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Close to the Bone

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'How fortunate it is when life alters you without warning.' One of India's first supermodels. Actor. Cancer survivor. Mother of twins through surrogacy. Woman of no fixed address. This is the story of Lisa Ray. An unflinching, deeply moving account of her nomadic existence: her entry into the Indian entertainment industry at sixteen; her relationship with her Bengali fathe ...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published May 2019 by HarperCollins India (first published August 1st 2014)
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John  Trident
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Live like the lotus flower 🌸

Women like us are built to endure

Grief is a practice. That's the riddle of it. Nothing is ever lost.

There's no place like home... You can always come home. Was everyone's life like then? A tremulous, circular route that brought you back to where you started?

I loved reading this book. This book is an accurate reflection on the life of the author. A leading actress herself, the book gives an account of the glimpses of her life - her battle with eating disorders, a c
ahaana ☽
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
this book was really insightful, and honestly, just emotional but i finished it in one sitting + read some non-fiction that i actually enjoyed, so it's honestly a win-win situation ~ ...more
Rosun Rajkumar
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019 has been a good year for me. I took a resolution of reading more non-fiction and I did. I've rated, so far, some of these books 4 stars.
I've been yearning and praying and hoping for a 5 star read in 2019. Lisa Ray's memoir- Close to the Bone is my first 5/5 this year!
Okay. Lisa Ray. Celebrity, actor, supermodel. Cancer survivor. Et cetera. So what else is she going to write about? Here's the thing. There is a LOT more in this book. I picked it up and instantly fell in love with it. This i
Aishwarya Rathor
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
My views-
I have always loved her as a model and actress. But after i read her story, i respect her more than before, she is a survivor, a warrior.
The blurb is on point. The cover is catchy. The beautiful diva's journey is to aim for. The journey she had with cancer and they way she fought it is just inspiring.
I have read a lot of memoir's and this is added to my favourite's list.
She has set an example that if you are determined you can overcome anything.
Taking about her as an author, she is incr
Imaleen Deka
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and I am sad that it's over!! It's a life well lived and I am even more intrigued to know what lies's an on going journey.

Like Ms. Ray puts it: "Later, in the moonlit whirl of celebration, I found myself thinking about the importance of story telling, about the stories that become anchors of faith, that support us and carry us both when we are lost and when we have found meaning. What do we do in the face of life's biggest upheavals and triumphs but
Jayatri Bhttacharjee
It's a nice memoir, but it did drag for a few chapters. ...more
Elena Chudick
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More beautiful for having been broken ©
Have you ever had the feeling of plunging into the life described in the book? Have you ever felt the warm hand of the Author leading you through pages and even words? Have you ever experienced grief with a smile on your face?
That is not a simple biography, it is more complicated and deep, a memoir, a travelogue, an adventurous story…
I like reading with a pencil in my hand, in Close to the Bone there is so much to underline , to think over, to digest, to
Memoirs can be tricky. You want them to inspire you but also not alienate you. It may sound cliched when I say that I connected so much with her but that’s what brilliant writing does, it helps you rediscover bits and pieces of your own puzzles, rearranging them is the craft you have to learn by own.
And she’s a fighter who defeated multiple myeloma and survived to work actively in raising awareness about this.
Highly Recommend this book not only for the film and spiritual journeys that Lisa Ra
Priyaranjan Mohan
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do not give five star review very often, because in my mind a 5star book has to be not only entertaining funny and heart wrenching, but it also has to have a powerful message and for lack of better term be life changing. Close to the bone is beautiful memoir with a wonderful message and deserve to be widely read. There are some moments throughout in the book that provide great perspective. I was encouraged by her strength and courage. I found this book both fascinating and Ultimately uplifting ...more
Mohammad Abdullah Sarkar
This is a raw, wise, and juicy account of a life I had no clue about. I knew of Lisa as just a model before reading this. But now I see her as a bonafide writer (her vocabulary and expressions are so rich!), a wild spirit, a grounded humanist, and a beautiful spiritual being. She is as good a writer as beautiful a model. In fact better, if I may say so.
Selina Bhairon
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Close to the Bone... where do I start? What an amazingly written book by a highly intelligent and accomplished woman. Supermodel, actor, author, poet, cancer activist and an all rounder in every sense. This book is a beautiful memoir of a successful, strong, brave and intelligent woman. This book has re-ignited something in my soul and stirred something deep within my heart and made me fall in love with life again, and made me realise how beautiful life is and that it’s all about perspective and ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Alright! I am somebody who in particular doesn't read non-fiction, and to read about somebody's life-why would I even do that to begin with! But when a good friend, who went gaga about this book sent me a copy to read, I pondered why not! Lisa Ray, the Afreen Afreen girl that I knew from my childhood days of monochrome television days, the one who played a feisty lawyer in one of her debut Bollywood movies, someone I would see posters of flashed across the glossy magazines! May be the read would ...more
Ruchika Pahwa
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a lifelong learner, I hardly create my reading lists. Instead of me needing to choose books, the chosen books reach me in a magical way. ‘Close to the Bone’ is one such book that captured me. If it has reached you too, I suggest not missing reading it at all.

While the words in golden beautify the book cover, the real gold is hidden inside this memoir of Lisa Rani Ray, a popular name in the world of modeling and cinema. It’s her soulful saga that begins with her heartwarming childhood stori
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are an Indian and born in 90s, you will definitely know who Lisa Ray is. She is India’s first supermodel, an actor and a cancer survivor. I recently attended her book reading and interview session and liked the way she spoke about her autobiography. So I decided to buy it and luckily got a signed copy too. The book shares account of her nomadic existence, modelling and movie career, battle with eating disorders, being diagnosed with cancer at an age of 37 and her spiritual quest.

After rea
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Lisa Ray did  a fantastic job with this book. She is an amazing actor and after reading this book I am convinced that she is also a brilliant author.   For a debut author, I think the writing and the way of unfolding the story was perfect! The book begins with her explaining about her mixed parents - a Polish mom and a Bengali dad. Since I come from a Bangladeshi refugee family, I could relate with every bit of history she was trying to convey. I have grown up hearing stories about how my grandp ...more
Rohit Kadam
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest and heart-wrenching in parts.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are an Indian who grew up in the 90s then you know who Lisa Ray is. One of India’s first supermodels, her pictures were plastered all over from magazines to billboards to TV adverts, a face you just can’t miss. Her early Bombay Dyeing adverts are clear as day in my head. So when she sent me a copy of her autobiography Close to the Bone, I was giddy with excitement.
Reading her story was surreal. Lisa Ray is a really beautiful woman and I have always assumed that the life of a really beaut
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sub: Lisa is the Rani, with a Ray of hope and fight
This book was on my to-read list from a long time, till I got the audible of the same. It is a pretty long audio but it was a great audio to listen.
The book tells a lot of things about Lisa’s life. A lot of her life and her living constitutes into this book, so for some one how adored her this is more than an actress’s fight against Cancer, this is a nice insight into her life. So I recommend reading it as a book on Lisa rather than a struggle
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'“The Success we know, the Struggle we don’t “
An apt quote to be used for this wonderful memoir of success and struggle. The book Close to the Bone givesus a detailed description of the moments inside the headof a woman suffering from the worldly eyes and a deadly fate of cancer. The book gives us a close to home picture, her particulate childhood memories laced with the Bengali phrases and words, her mix of ethnicity with a polish mom and Bengali father , and the immaculate feeling of belonging
Jalpa S.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are an Indian who grew up in the 90's then you probably know who Lisa Ray is. One of India's first supermodels and the all too popular Bombay Dying cover girl. She is one of those people who crave stability but the moment they have it, they crave disruption and do everything in their control to sabotage whatever they have.

Since the age of 16, she went with the flow and grabbed every opportunity life presented to her. This helped her gain name and fame at a very early age. However, this e
Mary Opela
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished listening to this book on Audible and all I want to say is, thank you Lisa Ray for sharing your story with the world. This book was a tear jerking and heartfelt journey and I feel so honored and fortunate getting to experience Ray’s raw emotion and soul spread out on those pages. I have been a fan of hers for a very long time as an actress and model. She helped me come out to my parents after watching I Can’t Think Straight and to live life as my truest self. Now today, I sit on ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is an insight into life of a free spirite vagabond...someone who has lived her life on her own terms, there are pros and cons to it. It inspired me to read that a young girl in her teens travelled solo across Europe in 80-90s when the world was not so opened up and easily accessible. Its an insight of what it means to be born of parents with mixed backgrounds in a new country. Its an insight into life of a super model in India in the 90s when the country was rapidly evolving and so man ...more
Vaishnavi _ Books
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🥳 The cover is so beautiful I loved the image of author and great inspirer of the world . I love the cover and naked book of hardcover 😍🤩🥰 . The blurb is inspiring and fascinating ... Actually adventurous / thrilling .
🥳 The story tooks me to stand on the edge , and hooked me inside out 🙏 .
I haven't read auto biographies before and this was my first and loved each and story from starting to an end of the book . A beautiful prose book which is truthful , strong , thought - provoking story ever .
Sharda Sharma
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With this book, I got to know that Lisa Ray is so much more than an actress. She is a fighter. And she has many many stories to tell.
I was really inspired by how she fought against the tough ups and downs of her life, especially when she survived Cancer.It was difficult to put it down. So emotional, so inspiring! Lisa has always been one of my favorites. After reading her book, I like her even more.
She is a living example that a person who is super successful and popular could be facing so many
Kaushik Chakraborty
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Till date , Lisa Ray was just an actor to me , but after reading , my mindset changed . She is much more than a mere actress .
She notes down all her encounter how she moved into the Indian Entertainment industry at the age of 16 only , how she became India's first supermodel , went through a deplorable phase of her life , cancer . And she survived it . She is a real life fighter .
I am really inspired by her .
She is really an example of how popular you become , you still have to face problems ,
Siddharrth Jain
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some people have this charm and the will to transform the ordinary into extraordinary. Lisa Ray's journey is a perfect example of a life, battled and lived extraordinaire!

Lisa's autobiography is a beautifully penned write-up on her roller-coaster ride, a ride of a reckless wanderer who goes on to headline the Fashion industry to championing the bull-headed Cancer.

Her account is extremely heart-moving, warm and witty. As Bruce Springsteen would sing it, ' we were born to run'. Lisa Rani Ra
veda shetye
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first came across this book, I hadn't read a book,been to a bookstore or even charged my kindle in over two years. In quarantine, I wanted to' rekindle ' my love for reading and that's when stumbled upon this! Lisa Ray takes you on a beautiful and deeply moving journey through her life .Despite having started reading it late at night,I simply could not put it down! A warrior,a fighter and a true queen,she surely has a very interesting story to tell!One of the best books I have come across ...more
Sukanya Bhattacharya
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and am overwhelmed with this travelogue of the soul. Her journey starting from her childhood days, to the amazing experience of traveling from one place to the other, to the way she describes her journey with Multiple Myeloma and the beautiful thoughts and experiences she shares throughout her book inspires me a lot.
This is one of the favourite memoirs that I've read.
The adventures will make you plunge into the book and face your grief with a smile. This book i
Parveen Bhairon
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this astounding memoir of Lisa has been so compelling, heart wrenching and a super description of the many endeavours an tests of her life. From turbulence, mystery, romance, miracles, ‘serendipity’ and not forgetting family ties.

This piece of writing resonates in many ways and gravitates us as readers to Lisa in such an intimate manor. It made me cry, think and feel so gratified to have shared your journey. Thank you for this gripping, exasperating, moving, and not forgetting your incr
Vaishnavi Nair
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Honest review :

This is the first book till date that I've read in one go.
I've always liked you as a model and an actor but after reading this I respect you even more❣️

You're an inspiration especially at this point of my life when I'm facing anxiety issues. I felt so light and so motivated after reading this.

I felt as if you're sitting besides me while reading it. I felt you smiling, laughing and inspiring me to face the reality and accept things the way they are.
This is a piece so damn well wri
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