Back on Track: How to Straighten out Your Life when It Throws You a Curve

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Deborah Norville, recounts her own harrowing story among profiles of other women in crisis. These women, who have shared their stories with Norville, have faced some of life's most distressing events, from a battle with breast cancer to a painful divorce, from the loss of a loved one to financial ruin. Based on her own success with reconstructing her life at its nadir, Norville offers, with warmth and wit, a clear, practical ten-point plan for enduring crises and emerging with health and well-being intact. She ...
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Overview

Deborah Norville, recounts her own harrowing story among profiles of other women in crisis. These women, who have shared their stories with Norville, have faced some of life's most distressing events, from a battle with breast cancer to a painful divorce, from the loss of a loved one to financial ruin. Based on her own success with reconstructing her life at its nadir, Norville offers, with warmth and wit, a clear, practical ten-point plan for enduring crises and emerging with health and well-being intact. She hopes that by sharing her story, and those of other courageous women who have overcome the most adverse circumstances, she will help readers locate within themselves the strength and will to take the first steps toward self-reclamation and get their own lives back on track.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Norville began working in local TV news while still in college, and quickly rose to network ranks. Nothing new is revealed here about her infamously rocky tenure after replacing Jane Pauley on NBC's Today Show, although Norville hints that professional jealousy played a key role in her leaving that show. She also suggests that if she were not such a nice person, she would name names and disclose secrets. More interesting and helpful to readers are her descriptions of her subsequent depression and gradual recovery, which allowed her to return to TV journalism as anchor for Inside Edition. Better still, Norville shares other women's stories of trauma and recoverydivorce, a spouse's suicide, a child's illness, a failed businessthat are much more engrossing and understandable than her own murkily detailed professional experience. Some readers may have difficulty considering Norville a serious journalist when she peppers her prose with words like "gal" and "zillions," addresses her audience directly as "honey," emphasizes points with "wow!" and "heavens!" and describes her children as "so yummy you could eat them." She also makes some questionable generalizations about traits she calls "inherently female," and she minimizes the potential value of professional treatment for depression. Nonetheless, Norville offers some good, basic self-help advice, encouragement and step-by-step exercises for moving forward in life when just getting dressed in the morning is difficult. First serial to Redbook. (Oct.)
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The curve thrown Norville was, of course, being bumped off the Today show after she was accused of bumping off Jane Pauley. Here she explains how she got back on track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684832609
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Comeback Kid 11
Ch. 1 Goodbye Miss Scarlett - The crisis you don't expect 17
Ch. 2 Facing Facts - Acknowledge your crisis 39
Ch. 3 Step by Step - Inching toward a new you 61
Ch. 4 It's Okay To Inhale - Get control ... and let go 79
Ch. 5 Reaching Out - Finding support 105
Ch. 6 What About Me? - Take care of yourself 127
Ch. 7 Building A New You - Learn to like yourself 143
Ch. 8 "The Experts Aren't" - Trust your gut 166
Ch. 9 What Hit Me? - Analyze what happened 182
Ch. 10 Charting Your Course - Visualize your future 195
Ch. 11 Finding A Purpose - Your crisis was for a reason 218
Epilogue: Moving On - Taking it all in stride 229
Resources 242
Index 248
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