Might as Well Laugh About it Now

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Now available in trade paperback-the illuminating New York Times bestseller from the American icon.

The beloved superstar reveals her thoughts on her milestones and missteps, career pressures and expectations, her popular line of collectible dolls, marriage and divorce, depression, weight issues, and the incredible joys and challenges in being a working mother raising eight children. Marie's resilience and familiar humor will have every reader feeling at home with this ...

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Overview

Now available in trade paperback-the illuminating New York Times bestseller from the American icon.

The beloved superstar reveals her thoughts on her milestones and missteps, career pressures and expectations, her popular line of collectible dolls, marriage and divorce, depression, weight issues, and the incredible joys and challenges in being a working mother raising eight children. Marie's resilience and familiar humor will have every reader feeling at home with this international icon as she imparts her insights on surviving the school of life and graduating with a degree in unstoppable optimism.

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Marie Osmond was a has-been at 19. When the much-loved and much-parodied Donny & Marie show closed its three-year television stint in 1979, Marie had already decided her brief "run in the sun" was over. Obviously it wasn't. In Might as Well Laugh About It Now, she describes the twists, turns, mishaps, mistakes, surprises, and blessings of her first half century. Uplifting candor; winning resilience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451227737
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 438,759
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond endeared herself to an entire generation as the star of numerous award-winning television shows and specials, as a multi-million selling recording artist, and as a New York Times bestselling author.

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Table of Contents

The Most Unforgettable Moment I'll Never Remember 9

Be Still 25

Fake It When You Can't Make It 33

I'd Rather Play The Toilet 39

The Ones Who Really Live Happily Ever After 47

Hot Property: Great Open Floor Plan, Full Mountain Views 57

Bloomin' Cactus 71

Needled 81

The Most Consistent Man 93

Boogie Woogie Twenty Miles In Fifteen Minutes Flat 105

"Wise Men Say" 119

The Frill Is Gone 131

Fight Or Flee 139

WXR-Pee 151

Live From Orem 161

Let In The Joy 171

Borrowed Blind 179

Scatterbrain 187

A Poseidon Adventure On The Love Boat 197

Nun Gags 207

Stuff 223

In Search Of A Last Name 233

Dude, It's For Me 243

We Want You Around 253

It's Only Sand 267

Dressed To Spill...Out 279

You'll Be There 289

Acknowledgments 303

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Very funny with some touching insight

    Just finished reading.

    This isn't your average celebrity autobiography. Instead, it's a collection of essays based on funny or inspirational moments that have happened in Marie's life. It seems to be meant as a sort of Erma Bombeck, uplifting, humorous look at life. It's a fairly quick read.

    Although there are times when it seemed the humor was a bit forced (or the writing of the humor was forced), there are some very funny bits in this book. I wouldn't say there is an over-abundance of deep insight into Marie here - it's clearly meant to be a fun read. However, there are some very touching stories - about how her mother taught her hearing impaired (almost totally deaf) older brothers to speak. About her time with her elderly father, who worried that he'd pushed his kids too hard. About missing her mother. And most of all, about the pressure on her to be thin when she was young. Hearing her stories about being called "the fat sister" and being forced to wear a girdle at ten years old, explain a lot about her current weight struggles, I think. I liked that these stories were told very matter-of-factly, and with understanding and no bitterness or requests for pity.

    Then, there's the running around with the kids, trying to squeeze into a costume made too small on Dancing with the Stars, and other funny moments.

    Throughout the book, there's a clear theme of reliance on God's strength, so if this is a problem for you, this isn't the book for you. But, there are no references to any particular religion and certainly no prosthetizing. The references are in passing and not focused on, per se. I'm definitely not religious, and this didn't bother me at all. It rounded out Marie's personality.

    I enjoyed it. Just when I thought it was getting a bit too "fluffy," I'd get to a beautiful and/or poignant story. I recommend it.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    Friends can relate to this

    Loved the book. Laughed, related, was touched. Could picture Marie doing or saying things that were written. Easy to read after a busy day. Enjoyed the pictures starting each chapter.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Not laughing at "Might As Well Laugh About It Now"

    Well this book was nothing like I had hoped it would be. The Marie I know is funny & makes a bad situation into a good one with her humor but it was no where to be found in this book. What I came away with from reading this was that she really misses her parents & only remembers events from a long time ago. Nothing new really for a devoted fan since most of these stories she has told before. Plus the pictures at the beginning of each chapter where terrible quality & small & sometimes didnt relate to the forthcoming chapter. I expected funny stories from Marie's life but feel I got a rushed version of a few events that happened in a very hectic writing pattern. The entire book jumped around from one chapter to the next & even within the chapter. I also think she came off a little snotty in a few parts. I have never ever heard her sound like this before but it seemed a little ungrateful & cranky! Here's to hoping she will write again & put a little more effort into it like her first book about PPD.

    Sorry for the truth but I know Marie can do better. Maybe a little more focus on the book & not 500 other things going on in her life would have helped.
    Kylie

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    Surprisingly Open

    Not a boring, stuffy rendition of a climb to fame and fortune. She writes about everyday life with it's ups and downs of a family that just did their best to be who they are. She can get you to cry along with the bumps in life and to laugh out loud at the silliness of it all. A very good read for any age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Boring

    I can't believe i spent money on this book. I read her first book and is the same as the second. She says the same things as in her interviews. Nothing special that is not public. She gives the reader just so much and leaves you scratching your head at her not getting into anything serious.In her interviews and books she always comes off to me as overwhelmed.Like her interview with Oprah,I thought it to be her not really telling the audience the truth,and too much in between not talked about. I will never make the mistake of buying her books again. Don't waste your money. See her interviews instead, she may be nice but you can tell she has people around her that do everything. She comes off as a flake with too many kids she cant handle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Light-Hearted, Inspirational, and Super Easy Read!

    Marie and her co-writer did a great job making this book an easy read. I read it in one day. It was fun to hear about little things the public never realized. Marie is such an inspiration! I almost felt like not much of a woman compared to her. She truly is a super mom. I can't wait for her next book and the love story about her and Steven reuniting. Hurry up, Marie! Get on the ball, you slacker! (Kidding. Love ya!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    If you are a Marie Osmond fan

    This book is short stories of her life. Skips around from childhood to adulthood. Don't really see why she wrote it except she was thinking her popularity from Dancing with the Stars had renewed people's interest in her life. Was mildly interesting to me. Got tired of it toward the end. Said nothing about her sons death. Mildly touched on her daughter being a lesbian. Being a Mormon she talks hardly anything about her religion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

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    Disappointing.

    I found it disappointing. Her style of writing leaves a lot to be desired.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    Hello, new friend!

    I knew I was going to read an autobiography, and I've read some very good ones, (and many poor ones), in my time but I didn't think I'd leave the book with the feeling that I had met a great friend. We both grew up right along the same time, sharing those simply dreadful styles, hairdo's, etc., but Marie has a humorous take on it. (And yes, now I can laugh a bit but not as much as I did "with" her as I read about her life. I think Marie and her brothers are a rarity in child performers/stars that kept their heads clear and their noses clean, thanks in large part to their parents and their subsequent values. I don't think we're going to see this kind of abundance of goodness, unfortunately, in the new batch of young'stars'. Life isn't all sweet and big white teeth, and she's honest and very down to earth. The book reads as if you're just sitting down and chatting with your girlfriend. So whip up some hot chocolate, and enjoy! This is a keeper!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Love it!

    A very easy read. You feel like you're in the same room and she's talking to you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    An Upbeat Persdpective On Marie's Life!!!

    Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond

    Last Saturday, when our oldest daughter Mary was visiting us, she asked if I'd read Marie's book and I said no, that our library had it and would read it. She said she would leave it for me to read, as she'd just bought it and knew I'd have it read before she could, as she was reading my Donny Autobiography. When I got up the next morning to read my e-mail, Marie's NEW book was sitting on top of my other books!!!! I had no idea she had a new book out!!! After starting this book, I'd read two VERY negative comments about this book on Goodreads and after finishiung the book earlier today, found nothing negative that Marie had said that this one young lady had purported Marie as saying.

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Marie's introspective looks into her life and how she laughs at life's little foibles. Marie looks at life the way I do, always looking at the good in everything and everyone. Marie shares her outlook on how she handled her passing out on Dancing With The Stars, her house fire, her managing her hectic life being a mother of 8 children, how much she loves her children, the devastation she felt at losing her parents, her divorce and her battle with Bulimia. If you want to read how Marie uses laughter to get through life's biggest struggles, do yourself a favor and pick this delightful and poignant book up. You'll be glad you did.

    Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
    Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook

    Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
    Pub. Date: April 2009
    ISBN-13: 9780451226389
    305pp

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Light and humorous, but thought provoking as well

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Marie's book. Each chapter provides it's own story and life lesson. It was a fun and humorous book with some good food for thought.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    GREAT BOOK !!!

    All I will say is you will not regret buying this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    Marie Osmond Does It Yet Again!!!

    What can't this woman do well? Nothing that I have ever seen. I found myself reflecting on the book once it was put down, that I just had a wonderful conversation with the woman herself! The only bad part of the book for me, was that I was finished reading it and I missed my friend Marie. Well I will be seeing her and Donny's amazingly huge hit show in VEGAS coming this June! If you haven't bought this book yet, go do it now. You will love Marie even more than before... if that is even possible.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Awesome and uplifting book! Marie Osmond is a wonderful author and was grateful to get a chance to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I found Marie to be honest and funny. This is a book of stories about particular events in her life, and not strictly an autobiography. Marie is inspirational, but always wickedly accurate in discussing her own failings, and incredibly funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This book gives you an honest to goodness in depth look of the life of Marie Osmond.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Very Enjoyable

    Written in short story format, it is easy to read in short bits of time...great for busy moms to carry around and read when they get a few minutes. It's about various moments and events in Marie's life that she has learned from and wants to share with others. There were parts that brought tears to my eyes and several parts that made me laugh out loud. It's a light, enjoyable escape for a little while from the stessors of life that helps us look at our challenges and experiences with humor. Just to clarify something from the earlier review posted here, her son had not died yet when this book came out. Carol G

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Awesome read

    I really enjoyed this book and reading about Marie and her experiences. I couldn't put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    great book, and so was Donny's

    I've always liked Marie. She was thrown into show business at a young age, struggled with extra weight at ten yrs old, travelled with 8 brothers, and still kept that smile, no matter what. She has a wonderful, positive spirit. When she describes meeting her brother Tom's newborn daughter, who only lived a few hours, you will cry your head off. Love ya Marie, and love this gem of a book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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