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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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Brilliant narration of a truly incredible life!!

Loved listening to the book in Lisa's voice!! Keeps you enthralled throughout the book!

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life experiences through close to the bone

loved to hear Lisa, portraying all life her in brilliant way...courage of fighting ...appearing so beautifully

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Travelogue of A Brave Soul

Listening from Lisa Ray 💙 is on another level. Loved it.. Deeply connected with book

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In love with this book,and the journey.Awakening!!

In love with this book,A truely incredible awakening journey,an inspiration,loved it.A narration in her own voice made it truely amazing.

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Simply motivating and a fantastic read!!

This can motivate and give strength to a lot of people out there in the world. thank you Lisa Ray for sharing the struggles, happiness and your story of strength. truly admiring and wonderful.. Big Fan of yours.!

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Beautiful . ....thrilled and inspired

Loved it! It's amazing to listen to her ...she taught me the courage to follow my heart and live my best life.  I am a big fan of yours and a follwers...Do write more books... waiting for the next release. Thank you for the book.

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Masterpiece!

This is one of the best auto biographies I have ever read.Honest, unapologetic, witty, heart wrenching at many times. She's like an open book and beautifully connects all the dots. Everything right from her birth, graduation, the accidental career in modelling and films, her inhibitions, eating disorders, spiritual journey, finding her true love, fighting the fatal disease etc. In the order of the events occurred she could've well become SD, MD or BB of the Indian film industry but she was happy being herself and that makes her special! There was and there can be only one Lisa Rani Ray! Oh how well she articulates! Her vocabulary, the flow of her words, how she puts her thoughts alluring the readers into her world, be it Canada, Bombay, the several shoots, her pilgrim travels, her happiest or worst of her times when her body rebelled against her mind. Absolutely natural story teller! I am a Sidney Sheldon fan and always used to wonder how he picturized the characters of his book. They were so well scripted to exactly imagine how they looked and all. But this lady Lisa is no less and even adds on to the emotional aspects of the person. Be it how she described her parents, her childhood crush, short mention of her friend Dorothy, Morkel or any one else, they appear to be standing next to you and you know them personally. Bonafide writer for sure! All the CBs and bestseller authors of India, please step aside and make way for the Rani, for she is here to rock!

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Even better than reading it!

I had deeply enjoyed and been moved by the book. priceless for the insights on life, of one's sincerely reflected upon and observed Past, present and future. But hearing it is something else. I have heard a few chapters twice over. A beautiful voice and perfectly paced, with just the right inflections and so very personal. I think this is a book I will come back to hear again and again. Go for it!

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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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  • gurm
  • 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.