Open Book

Open Book

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn't want to lie.

Jessica couldn't be authentic with her readers if she wasn't fully honest with herself first.

Now, America's Sweetheart, preacher's daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she's never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché's -- "chicken or fish," "Daisy Duke," "football jinx," "mom jeans," "sexual napalm..." and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

Publisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9780062899965
Characteristics: 408 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Leary, Kevin Carr - Author

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TElizabeth
Nov 11, 2020

I really enjoyed this. It must've been cathartic for her to write and share so much. She shares a lot. My attention was elsewhere during her pop career and the reality show so I wasn't very familiar with her story before reading this. BUT I did watch her get beat up by the press. We rooted for her success with Dukes of Hazzard movie (one of the very few remakes that are actually good) and wanted her to be able to say "take that" to the crappy people who enjoy tearing people down in the press. I found her story to be interesting and am so happy to see her finding contentment with her beautiful family.

She's got a new song called Heartbeat. I found it on YouTube, but am hoping it will go to Spotify so I can include it on my playlist. Take a listen -- it's a really good song!

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jazimmermann
Nov 01, 2020

One of the best books I have read recently. Jessica writes her story as someone I'd be friends with. I appreciated her baring her soul and found so much of how she felt and her fears relatable.

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smichal
Oct 21, 2020

I see no need for this book. She is still a relatively young person. Most of it is about her love life and attempts to become a popular singer and struggle with self image. Nick Lachey sounds like a dope. I can't believe he sued her for money during the divorce. Why should she support him? And John Mayer...YUCK. What a loser.

AndreaG_KCMO Oct 15, 2020

I listened to this as an audiobook for the nostalgia of hearing a voice from long ago. It was a fun albeit painful journey through the life of yet another woman whose self-determination is often forfeited for the betterment of a man, family member, or other person in need. Recalling the brutality of the media's scrutiny of Jessica's body and relationships, it is little wonder that millennial women are obsessed with skin care and health foods. I hope we are actually learning to love ourselves instead of looking for distractions from it.

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redtayres
Oct 03, 2020

Though I couldn't cite a single Jessica Simpson song learning about this girl's trajectory and how she got where she is (and folks, she's a billionaire) was a fascinating read. She is honest and open and heartfelt in this book and it is enjoyable and well-written. Great job, Jessica. You seem like a lovely person - inside and out - and I'm happy you have reached this point in you life. I'd say God had a hand in it as I'm certain that is your viewpoint. You convinced me!

ArapahoeKarenQB Oct 01, 2020

I couldn't name one of Jessica's songs, but I've seen her on TV and thought I'd give the book a shot. My only real impressions of her came from her reality TV show in the early 2000s, so I knew very little. She is quite open in this book about her issues and weaknesses, her struggles with body image, men, and alcohol. I thought it was a compelling read, and she's very likable.

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MicalIsaly
Sep 27, 2020

I grew up listening to her music and I was excited to read about her life. I love how honest she was in this about everything it seems!! It is very crazy that I have had similar life experiences. I think women will relate to them very well. I love the organization of the book it is not so much in chronological order but very easy to follow. I didn’t get bored reading this at all I found myself taking breaks but reading daily until I finished! The end was more and more intriguing!!

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nikki28r
Sep 06, 2020

If you like autobiographies, this is an interesting in-depth look at this pop star. She was very honest and raw. Just goes to show that fame and money come with a wide range of issues. It’s an easy read, but not a quick one.

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ajoanjudd
Aug 27, 2020

I could not put this book down. This is a must read if you were a teenager anytime from 1999 till now!

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sjanke2
Aug 22, 2020

I didn't want to like this book. But I could not stop listening. I even cleaned my entire house so I had an excuse to play the audiobook for hours.

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