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My Life to Live, Book Review

My Life to Live, By Agnes Nixon

How I became the Queen of Soaps when Men Ruled the Airwaves

About the Book: Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined–ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances–would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiancé in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.

But My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women’s health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.

My Thoughts: I previously had heard of Agnes Nixon but didn’t know that much about her so when I was given this book to review, of course I was interested in seeing what My Life To Live was all about. This is an amazingly well written story of Agnes Nixon’s life, and a must read. I love the behind the scenes look and that this really feels like Agnes is talking to the reader. If you’re into show business or need inspiration on being an empowered woman this is the book for you.

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