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article imageCountry music star Shania Twain releases autobiography

By Brian Bradley     May 5, 2011 in Entertainment
Canadian country music superstar Shania Twain is back in stores this week, trading in another country music album for a top-selling book about her life.
Called From This Moment On, the autobiography details her roots in Northern Ontario, rise to superstardom, fame, motherhood, divorce and rebirth.
“I wouldn't say I will be an open book for the rest of my life and career, but [the book is] something I feel I need to face head on at the moment,” she said on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday to promote the book’s release. “I'm at a point where I feel sharing and giving testimony to things I have experienced in life will do more good for others than it would do keeping it to myself. It also forces me a little bit out of my comfort zone, which is necessary for part of the healing.”
Twain reveals sometimes shocking facts in the 406-page book.
Raised in a home where her parents had a difficult and sometimes violent marriage, Twain and her siblings sometimes only had mustard and bread to eat as the family struggled to make ends meet. Her parents would be tragically killed in an auto accident in 1987, when she was living in Toronto and trying to focus on starting her recording career. She returned to her hometown of Timmins to care for her siblings before relocating to Huntsville to work in a resort stage show that helped launch her music career.
By 1992, she signed with a record label and was on her way to becoming a superstar, selling over 76 million albums worldwide in the next ten years.
Twain retreated from the spotlight after promotion and touring for her most recent album, Up, released in 2002. In the next years, her marriage dissolved when her husband, producer and collaborator, Robert “Mutt” Lange, was caught having an affair with Twain's personal secretary Marie-Anne Thiebaud.
The betrayal, detailed in From This Moment On, devastated her. “I wanted to go to bed and never get up,” she told Winfrey.
Meanwhile, Twain was unable to work because a muscle condition left her temporarily unable to sing.
After her January marriage to Frederic Thiebaud, the estranged husband of Lange’s mistress, and the release of From This Moment On, Twain is taking steps back into the spotlight and stardom. She will star in her own reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) called “Why Not with Shania Twain.” It is scheduled to debut Sunday.
When she appeared at the 2011 Juno Awards in Toronto, to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, she hinted a new album and return to the stage may also be in the works.
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