By Kevin Kelley
“There are no second acts in American life,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote.
Leeza Gibbons does not agree.
The television personality’s new book, “Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings,” tells how a person can reboot his or her life at any point.
Gibbons will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Crocker Park in Westlake.
“I wrote the book for anyone who wants to hit the reset button on their life,” Gibbons told West Life by e-mail. “Lots of us are on the way to building our careers and growing our families when we realize, ‘Wait – this is not the life I ordered.’ Sometimes the layers of the years tend to act as emotional numbing cream causing us to feel empty or disappointed. That’s when I say, you call for another take. Anytime is a good time to start over and rewrite your story by reclaiming your life.”
Each chapter is divided up into digestible subsections and sidebars in which Gibbons shares details of her career and life, such as her creation of a charitable foundation to assist individuals facing dementia. Her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease inspired her to establish the organization.
Gibbons writes that she’s a proponent of the “law of attraction,” an outlook that believes positive thinking can bring about positive results.
The 55-year-old mother of three acknowledges the fear and challenges that major life changes can bring about.
“Successful people expect that there will be obstacles and potholes and detours on the road to re-invention,” Gibbons said. “But they also expect that miracles happen and they don’t separate themselves from goodness.”
The former host of “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra,” Gibbons currently appears on “America Now,” which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on WOIO. Gibbons also launched a line of makeup products.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that change is difficult for many of us because we’ve become seduced by the idea of predictability. It gives us a sense of security. After all, what is there to be scared of when you can predict the future? But the majority of us can’t see what’s going to happen as a result of our actions or inaction. We don’t know what the boss will think of the presentation, what the guy at the singles’ event thinks of our smile, or what the doctor is going to say about our next mammogram. But this doesn’t give us permission to suspend our lives until we can be sure.”