Picks and Pans Review: Behind the Smile

updated 06/11/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

My Journey out of Postpartum Depression
By Marie Osmond

She purged and starved. She was sexually abused and blamed herself. She was pretty, but she felt fat and ugly and her "self-esteem was shattered." And in 1999, at age 39, she took refuge in her bedroom closet, feeling safe for a while among the shoes and dresses.

Marie Osmond? The cheerful songbird of TV's Donny & Marie? Osmond, who writes that her job as an Osmond was to "smile constantly," found that after the birth of her seventh child she "couldn't seem to stop crying." While many might consider that a reasonable reaction, especially considering that she had 60 lbs. to lose as well as a shaky marriage to mend, Osmond was terrified. She was also exhausted, with a full schedule including her 1998-2000 talk show with Donny and a gig selling a line of dolls on QVC.

She found solace slowly: by listening to her "inner voice" and to her therapist, cutting out chocolate and asking God for help.

Osmond has eased up on overworking too, but not entirely; she did, after all, write this absorbing and instructive book. And she is blazing through a full-blast promotion. (Warner, $24.95)

Bottom Line: A little bit touching, a little bit touchy-feely

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