Joan Lunden's a bend in the road is not the end of the road : 10 positive principles for dealing with change

by Lunden, Joan.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 155.2 LUNDEN
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  155.2 LUNDEN
With millions of Americans watching, one of the nation's most popular television personalities, Joan Lunden, made a life-altering transition with grace and ease as she brought to a close two decades of hosting Good Morning America. For the first time Joan candidly reveals how she approached such an enormous challenge as an opportunity for growth -- and how you can, too.

For each change that occurred during the course of those twenty years, Joan had an entire nation watching her respond, commenting on the things that she did, critiquing the way that she did them, and putting forth opinions on what she should do next: "People I had never met constantly offered me suggestions about how I should handle my divorce, how I should raise my children, and the career choices I should make after GMA. I was a private citizen with the normal stresses that a mother, wife, and businesswoman endures on a daily basis, going through life's changes in a public arena."

We all go through change. Whether it's an illness in the family, a divorce, teenagers acting out, losing a job, having to move, or kids leaving the nest, one thing is certain: Change is the only thing we can count on. Yet, while change is the one constant in our lives, it often produces the greatest amount of fear. In this inspiring new book, Joan shows us the importance of staying levelheaded in the face of crisis no matter what or whom you're facing.

Both an intimate self-portrait and a practical blueprint for living a happier, more fulfilling life, A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road proves once again why so many viewers have followed Joan Lunden for so many years.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Now that Joan Lunden is no longer the host of Good Morning America, she has time to write books. Well, not exactly write--her "coauthor" helped with that--and this tome is not exactly a book: it's more like a combination scrapbook and Good Housekeeping article. The premise is a "new" take on positive thinking--insights forced upon Lunden after she had to leave her GMA job. Despite having requested a move to prime time, she found that the change provoked all sorts of unsettling emotions, not the least of which was fear. So, like a cook stirring together some leftovers, she has packaged her thoughts into "10 positive principles for dealing with change" --e.g., take the high road, remove failure as an option, retreat in order to advance. Unfortunately, it is hard to advance very far in this book without tripping over a minefield of cliche s. Joan plants more than her share of mines, but she has help from an illustrious cast--everyone from Buddha to Babe Ruth--all of whom are quoted along the way. Lunden also tells us about the TV specials she's been doing lately, and she splices in several rolls worth of snapshots, of herself, of course, and of her young daughters in every possible childhood moment. There are numerous books about positive thinking, but this is the only one by a former talk-show host who will be hawking her wares on her former show and every other gabfest on the circuit. Be prepared. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As perky and positive as ever, Lunden describes being ousted from her 20-year stint as cohost of Good Morning America. With an abundance of platitudes and clich‚s, many presented as chapter titles ("Take the High Road," "Get Glowing, Get Going," etc.), she delivers a pep talk on prevailing through such changes as divorce or the loss of a job, both of which she experienced publicly. Lunden puts a happy face on nearly everything; her advice includes such expressions as "Staying even is always better than getting even" and "If you want to get back at someone, kill 'em with kindness." In between exhortations, however, she reveals herself to be a savvy businesswoman, carefully preparing for every meeting, planning strategies, working hard and always "respond[ing] intelligently" rather than "reacting emotionally." Lunden describes overcoming her fears, taking risks and pushing the envelope with her particular brand of journalism. Flying a U-2 plane, dancing with veteran Vegas showgirls and bungee jumping have all been part of her new role on a series of TV specials called Behind Closed Doors. These specials, fulfilling her ABC contract, along with commercials for Claritin allergy products, are part of Lunden's "new life." What's next for the TV star is not revealed, but "what sometimes seems to be the end is often a new beginning.... We just have to be willing to venture around the bend." 100 color and b&w photos. First serial to Good Housekeeping; major ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Change (Psychology)
Publisher New York :W. Morrow,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Bend in the road is not the end of the road
Contributors Cagan, Andrea.
Language English
Description ix, 239 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0688160832
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