On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They're Most Thankful For

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Overview

What Are You Most Grateful For?

Ricky Gervais says...Pajamas.
I've started wearing pajamas out, because they're more comfortable than trousers. (Laughs) I started out with jeans, then went to sweatpants about ten years ago. Now it's just pajamas. I wore them to the White House. I've gone whole hog.

Dolly Parton says...Humble Roots.
I think being brought up dirt poor left with me with a feeling of what it was like to go without, so I can relate when people are having a hard time. In my case, being a songwriter, I'm able to write not only for and about myself, but for what I know other people are feeling, even if they don't always have the means to get their voices heard.

Anne Rice says...Clackety-Clack.
My stepmother, who was a very practical, wonderful woman, took me into Dallas before I went into college to buy me a typewriter. She picked out this wonderful little portable one, black and white keys, and it was real fast. I still have it. I won't give it up.

In this enlightening and engaging collection, celebrities from Seth Rogen and Sheryl Crowe to Joyce Carol Oates and B.B. King share the people, places, and things for which they are most grateful. Alternately sentimental and surprising, wise and wacky, these heartfelt "gratitude bucket lists" as described by some of our most beloved artists are sure to inspire readers everywhere to make their own lists--and live their own lives with more love, affection, and thanksgiving.

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In a fashion similar to a Thanksgiving toast, journalist Jensen uncovers the so-called "gratitude lists" of 50 celebrities ranging in profession and fame. Actors, artists, musicians, authors, cartoonists, athletes and others reveal lists that delve deeper into their lives than the average acceptance speech at any given award show. Each chapter focuses on a single celebrity beginning with a short biography vaguely explaining his or her significance, followed by confusingly titled paragraphs consisting of cumbersome quotes that essentially form this "list." Insights from truly compelling figures such as Coppola, Updike, Lynch and Vonnegut carry the book to its abrupt end. Little about the nature of gratitude is discussed but much is learned about the subjects' lives and relationships.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781440505942
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Todd Aaron Jensen is an award-winning freelance journalist with featured bylines in more than 100 publications around the world, including GQ, Esquire, American Way, Penthouse, Mean, Icon, Moving Pictures, and Costco Connection. He is a contributing editor at Spirit and US Airways, and his work is syndicated in more than sixty countries via London-based Planet Syndication.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Awwww how cute

    Srry but its true

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    Posted June 20, 2013

    To the real logan

    R u here? I really miss u and i wanna talk.

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    To ethan

    Its katie why would you think i hate you and whos kat

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    Ysabella

    Hi. I'm 15 and have mod length dirty blpmde hair. Im a bit of a tomboy and refuse to be dainty. I live for soccer and horseshoes. I play softball and swimming and love cats. Im a big animals and im a reader and a bookworm. People say im athletic and i am. Im all about science. People say I'm funny and easy to make laugh. I am very passionate and always stanf up for my friends. I SWEAR THIS IS A REAL BIO!!!!

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    Anyone here?

    I'm sooooooooo bored , and i need someone to talk to!!!!!
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    Posted June 26, 2013

    To chloe.

    Miss ya.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Get a burst of happiness - buy this book!

    If you want to be inspired and hang out with your favorite celebrities while they share their stories about, well, life and how their general gratitudes, then get this book! It's not your run of the mill, schmaltzy take on gratitude and it actually feels like you're getting some kind of inside information/inspiration. Maybe it's Jensen's writing, it really grabs you buy the shirt collar (in a good way) and illuminates our similarities which makes you want to get off the bench and take a crack at your dreams!

    My favorite interview was with Kurt Vonnegut. When he asked his son what he thought life was all about, his son said "We are here to help each other through this thing, whatever it is." And ON GRATITUDE does just that. It nudges you toward positivity.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    On Gratitude

    Living in a culture obsessed with celebrity where a sense of entitlement increasingly permeates our national consciousness, Todd Aaron Jenson and his subjects remind us in "On Gratitude" that a sense of worth is mostly tied to a sense of thankfulness. In posing the question "What are you grateful for?" these celebrities (many iconic) explore the simple and profound truth that our achievements in life are directly tied to the spiritual side of our nature.
    From the surprising revelation of B.B. King that as a child receiving a pair of overalls to wear to church was one of his most proud possessions to Academy Award winner, Jeff Bridges explaining his reluctant commitment to acting and how making this positive commitment changed his life - these conversations explore the experiences which contribute not only to commercial success, but to the continuing creative drive in their lives. It is a needed reminder to us to do the same.
    The book can be read in one sitting. It's difficult to put down. It's also funny and insightful. But to my mind, its main contribution is that it reminds us that success in life is far more tied to a receiving spirit and that disciplined achievement is a result of the "awareness of being thankful" for the gifts we are given.

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