldn't have believed her, what with all her hobnobbing with the Rat Pack, and wearing a miniskirt in a Broadway musical. I figured anyone that successful in Hollywood must know what she was talking about.

So,...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
This is a book for someone who has a thirst for spiritual experience. Shirley MacLaine has written another beautiful autobiography that brilliantly captures her own spiritual quest and adventures. All that you will need in order to enjoy the book is an open mind. You will not be disappointed.

As the author of a spiritually-themed book, I appreciate any book that provides food for the soul. This was definitely a book that did it for me. It was a delightful read that intimately connected me with th...more
Lucy
Shirley Maclaine the actress takes us on her journey towards spiritual enlightenment a thoughtful take on her quest to know why we are all here and have we had ‘outside’ influences along the way….

I remember reading this book when I was 17… looking back I see what a huge influence it has had on my life… I know Shirley got a lot of flack when this originally came out in 1983, but as the years have passed so many more people have actually written on this subject, I believe this book should be given...more
Wayne
Apr 12, 2014 Wayne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of Enjoyable Distractions
Recommended to Wayne by: the Curiosity of the Cat

Shirley's Cornucopia of Books :

I think I read some of Shirl's books after teaching in Athens for about a year, the year of 1978. I've trawled through my Annual Reading Lists and there she is in early 1979 with "You Can Get There From Here". and then in 1987 with "Dancing in the Light".Think I read two others, yet to be located.

In Athens, in 1978, one of the teaching staff got me to read Lobsang Rampa's books.Two was more than enough.And later I heard that he lived in an English suburb, so who co...more
Dorothy Holder
I loved this book when i read it 18 years ago. Shirley has written a lovely book describing a period of time when experiences of an esoteric nature were dominating her life. She went through that period of time where seeking out those experiences outweighed many other considerations, including how she was viewed by her peers and the public.

This is a simple book that manages to have a magical quality as she describes some telling moments in her life. Anyone opening up to the subtle energy fields...more
Jane
This was a good book-written in 1980! Maclaine writes about her travels, experiences, thoughts and readings on reincarnation and spirituality. She has a unique way of thinking about things-just like her personality-not afraid to ask questions or just state her thoughts about what is happening around her and what she might not fully understand. She seeks answers by reading, talking to others, traveling to sacred places and by taking quiet time to listen within herself. I like how she takes time t...more
Elaine
I really love this book. I've read it many times - often the book to reach for when the libraries and bookstores are closed. I found it at a low point in my life, and welcomed it for the suggestion that there really is more to life than we can see and analyze. This is a memoir- many others have written "how-to" books along these lines, and I don't like them nearly as well, or at all. I prefer experience, and there are many wonder-ful experiences written about here.
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
I read this when I went through my "new age" phase because I really admire Shirley Maclaine as an actress and as a woman. She took a lot of heat for this book and it was the butt of many jokes. I often wonder if she were a man if it would have been so derided. Having said that, the problem with the book for me was the style of the writing. It was almost like a comic book script and sort of along the lines of a Danielle Steele type book so I can't give it a real, huge like. However, it is enterta...more
Murray
This is one of those books that just came along at the right time. It was a significant part of my intellectual journey as it demonstrated that there were things beyond easy scientific explanation - provided you could believe Shirley Maclaine was not fibbing. My view was (and is) that she was telling of real experiences she had had.
She certainly put herself out on a limb writing as she did.
It is in no sense a mystical book but it does undermine the position of the naive realists who judge that...more
Jenny Orelle
This may be the first celebrity memoir I've read and it's a book for the open minded, and (despite what some may think) not the soft headed. It's poetic, insightful and well written.

Shirley intended to publish it as fiction, but Alan Rinzler (developmental editor for Toni Morrison and Hunter Thompson) convinced her to admit it was memoir.

She's a smart, honest and courageous woman and this book is just one of her gifts to the world. Shirley MacLaine is a light and not just for Broadway.

The fina...more
Gayle Ferguson
I love Shirley MacLaine, she is a great story teller, drawing you in and making you feel everything she is going through. I love books that make me think about possibilities of things not being what you think they are.This is a good read, I read it in an afternoon, and then wished there were more so I could keep reading it.
Brisbride13
I won't give a review of this book because it falls under self-help to me and who am I to say whether this book will enlighten someone or not. I think MacLaine is a good writer, but I had this funny sense of her putting on airs that had me rolling my eyes periodically.
Kim
The book that began my spiritual journey of hope.. that God had not forsaken me and it was ok to feel different than everyone else. It also started my life long love of Yoga.. This books holds a very special place in my heart.
MoonTea
A very personal account of the famous singer/dancer/actress's journey further into herself as a means to ultimately understand more of the world. She makes wonderful points in favor of reincarnation, and it's a beautiful belief to have..... though I'm still not sure if I do completely >_<. I've always admired her on the screen~ she is quirky and hilarious and adorable, and I was surprised to discover how many sides she has outside of her work. Her talents never seem to end.... it can get o...more
Rick Ludwig
I give Shirley MacLaine top marks for honesty and I still enjoy her writing style very much. I know you think I'm going to hammer her for buying into reincarnation and UFO's, etc. But I'm not. She's an explorer and she was exploring a new take on reality. Like all of her explorations, she threw herself into it and tried her best to keep an open mind. Some of what she came up with was very inspiring; an eternal soul, the chance to continue to improve as an entity, the possibility of life beyond t...more
Richard Szponder
In a candid and courageous exposition, Shirley MacLaine shares the first steps toward her spiritual evolution in Out On A Limb. Braving ridicule and public humiliation, MacLaine first published this memoir in 1986. Twenty-five years and 3 million printed copies later, the book is as relevant (if not more so) than when it first appeared.

MacLaine’s path toward spiritual enlightenment began like many others’. Yearning to understand the meaning of life and to find her greater purpose amongst humani...more
Gabriel C.
Extremely tedious. Embarrassingly overconfident. Convinced that she understands and can apply science to provide evidence for things like vibrational energies and the eternal nature of the soul. Shockingly racist--full of Orientalism. I think there is a problem with some fulfilled people where they feel the lack of challenge and need to manufacture it so that they don't become bored and static. In this case, the manifestation is this lazy, sloppy jeremiad. Look, I'm not the target audience but I...more
Bobbi
I bought this book some time ago at a thrift store. I found it was slow to start with too much talk of Gerry and Shirley's relationship. Once David came into the picture and she started discussing more of her spiritual journey, I didn't want to put it down. Shirley is an interesting woman with a very interesting story to tell. Enjoyed the read and will ponder her words .........
Tristy
Shirley, Shirley, Shirley, SHIRLEY! What happened? Don't Fall Off the Mountain was such a wonderfully written, sweet book. You shared your story with such authenticity and humility - I was totally charmed! But this infamous book is just awful. It really should be called "What My Friend David Told Me" because that's all this book is..."David told me to read these books..." "David says I need to meditate..." "David says I need a high colonic..." And I didn't even make it to the Alien Are Real sect...more
Kyle Barber
It's taken me two years to finish this book. While I'm not on the same page as Maclaine when it comes to the after-life, I do admire her as a great writer. I think she's been written off as a nut, except when she's acting, and then you can't argue with her talents. But as someone who is writing, content aside, she's great. The beauty of this book is not only the chronicling of her spiritual journey, but this love story she shares between a married U.S. Senator (anonymous) and herself. The moment...more
Shirley McLain
I have to say I was surprised by this book. I was expecting to read some far out story that couldn't possible apply to anything in my life or this world that I know. I couldn't have been more wrong. What Shirley Maclaine did was take you from the beginning or her search for something in her life that she was not quite aware of. I also expected this book to be a contradiction to my beliefs as a spirt filled christian. I was wrong about that also. She didn't take anything away from the belief in G...more
Bethypage42
Jun 11, 2008 Bethypage42 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students on summer vacation
Recommended to Bethypage42 by: Kate Hug (the movie)
What I learned from this book: That life can make you tingle. That questions have answers, but the better the question the crazier the answer.

This is not a book for skeptics or occultists, just for people who like a little sci-fi mixed into their autobiographies. Seriously, she takes you there, you're there "Out on a Limb" with her.
What does it all mean? you tell me. I thought the take home message was-Love is the quantum foam that gives bouncing molecules their shapes...Or if you want a quote...more
Hugh T. Singleton
Exploring reality.

A down to earth revelation of the author's search for
reality and what she discovered that changed her
life in a positive way.
Kaethe
I wonder what Maclaine thinks of these books now? The seem like such an artifact of the eighties.
Victoria
Having read this book several times before, I was again amazed at all the things I had forgotten from previous readings.

Shirleys 3rd book starts with her affair with Gerry, a married British politican. Not being a fan of exta marital affairs I find this part of the book hard to read. The more interesting parts include her session with Kevin Ryerson, a trans channler and her trip to Peru with her friend David.

Anyone interested in learning more about spiritual topics including reincarnation, and...more
Gloria
Really a good book. She is a very open individual.
Farnoosh Brock
I read this book during a very tough semester in college. I never ever read anything but my school books there - the devoted engineering kid that I was - and yet somehow, I picked up Shirley MacLaine's books and I LOVED it. I loved her writing. It was a complete escape from my life and my day worries, and I loved her open expressions of love affairs, inner conflicts with existence and her explorations and self-discoveries... I loved her journey and her character is quite likable. I'd read it aga...more
Natasa Tovornik
Shirley keeps surprising me with her life stories. One does get a feeling she is an energetic and fun-having person. This is a journey to her inner-self and to openness to more intangible things (reincarnation, soul,...) in life. Describing all the conflicts that this causes in her as well as the thorough analysis makes this book a pleasure read and a good learning tool. I guess it could also be reading list for the topics mentioned as the reader would get quite a lot of information about differ...more
Betsy McCullen
I read this book years ago when I really needed a Spiritual Awakening. This book saved my Life when I had given up hope on God, love and life. This true story about Shirley's sacred spiritual journey was eye opening and refreshing. I started to see how I had ignored synchronicity, signs and the flow of letting my life unfold naturally. It started me on my own Spiritual Journey which has been the most Sacred and Trusting path I have ever followed! I reread this book whenever I start to lose my pa...more
Beth
Wacky but wonderful...in a way. The title of the book "Out on a Limb" is perfect....because it's truly out there. Shirley describes her personal quest for spiritual evolution through travel, observation, meditation, reincarnation research and lots of questions. Put this book on your list if you are at the stage in your life when you're defining what you believe, but if you're at a different stage in life, the book will seem just silly. I'm glad I read it when I did, but won't go back to it.
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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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