What If . . .: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure by Shirley MaclaineWhat If . . .: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure by Shirley Maclaine

What If . . .: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know…

byShirley Maclaine

Paperback | March 18, 2014

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From Academy Award–winning actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine, a collection of imaginative ruminations: “Fun and thoughtful by turns and told in MacLaine’s feisty, funny voice, this should appeal to fans and doubters alike” (Booklist).

Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates everything from the everyday to the esoteric in this 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 intergalactic, personal and universal. Along the way, she also reflects on joining the 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 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. What if . . . captures the one and only Shirley MacLaine at her witty, acerbic, imaginative, and irresistible best.
Shirley MacLaine, Oscar, Emmy, & Golden Globe-winning actress, has appeared in more than fifty films, been nominated for an Academy Award six times, & received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights & liberties, she is the author of eight international bestsellers--"Don't Fall Off the Mountai...
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Title:What If . . .: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476728615

ISBN - 13:9781476728612

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes! I am halfway through the Kindle edition of this collection of mystical musings, wherein Ms. MacLaine recounts the story of the time she was on safari in Africa. The party spotted a mother black panther and her two cubs up in a tree. This was royal game...off limits, but one member of the safari was going to shoot them. Shirley grabbed her rifle and threatened to kill this hunter if he shot these animals. She saved their lives, but she left the party and waited for the next small plane to fly her out of there. Funny, Shirley related the same narrative in her 2011 book titled I'm Over All That. Except the cats were leopards and not panthers. She needs to keep her stories straight. Of course it is possible she had the misfortune of traveling with amoral human hunters both times. Or was she repeating the first story and couldn't recall if the animals were leopards or panthers? The author's insights in the books I've read are thoughtful and entertaining, however. I highly recommend them.
Date published: 2017-08-01

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“The legendary MacLaine will leave you laughing out loud while scratching your head with questions."