The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation

The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation

by Sheri Salata


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“Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.

After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062743190
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 36,852
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sheri Salata is a writer/producer, cofounder of the and cohost of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her current ventures are the evolution of her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sheri has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners. Sheri is living happily ever after in a magical town in northern California.

Table of Contents

Tell Me Your Story and I'll Tell You Mine xi

1 If Not Now, When? 1

2 The Reckoning 15

3 My Pink Life 35

4 The Mighty DreamQuest 53

5 Chasing Beauty 65

6 Feel the Burn 77

7 OMG! I Forgot I Had Cancer! 89

8 I Did Everything Wrong (and It Turned Out All Right) 109

9 The Beautiful No 127

10 The Greatest Show on Earth 141

11 My Epic Fail at Work-Life Balance 155

12 Now You See Him, Now You Don't 163

13 Kissy the Underdog 177

14 Anatomy of a Rut 191

15 Thanksgiving Redux 201

16 The Love List 211

17 You Gotta Walk Before You Can Pole Dance 223

18 Freedom, Growth, and Joy 233

19 Your Last Three Days on Earth 243

20 You Are What You Dream 253

Appreciation 261

Notes 267

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AnaDev 6 months ago
I love Sheri Salata from her podcast, "The Sheri and Nancy Show", and yet I wasn't prepared for how amazing her book would be. Her writing is beautiful, lovingly honest, and powerful, and it's so well matched with the beauty of her life's stories. This book (hopefully the first of many) brims with learnings, laughter, intentionality, and her own story of life evolution from external and internal forces. This is going to be my go-to friend gift for the next birthdays and holidays, but I'm buying new copies for that. This one is mine. It's going into my "wisdom & happiness toolbox" to be pulled out and read from when I need to shift my heart, or just want to get lost in her incredible storytelling again.