From This Moment On by Shania TwainFrom This Moment On by Shania Twain

From This Moment On

byShania Twain

Hardcover | May 3, 2011

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The world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and recently, a fixture in the news for her painful, public divorce and subsequent marriage to a cherished friend. But in this extraordinary autobiography, Shania reveals that she is so much more. She is Eilleen Twain, one of five children born into poverty in rural Canada, where her family often didn’t have enough food to send her to school with lunch. She’s the teenage girl who helped her mother and young siblings escape to a battered woman’s shelter to put an end to the domestic violence in her family home. And she’s the courageous twenty-two-year-old who sacrificed to keep her younger siblings together after her parents were tragically killed in a car accident.

Shania Twain’s life has evolved from a series of pivotal moments, and in unflinching, heartbreaking prose, Shania spares no details as she takes us through the events that have made her who she is. She recounts her difficult childhood, her parents’ sudden death and its painful aftermath, her dramatic rise to stardom, her devastating betrayal by a trusted friend, and her joyful marriage to the love of her life. From these moments, she offers profound, moving insights into families, personal tragedies, making sense of one’s life, and the process of healing. Shania Twain is a singular, remarkable woman who has faced enormous odds and downfalls, and her extraordinary story will provide wisdom, inspiration, and hope for almost anyone.
Shania Twain, born Eilleen Regina Edwards (August 28, 1965), is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain has also achieved major success as a songwriter, winning 27 BMI Songwriter awards. She is the only female musician to have three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association ...
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Title:From This Moment OnFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1451620748

ISBN - 13:9781451620740

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I'm a big fan of Shania Twain and found her biography interesting and inspiring.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A deep look into her life I found some parts dry, but in the end the story itself was very telling and her beginnings are very humble and full of struggles. Any fan of Shania would enjoy this book.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I really enjoyed reading this memoir and I learned so much about Twain and didn't realize the amount of struggles she faced in many stages of her life. I enjoyed reading of how she got through her ups and downs in her life and it was quite inspiring and reminded me to be grateful in life.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Shania Interesting book for those who love Shania.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shania I enjoyed receiving this memoir from Shania. As someone who isn't the biggest Shania fan and unknowing of a lot of her life and history it was very informative, inspiring and engaging.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed this book. She talks about a lot of her childhood experiences and I learned a lot about her life.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of hope and strength to keep going Finally a memoir from Shania herself. She is very honest and goes really deep into her heart and soul to give us the happy and sad and horrific details of her life growing up to her life now. I know it could not be easy to have some negative things to say about your parents, but you know she still loves them and honours them, she merely is just relating the truth of what she went through and witnessed in her life, which was not easy in the slightest. She is a very simple woman who clearly has not forgotten her roots and loves her family. You can tell her writing this memoir must have been therapeutic to get everything out that she was holding inside for so long, and I don't doubt that there were many tears in going down memory lane. This woman is one tough cookie and real, she is not at all fake or a princess type. Her story is extremely inspiring if you are going through hard times and she definitely gives you the strength and hope to endure and keep going and not give up.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Shania! This is a great book even if your not a Shania Fan!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book I am not a Shania Twain fan by many means but I read an excerpt of this book and was hooked into reading more. I don't read a ton of books but this one kept my attention and I looked forward to picking it up every day until it was finished.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Kind of slow moving through her childhood. Longer book than it needed to be #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I've always been a Shania fan, and it was interesting learning the details of her life. I quite enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it... Not the most gripping read, but I enjoyed it. I love reading to context through which musicians write
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I'm reading this book currently and I really enjoy reading it. The book is very well written and tells you so many things about Shania's life that you probably don't know yet. It takes you from when she was a little girl to who she is today her whole journey!
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From this moment on great title and Great read -was informative relating to stars being able to manage time and a regular life _-almost impossible
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fr0m this moment on I found it to get ,frankiy very_ boring and on and on from that moment on.Skip through alot at the end .From Nothern Ontario my self loved hearing about it so true,what a wonderful gift she has.Happy endings.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Shania Twain had a phenomenal career that transformed country music. So, her story held the promise of a great read; sadly, it turned out to be a non-stop self pity party. Tiresome.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read Overall not a bad book and a very interesting read! I feel honoured that Shania-Eilleen Twain shared her inner-most personal life moments, and her trials and tribulations with her readers! Some parts of her story I can relate to, and other parts I empathize with her and feel her pain, etc... I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know this unique woman (Shania) on a more personal level. I gave the book four stars instead of five solely because at times the story line-events jumped around a bit and made it a little confusing! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants deeper insight into the "real" Shania-Eilleen Twain!
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shania twain Truly a remarcable woman. A must read autobiography.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I was not aware of all the hardships she had to overcome as a child and youth. She has so much drive and passion for life and music. I am not a huge fan of her music, but I found myself wanting to listen to it now that I know more about the songs and the artist. I found the ending a little disappointing. I thought it ended on a sour note and wished she had found the strength she once had in her past. I admire her hard work and respect for everyone.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From this moment Beautifully written from the heart. Wonder display of how dreams come true.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Come on over I was surprised at the degree of poverty and the amount of violence Eileen lived thru as a child. Well told story of an incredible Canadian Artist.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shania Twain From this moment This is a great read and very interesting! I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read I found this to be a excellent book to red and Shanai reveals many things about her past I did not know, If you like her singing this is a must read book to learn about her past.
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... I was initially interested in this book when I read an excerpt of this book in a magazine. The excerpt was about Shania's reaction as she coped with the breakdown of her marriage to her partner, both in love and in work. I had heard about her rise to fame after living in impoverished conditions in northern Ontario so I thought I would give this book a shot. I am amazed with her resolve and strength to overcome the odds when they were against her. I cannot believe that someone who dealt with so much loss in her life, particularly of her parents when she was so young, came through it and has become a success. Granted, money cannot replace all those lives that were lost, but when you lose so much, some people would throw their hands up in despair and give up. The writing style left something to be desired, but it was a fairly easy read, almost as if she opened the pages to her journal. It was also interesting to read about her work ethic especially at a young age.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me like her even more! Very candid, brutally honest and beautifully told. I loved every page and I wish her all the best with her new husband and her new show on OWN.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Biography I've Read I am sooo not interested in Shania Twain. I like some of her more popular hit songs but never got her CDs or really followed her career. In fact, I was about to change the channel when I saw she was on Oprah but the interview was so fascinating, I stuck it out. Later on, I got the book and I certainly don't regret it. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't know ANYTHING other than she was a fellow Canadian who made it big and now lives someplace other than Canada (like so many others, I felt rather bitterly). The things I learned about her are all positive even when they reflect badly or embarassingly for her. I learned that she's a tough person, who will hack away at the physically difficult life on a tree gang. She is quite self-aware -- able to live for years with a depressed mom who didn't take care of her kids and yet herself become a mom who put on a brave face and continued that all-important stable routine for her child in her own time of depression. She is a mature person who can dislike her parents for the physical assaults in front of their terrified kids but love them deeply for caring in a million ways throughout the short time she had them. And yes, even though, I find the navel-gazing silly and unwarranted, she earned my respect in so many ways that it was easy to grant her the room think things to death. I also learned that she is a lot like me: an deep need for a normal life (being a poor kid in rural Ont is a lot like being an immigrant ANYWHERE -- you just want to fit in), grateful for the beauty of our great country, and totally and refreshingly unpretentious. I love this book and highly recommend it to everyone (fans, naturally but also people like me -- who just didn't bat an eye before). She has garnered my total and complete respect in this beautifully told story.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shania's memoir is soul searching I found her account of year of dates, where I was myself at those times growing up in northern Ontario. Her words are heart felt and it draws you into her life story. Shania’s memoir is a must read.
Date published: 2011-05-18

Read from the Book

Why Look Back? I have to say, it’s been satisfying bringing myself up-to-date with myself, if you will, through writing this book. I can see now that I was missing out on some wonderful feelings and emotions from the memories of my youth as a result of closing the book too tightly behind myself—leaving the chapters to collect dust on a shelf so high above arm’s reach that it would take too much effort to reopen them down the road. Much to my relief, in some instances I can say there were things I thought would be a lot scarier than they actually were when revisiting them, and it surprised me how things seemed so much smaller in retrospect. It’s like the giant tree at the end of your grandparents’ driveway, which you thought only Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk could ever be brave enough to climb. But when you go back as an adult, that towering tree might now be dwarfed in comparison to the magnified lens you once saw it through as a tiny child.Before I started writing, this pretty much summed up my attitude toward the past: “That was then; tomorrow’s another day.” I did that because some of my past was painful, and this outlook helped me stay afloat. Now I see that in closing off part of my past, I also missed what was happening to me in the present. I was always in a rush toward tomorrow. Sometimes addressing things openly at the time they happen prevents “getting stuck” later on.I was unhappy. My life had been a fight for security, a place in the world, the chance to pursue my goals. From a very young age, I grew up with the mind-set of a survivor, like a boxer in the middle of the ring, constantly spinning and turning, ready to punch anyone coming at me. Life was not going to knock me down! I had to make it. So I didn’t let anyone close enough to find a weakness that could undermine me. I lived in this survivor mode into my adult years and through the ascent of my music career. Long after I’d achieved success and security, I still kept my dukes up, as if no one told me that the fight was over or that I was at least between rounds. It was exhausting living in this defensive state, and other than being tired of it, I also slowly began to feel more confident that life wasn’t necessarily trying to beat me up all the time.The bell still sounds for my defensive survival mode now and then, but I practice not responding to it. I now find it more worthwhile trying to accept that my days will unfold as they will. That’s not to say I’ve become complacent. I’ve just redirected that strength to pursuing the fun stuff.I also no longer sweat the discomfort of sharing the past, the present, or the voyage along the way. And I don’t see any point in keeping my story to myself, as explaining about life with my parents, for example, might inspire and give strength to many suffering men and women out there who can relate to and benefit from my parents’ challenges, and from the courage they displayed during some of the more difficult times. It would be a shame for their life’s experiences to have died along with them. Better to remember even their pain as a source of inspiration than to forget them in vain. My parents were conscientious people with good intentions. If they were alive today to reflect on the years when my brothers and sisters and I were growing up, they might not feel that they’d lived up to their good intentions. There were plenty of times when the Twain family didn’t have enough to eat, lacked warm clothes in the frigid Northern Ontario winters, and lived in a cramped, rented apartment or house with no heat. The perpetual undertow of financial instability took its toll in other ways, as it usually does, compromising my parents’ love for each other at times and no doubt feeding my mother’s recurrent bouts of depression.Because of the unpredictable periods of instability in my childhood home, I didn’t feel that I could really rely on my parents to be consistent caregivers or protectors of me. I didn’t know what to count on from one day to the next—calm or chaos—and this made me anxious and insecure. It was hard to know what to expect, so it was easier to just be ready for anything, all the time. But I understand and forgive my parents completely for this because I know they did their best. All mothers and fathers have shortcomings, and although there were circumstances during my childhood that to some may seem extreme, if one could say my parents failed at times, I would say they did so honestly. They were often caught up in circumstances beyond their control. If my parents were here today, I’d tell them what a great job they did under the conditions. I would want them to feel good about how they raised me. I would thank them for showing me love and teaching me to never lose hope, to always remember that things could be worse and to be thankful for everything good in my life. Most important, they taught me to never forget to laugh. I thank them for always encouraging me to look on the bright side; it’s a gift that has carried me through many challenges. They may not always have been the best examples, or practiced what they preached, but it was clear they wanted better for us. That in itself was exemplary.Ultimately, I am responsible for how I live my life now, and what I make out of it. In fact, I am actually grateful for what I’ve gone through and wouldn’t change a thing—although I admit I wouldn’t want to live it over again, either. Once was enough.© 2011 Shania Twain

Editorial Reviews

"Moving and revealingto immerse oneself in Twain's book is to meet an immensely likable person; her voice doesn't leap off the page, it infuses it warmly, like molasses.” —Publishers Weekly