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From This Moment On

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,317 ratings  ·  420 reviews
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 did ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Atria Books
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May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this audio book and I can say that I was thoroughly enthralled and entertained. Only the introduction and ending was read by Shania herself but I felt the narrator's tone and expression was spot-on and sounded a lot like her!

I've always enjoyed Shania's fun music and she's a Canadian national treasure so I'm glad I listened to this book. She is very truthful and pretty straightforward about her sad and very humble roots. I think her story is quite powerful. She showed a
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rememb ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 a
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Karen Harrison
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 per ...more
Kaylynn Johnsen
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies, 2012
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 pa ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 divor ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 t
Dawn Echlin
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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 $ 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 ...more
Dean Cummings
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I remember when it was that I became an enthusiastic fan of Shania Twain.

It was the first time I ever heard her sing “I Ain’t Goin’ Down” on the radio.

Based on the incredible strength of that song alone, I picked up her 2002 album “Up!” As it turned out, the entire album was truly excellent, the serendipity of my discovery was not lost on me.

But back to “I Ain’t Goin’ Down,” I loved the way Shania sang it; her gorgeous voice tone, combined with her knack for using a song to
Stuart Smith
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 Twa ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ver ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
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 opini
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 li
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Even after reading this, she still strikes me as someone who keeps a lot of things private. Which is great! But it does make it feel like there’s a bit of a wall here, regardless of how much she does tell about her life. I am immensely sorry for the repeated sexual assaults and scary, abusive home life she faced. Her early life sounded very difficult and yet she continued to work hard, even once she hit the pinnacle of fame.
Susan Stuber
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
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 he
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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 uncom ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, autobiography
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 t ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 par ...more
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 autobio
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 wi
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
One star is a bit generous. I bought this book out of a bargain bin at a used book store for $1.00. All I keep thinking is that some idiot out there paid $35.00 for this book. As I said, I only paid $1.00, and I'd actually like that back.
Whoever Shania's editor was, they did a terrible job. This book was riddled with errors, and I found it distracting.
There was not enough information where there should have been, and there was too much, where less would have been okay.
I was also surprised at
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Shania Twain OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards) is a Canadian country pop artist. Her third album Come on Over is the best-selling album of all time by a female musician and the best-selling album in the history of country music. She is the only female musician to have three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is also the second best-selling artist in Canada, be ...more
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