When Life Gives You Lemons...: Remarkable Stories of People Overcoming Adversity

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As a senior writer at People magazine, Alex Tresniowski is known for getting into the hearts and minds of ordinary and famous people alike. Now he delivers a profoundly touching and compelling celebration of extraordinary human grace under pressure. It's about transforming hardship into happiness. It is about a group of famous and not-so-famous Americans who've been rocked by outsized adversity. But it is finally a book about a whole lot more -- rich in wisdom, hope, and intimate portraits of real people, this is that rare book which manages to capture the essence of our lives, delivering a set of priceless lessons readers can immediately incorporate into their own lives. Employing his trademark brand of down-to-earth, inviting prose, author Alex Tresniowski relates 21 inspiring experiences of ordinary folks -- you won't find any superheroes or unnerving wunderkinds here-and then shows exactly how we too can make the most of the vast stores of strength residing within us.

Heartwarming and life-affirming, When Life Gives You Lemons ... promises to arm readers with the tools and the resolve they need to make the most of hard times.

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SO DOWN YOU'D NEVER PICK YOURSELF UP AGAIN. . .

Whether you're seeking a dose of inspiration, a winning edge in life, or a soul-shaking nudge in the right direction, the powerful stories in this uniquely intimate volume will help you see setbacks as opportunities to turn lemons into lemonade. When Life Gives You Lemons can enable you to build resilience and forge your way to success in whatever ENDeavor you pursue. Whether you measure success in points and seconds, like Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Dan Jansen; in profits and shares, like millionaire CEO Chris Gardner; in TV ratings, like talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael; or in chocolate chips, like entrepreneur Wally Amos, you will meet the famous and not-so-famous who hit rock bottom, and then, in their own eminently noteworthy ways, managed to bounce back to the top.

Discover just how these outstanding individuals turned hardship into happiness''and how you can benefit from the "Tips for Tough Times" and "Key Lessons" that accompany their remarkable accounts, such as:

-View failure as the freedom to take chances

-Accept that paying dues is part of the deal

-Pursue your goals with love, and you will be rewarded

-Don't let past failures become baggage

-Don't ask, Can I?''Ask, How can I?

'and many more invaluable pearls of hard-earned wisdom. As these profoundly human stories illustrate, it is not failure itself but how we respond to failure that defines our character and shapes our lives.

About the Author

Alex Tresniowski is a senior writer for People magazine, where his features include cover stories on Paul McCartney, Kate Moss, Tiger Woods, and many others. Beyond his coverage of celebrities, Tresniowski writes about a wide variety of ordinary people who do extraordinary things; he has also written articles for Time, Instyle, and Teen People. Tresniowski is the author of the critically praised The Book of Twins, and has appeared on such popular TV shows as Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. He lives in New York City.

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Alex Tresniowski (New York, NY) is the author of the acclaimed The Book of Twins and a senior writer for People magazine. He appears regularly on Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.

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