The Woman I Am

The Woman I Am

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by Helen Reddy
     
 

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The Woman I Am is an incredibly inspiring autobiography by Helen Reddy, the woman who made "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" a household phrase. With her song "I Am Woman," Reddy provided the feminist anthem of the 1970s. She became the first Australian to win a Grammy, to have her own prime-time variety show on a U.S. television network, and to have three number-one

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The Woman I Am is an incredibly inspiring autobiography by Helen Reddy, the woman who made "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" a household phrase. With her song "I Am Woman," Reddy provided the feminist anthem of the 1970s. She became the first Australian to win a Grammy, to have her own prime-time variety show on a U.S. television network, and to have three number-one singles in the same year.

Then, at the height of her career, Reddy's world was shattered by the death of both her parents, and simultaneously, the news that she had a rare, incurable disease. In this riveting, frank, and ultimately brave memoir, Reddy reveals the emotional highs and lows that have shaped her as an artist and as a complex woman, with a rich inner life sustained by a strong spiritual faith.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
World-famous for I Am Woman and three other albums that went gold in the 1970s, Reddy was the daughter of hard-working, Australian vaudeville performers. Onstage with her parents since she was four, Reddy was 17 when she started getting her own singing gigs. She married at 19, but her husband was abusive when she became pregnant, so she moved out. Winning a ticket to America in a local singing contest, Reddy soon worked her way to the top of the charts. Unfortunately, her next husbands were also alcoholic and/or abusive, and Reddy struggled to recover financially and emotionally from each. While Reddy's career and husband problems are shared by many women in show business, her paranormal interests are distinctive. Reddy was 11 when she first experienced "astral projection"; later, she had a dream foretelling Robert Kennedy's assassination. Reincarnation, she explains, may involve individuals or groups of people "reincarnating together to resolve unfinished business." Thus, "Elvis was formerly King Tutankhamen," and "Richard Nixon was formerly Andrew Johnson, who was formerly Thomas Paine." Reddy also explains that AIDS is actually one of the long-dormant "biblical plagues." While mainstream Reddy fans may be turned off by the New Age-speak, alternative-reality readers won't bat an eye. Photos. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Songstress Reddy shares her life and career in a curious blend of autobiography and psychic phenomena. Performing came easy to the Australian-born child of vaudevillians, but success was elusive until a lucky break landed her a short-term recording contract. Her first single, "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, was a hit, and other chart toppers followed (e.g., "I Am Woman"), as well as a TV variety show and movie and stage roles. Life was good, then came a bitter divorce, a custody battle, and a diagnosis of Addison's disease. Today, Reddy is a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in regression therapy, so she talks here extensively about her psychic abilities and belief in reincarnation, digressing on everything from Princess Diana to the possibility of peace in the Middle East. These digressions are jarring and stilt the flow of the book. Still, an author tour of major markets is planned, and a greatest hits CD will be released simultaneously. Reddy's fans may be interested in what became of her, and readers of Shirley MacLaine's books will also probably enjoy. For larger public libraries.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440649868
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
708,737
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Helen Reddy is a world-renowned singer/songwriter who has been an inspiration to women everywhere. She lives in Australia.

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Woman I Am 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Helen is a pleasure! I enjoyed reading her book and getting to know her on a personal level. Thank you, Helen!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helen Reddy's bio is beautiful, honest and deeply spiritual. From a woman of great inner power and valor comes not only a wonderful singing voice, but a voice and mind that inspires in the pages of The Woman I Am. There is a great reward here for fans and those just hearing Helen roar for the first time. Congrats Miss Reddy! Darrin Owens
1Atomic More than 1 year ago
I have met Helen Reddy a few times over the years. She is a very gifted singer, song writer, actress and entertainer. The book is something that I simply could not put down. She has led an interesting life here and "down under". It has not been an easy ride in the states and elsewhere. Her rise to the top was not just another rags to riches story. I took away a lot from this gifted woman and her amazing autobiography and applied it to my life as a man. I bought the book and toe tapping music CD of number 1 hits (also at B&N) for a special woman in my life. I later read the autobiography for myself and borrowed the awesome CD of the same name. Ms. Reddy is witty, super intelligent and one who has a great deal to teach another about life, love and the joys and sorrows of stardom. She is a woman far ahead of her time. Her depth of spirituality is what I admire the most. Kudos, Helen Reddy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is called The Woman I Am. It is not my story, but hers. She speaks unabashedly about who she is and her beliefs that have formed her. What I am saying is that what the reader believes philosophically is not relevant in the telling of her story. If you can accept those terms this is of interest to you. If you are objective, unjudgemental, and able to read about a life guided by an untraditional set of beliefs you can find pages to enjoy. If you are unable to do this the book will probably provoke you and you should skip it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was quite an odd book from one of my all time favorite recording artists. The mix of her life and her 'spirituality' just didn't cut it with me. I will stick with listening to her music and remembering her that way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Helen Reddy since her first album. I have them all. I always wanted to know what happened to her. Now that I know, I am disappointed and praying fervently that she will leave her current 'spirituality' and come to know the one true God and Jesus Christ. I'll have to remember her from her younger days. I still listen and enjoy her music. I'll skip anymore books from her.