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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller 

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose.

“Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing.”  (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the globe.

Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a career in an industry that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.

Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice and speak out.

©2021 Sharon Stone (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

One of Vogue’s Best Books to Read in 2021 

One of O Magazine’s 20 Best Books to Pick Up This March

One of Fortune’s 11 New Books to Read in March

One of CNN’s 20 Most Anticipated New Books to Read This March

One of Town & Country’s 42 Must-Read Books of Spring 2021

One of Marie Claire’s 25 Best 2021 Memoirs to Pre-Order Now

“A candid, heartfelt, poignant memoir, written with grace and humor.” (Harlan Coben, best-selling author of The Boy From the Woods

“In this courageous, daring and tender-hearted memoir, Sharon Stone interrogates her own trauma and a myriad of losses and discovers the gift of clear seeing. The Beauty of Living Twice is so much more than a celebrity tell-all. It is an act of reckoning, contrition, and above all, love.” (Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

“Elegantly written with her wicked sense of humor on full display, the memoir is catnip for fans who have never managed to crack the exterior of the elusive star.” (Vogue

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Elegance, Intelligence, Truth

Geez... what an interesting lady, an interesting journey, and an interesting perspective on life!... Quirky and graceful, Colourful and witty, Gracious and solemn. The non-linear style of story-telling kept me listening and intrigued... and enlightened. I feel her self-awareness, and her giving spirit, have made this world a better place. You don't need to be a Rocket Scientist, or the Pope, or the Dalai Lama, to make a special difference; it isn't her movie-star-status that matters, it's Sharon's human-being-status that is the contribution...her kindness, her giving, her LOVE to people and communities she cherishes. Bravo Sharon! I'd be happy to read and hear more from Sharon, her insightful thoughts, views, and wisdoms, are a gift. Namaste!

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BRILLIANT! An Important Book for Women

The audible "Sample" of the text pulled me into this memoir ie. that Sharon Stone had had a stroke and lived to talk about it. I wanted details of that. As I listened to this book, I was amazed by her recall of events and names; so rich versus my little bank of memories. Ms. Stone has given us a full-throated, real, very detailed, and at times, happy and sad biography of her work, family and life. She has found solace and joy though through Buddhist principles and the joy of serving! Talking, listening and sharing is key...of course...then 'doing.' Listen and learn from this woman! She is brilliant and has a lot to say! It is important that you read all of this book which culminates in the last chapters and Me Too.

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Bravo Sharon!

Thank you for your honesty. i applaud you for your bravery in sharing your life's journey AND admire you for your work and ability to perservere. HUGZ

~ Randy
www.IMDb.me/RandyThomas

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Sharing a special journey with us

I enjoyed her learning and discussing so many things that happened to her - before and after the stroke. I loved her stories about helping others, the poser of meditation, and the joy of learning who loves you.

She didn’t have a blessed childhood but she was blessed to be beautiful and that was her ticket out. That she chose to learn and grow and be compassionate is amazing.

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Heartfelt all the way through

Loved it! So glad I have audible. Sharon can sure tell a story.
More please.

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To Sharon Stone

Thank you. You touched my heart. I am so happy you chose to record the book in your own voice. It makes the story yours.

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Eye opening....

I really enjoyed how open Sharon stone is.
By the end of he book she leaves you with a nice warm feeling ....who knew she did so much for other people .....Eye opening.

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lessons I learned

love the book I have listed 3 times now. I learned my own truth and I will listen again. wonderfully told what a wonderful lady strong and true

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it was a real honor to get to know you!

Thank you for opening up your heart and our life and your being with us readers. From being a brain surgery survivor myself you brought light to some issues I have dealt with and is still dealing with. Some day I know I will get to meet you in person. Just thank you for being such a brilliant light in this world of ours. Cheers and Thank you.

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Honest & Real

Especially enjoyed that Sharon herself narrated her own story. Beautifully written, It held my attention through it all.

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  • Maktoum Saeed Al-Maktoum
  • 2021-04-04

Change after a close encounter with Death

This book is different. I have not listened to anything similar to it, nor was it what I expected. The coverage of the industry is there and some incidents are brushed over; but the book was deeply personal.

Mrs. Stone shared many secrets, thoughts and beliefs and she choked many times during the book. No one can understand why some of these incidents shakes some to the core unless... Well, if it needs explanation then the listener is listening to the wrong book.

The book made me laugh so many times, and Mrs. Stone have many gifts and the narration goes perfect with the wits and sarcasm. My favourite was the bus stop 🛑

The book goes beyond the memoir of an actress, and deeper into life and meaning and purpose and healing. It is a book about abuse and the power of opening up.

I am truly so happy for her, and I wish her more enlightenment and happiness and her family.

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  • cheryl allen
  • 2021-04-02

how i read and felt the words Sharon spoke

as i still wait for the physical book to arrive, i downloaded the audible book to listen to... i’m glad i did how often do you get to see the words come alive as they were written, but to hear the words and the emotions from the actual voice of the author. Her story, and stories she shared, what she went through her compassion for others... she found words that can help others endure their trials.

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  • Jessica Terrell
  • 2021-04-05

I wanted to love this book but...

I wanted to love this book because I have always loved Sharon Stone as an actress but it seemed to be very scattered in thought. It seemed to jump all over the place instead of being cohesive. Sharon Stone sounded like she was exhausted most of the time. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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  • Alexander Kolosovski
  • 2021-04-02

Outstandingly honest and profound.

Outstandingly honest and profound life story. I rediscovered one of my favorite actresses and in addition to what I knew and felt, I feel now an utmost respect for this extraordinary woman.
Thanks for sharing and serving!

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  • Kyle A Caldwell
  • 2021-04-12

Simply Amazing!

I now know and love Sharon Stone. I have so much respect for her and her accomplishments. I intend to share this book with everyone I know. I truly believe that her story can help others on multiple levels. I felt as though I was watching her life play out as she read! Awesome!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-03

A basketful of narcissistic essays

I’m a fan of her work, but this book is rambling, tirelessly self-absorbed, and frankly pretty boring. Performance got 5 stars for a reason.

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  • gms2606
  • 2021-04-03

A read I didn’t know I needed.

It’s so surprising to me how powerful this story is on all levels. Having Sharon narrate was especially delightful because there is nothing more than listening to the author speak their own words and Sharon proved this in her telling us her story. It really was captivating and an easy listen. Highly recommend!! Well done Sharon Stone!

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  • Baby Rhino
  • 2021-04-27

Sharon Stone is radiant inside and out!

I’m so glad someone told me they read an article about this book. My name is Sharon and I have heard the name Sharon Stone my whole life. I know from the movies what a captivating and damn good actress she is but reading this I felt I could relate to this amazing woman that just happens to also be a fantastic actress. This was so raw and honest and I highly recommend this book. I have gained so many wonderful tools for life from hearing her story and I could not respect her more for sharing it.

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  • Joanne
  • 2021-04-10

Brilliant, beautiful, devastating, brave

This is a must read. Sharon Stone reaches right into the heart of love, grief, and trauma and embodies the transcendence of forgiveness. She is fearless as she shares her truth. And this has provided another stepping stone to healing for this reader.

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  • PY
  • 2021-04-11

Bought this because her name

Not as good as I thought it should be. Next time I will read the reviews before buy.

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