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"A thrilling journey inwards as much as outwards.... A must-read." (Freida Pinto)

"How fortunate a thing it is, when life alters you without warning."

Lisa Ray is one of India's first supermodels. She's also an actor, a cancer survivor, a mother of twins through surrogacy. She is a woman who has lived many lives. And this is her story.

Close to the Bone is an unflinching, deeply moving account of Lisa Ray's life, tracing her childhood in Canada as the biracial daughter of an Indian man and a Polish woman, her rise as a popular Bollywood star and her battle with a rare, incurable cancer. Transporting and atmospheric, it takes listeners across the world, from Toronto in the 1970s, when Lisa was desperately trying to find place and purpose, to the intense, frenetic streets of Bombay, where, unmoored and lost, she began her film career; from the hot and sweaty sensuality of Colombo, a place where she finally began finding acceptance, to the romance of Holland Park in London.

At once funny, charming and gut-wrenchingly honest, Close to the Bone is Lisa Ray's brave and inspiring story of a life lived on her own terms.

©2019 Lisa Ray (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Very inspiring n close to heart!

i m particularly not auto biography reader... but this travelogue of LisaRani is very close to my heart, was waiting to read. Book is indeed very inspiring, honest and connects heart... this audible edition is very spl, we get to hear in the voice of author herself... waiting for next journey of Lisa as an author....

Lots of Love to Rani of Ray....

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Very good book

Good book with rollercoaster of life and how to see through everything that life throws on us

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Amazing life story and narrating!!

Lisa Rani!! an amazing soul... I knew very little about her until I decided to listen to her autobiography.... Initially, it took time to get hooked to her story, but not very later it starts creating interest ... An unbiased account of the life story is something very few people dare to publicize ... and most importantly, there is no judging of any other person who came into her life .... Lisa Rani 1.0 and Lisa Rani 2.0 depict that both the lives were and are being lived to the fullest .... 1.0 is a life full of serendipity .... to go with the flow of events of the life ... 2.0 is more of an understanding of the emotions and feelings of other person in one's life .... a more responsible self .... whatever she did in life she gave it a 100% ... that is something to definitely take away from the autobiography .... the way in which she narrated her story makes the readers get closer to her and experience life along with her .... Hindi words used intermittently sound a bit funny but cute ... In the end I would give her my blessings and loving kindness .... May she live on to be with her caring and loving husband, enjoy her children grow and inspire more souls!

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Stunning & intelligent

I'd admired Lisa Ray since I saw her in the Bombay Dyeing ad back when I was still a school kid. And even after all these years, her hypnotic voice has me completely mesmerized with a well-crafted biography that truly took me on an epic journey. Bravo Lisa, and thank you for this exquisite book.

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Incredibly honest, catchy and real!

Lisa Ray was a familiar name from amongst celebrities in India. Everything else unknown about her has been narrated so succinctly and engaging way by her in own voice that this book is likely to remain a treasure to be revisited periodically!

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Great and motivating biopic

exceptional and great content with the lovely voice by Lisa Ray the author on her struggle and achievements.once again a great biopic to listen to and not to be missed.

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Fan-tastic

When I picked the book I thought I will be put it away in about half an hour! Could not listen any other till the end.

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Decent read

its an insight into a life of a free spirited vagabond...someone who has lived her on her own terms and the pros and cons of such a life. its a roller coaster journey and its surprising how much a person has seen and experienced in a short span of life. I was tempted to skip some parts but didn't do so and continued on. overall a decent read

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life journey

it is fantastic life journey of young celebrity with inner faith. She was able to carry listeners with ups and downs, joy and sadness and material and soul.

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Heartwarming!

Absolutely loved listening to it.The beautful narration took me on a journey which made me laugh,cry,emphatize and I also felt her pain,anguish and confusion.I could identify with some parts as well.Loved the visual detail in many places and I think I am going to carry this story inside me for a long time to come

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  • CaliforniaShadows
  • 10-08-20

Amazing

Loved this book, it has such so much soul to it that I felt as if I was with Lisa watching her narrative her life to me. You know such feelings proves that she is a great writer and storyteller!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

Overwhelmingly Brilliant!

Lisa Ray’s ability to sincerely and candidly allow us into her magnificent worlds’ through the past four decades have left me in absolute awe. Close to the Bone is Devastatingly brilliant with its humor, raw emotion and unparalleled perspective of the stunning soul that is LRR!

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  • EZ
  • 29-06-20

A Work Of Art

I believe writing can be art.
Lisa writes a book that is open, honest, sincere and real about a life that is unlike others. It’s not just her interesting life story but it’s a beautifully written book; it’s a book written by a writer who enjoys writing. It’s filled with words that flow and surround you like the water of a soft flowing river when it engulfs an object sticking out the water. You become all encompassed with the images and thoughts she’s written to beautifully surround you. Each dog-eared page contains something that struck me whether emotionally, mentally, or even physically bringing me to tears. Some of it is just simply beautiful imagery. Some of it felt as though it came from my own life. And some of it, reminds me to look deeper into myself as to why it resonates so strongly with me.
I had the audible audiobook but after listening to the first 9 or so chapters I knew I needed the book. I wanted to underline words and phrases and I wanted to truly immerse myself in the words I was hearing because this book is that good; I cried as I finished those last words. I sincerely recommend grabbing this book. It’s on Amazon and Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-20

What a treat!

I knew Lisa as the actress, so when I purchased this audible version of Close to the Bone, I did not have a lot of expectations. I expected someone narrating her life experiences, just casually talking to me. But just a few minutes into it, I realized I was in for a literary treat! I am amazed by her eloquence. Every sequence was very articulate, tender moments were passionate and the fun stories were very vivid. The book also being sort of a travelogue made me enjoy it more, as a traveler myself. I must say, I appreciate Lisa more as a person because of this book. Now, where to get the hard copy here in the Philippines...

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  • Viv
  • 25-05-20

best book!

life saving. very well written. will listen again. love Lisa so much and I can relate to being a third culture kid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

More beautiful for having been broken ©

More beautiful for having been broken ©
Have you ever had the feeling of plunging into the life described in the book? Have you ever felt the warm hand of the Author leading you through pages and even words? Have you ever experienced grief with a smile on your face?
That is not a simple biography, it is more complicated and deep, a memoir, a travelogue, an adventurous story…
I like reading with a pencil in my hand, in Close to the Bone there is so much to underline , to think over, to digest, to perceive …
One more thing that should be noted is the use of words, there is a great palette and variety of them that support the images portrayed.
Additionally, what catches the attention is the division of logically complete parts within the chapters by means of adding the capitals of countries and their slight description enabling the flow of the new part.
I must admit it is a very honest book, open-hearted and very-Lisa Ray-like-book, when reading it you have the feeling of presence of the author and you can even imagine her smile or laugh or give a ‘seriously?’ look …
This book is really influential, it makes you think and most importantly act, pay attention to your real wishes and understanding of yourself, do yoga, get rid of some bad habits, decide what’s important and who’s important, realise your fears, even adjust your diet to your pace of life, it teaches you to cherish moments and value life, people, opportunities…
Thank you!

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  • Cindyseattle
  • 05-05-20

Great listen!

As I listened to Lisa's soothing voice, I felt as though she was telling me her story in person. Her descriptions and words made me feel like I was experiencing everything right along with her. This book has given me a wonderful insight into so many things in her life. Can't wait for her next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-20

If you’re searching for something, it’s close to the bone. Read it.

What can someone say about resilience and a beautiful story of a busy life. Lisa is an inspiring model of what life is. A road of turns and turnarounds and exits toward fate and destiny. Her view on manifestation is something that I share and am encouraged by. I’ve read this twice now and each time there’s something I notice that I hadn’t before. To me, that is a marker of an impactful read.

Appreciate your gift, absolutely will be buying every book you decide to put out into the universe. Love, wellness and pure happiness to you.

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  • Gurminder
  • 04-05-20

Simply excellent

This book is a fascinating account of Lisa’s life.
Such wonderful insight into many different cultures.
Well written and difficult to put down.