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This brief little book by Maria Shriver is sincere and simple. In it, she poses the question; “Just who will you be?” She tells of her own journey to find the answer, sparked by a commencement speech – including an extended poem – that she gave to her nephew’s graduating class. She realized that stripped of her exterior roles and identities – First Lady of California, wife of actor turned politician, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, member of the Kennedy family and network television newswoman – she felt empty and uncertain. Not surprisingly, her spiritual search revealed that roles and fame don’t define you. Every human is worthy of love and respect. If you don’t mind an occasional touch of the sentimental and even, sometimes, sophomoric, and you’re curious about the book’s famous author, getAbstract believes you’ll enjoy this visit with her.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Maria Shriver suffered an identity crisis and how she resolved it;
  • Why you should not ask yourself what you want to do in life, but instead should ask, “Who do you want to be?”; and
  • How to look within yourself to find your own answers.

About the Author

Maria Shriver is an award-winning journalist and the author of five bestsellers: And One More Thing Before You Go... and Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World for adults, and three children’s books written with Sandra Speidel: What’s Heaven?, What’s Wrong with Timmy and What’s Happening to Grandpa?



Maria Shriver’s Meltdown
One day, Maria Shriver was shopping with her teenage son. A passerby asked her son if Shriver was a model. “A model!” he exclaimed. “No, she’s just a housewife.”

That was a pivotal moment for Shriver. After all, she had never thought of herself as...

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