Saturday, January 9, 2010

PERMISSION SLIPS AUDIO BOOK: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


GIVEAWAY ENDED
PERMISSION SLIPS

AUDIO BOOK
BY SHERRI SHEPHERD
and LAURIE KILMARTIN
READ BY SHERRI SHEPHERD

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Covering topics such as "It's Jesus or Jail," "Marriage, the Hard Way," "Children: The Gift You Can't Give Back," and "All the Things I Don't Know...And All the Things I Definitely Do," stand-up comedienne, actress, and ABC's The View co-host Sherri Shepherd comically chronicles her struggles to keep up with the many roles-professional, wife, mother, daughter, and friend-that women must play in today's world. Sherri urges women to pursue their most important dreams and to never give up, but also lets listeners know that it's okay to give themselves "permission slips" when things don't always work out the way they want them to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Whether on stage or screen, Comedienne/Actress Sherri Shepherd never fails to delight audiences with her magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor, which is showcased in her position as co-host of ABC’s Emmy-nominated The View. Sherri will also star in her new Lifetime series, Sherri. The show, in which she also serves as co-executive producer, is loosely based on her life and standup comedy, and will premiere in the Fall of 2009. On October 14, Sherri’s humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Herself a Break, will be launched by Grand Central Publishing.

A self-described “class clown,” Shepherd always wanted to pursue a performing career. She relocated to Los Angeles during high school and considered being a mortician but opted for a job as a legal secretary instead. In 1990 she came face-to-face with destiny. After witnessing Andrew Dice Clay on stage, Sherri was egged on by her friends to put together her own act. Her love for performing was instantaneous; success, however, was not. For five years, Sherri toiled as a secretary by day and hopped on the bus at night to do her standup. She finally got her first real break with the comedy series Cleghorne! starring former Saturday Night Live alum Ellen Cleghorne.

She’s been fortunate enough to work steadily while fine-tuning her craft through comedy, scene-study and improvisational workshops. As an accomplished standup comic, she has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv, and Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Sherri also has her own comedy DVD, titled No Refund, No Exchange.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Sherri will continue to reprise her hysterical role as Angie Jordan, wife to Tracy Morgan’s character on the Emmy-winning 30 Rock. In November 2009, Sherri will be seen in the upcoming feature film Precious, alongside Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey, directed by Lee Daniels (Monsters Ball). Sherri most recently co-starred in the Dreamworks hit feature Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, where she voiced the character of Ben Stiller’s mother. She also serves as a national spokesperson for the March of Dimes.

Sherri has been on the couch of many talk shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and The Bonnie Hunt Show, and she holds the record for being the most-booked guest on The Ellen Show (23 times). She can also be seen as Sgt. Judy, Robert Barone's partner, in Everybody Loves Raymond. Her other film roles include co-starring alongside Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop and Ashton Kutcher in Guess Who.

Sherri's greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of her 4-year-old son, Jeffrey Charles, Jr. Away from the set, she enjoys karaoke, skating, church activities, and a good game of Taboo.

REVIEW:

Please give yourself permission to read PERMISSION SLIPS by Sherri Shepherd. You won't be sorry you did as it is an easy, funny, yet thought provoking read. PERMISSION SLIPS is an intimate portrait of this co-host of "The View", Sherri Shepherd, that will grab your attention right away with her easy style of writing that combines humor, compassion, common sense, and honesty. Sherri's message in the book is very clear--give yourself permission to realize nobody is perfect and when we do something wrong, get over it...life WILL go on. She stresses not dwelling on it, and making it worse by continuing to beat ourselves up about it.

Sherri is realistic and when you realize how she came from a somewhat sheltered childhood to having to face life's often times harsh realities, it has been an amazing journey. It is one that I praise her for. When she talks about the challenges she faced when things went wrong during her pregnancy and her son was born prematurely, it tugs at your heart. It also shows what a strong woman she has become. Her challenges in life have made her better as she has not let them beat her down. This certainly is evident when you see her on television. On a personal note, I love watching Sherri on The View. She slid into a seat at the often times formidable table and holds her own. She could easily get lost in the shuffle but she does not. She stands her ground on her beliefs and opinions and makes her voice be heard but with a polite, humorous, and kind way that endears her to me and I am sure millions of fans.

I liked the easy style of writing that Sherri used and especially the format with its self-contained chapters that you can sit down and read and then set aside and come back to easily. With the book in audio book format, it is really nice to have a place like this to stop the CD and pick up at the start of another chapter when you can get back to it...and you will want to do that quickly as Sherri's reading makes this a real gem of an audio book! Some of my favorite chapters were "Permission to Get Better as I Get Older", "Permission to Pursue Your Dreams", and "Permission to Be Less Than Perfect" just to name a few. Sherri ends each chapter with a "Permission Slip" which is a way for her to summarize the chapter, tell what that part taught her about life, and thus tie it up with a bow and let the reader take away a gift of a little lesson on life.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE

3 COPIES OF THIS DELIGHTFUL AUDIO
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT
YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!


RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU LEARNED ABOUT SHERRI SHEPHERD BY READING ABOUT HER AND HER AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRIES: IF YOU BECOME A GOOGLE FRIEND FOLLOWER TODAY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS I AM WORKING TO GET TO 600.

+1 MORE ENTRY: IF YOU ARE ALREADY A FOLLOWER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW OR WHERE YOU FOLLOW.

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 6 PM, EST,
JANUARY 15 FOR THIS BOOK!


HOWEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WHO
ENTERED DURING THE BLOGIVERSARY
WEEKEND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE
GRAND PRIZE TO COME ON JANUARY 16...
THAT IS THEY WIN ALL 12 BOOKS

NOTE: BLOGIVERSARY WEEKEND
GRAND PRIZE ELIGIBILITY IS OVER!

BUT YOU CAN STILL WIN THIS BOOK!

66 comments:

Benita said...

I learned that she's a very strong woman. That challenges have strengthened her, and that she maintains her sense of humor. She's a real role model to many.


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Missa said...

I learned that even though she didn't have instant success, she didn't give up and it paid off!

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Missa said...

I follow through friend connect and subscribe by e-mail.

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Benita said...

I am a follower via GFC, and I also subscribe via email.


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Anonymous said...

I learned that she is the woman who played Robert Barone's partner on "Everybody Loves Raymond," one of my all-time favorite TV comedies.

Sheila
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bermudaonion said...

I loved the message that Sheri tried to convey in this book, but did feel like it got a little repetitive before it was all over. No need to enter me.

Anonymous said...

I learned that Sherri Shepherd has her own show on the Lifetime channel. I'll have to give it a look-see; I think she's a riot!

Donna
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elaing8 said...

I learned she's onr busy lady :)
On the view
her own show Sherrion Lifetime
her book
On 30 Rock as Tracey Morgans wife
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elaing8 said...

I am a google friend connect follower and subscribe by email

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MiscMayzee said...

I knew that Sherri was a mother, but I didn't realize her baby was early! I also didn't know about her stand-up comedy career. :)

MiscMayzee said...

I am a google friend follower: Ashley Mott
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janetfaye said...

I learned that she is realistic about her upbringing and where she came from.

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janetfaye said...

I follow with Google - janetfaye

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Linda Kish said...

She holds the record for being the most-booked guest on The Ellen Show (23 times).

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Linda Kish said...

google reader follower

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Linda Henderson said...

Amazing enough she thought about being a mortician.

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Linda Henderson said...

I am a follower via Google.

scottsgal said...

She plays Tracy Morgan's wife on 30 Rock
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scottsgal said...

already a follower
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Kaye said...

She's been the most booked guest on the Ellen show. No wonder- she's a riot!

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Kaye said...

Already a follower through google friend connect.

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rubynreba said...

I learned that she is strong. I liked what you said about her message in the book - Give yourself permission to realize nobody is perfect and when we do something wrong, get over it .. life WILL go on.
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rubynreba said...

I follow on google friend.
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Lacey said...

I learned she can also be seen as Sgt. Judy, Robert Barone's partner, in Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Lacey said...

I am a google friend follower

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Angie said...

I have never watched The View so I had so idea who Sherri Shepherd was. I found it interesting that she initially wanted to be a mortition!

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Angie said...

I am an email subscriber

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Anonymous said...

I didn't know she had a preemie. That has to require strength.

Wendy
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Anonymous said...

I subscribe with google reader.

Wendy
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DarcyO said...

I learned that Sherri has a four-year-old son named Jeffrey.

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DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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Jessica said...

That she had a son born premature.

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Jessica said...

+ 1 I follow via google

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Pricilla said...

Sherri had a sheltered childhood
thankyou
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Alyce said...

I had no idea she'd been on the Ellen show so much (I don't get to watch that much afternoon television though).

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Alyce said...

+1 for following with google.

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amanda18228 said...

I learned that she has a new show coming out loosely based on her life.
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thetruebookaddict said...

Sherri was a secretary by day when she first started stand-up.

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thetruebookaddict said...

I am a loyal follower via Google Friend Connect.

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sharon54220 said...

She was a secretary by day and stand-up comic by night. Seh did not give up. I just love her.

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sharon54220 said...

I am a follower via Google Friend Connect.

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nfmgirl said...

I learned that was a secretary by day for five years and took a bus at night to do her standup.

I remember her from Everybody Loves Raymond. I think she also did an episode of Friends.

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nfmgirl said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect

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booklover0226 said...

Her son was born prematurely.

booklover0226 said...

I'm an old Google follower.

Thanks,
Tracey D
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Wickdogg said...

I found out that she had a preemie son


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Wickdogg said...

I just signed up to follow on GFC today


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Wickdogg said...

I follow via email


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Renee said...

I am a google follower


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kalynnick said...

I learned that Sherri has been on many talk show.

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kalynnick said...

I already have been Google follower of your blog.

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Wendy said...

I can't believe she's been on Ellen 23 times!!

Thanks for the entry!

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Wendy said...

I follow you on google connect!

Thanks for the entry!

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Marie said...

I used to watch Sherri on the View almost everyday, but I had no idea that after high school she considered becoming a mortician! I'm glad she decided on comedy. She's hilarious!

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Marie said...

Your blog is in my Google Reader.

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CherylS22 said...

I learned that Sherri Shepherd appears on "30 Rock" & is an accomplished actress.

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CherylS22 said...

I already follow in GFC
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Sam said...

I never knew Sherri was going to be in the upcoming film Precious I wanted to see it but havent had the time. I also love watching her on the view she adds a spicy flare to the show!

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Sam said...

I am already a follower and have been for several months I also follow you on Google friend connect and twitter!

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Edna said...

Please enter me into the contest for the audio book.
I am a follower
I have you on my blog


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Nancye said...

I learned that her son was born prematurely.

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Nancye said...

I am already a follower

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Rebecca O said...

I learned that she has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv, and Laugh Factory in Hollywood. I did not know that.
Thanks for the chance.
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I'm a follower - thanks.

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Marilu said...

I learned that she considered becoming a mortician.
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