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Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  299 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
“Truth arrives in microscopic increments, and when enough has accumulated–in a moment of recognition, you just know. You know because the truth fits. I was the only member of my family to lack the gene for numbers, but I do need things to add up. Approaching midlife, I became aware of a darkening feeling–was it something heavy on my heart, or was something missing? Gratefu ...more
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Published August 24th 2004 by Random House (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sandra Strange
In this autobiographical exploration, Jane Pauley, the network news and features commentator, records her memories of the years she spent climbing the ladder to the heights of daily TV. She explores her own psychological problems, as well, including her psychological breakdown and diagnosed bipolar disorder, speculating about the effects of her experiences—her family, childhood, teen years, and career. The narrative is unassuming, and that presents the problem. Her life, a life meeting and inter ...more
Rick Ludwig
Having suffered from severe, suicidal depression myself, I found great resonance in jane's experiences. her ability to view things with a writers detachment while still clearly conveying the impact on her life made this a very compelling read and should help others to face their own issues with depression.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this very honest account of her life and finally realizing she was bipolar. I totally appreciate the fact this book debunks alot of myths about what living with that diagnosis means.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I was kind of disappointed...she seemed to allude to a revelation about her family that never really happened. It was ok.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was good but just wasn't what I thought. This about the life of Jane Pauley from her childhood thru her adult life. She tells how it was growing up in her family. She also tells how she got into her career in television. She also gets us into her life after children all the while she is trying to learn to live with depression and bipolar disorder.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a confusing book. Surprisingly, I found it poorly written. But her life is just interesting enough to make me want to keep reading. She says she feels that life came to her out of the blue and this account certainly makes it seem that way--she just floats through life while good jobs, a great husband, beautiful kids come her way. Surely it wasn't that easy.

Huguette Larochelle
A lady we see so many time on TV , she can write beautifully too.
a personal view of her private life.
a memoir about growing up,a candid story of self discovery ,
of one television,s most beloved figure
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only shocking thing about this book is how boring and utterly without insight it is.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media
While bi-polarism introduces the book and recurs, the theme is really Jane's career.

Jane was catapulted to fame not by experience, her knowledge of public affairs, or even her rolodex, but by her looks, youth, midwestern charm and ability to make interesting conversation. She tells the story of this unmerited rise in a straight forward fashion. I remember Jane and Bryant as unrehearsed, positive, informed and amazingly entertaining. Despite the lack of a resume, she clearly rose to the occasion.
Jun 04, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I always liked her and did a wikipedia search because i was wondering whatever became of her. Didn't know she wrote a memoir about depression/bipolar so i'm adding it to my reading list

from wikipedia:".

Pauley is known for revealing very little, if anything, of her private life, which made the disclosure of her bipolar disorder all the more unexpected. The timing of her announcement coincided with the release of her autobiography, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (2004) and the launch of her da
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sydney Avey
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are many gems in this accessible memoir. From her first reveal--the onset of a bout with bi-polar disorder--to the Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi quote on the last pages--"Many people don't know which elements of their lives cause stress and which they actually enjoy."--there is much the average person can identify with in Jane Pauley's experience. The book is full of hope and points to ponder. She shares words to help us frame our experience (purposeful wandering) and concepts to grapple with as ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like Jane Pauley, always have. I thought it might be interesting to learn a little more about her. She's the only other person I know of who has suffered from the same thing I have for almost my whole life - chronic idiopathic urticaria (unexplained hives).

Sometimes when I read a biography of someone, I end up liking them less. I actually like Jane Pauley more. She seems a bit baffled about why she's so well-liked/respected. Jane - people like you because you seem like someone who could live
Jeff Crosby
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Skywriting" by the well-known NBC broadcast journalist Jane Pauley is an interesting read - especially for someone like me, who grew up in central Indiana and remembers her at the beginning of her career at WISH-TV Channel 8 in Indianapolis. The literary quality is impressive, and the vulnerability (especially about mental health) was somewhat disarming. If you've read her latest book "Your Life Calling" and enjoyed that, you might want to pick this earlier title up. The rare memoir of a celebr ...more
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Pauley's autobiography is an OK book. I am glad I read it, because it talks about her battle with depression and bipolar disorder brought on by being given steroids for an allergic reaction. Since I have experienced the same problem with steroids, it was nice to know that someone like Jane had this probem too. You will learn a lot about Jane's childhood, teenage years, her stint on the "Today" show and a lot about her family. It isn't the best written or most interesting book I have read bu ...more
Wendy Eastman link
I understand she wrote this book to revel her journey about receiving her diagnosis of bipolar but... I found it to be disjointed. I never understood her relationships with her families and what that had to do with being bipolar. When she described her hospital stay inn New York, all I could think about was "Oh, the life of the privileged." As someone that has had first hand experience with bipolar disorder, I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I had hoped.
Phyllis Jennings
Her last sentence sums it up: "There are no charmed lives,only lives."

It may be comforting for the rest of us mere mortals to know that a contemporary woman of Jane Pauley's stature has had her own challenges in life. It is fascinating to read about her almost accidental stumbling into the tremendous television network career she followed, along with raising a family. She's a genuine person through and through.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the broadcast journalist Jane Pauley. She started out very young at a local station, then she was on NBC Today show and Dateline. She also hosted her own show. This is not just a book about her career but about the strong values and strenghts that kept her moving forward. She has suffered from bipolar disease and reminds us to keep things in proportion , and be aware of our health. Self knowledge can lighten our load in life.
Sharon Faith
May 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
I thought this would be interesting since I love news and had written for a newspaper. Journalism is a wonderful career, and journalists are very interesting people. So I thought until I read this book. Jane Pauley was NOT as interesting as I had imagined, and the book was clearly boring, listless, and empty. I wish she had written more about her work and career and less about her 'illness'.
An awful book by a terrible writer with nothing to say. Why did I read it? I guess because it was there. In my defense I was mentally ill at the time. The only thing about it I enjoyed was watching a once fairly respectable reporter completely embarrass herself with her self-absorbed drivel, her description of her psychotic break was amusing too, but only because it was so freaking pathetic.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this as I heard Jane had bipolar disorder and I was impressed that she was able to achieve all that she had achieved despite her condition. He bipolar disorder was brought on by hives (or the treatment of hives) when she was well into adulthood. There was alot of info about her childhood.
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at the D.I. for .75 so thought I couldn't lose.

I enjoyed it but found it a bit disjointed. I am a big fan of Jane Pauley who now writes for AARP. How did she and I get this old?

Anyway, it's a quick read, a nostalgic trip through her childhood and provides insight into her insecurities and personal struggles with medical induced bi-polar.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always admired Jane Pauley. From her story I learned that the treatment she received from a serious case of hives medically induced depression and bipolar disorder. Who knew? Favorite quote from the book:
"It's good to keep things in proportion. Awareness is healthy; alarm is not."
Leanne Hunt
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Not being an American, I found all the references to American TV programmes uninteresting and lacking in substance. I read the book with a view to finding out about the author's experiences of bipolar disorder and was disappointed at how little there was about this after the opening section.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book expecting a good story about someone who found she was not who she thought she was. The bipolar incident in her life was downplayed and the book was basically fluff, not what I thought it would be.
Steve Garvin
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Really enjoyed reading Jane Pauley's memoirs. Her book was as personable as her on-air personality seems to be. Genuine, empathetic, and open about her strengths and weaknesses. She is amazed by and grateful for her blessed life.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This readable book was hard to put down. Pauley begins with her incident of hospitalization for bi-polar disorder and works backwards, examining her early life and her family with a reporter's eye and a daughter's affection. A fine read.
J. Lassar
Jane Pauley is a wonderful writer, but I would have liked to know more about her bipolar disorder and how it affected her life. She brought it up in the beginning but didn't really explore the matter further.
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book frustrating. Jane Pauley was one of my favorite newscasters but this book showed a passivity I did not expect. I was disappointed in this account of her life and difficulties. I felt like she held back emotionally and did not fully embrace the truth of her experiences.
Ann Hein
After hearing Jane speak a week ago, I found this very interesting. Written some time ago it tells of the early part of her career which started at nBC when she was 25! She'll be 65 soon. She became bipolar in her forties which was certainly significant in her life story.
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Margaret Jane Pauley is an American television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is most known for her 13 year tenure on NBC's Today program and later 12 years of Dateline NBC, and has acknowledged publicly her struggle with mental health and bipolar disorder.
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