What If

What If

A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and A Few Things I Know for Sure

Book - 2013
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Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates a wealth of subjects from the mundane to the esoteric in this all-new collection of musings that begin with two simple words: What if...

"Sometimes I think that speculation is more fun than knowledge. I just turn the answers into more questions anyway."

Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates a host of intriguing topics from the everyday to the esoteric in this all-new collection of ideas and observations, each of which begins with two simple, powerful words: What if?

Taking this as her starting point, Shirley explores a wide range of matters--spiritual and secular, humorous and profound, earthbound and inter-galactic, personal and universal. From big questions about family, friendship, politics, war, and religion, her gaze lifts even higher. A famous trailblazer in making topics such as reincarnation and past-life therapy mainstream, Shirley now takes the lead in opening her mind to crucial questions about the existence of life on other planets, what that means for those of us on Earth, and about the true genetic ancestry of humankind. Along the way, she reflects on joining the talented cast of Downton Abbey , receiving the prestigious American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, and introducing a new puppy into her formerly one-dog home.

From Shirley's "What if" questions emerges a striking portrait of a constantly curious woman who thrills to new ideas and discoveries--all while enjoying one of the most extraordinary and enduring careers in Hollywood. As Shirley says, "I like to think that I'm open to exploring anything, always questioning, trying to live free of preconceptions and blind certainties." What if . . . captures the one and only Shirley MacLaine at her witty, acerbic, imaginative, and irresistible best.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781476728605
1476728607
Characteristics: 261 p

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ireland9814
Oct 28, 2014

Tried several of her books and found them confused and hard to follow. She may be an interesting person to talk to but her writing puts me to sleep. She's entitled to her beliefs, but the way she writes about them is not convincing.

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rpavlacic
Sep 11, 2014

Shirley MacLaine's belief system for dummies is the best way to describe this book. I can't say I agree with it, but I respect her viewpoint now.

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Go2Lightsee
Jun 07, 2014

I read parts of this book to get a feel for how the theme progresses from beginning to end. While it is thought provoking and fun to on occasion speculate on some of the possibilities brought up I became bored in a matter of minutes For this reason I would not recommend this book to others.

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 24, 2014

Shirley MacLaine is such an interesting woman, but maybe it's time she stopped writing? Or maybe a lot of the questions she asks in the book seem to be ones that she and others have covered many times over. Or maybe I'm just jaded this week, but at any rate, I didn't finish, although I did find her very short insert about Stephen Hawking to be insightful and new.

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