The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation (Hardcover)
“Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”
What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.
After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.
About the Author
Sheri Salata is a writer/producer, cofounder of the pillarlife.com and cohost of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her current ventures are the evolution of her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sheri has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners. Sheri is living happily ever after in a magical town in northern California.
“Sheri Salata’s journey to a life of extraordinary success ultimately triggered a transformation to wholeness and healing. We can all learn from her riveting story that joy, love and self compassion are the true goals of human existence. Read this book, The Beautiful No, and be inspired to embark on your own journey of emotional and spiritual fulfillment.”
— Deepak Chopra, M.D.
“For years, Sheri Salata used her magical powers, work ethic, and generous spirit to make other people’s lives better. But finally she had to learn how to turn that magic inward, in order to master the ultimate challenge of improving, rescuing and loving herself. Being the generous soul she is, she took notes along the way. THE BEAUTIFUL NO is a road map for transformation — an honest, funny, and soulful look at what it really means to take stewardship over your own existence. This book will bring help and hope to so many people.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
“Sheri takes us through her courageous journey from her brilliant career to stepping forward to find and live her most brilliant life. Reminding us that every transition, change and transformation requires a brave surrender to the unknown and a huge does of self compassion. In every page of The Beautiful NO rings a big YES of how worth it is is to go through whatever it takes to get to know the being who we truly are.”
— Agapi Stassinopoulos
“I’ve always loved deeply personal stories that lead the reader to discover a new way of considering what they believe to be true about themselves. The Beautiful No delivers courage, honesty, and contagious reflection.”
— Nate Berkus
“In this bracingly honest, tenderhearted, profoundly human book, Sheri Salata peels back the layers of a life that, on the surface, looks like pure success, and tells the truth of what it is to struggle, to fear, to grieve, to desire—in other words, to live. The Beautiful No will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you feel. It will make you want to be Sheri Salata’s friend.”
— Dani Shapiro
“If you’ve been aching for more joy, craving deeper meaning, and daydreaming about following your soul whispers (or roars!)––you must read this book! Sheri Salata has created a roadmap and a permission slip for us all. Through her hilarious insights and masterful wisdom, we get an inside view of the magic that happens when we say yes to our lives. This book inspires me to love harder, live bolder and just frickin’ go for it. It will do the same for you, too.”
— Kris Carr
“This is a beautifully written page turner that had me hooked. I was rooting for Sheri on every page and when I reached the end, I felt like I just had the best meeting with a new best friend.”
— Arielle Ford
“A must read for anyone who is ready to take the leap to joy, freedom, forgiveness and authenticity.”
— Colette Baron-Reid
“There are few experiences in life where you leave feeling more connected, more aware of yourself than when you begin. Sheri’s ability to tell her story in a way that feels universal and vibrationally relevant is nothing short of magical. Triumph, vulnerability, failure, strength and grace- The Beautiful No has made me a better father. You close the book and look up thinking you have been lost in conversation with your dearest friend, only to realize you’ve just been reading the entire time, looking through your new pair of magical glasses.”
— Jeremiah Brent
“For thirty years, Sheri and I have been telling each other stories. This beautiful book of hers feels like every great conversation we’ve ever had—complete with laughs, tears, surprises and moments of revelation. Her voice of one of a kind and her stories never fail to inspire. Pull up a chair, as I have done many times, and dive in.”
— Nancy Hala
“Sheri Salata tells a captivating story of the inner transformation it sometimes takes to shed your mind shadows so you can see your own brilliant light. Reading The Beautiful No I realized that vulnerability is a superpower. And that Sheri is my hero.”
— Gordana Biernat
"Bravo Sheri Salata! You’ve brought your trademark brilliance, hilarity, authenticity and relatability to this powerful and instructive memoir. Thank you for speaking for all of us and showing us the way. A million times YES to the beautiful NO!"
— Dr. Laura Berman