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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Shriver Narrator: Maria Shriver Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780743551502
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Graduating from high school is a big step for any girl. She is leaving her childhood behind and beginning the rest of her life. She is also leaving her mother's protective circle of love and guidance. One of the greatests gifts a mother can give her daughter at this pivotal moment in her life is good counsel. In And One More Thing Before You Go... Maria Shriver, bestselling author, acclaimed journallist, First Lady of California, and mother of two daughters, provides a loving and heartfelt guide for girls as they go off to college.

Expanded from a speech given to her young friend Ally's graduation class, Maria speaks as a wiser, more experienced girlfriend, but also as both the daughter of a mother whose advice she still seeks and as the mother of the daughters for whom she wishes a fulfilling and happy life. In this stirring and inspiring guide, Maria talks to young women about how to find abundance and emotional richness, and how not to overlook life's most special gifts. Her ten rules offer a firm grasp on what's really important in life.

Thoughtful, compassionate, and filled with love, And One More Thing Before You Go... will make every mother cry and every daughter stop and think about her mother's words.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweet and inspiring book…Shriver’s tone is never pompous. Rather, it’s conversational, loving, and rousing, and gives a big voice to this small book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 1/12/2014

    " I loved her advice and sense of humor. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiara | 1/11/2014

    " Nice. Inspirational wirting for life-changing moments. I realized I need to be more courageous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book just graduating from High school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie Rodgerson | 12/21/2013

    " It was a very quick read. From a mom who has sent one child out of the nest, it definitely was very poignant and full of truth. Great advice for kids leaving home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 10/27/2013

    " I also enjoyed this second installment and also saw her interview on Oprah with her mother which made me want to read both books. They are both upstanding individuals and a good example to any mother!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 janine | 10/15/2013

    " A fun read for people of all ages in every stage of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/20/2013

    " There are better ways to use your time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri Rinehart | 8/12/2013

    " I love this book. I pretty much cried while reading it. It has some good advice - a great gift for a daughter as she heads off to college! I definitely plan on handing this book down. :] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/24/2013

    " A very short read that I received as a gift -- great for a girl's graduation present! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/1/2013

    " This is a good, short book with some inspiring ideas on living life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Rambousek | 11/27/2012

    " I could sure relate to what Maria said! Would have been good to read before my childred graduated. Also, daughters from sophomore year on should read. Quite inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Pierce | 5/29/2012

    " Great gift for a young girl graduating high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 5/23/2012

    " Thanks Sandy for the referral - Alesha and I just listened and we smiled at the truths that she described... Loved the challenge to "do one thing every day that scares you..." It's good to feel the emotions of trying, learning, failing, trying again... It keeps us growing that's for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 1/15/2012

    " It probably means more to me because a teacher gave it to me with notes for me in it. Helped me a lot. Has some good points. Not something that would make me "addicted" or "want more" by any means. Once was enough to make an impact. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 11/16/2011

    " I have Maria Shriver's birthday so I have to confess that's the main reason I listened to this speech. It was sweet, but weak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patriciadubray | 8/2/2011

    " A great gift for a new graduate. Love it. I found great respect and admiration for Maria Shriver and the woman and mother she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momruns5 | 7/16/2011

    " Has some good advice for a graduating senior. But I wish she hadn't tailored it just to girls. Most of the advice could be for either boy or girl. I think I will have Connor listen to parts of it. It made me cry in places because I'm going to miss Connor so much next year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/8/2011

    " What a great thing to think about - I know my mom is just like that - "one more thing before you go".. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/10/2010

    " There are better ways to use your time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie | 5/14/2010

    " It was a very quick read. From a mom who has sent one child out of the nest, it definitely was very poignant and full of truth. Great advice for kids leaving home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 janine | 4/24/2010

    " A fun read for people of all ages in every stage of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 12/27/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book just graduating from High school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momruns5 | 12/1/2009

    " Has some good advice for a graduating senior. But I wish she hadn't tailored it just to girls. Most of the advice could be for either boy or girl. I think I will have Connor listen to parts of it. It made me cry in places because I'm going to miss Connor so much next year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 9/16/2009

    " I loved her advice and sense of humor. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 7/13/2009

    " I could sure relate to what Maria said! Would have been good to read before my childred graduated. Also, daughters from sophomore year on should read. Quite inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri | 10/12/2008

    " I love this book. I pretty much cried while reading it. It has some good advice - a great gift for a daughter as she heads off to college! I definitely plan on handing this book down. :] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patriciadubray | 10/9/2008

    " A great gift for a new graduate. Love it. I found great respect and admiration for Maria Shriver and the woman and mother she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 9/19/2008

    " What a great thing to think about - I know my mom is just like that - "one more thing before you go"..

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiara | 8/18/2008

    " Nice. Inspirational wirting for life-changing moments. I realized I need to be more courageous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/15/2008

    " Nice little motivational book. Maria's speech to a group of girls graduating high school and their mothers.
    Great quote from book:
    taken from Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing that scares you everyday." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 5/1/2008

    " I also enjoyed this second installment and also saw her interview on Oprah with her mother which made me want to read both books. They are both upstanding individuals and a good example to any mother!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/15/2007

    " A very short read that I received as a gift -- great for a girl's graduation present! "

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About the Author
Author Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver in an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and documentary film producer. A Georgetown University graduate, she was a correspondent for Dateline NBC, as well as coanchor for several other network news shows. Her book successes include Ten Things I wish I’d Known before I Went Out into the Real World, And One More Thing before You Go …, as well as multiple educational books for children. Former first lady of California by her marriage to then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she remains active in many philanthropic projects and volunteer organizations.