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Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.

It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.

Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but...

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Overview

Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.

It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.

Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras.

Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ "I Hate Tori" club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother.

Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI.

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Just when you thought sTORI time was over, the beloved Hollywood starlet has so much more to say.

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"My life has changed dramatically in the past several years. I married Dean; we moved several times; we had two children; we created a show that has gone into its fifth season on the air. I have love. I have a family. I have a home. I have work. It’s all I ever wished for. But trying to be a perfect wife, mother, and mini-mogul has its challenges, especially if, like me, you want to be perfect at all of them at the same time." —from uncharted terriTORI

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The author of the Barnes & Noble bestsellers Mommywood and sTORI Telling repeated her success with Uncharted TerriTori, another full exposure of her life as an actress, wife, mother, and daughter. Media mavens whispered about her on-again-off-again-on-again relationship with husband Dean McDermott and her tiff with mother Candy Spelling; in this Barnes & Noble Bestseller, they get the real dirt. Now in paperback and NOOKbook. (P.S.: Spelling's reality show Tori and Dean has been renewed for a new season.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439187722
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 282,633
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.

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INTRODUCTION:
Welcome to Los Angeles

A few weeks ago my friend Jacob was flying Virgin American from New York to L.A. As the plane began its final descent into LAX, the cute and obviously gay lead flight attendant made an announcement to the cabin. He said, “Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.” When my friend reported this story to me via email, I thought it was hilarious, but I also didn’t know exactly what to make of it. I was born in L.A. Fact. I still live here. Fact. But on what grounds is that of common interest to an airplane full of diverse travelers? Is it a compliment? Is it a joke? A little of both? Of all the famous people, of all the actors, of all the tabloid darlings, of all the gay icons (if I can call myself that), why me?

But as someone who produces and stars in a show that follows my daily life for the entertainment of millions of people (holy crap!), I can’t spend too long on questions like that. After 90210and so many TV movies, my career had slowed, and recently, in my reality show, it has found new life. The name Tori Spelling draws viewers, and it sells magazines, books, a jewelry line, a children’s clothing line. And my name also, apparently, occasionally welcomes certain unsuspecting travelers as they arrive in Los Angeles. So it goes. I’ve come to accept that the small moments of my life, my relationship, my family, my business ventures—usually in edited, broadcast form—are a spectacle. My life is a show. My self is my business. My name is my brand. It’s a weird way to live, and maybe I’ll never get used to it, but at the same time business is booming.

My life has changed dramatically in the past several years. I married Dean; we moved several times; we had two children; we created a show that has gone into its fifth season on the air. I have love. I have a family. I have a home. I have work. It’s all I ever wished for. But trying to be a perfect wife, mother, and mini mogul has its challenges, especially if, like me, you want to be perfect at all of them at the same time.

Turns out I’m officially a workaholic. I think I’ve always been a bit more driven than anybody realized, myself included. I have ideas. I want to try new things. I see business opportunities. The difference is that before Tori & Dean was a success, nobody ever cared what harebrained scheme I was dreaming up. Nobody expected anything of me. Nobody took me seriously. Nobody would have wanted to partner with me. I didn’t have the means to make any of it come to pass. Now I have the power. Now there’s no excuse not to act on a big idea. Now I can back it up. I have a show. I have two successful lines. I have two bestselling books. I own a well-known brand. (You know, Tori Spelling. Who’d a thunk it?)

I was poised to be a workaholic. In the seven years between 90210 and Tori & Dean, my acting work came and went. Being an underemployed actor as I was puts the fear in you. I am nobody. I’ll never work again. If I can just get a break I’ll make the most of it, I swear. I developed a strike-while-the-iron’s-hot mentality. I don’t want to miss a single opportunity.

I’m finally in a position where ideas that I have can actually blossom into businesses. When I shop for new bedding, I can’t help thinking, Maybe I could do a line of Hollywood Regency–inspired shams. I spend a day doing crafts with the kids and start fantasizing about developing a kids’ crafts show or magazine sharing the joys of homemade play dough and pipe cleaner animals. I cook dinner and envision a recipe book with my nanny’s special shepherd’s pie. I hobble out of an event, barefoot, with four-inch heels in hand, and fantasize about Tori Spelling–branded disposable micro flip-flops. (Somebody please run with that.)

I want to do a show with Dean where we put together dream weddings on a budget: it’s on! There’s an opportunity for me to do the talk show I’ve always dreamed of? So what if it’s all day, every day, forty-four weeks a year, I want to do it! My agent’s worried I’m going to drop dead. Can we clone me? I wonder. Nah, the clone wouldn’t do it right. Yeah, I got the whole workaholic package, which means I’m so completely incapable of delegating that I couldn’t even delegate to my own clone. People talk all the time about leaving work behind at the end of the day, about how important it is to draw a dividing line between your job and your life. But my job is to be Tori Spelling. I can’t exactly take a break.

In some ways I feel like I’m turning into my father. Dad was a workaholic. He was productive, work was lucrative, but it never stopped. When I was little I hardly noticed. I thought every father came home long after dinner and baths were over, just in time to kiss his children good night.

Even late in his career, my father never stopped caring about every detail of every show. On weekends he would come home with a briefcase full of scripts. We’d go out to the pool together, I’d click open the briefcase, and we’d sit next to each other reading. He dog-eared the pages where he had notes, just as I now do with scripts. By the time he was finished with a script, every single page would be folded over and every line of the script would be rewritten. When we first started 90210 he even brought home Polaroids of the wardrobe options for Brenda and Brandon. He couldn’t delegate either.

Ultimately I feel like my father died because he could no longer work. When he stopped working he went quickly downhill. There was no adjusting to a new focus and pace at that age. He didn’t know how to just be.

Twitter—the way I use Twitter, is a perfect example of how it never stops, how I never stop. Sometimes Dean is sleeping next to me in bed while I tweet until one a.m. I tweet what I’ve prepared for the kids’ holiday parties at school. I post what movie I watched that night. I check to see how many followers I have. I check to see how many followers Brooke Burke and Denise Richards have (they’re in the big leagues, each with over a million followers). I’m obsessed with how many followers I have and what makes them decide to follow me or to stop following me. If I talk about cute things the kids are doing, my followers drop off. If I retweet news items, people sign on. If I don’t tweet for a day, I gain a hundred followers. When I posted that I watched Paranormal Activity, I gained fifty-six followers. Why, why, why?

I tell myself I’m doing it for the fans and for my business; I’m building my brand. And I do use Twitter that way. For Little Maven, my kids’ clothing line, I went on Twitter to do a model search. People posted photos of their children to Twitter, and I selected models for our look book—a catalogue for retail buyers—and website. My “followers” know that it’s me looking at the pictures. I’m the one who’s picking their kids. They know that I’m not doing a celebrity endorsement, that I’m actually at the helm of my business. And they also know that I’m the one who’s dropping my kids off at school. Because I tweet about it afterwards. It’s kind of like I’m stalking myself, but it doesn’t feel creepy. It makes me feel connected to people. If I’m going to be a brand, it’s nice to feel like people really know me. But I also see how my obsessive twittering can be unhealthy. Nothing is private, nothing is sacred. Dean is asleep next to me, and I should be sleeping too. I’m more stressed than I’ve ever been in my life.

I haven’t found a good balance, and (when he’s awake) it doesn’t sit well with Dean. A couple of nights ago Dean came into the kitchen and told me he’d run a bubble bath for me—an overt effort to get me to relax. Liam and Stella were running around the kitchen, waiting for me to make them dinner. Dean said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got it.” Dean is perfectly capable of making dinner for the kids. Nonetheless, I started pulling out the broccoli, rice, and hot dogs. Just to get him started. Dean stood there staring at me. “What are you doing?” he said, “I just said I’ve got it.” But I couldn’t stop myself.

I’m not just controlling when it comes to the kids. I came into the kitchen the other night to find Dean, who is self-sufficient in all things, eating a dinner he’d made for himself. When I saw him sitting there, alone at the table, I felt deflated. “I was going to do that for you,” I told him. I wanted to make dinner for him. I wanted us to eat together even if I got home too late. I want to be able to do everything. Then I’m resentful of having to do everything. And that’s how it all implodes.

Maybe this is what happens when you finally find success in a career that you love. Maybe it’s a side effect of having children. Maybe it’s my childhood coming back to haunt me. Whatever it is, it’s taking a toll on me, on my health, and on my family. I’m exhausted, if not sick, half the time. The rest of the time my marriage, my family, and my job together are my dream come true. But those two sides of my life—exhausted and elated—are constantly vying for Tori dominance (not quite as critical as world dominance but try telling that to my immune system). The struggle plays out in Malibu and Maui, on a tour of local L.A. hospitals and across the country in an RV. Somehow in realizing my dreams I’ve lost my ability to just be. My reality is my job, and that means that my work and my life are completely woven together. It all happened so quickly that I haven’t begun to establish any boundaries. My life is all out of balance, which has turned out to be a biggie. I got everything I thought I wanted … and it practically destroyed me. I need to make a change. I don’t know how and when I’ll do it, but that search is the challenge and the journey.

© 2010 Tori Spelling

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to Los Angeles 1

Summer at 30,000 Feet 7

Malibu Tori 25

The Haunting in Maui 38

Baby Steps 49

Make New Friends but Keep the Old 59

In Sickness and in Health 70

Just Tori 80

Lost and Found 98

An Imperfect Marriage 113

Liam's Word 125

The Wootle's on Fire 134

Have Yourself a Merry Little Reconciliation 151

The Start of Something 177

The Metamorphosis Begins 181

Why, Murray, Why? 191

Afterword 205

Acknowledgments 209

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Tori Tells All Again

    I am an unapologetic Beverly Hills 90210 fan (the original, that is). There, it's out in all its embarrassed and shameful glory. As such, I am also a fan of Tori Spelling as well as her now defunct series So NoTORIous and the current Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Don't judge.

    I enjoyed Tori's first book, sTORI Telling. I found it to be much like So NoTORIous - - refreshing, able to make light of her own celebrity, laugh at herself and appearing honest. Tori is humorous and it came through in spades with sTORI Telling.

    Not so much with this effort. Not that there is anything wrong with Unchartered TerriTORI. The writing style and the tone keep in step with her first tome and there are some very humorous sections in this one, including the opening chapter with Tori on an airplane, headed back to Los Angeles (or better known as "the birthplace of Tori Spelling!").

    I liked the portions of the book that dealt with Murray (although keep a tissue handy), with the reliable and beloved Patsy and even the chapter on how Tori's former 90210 co-stars currently feel about her today. Just like high school, indeed.

    But truth be told, I could have done without the jab at Mary Jo Eustace, Dean McDermott's former wife. They are divorced, have been divorced, and I think it's high time that Tori refrain from reminding us that Dean left her and the state of their sex life at the time. It makes Tori appear petty and churlish.

    And if, like me, you watch Tori and Dean's Oxygen network reality show, much of the book will no surprise to you, as you've already seen it, from the cross country trip in the RV, to Dean's motorcycle accident to Mama Lola. That was likely the biggest disappointment to me - - that the book felt like a rehashing of what was previously aired on Oxygen.

    But like her previous efforts, Unchartered TerriTORI was a quick and breezy read, as light as cotton candy and ultimately as filling. The book is a cute read while immersed in it but you might be left thinking that Tori wrote about a whole lot of nothing by the last page.

    I would recommend it for Tori Spelling fans and for a light and pleasant beach read but would probably encourage a library rental versus a purchase.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Bruce

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Great terrorTORI

    Great read...enjoy her honesty and attitude towards real life issues that moms/wives and daughters struggle with. Of course the dramatics r a bit exaggerated on some levels but it adds to the humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Ok

    Ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Love tori spelling

    I read her last books it.was really good her show on tv is awesome her kids are so cute and make me laugh all the time while watching it...i use to not really like her very much from 90210 playing donna but i love the real tori spelling u are awsome.... and i will read all your books so keep.writing.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Another great book

    This is my first NOOK book but of course I chose Tori Spelling's latest book. I love her! I have sinve 90210 and refuse to believe the hype of the rag mag stories. This book is a wonderful continuation of Tori's story of love, family, life, and world. Kudos girl, keep it going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved this book

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Narni-Out

    I+%3C3+Tori+Spelling+%26+her+tv+shows

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Love Tori!

    I'm a big fan of her books! It's a great read!

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    if you watch the show..dont

    i. love tori! but i aldo watch her show on tv. and this book was just a recap of the show. a few extra stuff bout her mom. but thats about it.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Another Alright

    I liked both of her previous books. I liked the stories in this book, and I was happy to hear how certain things turned out for her. Again though I felt like it was a lot of repetition and it was over and over again stuff, but I still liked it.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Good, but not great.

    Uncharted TerriTORI is just a continued look at the "private" life of a reality television star. It was an enjoyable read in the fact that it is basically fluff and is really a "mindless" read. If you are a fan or even if you used to be a fan, you will probably find something to enjoy in Tori Spelling's books.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    Waiting for Tori's next book!

    As usual...Tori kept my attention from start to finish! The McDermott's invite the reader into their home, family and life all the while keeping your attention and wanting more!
    This is another MUST read from Tori! Enjoy!

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    True Tori!

    I loved this book. It was a really quick read. If your a Tori Spelling fan, you will love this book. It's Tori in all her glory!

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    PRETTY DAMN GOOD!!!!

    I LOVED this book! I have read all of Tori's books, and I personally think this is her best yet. I think she is evolving beautifully as a writer, and I think she has a special talent of describing a story. I laughed out loud, and even cried (particularly about the story of Murray, and the special moment with Liam.) But, there are certainly more laugh and cry stories than just those, in this wonderful book. Yes, there was a long part of the book where she talked about what we had already seen on Tori & Dean, but we also learned new (and touching) things about those moments, that they did not show on tv. So, to say that the book is all about what we have seen on the show, is doing it an injustice, and really not accurate. This book is a must have for Tori fans, hands down! Tori's book is flippin hilarious, honest, compelling, and touching.

    P.S. Tori, please do not make anymore Shepherds Pie, because I'd really like to have you around to write a 4th book!! ?

    xoxo
    Leigh Anne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2010

    Not as good as the first 2

    I love Tori and appreciate her honesty about who she is so I feel bad for giving a bad review but here goes... uncharted terriTORI starts off pretty good and was an okay book, however, I agree with other reviews saying that a lot had okay already been on the TV show. Some of the chapters seemed like she was just writing just to write and there was no point to the story. I was hoping for more juciy details about the relationship between Tori and Mary-Jo (Dean's ex-wife). I very much have enjoyed Tori's first two books and her style of writing is excellent and easy to follow. I just feel like she maybe said to herself, "time to write a book again" but she had already written about 90210 - her affair - and the troubled relationship with her Mother... what else was she to write about? ...So, there were times it seemed she was just going on writing just to have something fill up the chapters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

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    Was Hoping for More...

    Although I loved Tori's first 2 books, I was very disappointed in this one. Since I am a big fan of the show Tori & Dean, I felt that I had already seen about 80% of what she wrote about in her book. Too much of it was already shown on Tori & Dean. I assumed there would be some overlap since the book AND the show are basically both about her life, but I was a little frustrated to see that almost all the chapters were about stuff that was already presented on the tv show.
    Oh well....I'll just have to look forward to the next book and hope there is more "uncharted" content next time!

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    Not Bad

    I enjoyed Tori's book and her style of writing but I was a little disappointed with this book. It seemed that so much of it had already been featuredon Tori and Dean's show. I mean I would say about 70% of the book was exactly what you saw on the show so there was no big surprise there. The parts that I had not seen on the show were very interesting and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2010

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    Not my favorite...

    I thought parts of this book were interesting and touching, but others were just plain weird. I appreciated her openness about her bouts with illness and her ever-developing reconciliation with her mother, but I still liked her first book, sTORI telling best of all three of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2010

    Not like the others

    The first two are my favorites. Her love of her life, her kids, her life was so interesting. Uncharted Territori didn't sound like Tori. I like her funny self in the books, it seemed like Im workaholic, my name is my brand, I do reality tv for my job and can't be myself. I just hope it isn't just a show to get things done, I hope its true to the heart as I used to think. Im such a big fan I was so excited for this book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I hope she writes a book about her marriage. That would be fun to read. That's what I look forward to reading, her happy positive stories, it makes me happy and learn from her.

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