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The Beautiful No

And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation
Written by: Sheri Salata
Narrated by: Sheri Salata
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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“Thursday morning.One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old - a full-blown catastrophe.”

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her 20-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios, and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf. After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. 

In this audiobook, she invites listeners along for the ride - detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal. 

©2019 Sheri Salata (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
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Raw, honest and inspirational

I really enjoyed Sheri’s inspirational story. She is clearly a successful woman who has done her own inner work and yet discovered as we all do that there is more work to be done. She achieved great professional success at some personal expense but rather than let that be the story she opted to reinvent her life. I too am a believer that there has gotta be something more and her book inspires me to continue to refuse to settle for less.

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Loved it!

An outstanding read! I will be sharing this book with my loved ones! You will find insights into your own life!

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Well written memoir

Thoroughly enjoyed it. A great story about someone completely changing their life. I just wish I had the time and the money to do the same.

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The Beautiful No is a Brilliant Yes

When a book reaches into your heart and pulls up a lounger, you don’t want it to end. That’s how I feel about Sherri Salary’s book. She’s a brilliant storyteller with a poignant story to tell, filled with aha’s and beautiful heart opening, personal shares that will connect her to you forever. Sherri has a beautiful voice and a brilliant next chapter.

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Blah blah blah

I like her podcast, but this book just seems like more of the same. Some parts were interesting, but mostly it felt like recycled self-help that we've heard a million times before.

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Thank you Sheri!!

so many fabulous nuggets of wisdom captured here. One of the best books I have read in a long time.

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Life-Changing Wisdoms Here!

I can't remember a read where I laughed, cried, and ahahed in every single chapter. my new fave book. Thank you Sheri for the courage to share so much so openly.

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  • Marilyn Grant
  • 2019-06-08

Been searching for a book like this!

This book spoke directly to me in many ways. Career success. Navigating midlife and beyond. Power of mindset. Appreciation. Choices.

All served up by Sheri in such a joyful and powerful way. The stories are fabulous and the way they are delivered, make it all even better.

Thanks for the connection, tears and laughter!

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  • Shari Brown
  • 2019-09-21

You gotta LISTEN!! Spoke to my soul!

Wow. Hearing the story in Sheri’s voice really brought it home. I swear this entire story was the story of my life. The similarities were uncanny, and then I wondered, is it maybe that by the time we all reach “middle age”, we come to the same conclusions? It was so well spoken and touched on so many deep subjects. Thanks for saving me time in analyzing, Sheri!!! This would also be a great book for the younger set, to give them peace of mind that they aren’t alone and it’s all going to be ok!

The Beautiful No was simply beautiful. 💕

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  • ShopNY
  • 2019-07-10

Satisfactory

It was encouraging but lacked something. The reading was monotone when I thought she could have been more animated. However, she owned her story. Kudos.

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  • Gretchen Schock
  • 2019-09-10

Beautiful Read

There was a lot in the book that I enjoyed but I will admit that I skipped some parts that seemed to not really go anywhere. I'm a dog lover myself but I was bored to tears when she went on and on about her dogs. I get it, you love them. I love mine too. But I don't expect other people to love them as much as I do or care for that matter. Anyway, overall I enjoyed the story but secretly wished there was more about working for Oprah and Harpo studios, that's what truly drew me in and kept me listening.

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  • Jayson Mullen
  • 2019-07-09

Read well, but not my cup of tea

I didn’t feel that this book had enough of what I thought it needed. There was really only one or two chapters that grabbed my attention and moved me. It wasn’t bad, and worth the time if you have some extra. It just wasn’t life changing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-25

Enlightened

I loved the book, it reminded me that I am normal whatever I go through other people go through I a not alone. It has encouraged me to be kind to myself, listen to my needs. I am on a spiritual journey however sometimes I experience speed bumps however after this book I am encouraged to press on. It also reminded me that life is too short, seeing beauty in everything.. and most of all everything happens for a reason..., I loved this book thank you Sheri🙏🏿

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  • Dana Isela
  • 2019-06-25

Inspirational

Loved the realness , very inspiring and beautifully put together. Made it relatable for most women.

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  • Misfit
  • 2019-06-25

Sheri’s The Beautiful No is a big YES!

Listening to this audio book is like spending a girls weekend with one of your best girlfriends. Sheri is a girls girl and so easy to relate to that now we are friends in my head. Relating to her and many of her stories is so easy. I especially enjoyed the audio book and can’t wait to check out her Pillar Life Podcast with Nancy. Oprah was lucky to have her as her wing women.

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  • Teri F.
  • 2019-06-23

Throughly enjoyed this book

I just loved this book! So inspirational! I have many takeaways from Shari ‘s life and really appreciate her honesty! This is worth so much and I know it will continue to resonate in my journey! I will keep on dreaming! Never too late ❣️ Thanks so much!

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  • 2020-06-30

Finally we get Sheri’s personal Story!

I’ve become a fan of Sheri Salata from her podcast, “The Sheri and Nancy Show.” Prior to hearing that podcast, I had no idea who she is. The podcast she co-hosts with Nancy Halla has truly uplifted and changed my life, but I recently found myself wondering about Sheri’s background. We hear so much about Nancy’s personal life (very inspiring and interesting), but something was missing...until this book. I don’t read a lot of autobiographies , but this is a great one and very inspiring. Her delivery in reading her story is also great to listen to, with a good pace and tone. I highly recommend this book!