• Send Yourself Roses

  • Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles
  • By: Kathleen Turner, Gloria Feldt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller Send Yourself Roses is now an audiobook.

Kathleen Turner has always lived her life according to her own rules. The screen icon opens up about her own life - both personal and professional - the risks she's taken, and the lessons she's learned from her film and stage career, 20-year marriage (and recent separation), raising her daughter, and her successful struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.

In Send Yourself Roses, Turner recounts why she took the roles she did - from her film debut as the sultry schemer in Body Heat to her subsequent craft-stretching roles in Peggy Sue Got Married (for which she received an Academy Award nomination), Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor, The War of the Roses, and Serial Mom. And she discusses her recent resurgence on the stage with Tony nominations in her roles as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate and as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which she also won the a British Evening Standard Award.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Kathleen Turner (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A real page Turner." (Cindy Adams, New York Post)
"Turner's vision of life's many possibilities - even as she gets older - is surely inspiring." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Through all of her roles - personal, professional, and in service to others - Kathleen Turner stays true to herself, and I admire that. Send Yourself Roses is an intimate and fun read about an exceptional actress who is also a very gutsy, out-there woman." (Jane Fonda)

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Exceptional and World-Class!

Absolutely brilliant book! I highly recommend listening to Turner tell her own story. she is funny, articulate, intelligent, and inspiring.

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Thank you for sharing your life with us.

I like your term “actively happy.“ Something I have always worked at. I have always loved your acting and your movies and this was a wonderful book. Inspiring and spiritual and funny and you’re just a pretty cool person. And yes I have a a different connection with you and that is when I was 10 years old I got juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. So I have nothing but admiration for what you went through to overcome. It is a very painful disease. Again thank you for sharing all the love and joy of your life.

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Struggled to finish

Narration by author was a big plus. Because story is not told in a linear manner, certain stories and facts come up two to three times over the course of the book. I do appreciate the much better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis as explained by author and I admire how she fought through excruciating pain. I would have enjoyed hearing more about her movie career but much of focus was on stage roles. Her roles as Martha in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate come up throughout the book. If you are looking for explanations regarding more technical aspects of acting and don't mind plowing same ground a bit, you may enjoy it more than I did.

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More potatoes than meat, but I'm a vegetarian.

As a people-pleaser, I went out of my way to love this narcissistic soliloquy.

Festooned with sagacious gems throughout, once you sluice through some self-congratulatory sludge. There are several unexpectedly vulnerable moments to unroll your eyes and remember why you were listening in the first place.

Let her voice fill the room while you do something unrelated.

I recommend it, one chapter at a time with a few days or weeks between. As Sarah Silverman says, "make it a treat".

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Kathleen Turner the Person and Professional

I saw Kathleen Turner perform as Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The performance of Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, David Harbour, and Mireille Enos left a lasting impression on me. I knew they were all giants (or were well on their way). To see Kathleen (as Martha) and Bill (as George) dance around and around singing, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” made me believe they were little kids playing with glee. They transformed themselves into children through performance.

To gain some more insight into Kathleen Turner as a person has been most inspiring. Honesty, vulnerability, pride, and humbleness - it’s all in this book. Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing yourself with us to pass on knowledge and wisdom. You are indeed inspiring us to push further not only in acting, but also in life. (And, as a woman, I am inspired by Kathleen’s strength, longevity, and endurance.)

I am happy to hear about her advocacy and commitment to others. I do the same in my work in my profession and I believe in the good in people. Good wins over evil.

Best wishes to everyone this Christmas Eve! (This is my first ever review, folks! I’m usually hidden, but I felt as though I had to speak.)

/s/ Lee Kim - human, actress, public policy wonk
December 24, 2021 #leekimart

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