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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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: 9780641895449
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Loved reading this book and learning that celeberties are just like everyone else!

    Throughout Burnt Toast it remains heartfelt, funny and interesting with enough material to keep an audience hooked with a surprising dose of wisdom. Hatcher preaches some of her life lessons, such as, the importance of making time for yourself, benefits of having close friends, why it's important to look at nature, the advantages of admitting your strengths and accepting your vulnerabilities and how spending time with your children, friends and family can be very rewarding. All these lessons come together with such spirit and warmth that they end up making some sort of impact on you. A downfall is that Burnt Toast is aimed mainly at a female audience. She has more than enough insight to appeal to both genders. It's the occasional man bashing that eliminates the male audience. I like that she expresses her experiences and opinions of men, but these parts of the book I feel are overdone. But over all I loved reading this book and relating to her experiences and finding out I' am not the only one that had had some rough times! Also I love that she, as a celebrity, is not afraid to let everyone know about her flaws and the real her. When the book ended I felt as if I really knew her like a know a real friend!

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    The Book that gave me so much inspiration

    I actually asked my mom to get me this book in LA,since its not available to where Iam based right now.It was the last one she could get from Borders. I have read a lot bout it and I must admit, it is indeed a book that could guide me in everything, be it parenting, being single and being grateful to life. the essence of it, is just so overwhelming that when I get to have my own daughter one day ,I will, as well share this book to her. It is very sincerely created, full of life and love and very motivating.I learned so many things from this book and I wanna thank Teri for sharing this book to the world. such a good writer and an inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    I Really Wanted to Like this Book! However.....

    I really wanted to like this book....I just could NOT get into it. It didn't flow it was like a self help book that had no punch. Even though it was about Ms. Hatchers life experiences/lessons....I never felt like I got to know her of feel for or with her. Just my opinion....

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    Posted October 31, 2008

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