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Open Book
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Open Book

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn't want to lie.

Jessica couldn't be authentic with her readers if she wasn't fully honest with herself first.

Now America's Sweetheart, preacher's daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she's never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché's — "chicken or fish," "Daisy Duke," "football jinx," "mom jeans," "sexual napalm..." and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn't want to lie.

Jessica couldn't be authentic with her readers if she wasn't fully honest with herself first.

Now America's Sweetheart, preacher's daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she's never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché's — "chicken or fish," "Daisy Duke," "football jinx," "mom jeans," "sexual napalm..." and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

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About the Author-
  • Jessica Simpson is an international star and media darling who has taken the music, fashion, and entertainment industries by storm. Jessica burst on to the scene with her unmistakable voice and talents, and she has since released 8 hit-producing albums and starred on the big and small screens. In 2005, she launched the Jessica Simpson Collection, now a billion-dollar global brand distributed in more than sixty-two countries and the most successful celebrity licensing brand in history. She is married to former NFL player Eric Johnson and is the mother of three incredible children. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Kirkus

    The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star. Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn't write: "a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life." Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she "walked away," fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating "one billion dollars in annual sales." However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she'd become a "feelings addict," just needing "enough noise to distract me from the pain I'd been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night--Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, 'Just give him your light. See if it saves him...' " On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher's daughter moving 18 times before she "hit fifth grade," and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson's memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor. An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood's most recognizable talents.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 23, 2020
    Singer and reality TV star Simpson holds nothing back in this earnest and entertaining memoir. She tells of growing up in 1980s Texas where she was sexually abused by the daughter of a family friend, and of unsuccessfully auditioning for the Mickey Mouse Club at age 13 with Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling before going on to sign a record deal with Columbia and marrying 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey. Along the way, she details the struggles in her life, such as the pressure to support her family as a teenager, divorcing Lachey, enduring what she describes as an emotionally abusive relationship with musician John Mayer, being body-shamed in an overly appearance-centered industry, and going through bouts of heavy drinking. But Simpson ends on a positive note, discussing her billion-dollar apparel line and marriage with professional football star Eric Johnson, with whom she has three children. Her positive attitude is infectious and will have readers rooting for her as if she were a good friend. Simpson’s candid and thoroughly engaging story will appeal to her fans and beyond. (Feb.)
    Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated Simpson was sexually abused by a friend's sister, rather than the daughter of a family friend.

  • Rolling Stone Her excellent memoir is everything you could want. . . By the end, you marvel at her hard-won wisdom.
  • Time magazine "Achingly honest. . . [Open Book] is a thoughtful and intimate portrait of what it means to be a celebrity, and Simpson is unafraid to share the sometimes harrowing truths that often go undiscussed."
  • Kirkus Reviews Simpson's memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor. An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood's most recognizable talents.
  • Refinery 29 Jessica Simpson gets very real.
  • Hoda Kotb, excerpt from NYT bestseller This Just Speaks to Me She's honest, genuine, unabashedly vulnerable, and she exhibits the same qualities in her writing.
  • Cosmopolitan You may think you know Jessica Simpson. . . but it turns out there was a whole lot more going on than any of us knew. [Open Book] is a raw look into the lesser-known troubled side of her life, and how she still manages to see the positive side of everything.
  • O, the Oprah Magazine A no-holds-barred memoir. . . A journey through the thirty-nine-year-old's most challenging moments.
  • The New Yorker "Mesmerizing. . . In 2017, something awoke in Simpson. She can speak honestly now. Is there anything else she wants to say?"
  • New York Times Open Book explains what happened. . . It just feels nice that one of the pop stars from our teendom has delivered on the twenty-year-old promise they're just like us."
  • Washington Post [Simpson] makes a point of reflecting on her mistakes but is cognizant of the pressures and expectations that other put on her.
  • Los Angeles Times memoir that spares no one, not even herself. . . Simpson breaks open the dam that is her personal history and the gossip surrounding her life, from the sexual abuse she experienced as a child to her alcohol addiction.
  • Ronan Farrow I kind of feel like we all owe her an apology.
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