Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life

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From America’s most beloved comedic actress and the star of Desperate Housewives comes a personal, heartfelt, and often very funny manifesto on life, love, and unlearn — and the lessons we all need to learn -- on the road to happiness.

Teri Hatcher secured her place in America’s heart when she stood up to accept her Golden Globe for Best Actress and declared herself a “has-been” on national television. That moment showcased her down-to-earth,...
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Overview

From America’s most beloved comedic actress and the star of Desperate Housewives comes a personal, heartfelt, and often very funny manifesto on life, love, and unlearn — and the lessons we all need to learn -- on the road to happiness.

Teri Hatcher secured her place in America’s heart when she stood up to accept her Golden Globe for Best Actress and declared herself a “has-been” on national television. That moment showcased her down-to-earth, self-deprecating style -- and her frank openness about the ups and downs she’s experienced in life and work.

But what the world might not have seen that night is that Teri’s self-acceptance is the hard-won effort of a single mother with all the same struggles most women have to juggle -- life, love, bake sale cookies, and dying cats. Now, in the hope that her foibles and insights might inspire and motivate other women, Teri opens up about the little moments that have sustained her through good times and bad.

From the everyday (like the importance of letting your daughter spill her macaroni so she knows it’s okay to make mistakes) to the rare (a rendezvous with a humpback whale -- and no, he was not a suitor), the message at the heart of Burnt Toast -- that happiness and success are choices that we owe it to ourselves to make — is sure to resonate with women everywhere.

“Toast. We eat a lot of it in the course of our lives. You know when you’re trying to make it and you just can’t get it right? Maybe too brown, or too soft, or totally burnt. Are you the kind of person who tries to scrape off the black? Or do you smother it with jam to hide the taste? Do you throw the burnt toast away, or do you eat it? Up ’til now, I ate it. Ilearned that from my mom. A loving wife and mother, she always took care of everyone and everything before herself. When I hit forty, I decided I was done eating the burnt toast. I was done anticipating failure. There is a way for us to value ourselves without taking away from anyone else. Happiness doesn’t go hand-in-hand with success. It takes work. This book is my wacky, serious, skittish, heartfelt attempt to share my jagged route to happiness with other women like me.”

About the Author In 2005, TERI HATCHER won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Susan Mayer on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. Hatcher previously starred as Lois Lane in the popular Lois & Clark series.
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Like Susan Mayer, the woman she portrays on Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher has made a career out of comebacks. In fact, when she received her 2005 Golden Globe for Best Actress, she described herself as a television "has-been." In this feisty, self-deprecating tome, Teri shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about juggling the roles of actress and single mom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302627
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 791,386
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

In 2005, Teri Hatcher won the Golden Globe award and Screen Actors Guild award for best actress in a comedy for her portrayal pf Susan Mayer on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. The Emmy-nominated actress also starred as Lois Lane in the TV series Lois & Clark, and has appeared in many feature films, including Spy Kids, Tomorrow Never Dies, Soapdish, and Two Days in the Valley. A California native, she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Emerson Rose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    outstanding book!

    I loved Teri's book. The two reviews that bashed her book made me want to buy it. It is a great book from front to back. I could not put it down. I strongly encourage women everywhere to read it. It will make your day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Not for Snobs (Or is it?)

    Teri reinforces the idea that essentially we are all fools, and the minute you put your nose up in the air, you'll trip for sure, so don't ever think that way. My book club read this and had a great time laughing about how we're really all the same, so why would anyone ever risk trying to be a snob? It's a great book to read when you're feeling bad about yourself, or if you want to be able to read just a bit at a time and get to bed when you should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Burnt Toast No More!!!

    This book is wonderful! From the first line I connected with Teri and what she had to say...I just kept saying to myself 'oh my god, that's me'! She really made an impact on the way I see things and made me realize that my outlook on life was holding me back!! Thanks Teri!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    Wonderful

    I was suprised to read this book and find that Teri Hatcher didn't write so much about when she was born and how she grew up, but more about what she has learned through her own life experiences. Her book is witty and inspiring, a fresh change of pace compared to books written by other stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    After reading this book, I felt like I knew her...like she was someone I could hang out with. She's funny, real, and offers some interesting philosophies on life. This was also a fast easy read. I think I read it in one day. I didn't want to put it down once I picked it up. I mention this book in one of my chapters. I recommend it to any woman who wants to feel humanized and a little less alone in this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    Charred Toast!

    Teri's effort to teach was not accomplished. I was very disappointed because she went around her life in a disorganized manner. The writing did not flow, choppy and random stories made the reading a slow, damaged rollercoaster. She was inspired in her own thoughts but was unable to send a message across. If you are an actress then you can relate to her lifestyle but ordinary women don't earn a Golden Globe for telling their story. Teri, keep polishing your TV skills and you will be more successful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Light and easy........

    This was a good read, nothing mind-shattering, but that's not expected. I did think it was better than people have been saying. It kind of gives you an insight into Teri Hatcher.......I guess she really is like Susan Meyer......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    On the money!

    This is a terrific read. Highly recommend. Never dreamed it would be this good. Rarely have I read a book twice but I'm enjoying it just as much the second time around. Teri Hatcher is able to put into words many thoughts and feelings this 50 year old mother of two daughters recognizes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2007

    Not as sappy as you think...

    I read this book only after a friend of mine told me it was a keeper. I expected it to be sappy and maudlin. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was uplifting and warm -- like chatting with a friend who is intelligent, beautiful, and successful -- but just as neurotic as you are!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Male Under 40 Enjoyed Book

    I'm not the target audience for this book. (I'm under 40 and male!) But I had a blast reading it. I even laughed out loud a few times and had people in my house asking me to keep my laughing down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A Must Read

    This book was great beginning to end. Teri proves that even though she's hit the bigtime in Hollywood, she still has everyday struggles. From being a single mother to tabloids telling her to go under the knife. This is a great book with some valuable life lessons, that helped me get out of the habits that Teri sheds light on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    An interesting insight

    I really liked having an insight into the mind of this great actress. The novel rambled quite a bit and it seemed like it veered off course somewhere in the middle, but there were several cute anecdotes and I laughed out loud a few times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    i loved this book !!!!

    this was a fabolus book, i enjoed every chapter i could really relate to her life and her sturggles it was a book i would love to read over and over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    A funny and fast read

    Terri Hatcher should probably stick to acting but I loved how open and honest she was as she gave reader's an insight on her life. Even though her life looks glamourous to us, she tells that it really isn't and passes on the lessons she has learned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    This is a must read book!

    This is more then just a memoir it's a self help book. Teri gives you so much good advice that really suprised me about life (that you need to make time for yourself), love (what kind of guys to NOT date) Parenting I don't have children yet but when I do I'm taking her advice it seems to work for her. About rewarding yourself when you deserve it (with a shopping spree or buying yourself flowers) And that she took the 'S' factor classes which makes me want to take dance classes. Plus a lot more advice on life then that. I highly recommend this book! She's also very funny in the book at times I was laughing out loud. This is a must read book weather you are 20 or 50 you'll get something out of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    This book is Burnt Toast!

    Burnt Toast was 207 pgs of dribble. There was no flow and no point. I turned the pages with a renewed hope of the book actually saying anything of signifigance and was continually disappointed. I felt like I was served burnt toast with the purchase of this book. The 'philosophies' (if there were actually any) of this book could have fit on a pamphlet. (and cost alot less)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    Funny, laugh out loud read

    First of all, I'm a big fan of Teri Hatcher & Desperate Housewives. Saw Teri on Oprah & had to read the book. I thought the book was humorous & insightfull. A definate feel good book we all can relate to. Well done -I loved it & would recommend it to all my girl friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Very Down To Earth

    Teri Hatcher has to be one of the most down-to-earth actresses ever. She is not big-headed in any way. I have to admitt, she get's really deep in her book and I respect that to the full.At times I thought she was bragging on certain things, but I've realized if you've had such a bad career as she say she had..then what the hell---brag on.She deserves it. We have so much in common, and thats why I really related to her book. It was well-written, funny and amazing.I'm glad she took time to write it. I wish her and Emerson Rose the best. You both deserve it. Many wishes to you both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Dull Read

    This book just proved that she needs some help! Yes, we probably all could relate to some parts, but the low self esteem was rampant in this book with very little, if any, good take aways from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    I Loved This Book SOOO MUCH !

    I loved this book so much. It taught me to let go of the past and think about my future. I was so sad when my boyfriend cheated on me . I just couldnt let go of him and the past and this book made me realize that there is a future and that you dont need to dwell on the past or what you dont have you should dwell on what you have today .

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