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Spiraling Through the School of Life:
A Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Discovery

Book Description:
“I like to joke that when Shirley MacLaine was out on a limb, I was already out on a branch,” says Oscar- nominated actress, teacher, healer, and motivational speaker Diane Ladd. She brings her unique wisdom about life, health, love, family, and emotional well-being to this fascinating book. Reading this book is like having a cup of coffee in her comfy Austin, Texas, kitchen. In an earthy, charming, down-home way filled, with touching, moving, and downright hilarious observations and stories, this book explains how you can keep your life from spiraling out of control. “I want to help save lives with this book,” Diane says. “I feel that the ultimate gift is helping another person find the miracles that surround them.”



About the Author:
Diane Ladd is an internationally acclaimed actress, director, and writer, who has been nominated three times each for Emmy’s and Oscars, respectively. She is the recipient of 23 awards, including a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award; and has been heralded by Time magazine as “one of the ten top actresses, not only in this country, but in the whole world.” She has starred in many films, including the Academy Award Winners Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Wild At Heart (1990), and Rambling Rose (1992). Diane and her daughter, Laura Dern, made show-business history as the only mother/daughter duo to be nominated for an Oscar in the same film. Diane is a member of the Board of Advisors for The National Foundation of Alternative Medicine; and is a nutritional lecturer, consultant, medical intuitive, and healer who has worked in tandem with many notable doctors for more than 20 years. This is Diane’s first book.


Praise for the Book

Diane's book signing

“Diane Ladd is one of the most compelling women of our time. Her story is unique and dramatic, and what she has learned from it offers insight to all of us in how to better live our own.”
Marianne Williamson
author/lecturer
“Diane Ladd’s book is truly inspiring—a real lesson
to those who have lived, loved, and triumphed
over loss.”
Lainie Kazan
actress
“Ladd offers some sage advice for anyone interested in health and in how to live a rewarding life. This book is both fascinating and educational—a true treasure.”
Berkley Bedell
former member of Congress and founder and chairman of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine
“In the troubled and complicated field of medicine, it’s like a breath of fresh air to have Diane Ladd bring her compelling life story to us. In this book, Diane tells us of how she has met the ‘physician within’ to overcome pain and illness. The research she has done and the life she has lived so fully brings hope and laughter and growth and healing, not just to individuals, but also to this world, where true healing is so desperately needed.”
Gladys Taylor McGarey
M.D.
“A fresh new look at solving life’s problems, and most
certainly a strong incentive to having and achieving
good health. A very bright light, much needed and
appreciated. Don’t miss a chapter or a word, even
between the lines.”
Connie Stevens
actress/singer



“If you want guidance and help in healing and surviving, read this book and learn from those who have preceded you rather than your own disasters. There is much wisdom contained here. Don't be distracted by the fame of the people involved, but learn from their experience and realize that we are all wounded. I heartily recommend Diane Ladd’s book to help you heal your wounds.”
Bernie Siegel, M.D.
author
"What a fabulous love story within this book! Diane’s inspiring celebration of true love found at age 50 proves that the ‘magic of love’ is available to all ages. It would make an incredible movie!”
Renée Taylor
actress/comedienne/writer
“Isn’t it just like Diane to open up her life so that it might help somebody else? Such a fascinating life to be able to draw from! But isn’t that just like her?
Yes, it is.&rdquo
Della Reese
singer/actress/minister
“Everyone knows that Diane Ladd is a great actress. Now she proves that she’s also one of the warmest, most honest, and caring of writers. Like a homespun patchwork quilt stitched together with miracles, this graceful, meticulous, and wonderfully written book offers page after page of life-affirming wisdom,
spiritual guidance, hope, and humanity. To share even a ten-minute cup tea in her circle of light is an inspiration. She embraces life and love with her arms wide open.”
Rex Reed
film critic
“A fascinating book. Down-to-earth wisdom and honesty. Will make you understand a woman who has experienced heartbreak and success between tears and laughter. It’s wonderful and it’s real.”
Helen Thomas
Hearst newspapers columnist
“If you're not lucky enough to know Diane Ladd, this book will change that. My bet, you'll want to know her. Her look on life and her perspectives can get you through any day!”
Whoopi Goldberg
actress/comedienne
“I was completely charmed by Diane Ladd’s book. It’s a deep well of folk wisdom, anecdote, and recollections of a fabulous life. Best of all, it’s full of generosity and wisdom. Readers are going to feel as if they’ve spent a one-of-a-kind evening in conversation with an old friend.”
Stephen King
Best-selling author
“Spiraling Through the School of Life is an extraordinary story of personal transformation. Wise and funny, Diane Ladd weaves a rich and inspirational tapestry of the process of becoming—and being—fully human. This book may change
your life and might even help save it.”
Dean Ornish, M.D.
founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; best-selling author
“I was deeply touched by this enchanting book. There is much for us all to learn within these pages.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
author/lecturer