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Dressed to the nines and draped with diamonds, Danielle Steel is America's favorite author. She has enchanted readers with each of her 44 bestselling novels-- and has a total of 350 million books in print! Now, this stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle's fiction is based on real life-- the rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, t Dressed to the nines and draped with diamonds, Danielle Steel is America's favorite author. She has enchanted readers with each of her 44 bestselling novels-- and has a total of 350 million books in print! Now, this stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle's fiction is based on real life-- the rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, the triumphs...and the secrets too dark to tell. Read all about: * Her cruel, lonely childhood which became the inspiration for her novel Loving * Her long-hidden marriage to a convicted rapist, the scandalous real story readers will recognize in her novel Now and Forever * Her third husband, a handsome heroin addict, who, like the protagonist of Remembrance, broke her heart and nearly ruined her life * Her lavish spending and opulent lifestyle in a San Francisco mansion * The tragic death of her nineteen-year-old son in 1997 * The break-up of her fourth marriage-- and the new man in Danielle Steel's life With eight pages of photos!


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Dressed to the nines and draped with diamonds, Danielle Steel is America's favorite author. She has enchanted readers with each of her 44 bestselling novels-- and has a total of 350 million books in print! Now, this stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle's fiction is based on real life-- the rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, t Dressed to the nines and draped with diamonds, Danielle Steel is America's favorite author. She has enchanted readers with each of her 44 bestselling novels-- and has a total of 350 million books in print! Now, this stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle's fiction is based on real life-- the rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, the triumphs...and the secrets too dark to tell. Read all about: * Her cruel, lonely childhood which became the inspiration for her novel Loving * Her long-hidden marriage to a convicted rapist, the scandalous real story readers will recognize in her novel Now and Forever * Her third husband, a handsome heroin addict, who, like the protagonist of Remembrance, broke her heart and nearly ruined her life * Her lavish spending and opulent lifestyle in a San Francisco mansion * The tragic death of her nineteen-year-old son in 1997 * The break-up of her fourth marriage-- and the new man in Danielle Steel's life With eight pages of photos!

30 review for The Lives of Danielle Steel: The Unauthorized Biography of America's #1 Best-Selling Author

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    ”Could anyone really live a life as dramatic, tumultuous, and romantic as a Danielle Steel novel? Yes. Danielle Steel.” And after reading this book, they certainly weren’t kidding. Before the age of Goodreads, before we had the ability to follow authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and whatever else those crazy kids use these days, the only communication with them was through various methods of snail mail (interviews, etc). Unfortunately for those hungry for more information about th ”Could anyone really live a life as dramatic, tumultuous, and romantic as a Danielle Steel novel? Yes. Danielle Steel.” And after reading this book, they certainly weren’t kidding. Before the age of Goodreads, before we had the ability to follow authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and whatever else those crazy kids use these days, the only communication with them was through various methods of snail mail (interviews, etc). Unfortunately for those hungry for more information about their favorite writers, you often didn’t get the full picture about what they were really like. So as far as this book goes, this is about as good as it was going to get. So who really is Danielle Steel, this absolute machine of an author who basically has a permanent place on top of the New York Times bestseller list and has the magical unicorn ability to publish as many as three books in the same year? Well, to answer your question, she’s one very complicated character, and yet I’m not really sure we’ll ever know who she is. From what I read, she has the uncanny ability to weave fiction into her reality, or gloss over the things that were serious and make them seem trivial. It's no wonder that many of her earlier works were inspired by her childhood and early adult life experiences. She also seems like someone who, in her earlier years, didn’t seem to be able to do anything for herself. The book talks about how she employed a baby nurse and a housekeeper, and when she wanted a pack of cigarettes, she’s just call the drugstore and expect them to deliver the cigs to her house. She’s the woman who self-admittedly owns “a least” 6000 pairs of Louboutin shoes. I mean, really? She’s part socialite, part down to earth person, part diva, part devoted mother, part absent mother… I could go on and on, but simply put I don’t think we’ll ever know who the REAL Danielle Steel is. Not to mention her horrible luck with men. Oh my word, her romantic history makes Henry VIII look like a wonderful husband. As far as the book was concerned, it was OK. I would’ve liked a bit more juice to it, and not as much information about her ex-husbands and the legal proceedings that came along with it. I just don’t find that interesting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    sydney

    basically a 400+ page people magazine article padded with too much information on backgrounds of husbands and legal proceedings, since the subject has revealed so little about herself...but in a strange way it makes her more alluring, as our perception is made up only of other people's biased impressions. steel seems to be the epitome of the "modern" woman's plight - how to be a success in your own career while maintaining relationships with men, how to balance a motherly loving instinct to help basically a 400+ page people magazine article padded with too much information on backgrounds of husbands and legal proceedings, since the subject has revealed so little about herself...but in a strange way it makes her more alluring, as our perception is made up only of other people's biased impressions. steel seems to be the epitome of the "modern" woman's plight - how to be a success in your own career while maintaining relationships with men, how to balance a motherly loving instinct to help troubled men with the desire to be cherished and protected. she wants to be treated like a princess and thinks she can make lovers adore her by saving them, but instead they just resent her, feel threatened. hard to get a grasp on her - she's both absent and extremely overprotective of her children, she appears to have suffered a great deal of emotional abuse but also married a man while he was in prison for robbery and rape (that he was clearly guilty of - the authors included his victim's awful traumatic testimony, maybe to make clear the extent of steel's denial?) and spent thousands trying to free him. so, horrible human or feminist icon? i still don't know. i did learn a few choice tidbits, but am left with more questions than i had before...the most interesting takeaway was that her entire career has been an obsessive exercise in writing every horrible event of her life, over and over again, to give herself happier endings via her characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    ressed to the nines and draped in jewels, Danielle Steel has become America's favorite romance author. She has written 44 best-selling novels and has a total of 800 million books still in print. This stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle Steel's fiction mirrors her real life. The rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, the triumphs and the secrets too dark to tell. Her cruel and lonely childhood which became the basis for her novel Loving, her long-hidde ressed to the nines and draped in jewels, Danielle Steel has become America's favorite romance author. She has written 44 best-selling novels and has a total of 800 million books still in print. This stunning, uncensored biography reveals how closely Danielle Steel's fiction mirrors her real life. The rich men, the dangerous men, the heartbreak, the struggles, the triumphs and the secrets too dark to tell. Her cruel and lonely childhood which became the basis for her novel Loving, her long-hidden marriage to a convicted rapist, the scandalous true story readers will recognize from her novel Now and Forever, her third husband, a handsome heroin addict, who, like the protagonist in Remembrance, broke her heart and nearly ruined her life. From her opulent lifestyle to her lavish spending in a beautiful San Francisco mansion to the tragic death of her 19-year-old son, Nick, Danielle Steel has lived a life that most people might consider somewhat excessive, but is entirely true. I truly enjoyed this book as I like many unauthorized biographies or autobiographies. I have always considered Danielle Steel to be a great writer and think of her as my "guilty pleasure" author. I had never thought that the majority of Danielle Steel's plots for her novels were based on events that happened to her in her own life. Since this book was written, Danielle Steel has been married and divorced twice more (her fifth marriage ended in 2002). I felt incredibly sad for Danielle Steel and everything that she's been through - she has loved deeply and sometimes rashly, but in my opinion, there was absolutely nothing that she couldn't or wouldn't do to help the people that she loved. I give this book an A+!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    A fascinating yet unauthorised account of the scandalous life of Danielle Steel. I learned so much I didn't know about her home life, her family, her love life and marriages, her miscarriages, her personal and writing habits, her obsession with shopping, the distressing court case over her son Nick and her fight to end parental rights for his father. All the nitty gritty is put in this book that might not otherwise have come to light such as her relationships with a drug addict and also another ma A fascinating yet unauthorised account of the scandalous life of Danielle Steel. I learned so much I didn't know about her home life, her family, her love life and marriages, her miscarriages, her personal and writing habits, her obsession with shopping, the distressing court case over her son Nick and her fight to end parental rights for his father. All the nitty gritty is put in this book that might not otherwise have come to light such as her relationships with a drug addict and also another man who turned out to be a rapist which she has subsequently tried to erase all trace of in line with her untarnished public image as a best selling author, mother and wife. Shocking, brutal, graphic and seemingly very honest information that is taken from personal interviews with the people involved, former employees, court evidence etc this makes for great reading as her life reflects situations detailed in her books. Overall this book has changed the way I view her as a person though, she is not so "goody goody" and whiter than white as she appears and she has tried to hide a lot of what she considers her shameful past and in parts from what I read I don't think to be honest she is a very likeable person overall. Thats just my personal observation and I am going on the subject matter contained within the book. An absolutely enthralling read for her fans to get the bigger picture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Grizel

    Highly informative biography on an author whose success I envy. Only four stars, though, because Bane seemed determined to make Steel the villain in her dispute with her hopelessly drug-addicted, small-time criminal ex-husband (number three, I think it was) and I really think she was reaching.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    The lives of Danielle Steel, the unauthorized biography of America's by Bane_ Vickie L - Benet_ Lorenzo T Have enjoyed many of the author's works and it's going to be interesting to read about custody battles, divorces and life for her. Some of her earlier recollections of life are in her books. Can't imagine the life she's led but you can see where she gets the story lines for some of her books-from her own life. So extravagant with her gifts. I received this book from National Library Service for The lives of Danielle Steel, the unauthorized biography of America's by Bane_ Vickie L - Benet_ Lorenzo T Have enjoyed many of the author's works and it's going to be interesting to read about custody battles, divorces and life for her. Some of her earlier recollections of life are in her books. Can't imagine the life she's led but you can see where she gets the story lines for some of her books-from her own life. So extravagant with her gifts. I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy Harper

    I found this book tucked behind some other books in a junior high classroom. I think because it had the word "fuck" in it. As a teacher I thought I should read what the students are sneaking. Surprisingly, it was interesting and inspiring. Allegedly, Danielle Steel would sit and write for 22 hours straight some days. On the other hand, her writing is not "literary" and Bane and Benet's writing is tabloid at best.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Herget losonsky

    Never cared for Bane at all! Book was fun to read though!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Deliciously tabloid-y and highly unauthorized tell-all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I just could not finish this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    interesting read. Her life is full of drama & is part of her book plots. interesting read. Her life is full of drama & is part of her book plots.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Frances

  13. 4 out of 5

    Francis R. Fangonilo

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  15. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    lisa horton

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Stannard

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ary Chest

  20. 4 out of 5

    Helen Strand

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dorine Desmet

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hauses

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Batchler

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ribs

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mickey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Peabody

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Malec

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb Silver

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