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I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions

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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 readers all t
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Published April 5th 2011 by Atria Books (first published April 2011)
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Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life and 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 better surroun
Apr 25, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: finished
A friend gave this book to me for my birthday. I love my friends. As for the 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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggy Payne Paustenbach
I needed a plane read so quickly picked up out of the bargain bin...thinking "How bad can it be?"


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
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oh Shirley, Shirley, 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'
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the words of Maureen O'Hara "Rubbish!"
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

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
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Trixie Fontaine
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hocus-pocus
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
JoAnne Pulcino
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherri Rabinowitz
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shirley Maclaine is a sharply observant and smart woman, but this book was full of crazy, spiritual rants and rambles. I was very disappointed.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had some interesting parts, but they were few and far between. Mostly my eyes glazed over and my mind wondered.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so ready to be at that age where I am "all over that" and won't care. A fun read, albeit with a little of Ms. McClaine's 'otherworld issues'.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kooky Shirley. But she walks the walk.
Donna Cerame
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, entertaining and refreshingly honest.
Holly Ites
What began as funny and insightful revelations about an enduring legend became just another foray into her metaphysical beliefs. I share a lot of her beliefs, but find her explanation of how they have manifested in her life too uniquely hers to have any merit for another person. And, while she offers that disclaimer, it's overwhelmed by the emphasis of her narratives.
Kelsey Lawson
Miss Shirley extensively explains what she believes and charmingly expresses herself of everything that is brought up. Intriguing stories of different cultural experiences. Intelligently informs, without condescension, of spiritual and metaphysical experiences and beliefs.
Anne Cook
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly recommended read with an open mind. Found this interesting, eye opening yet fascinating to read of her travels, experiences, thoughts and wisdom. Clearly a leader of her time on this earth.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Very entertaining and revealing. I love her approach to life as she ages.
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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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