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Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

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by Leeza Gibbons

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Life changes on the way to happily ever after, doesn’t it? I mean, sometimes you don’t even see it coming until one day you wake up and say, “Wait—this is not where I was supposed to end up!” It doesn’t matter if you got divorced, got fat, got fired, got sick, or just got stuck—you can always call for a “redo.”


Life changes on the way to happily ever after, doesn’t it? I mean, sometimes you don’t even see it coming until one day you wake up and say, “Wait—this is not where I was supposed to end up!” It doesn’t matter if you got divorced, got fat, got fired, got sick, or just got stuck—you can always call for a “redo.” See, you’re the author of your own book and it’s time for a dramatic plot twist, so let’s get working on that. This is not the end of your story; this is where you learn about second acts, second chances, and new beginnings . . . In this book, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about calling for a second take in my own life. I’ll tell you how I’ve done it in a very public business and managed to come out the other side with my heart intact and my feet on the ground. I’m assuming you and I might actually have a lot in common—well, unless you’re one of those astonishingly lucky women who married the right guy (the first time), got the job you wanted making the money you wanted while brilliantly parenting the children you imagined, and living it all in your size-2 body, perfectly happy and serene. Now, if you do happen to be one of those women, please put down this book and go write one of your own! As for the rest of us, I’ve always thought we reach our highest “goddess quotient” when we share our paths, especially the detours, bumps, and potholes that help us find who we really are. . . . At the end of this book, I hope you’ll go for it! The new job, the new relationship, the new body—the new you—just put it out there and make it happen. Come on! You’ve got this! Welcome to your Take 2.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
TV personality Gibbons takes a misguided stab at the lucrative self-help genre with this unfocused hodge-podge of clichéd, obvious, and recycled advice. The book is unquestionably geared towards women (and includes a long chapter of hair and makeup tips, some of which flog Gibbons's own makeup line, "Sheer Cover"), particularly, it seems, to tired, over-committed housewives, who, she urges, should more frequently say "no" (whether on business trips or at school bake sales). There is nothing wrong with any of the lessons that Gibbons imparts—they all trend towards self-empowerment—but her tips cover so much ground that they lose any power they may have had. She suggests things as disparate as admiring local architecture, humming, relaxing with elderly friends, and eating microwaveable tomato soup. A lot of the rhetoric sounds familiar: "give yourself permission," "look for role models," "declare your value," drink water, etc. The final product is more a collection of bullet points than a book, and it may be difficult for readers to extract any helpful advice from these pages. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

On your journey from transition to transformation, you'll want to bring Take 2 with you."

- Maria Shriver

"Nothing changes unless something changes and as WE ALL KNOW, change is inevitable no matter how much we cling to the sameness of our lives. Leeza, once again, is a guide, light on her helmet, map in hand, ahead of us as we navigate this thing called LIFE. I, for one, am so glad she is there and that she has written this helpful, healing guide book."

- Jamie Lee Curtis

"I know Leeza is a master of starting over because I've seen her do it! In this book, she takes her real life experiences in career, life and love and shares her wisdom as a girlfriend who really cares."

- Olivia Newton-John

"Sometimes my life feels overwhelming because I take on too much. Read this book and help yourself prioritize without guilt!"

- Kristin Chenoweth

"Since we both work in the entertainment industry, we know how hard it is to stay at the top of your game, but Leeza has managed it for decades. Now we get to see her personal strategy. If you want to restart your life for any reason, let Leeza and her book Take 2 be your guide."

– Giuliana and Bill Rancic

"Leeza is a great positive thinker and manages to make that quality contagious."

- Betty White

“I’ve known Leeza forever, but not until I read this book did I understand how she did it!! Warm, insightful, inspiring and real, she will make you want to step up to the starting line in your life!”

- Florence Henderson

"If there is a Queen of Reinvention, Leeza takes the crown. This book should be required reading for anyone who is on a path of change."

- Maria Menounous

"Leeza Gibbons inspired me career-wise, and now she is inspiring me in a whole other way with her book, Take 2! I've known Leeza for a long time and her words are ones you'll want to keep nearby. Her positivity shines through with something helpful to read and re-read on every page!"

- Nancy O'Dell

“In a world where wisdom is severely lacking, along comes Leeza- wise, smart and “in touch”. I couldn’t put this well-written, witty, insightful book down. Another triumph for my very talented friend. “

 -      - Suzanne Somers

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Meet the Author

     New York Times best-selling author Leeza Gibbons is one of the best-known and most well-loved pop-culture icons on the air and at the top of her game. As a wife, mother, and businesswoman, she has always shared her experiences with her audience. She has built her career as a journalist but is also called a social entrepreneur for her hands-on advocacy for health care, which resulted in her creation of Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection, offering free support services for family caregivers.
     Over the years, Leeza has become known as a trusted girlfriend, valued confidante, and source of inspiration and information to empower women to show up for their lives with confidence and pride.

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Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! An absolute must have! Leeza Gibbons -Take 2 is a thought-provoking and motivating guide for anyone with a strong desire to create a happier, healthier and more personally fulfilling future. Leeza has skillfully mixed her personal, professional and practical experiences to effectively lead readers into stronger, more meaningful places in their own lives. If you are seeking change or just find yourself in the midst of it for whatever reason, this book is an absolute must have!
MarloK More than 1 year ago
This book, Take 2, came at just the right time for me. I have been so ready to make positive life changes, but was at a loss about how to get started, what to change and when. In Take 2, Leeza’s no nonsense and very practical approach and exercises have been instrumental in implementing the changes I need to make my life what I always dreamed it could be. It’s a process, but a very worthwhile process. Where I once dreaded the fact that I’m getting older, I now look at my future as a challenge and am excited about my own “Take 2”! I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck in their life that needs that little nudge to move forward. Thanks Leeza for this very inspirational and life changing book!
Rontourage More than 1 year ago
I'm a 43-year-old man and I happen to see it at the Book store -- always liked Leeza and what she stood for.  I found myself standing and reading this book for 30 minutes if not more.  It makes a whole lotta sense  -- and it doesn't matter your age, sex, orientation, politics, race ...it's about how do you look at yourself, where do you want to be and what you need for your soul to realize how to get there.  Leeza is witty and charming and a celebrity that is as accessible as your best friend.  Where "self help" used to be the thing to do, Leeza says it's time to help each other help ourselves.  Sounds pretty good -- get the book, you will learn so much about yourself and how good your Take 2 really can be. It's a winner!! rontourage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have been a fan of Leeza Gibbons for forever. But it is not until I read this book that I understand how she has remained the woman that she is. She has shown all of us how to truly move beyond what hinders us and move towards what we should have in our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone, man or woman, who has ever felt lost in their daily lives. This will help bring you back to where you need to be in your life.  
StyleSubstanceSoul More than 1 year ago
This book is a life-changer. I'm a big fan of Leeza Gibbons because she is so inspiring but also offers practical ways to accomplish your goals. Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings is the perfect book for anyone who's ready to make a change in any area of their lives. It's filled with quotes that have stayed with me and motivated me, but it's not saccharine-sweet or one of those books that make me roll my eyes. As a middle aged woman, I know how hard it is to change bad habits, but I've already incorporated a couple of the simple tips Leeza offers -- and I'm happily surprised to tell you I see a difference already. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Alzdaysgoneby More than 1 year ago
Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings is exactly what the title states!  It is a book to assist you on your journey called life.  I am an advocate for taking care of yourself because my passion is helping caregivers on the journey with someone with Alzheimer's. Through the years I have learned and witnessed how important taking care of yourself is in life.  Leeza's book will be a mainstay in my home.  Are you looking for a compass to help guide you through life? If so read no further because you have found it! Leeza's personal examples along with her candid writing throughout the book will warm your heart and help you visualize your "new" life!  You will feel like she is talking to YOU! I am asking for a redo...I am ready to Take 2 in my own life!   Let's do this!
emontes More than 1 year ago
One word for this self-help/makeover book by Leeza Gibbons...WOW!! I didn't realize I needed the tips Leeza Gibbons offers in her new book 'Take 2'. Tips like "Lead with Your Strength", "Learn to Make Happiness and Sanity your Priorities", and "No is a sentence by itself". This book is for everyone and anyone who wants a life of quality, a life where you are in the pilot seat. Thanks to Leeza and 'Take 2" I was It will change your life!
rubymoons More than 1 year ago
Your handbook for your new life! I met Leeza 35+ years ago in my home state of South Carolina. We shared the spirit of small town cheerleaders. I knew her as "Leeza the Irmo Yellow Jacket" before she became "Leeza." When I read Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings, I was blown away by Leeza's inspirational words as well as the depth of her wisdom! I instantly realized the woman she has become—a shining star of courage, hope, and a "cheerleader" for any and all of us who are in desperate need a second take in our lives! This book reflects Leeza's heart, and the heart of her mother, Jean Gibbons. Leeza often quotes her mom's sentiments in the book for all of us to benefit from, such as: “Take a chance honey. You only regret the things you don’t do.” Leeza encourages us to love ourselves first, create our own sanctuaries, know who we are and understand our own stories "before we add another person to the plot." This one instantly resonated with me after my recent divorce. The book is a useful tool to be kept handy at all times by anyone needing a "guidebook" for life! This book is about reinvention and never apologizing for trying. As Leeza says, “Arguably, no one gets it right all the time, but we all get a chance to have another chance. That’s become more than enough for me.” She says to "honor your story," create your own sanctuary and ask yourself "what's expendable? What do I need to let go of?" and then delete it from your life. "When in doubt, cut it out! No apologies, no explanations, no looking back.” We all, women and men, have people who depend on us. Leeza says "...the better you care for yourself the better it gets for everyone who depends on you. Loving yourself first is the ultimate selfless act.” Always follow your gut, "lead with your strengths and use what's organic to us..." Give a voice to your dreams: “When you give a voice to a dream, you’re in essence changing the rules of the game. You begin to take control of your life and steer it in the direction you decide. Be good at being yourself.” As Leeza's friend Dean Banowetz said, “When one door closes, lock it, redecorate, and build a bigger door.” I could go on forever and have only touched on the essence of this book. In summary, this book will help you or anyone you know begin shedding. “Shedding is the process of transitioning from one stage to the next, usually prompted by something external, but inevitable nonetheless. It’s coming to terms with who we are now and who we need to become to keep growing.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leeza Gibbons has opened my eyes to my need to take better care of myself. This book not only explains "why" but offers great advice on "how."  After reading Take Two I realize the importance of saying "no" and making myself a priority. When doing this I live a better quality of life and have more of me to give to others. As a mother of four, a wife, sister and friend, I struggled with this feeling selfish. Take Two gave me the courage I needed to be honest with myself  and start living my life as I want to live it. And the best part, a happy me makes for a happy mother, wife, sister and friend. I recommend this book for all women regardless of age. A great gift idea too!
kim-jackson More than 1 year ago
In life... destiny is our own choice, Our choice rhythms our future, Our future is a chosen journey in motion. This book is so inspiring and easy to read. Leeza, you came up with the perfect nudge, encouraging us to kick back the past and step forward in "Take 2" of our lives. I love the book ! I know it will create a chaine reaction, helping people take charge and leap into positive choices. kim-jackson
MrsChief908 More than 1 year ago
I am loving Leeza's new book, Take 2!  It has wonderful insight into recreating your existing life into something new...something exciting...something challenging...something from which you can obtain great joy!  Take 2 has been a blessing for me!
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She does a great job of putting things in perspective.
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Kb125 More than 1 year ago
Leeza's book Take 2 is a must read for everyone! She so eloquently shares her personal and professional challenges and teaches us how to navigate through life, while Taking time for ourselves! This books guides and motivates positive change in your life. Until I read Take 2, I didn't know where to start or how to reinvent my life at middle age. Thank you Leeza, i'm already learning to love myself and trying new things without fear! Do yourself a favor and get this book for yourself and start living life to the fullness!
Skeet197 More than 1 year ago
 February 1, 2013 By Joy Herndon Not only does Take 2's alluring cover grab the attention of its readers by promising how they too can get a fresh start on life, but this book totally delivers what it promises! If a fresh start is what you are looking for, no matter what your call of duty may be, then make this book a must on your get list! Leeza Gibbons offers uplifting support and touching examples from her own personal experiences, which are sometimes humorous, in how you too can make a fresh start out of life, Your Take 2 starts with this book so do not delay getting your copy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago