"We were in evening gowns because our last scene had been a gala party where we were murdering someone... Oh Beth, you were great in that scene! The way you stabbed him thirty-two times, I loved it. Thank heavens you didn't get any blood on my gown!"
I was feeling fabulous and beautiful, wearing dripping diamond earrings, Christian Louboutin heels, and an Oscar de la Renta canary yellow gown."
With these lines in the opening paragraph, Chapter one, of
, I was hooked.
The delightful and talented
, star of the
, hits hard with a candid, endearing and eye-opening book about
"getting older- NOT OLD- with Style, Humor, and Grace."
Changing Shoes, stylishly tackles the harsh reality of aging, through personal experiences, memories, triumphs and disappointment. There's a lot of fashion talk and shoe talk, yes, but Tina's book is for everyone, male and female, after all, aging is a universal fact of life. Its inevitable. I found myself identifying with Tina's feelings. I was also enlightened with a heightened sensitivity for my mother, my sisters and all women.
Remember the old adage about walking in someone else's shoes?
Tina cleverly walks you through four decades of Capezios, Chanels, Louboutins and well, sensible shoes, each one representing something youthful, funny, sexy or emotional. Changing Shoes is so beautifully written, that you can't help make Tina's experiences your own and relate to her feelings. In many cases, we've lived through similar experiences. Changing Shoes is an insightful window that offers readers answers and direction to real life human struggles about insecurities and self-esteem issues.
You don't have to be a Guiding Light fan to enjoy Changing Shoes. But if you are a fan, then you're in for a real treat! Tina shares so many stories about her twenty-six years as Nurse
on the Guiding Light in the book. She masterfully uses her soap character to illustrate her issues about getting older, as a woman and as a TV star.
Another aspect I loved about Changing Shoes is that Tina described how she coped and dealt with life, success, family, loss and aging. The book serves as an inspiration to embrace the changes that come with age proactively and live life to its fullest, at every age!
I've been very fortunate to see Changing Shoes the Play, several times. Reading Changing Shoes the Book was equally engaging and rewarding. Do both is my advice!
If you are in or near Atlanta,
will be at the Buckhead
Barnes & Noble
(2900 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30305 404-261-7747) on
at 7pm for a Changing Shoes book signing party!
For Changing Shoes Event Details,
"If you cannot hear the voice inside of you, it just means it's time to get a new pair of shoes."