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Publisher's Summary

You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking, queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even heard some version of her Cinderella story: she was a single mom with two teenaged sons when she started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant business, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows. But you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune. Courageously honest, downright inspiring, and just a little bit saucy, Paula shares the highs and the lows of her life in her inimitable charming and irreverent style. She talks about her childhood, the difficulty of her first marriage, and how the death of her beloved parents precipitated a debilitating agoraphobia that crippled her for years. But even when the going got tough, Paula never lost the good grace and sense of humor that would eventually help carry her to success and stardom.
Whether she's telling tales of good times or bad, Paula Deen speaks as frankly and intimately in this memoir as few women in the public eye have ever dared. Her story is proof that the good, old-fashioned American dream is alive and kicking, and there is still such a thing as a real-life happy ending.
©2007 Paula Deen. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Her voice is measured and her messages and philosophies are culled from a life of climbing many of life's mountains - divorces, deep-seated fear and panic attacks, financial insecurity - that many of the women who adore her also have scaled." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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By Stanley Hauer on 06-01-07

Here's Paula!

I liked this book and am especially I got it in audio format. Paula's distinctive Southern accent is a vital part of her personality, and it just doesn't come across on the page as it does for real here.

The book flags rather badly in its last quarter, after the success of The Lady and Sons (her restaurant) and her TV shows. She just runs out of material to write/talk about. But until then the book is very entertaining--I laughed out loud many times.

You'll learn a lot about Paula Deen you didn't expect. I never thought about Paula having a sex life, for example . . . (She does!)

Anyway, I recommend it to lovers of her show.

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By Jaimie on 11-19-07

touching....

I think this was a touching and honest account of her life. It is very interesting to know more that just the side you see on TV. She is a funny and amazing woman. I thoroughly enjoyed listening, laughing and crying through the book with her.

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