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Growing Up Again: Life, Love and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  434 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
With generosity of spirit, ebullience, and sly humor, Mary Tyler Moore presents the intensely private, often funny, and sometimes startling story of her life with diabetes. Growing Up Again is a delightfully candid read for her legion of fans, the more than 20 million Americans with diabetes, and everyone struggling to cope with life’s unexpected challenges.

Mary Tyler Mo
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 25, 2017 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
1936-2017, RIP MTM, you were always so gracious.
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In her inimitable girl-next-door style, Mary Tyler Moore brings us right into her world – not only the world of dancing, acting, and producing – but into her challenging world of diabetes.

Diagnosed in 1969, Mary – and many others in that time – knew little about how to manage the disease. There were many ups and downs in the early years, not only with monitoring glucose and insulin levels, but in medical research directed toward a cure.

Still waiting for that cure, we are nevertheless encouraged
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Most of the book is written in Mary Tyler Moore's friendly voice although that made the other voices discordant. The first chapter was especially jarring because you never really know who is writing, and then it jumps to MTM. The piece on stem cells reads like part of a research paper inserted into the book too. I think that was intentional, but the first part, while giving context into why the book was written, needed a face with the voice with a smoother transi ...more
Jul 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Though I have been T1 for the past 13 years, I've never read any book that described how one can deal with the disease, the constant monitoring, and the potentially devastating complications that can occur. So, when I heard that Mary Tyler Moore had written about her experience as a diabetic, I eagerly wanted to read her story. I was hoping that I would finally read something written about diabetes from someone who "gets it". I've been struggling with control lately, and I suppose I wanted someo ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love Mary Tyler Moore. I love that she writes her own books with no ghostwriter. You really can feel her personality coming through - a little sharper than Mary Richards to be sure. But unlike After All, this book is not written for a general audience, but is very specifically written for those with diabetes. I don't have it (but it has affected my family so I have a little more interest than some non-sufferers might) and I learned almost nothing that I hadn't already gotten in After All. But ...more
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
I LOVE Mary and really wanted to love this book. Too bad it seems as if it was dictated for a few afternoons in a row, typed (occasional errors and all), and immediately sent off to the publishing house. Mary touches upon some of the physical and psychological issues she has to deal with as a result of her diabetes, but her writing just scratches the surface of what really must be going on there. I wish a more discerning editor had been at the helm, someone who could have treated this book as a ...more
Simone Colwill
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was beautifully written.
Neither I nor any of my close friends and family have diabetes, but I've been on a Mary Tyler Moore Show kick for about a month now. Yesterday as I was wandering the stacks of the library, I noticed this book on a shelf and added it to my pile. Anyway, this was a quick and informative read, interspersed with some fun, unrelated anecdotes. She writes well, and I'm looking forward to reading her first memoir, After All.
Linda Thompson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Tyler Moore has written an incredibly honest account of relationships of all kinds including her beloved dogs and horses, life as an actress, love of dance, and the over lay of diabetes.
I read this book to gain understanding of the experience of being diabetic. I deal with diabetes from the perspective of a care giver and wanted to know more what it is like for my deeply loved family member. This book was very helpful.
Chelsea Morra
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone with Type 1 Diabetes and anyone else that wants to see how someone with a chronic illness can overcome just about anything to do what they want to do in life! Amazing!
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I knew she was a diabetic but this was a very personal memoir which I found to be very very well written. To open your soul with private medical information is almost as personal as anything.
Kim Hays
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing autobiography. My son has type 1 diabetes and I could relate to her struggles.
Kevin Bunick
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of information on diabetes, particularly Type 1, but little about her life as a whole. Sadly, she doesn't mention her son at all after she married Robert Levine. Not a word about his death.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I assumed this would be a biography in which MTM discusses what it's like having diabetes (which I didn't know until I read this book), but this book really was almost exclusively about having diabetes and very little else about her life.

I still enjoyed the book. Growing up, two of six of my closest friends had Type 1 diabetes, so I have some familiarity with the disease, but MTM definitely taught me some things I did not know about what it is like to have diabetes. This would be a great read f
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, kindle
This is Mary Tyler Moore’s story of her life with Diabetes. She freely admits that her story is not a model for anyone else. She struggled through rebellion, and denial only to eventually arrive at acknowledgment and commitment. It took many years for her to overcome the struggles and challenges of diabetes. But, her story is her gift to us.
In addition to her story, GROWING UP AGAIN contains an lengthy Appendix with a wealth of information and on diabetes.

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I rated this book a 2 not because it's terrible, but because I think it will disappoint both readers interested in MTM's career (who should read her autobiography After All instead) and readers interested in her experience with type 1 diabetes. In her defense, at the beginning of MTM's life with diabetes, there weren't good treatment options, or even things like personal/home blood glucose monitoring (which came along in the '80s). But even when tools and technologies developed, she wasn't very ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Mary Tyler Moore's book is as charming and hilarious as any fan of her eponymous show would expect. I picked up this volume hoping to learn more about Moore, but I ended up learning lots about diabetes as well. With self-deprecation and a willingness to admit her own shortcomings in diabetic management, Moore writes passionately about her journey in handling the disease and its deleterious effect on daily life. She also writes about her love of dancing, her acting career, and her family--most im ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
As someone else noted, this book reads as if it was written in a couple of afternoons and immediately sent off to the publisher. While it stays true to Mary's personality, Mary's literary style is more in line with a blog than a memoir. Too many tangents, self-referential comments and irrelevant questions to the reader that has nothing to do with her story made for some very distracting writing.

There were several parts that I thought she did a good job explaining the emotional impact of diabete
Scott Strumello
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Unlike Mary Tyler Moore's original autobiography "After All", her newest book "Growing Up Again" is more focused on her life with type 1 diabetes. In general, I found the book more truthful about life with diabetes, Chapter 3 begins with one of several truths about what life with diabetes is really like that one seldom reads in books from so-called "experts". She writes at the beginning of Chapter 3: "Spontaneity is one of the first of life's pleasures that's lost when diabetes appears. Everythi ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Subtitle of this memoir, ‘Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes’, is deceiving. It’s primarily about MTM’s struggle with diabetes and about the disease in general. MTM does mention she’s on her third marriage and there’s a chapter about her love of dancing, and a chapter about her love of animals, but there’s no great insight about life, nor is there any dirt. She doesn’t even mention her obvious cosmetic facial surgery.

It is telling that although MTM includes a picture of her father, there is
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Her TV alter ego, Mary Richards, may have been perfect, but it's Moore's imperfections that make her the ideal author of this surprisingly frank memoir about living with diabetes.

Diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at age 33 in 1969, Moore rebelled with anger and frustration at the restrictions of moderation the disease imposed and she ignored. Belatedly, she stopped drinking (after a trip to the Betty Ford Clinic in 1984) and quit her three-pack-a-day smoking habit in 1988, but she admit
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, memoirs
This is definitely a quick read! Took me about two hours. I would say the perfect person to read this book is someone who's recently been diagnosed with T1D and/or someone who loves a diabetic and wants to know more. I'm over ten years into my diagnosis, so the learning resources of the book weren't anything new for me. I did enjoy hearing about Moore's own experiences, however. It's awesome to think about Moore filming the MTM Show and taking on her T1D back when care resources were a whole dif ...more
Billie Hufford
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick and enjoyable read. The book is primarily about MTM's battle with diabetes, but was refreshing as it didn't gloss over the lows just to give a cheerleader speech to those with diabetes MTM talks about the real struggles with dealing with diabetes and trying to live a 'normal' life. humor and sadness combine to give you a good reading experience along with an education about diabetes.

I enjoyed the few arts about her personal life. the relationship with her husband, her pets, and her frie
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-actors

This is not your usual autobiography. Rather, it is Tyler Moore's experience(s) of living with Diabetes.

Some of the "science" stuff was not that interesting, but might be very interesting to someone recently diagnosed or living with this disease.

Anyways, only about 150 pages of this short biography actually talk about her life and experiences as a diabetic. The other 50 pages are appendices that deal with everything from Diabetes 101 to Diabetic Drills to Knowing Your Numbers ... Test
Shannon Mckenzie
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's by Mary Tyler Moore. Easy to read book related to her experiences living with Diabtes. The focus is diabetes, but it also includes some stories about her work and personal life. Worthwhile reading.
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'll read ANY book on diabetes. And LOVED The Mary Tyler Moore show, even if it was just the reruns on Nick at Nite. So of course, I couldn't turn down this one. It was okay. She is, in my opinion, a very scattered writer. I didn't feel the book was well organized and jumped from topic to topic. I couldn't tell if she was promoting herself as an actress, writer, diabetes advocate or what. I enjoyed some of the stories. There were two lines that made it worth the read. The first, about stem cell ...more
Champaign Public Library
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: staff-recommends

Would you like to know Mary Tyler Moore a little better? She is open and honest and human in this memoir. I expect this title to become the book handed to anyone newly diagnosed with diabetes. She gives medical information she has gained from years of close acquaintance with this chronic condition, as well as interviews with well known physicians. But more than that, the medical information is given a setting -- the life that she is living. Does it affect her life? Of course it does, but she has
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
For such an engaging personality, she's not the most engaging writer. I really wanted to like this, but somehow it failed to connect with me. I'd hoped for more personal anecdotes in the realities of dealing with this disease we share, but somehow the immediacy got lost amid the endless tangents and parenthetical asides. For someone who nearly lost a toe and whose vision has been seriously compromised by diabetes, I would have expected more oomph to her feelings about it all. True, she has a pos ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mary Tyler Moore's frank discussion about the impacts that Diabetes has had on her life, as well as her own choices that have complicated the illness for her, is a breath of fresh air. There is no 'sugar coating' (no pun intended) the reality of the disease. While Diabetes can be managed, it is a misconception that there are not severe impacts the disease can have on one's body regardless of the care with which one takes to live a healthy lifestyle. After reading the book, I have a deeper apprec ...more
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Mary Tyler Moore was an Academy Award-nominated and seven-time Emmy Award-winning American actress and comedian, primarily known for her roles in sitcoms and television.

Moore is arguably best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a news producer at WJM-TV in Minneapolis, and for her early role as Laura Petr
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