Miley Cyrus Still Has 'Miles to Go'

Photo: Book Cover: Miles to Go, by Miley Cyrus

She's a 16-year-old pop phenom, seilling millions of albums and creating an acting franchise in her Hannah Montana character -- and now Miley Cyrus has published an autobiography called "Miles to Go," written with Hilary Liftin.

Cyrus says the book is a way to show her fans the real person behind the celebrity. Read the excerpt from "Miles to Go," and find out why Cyrus is obsessed with her own hands.

Read the Introduction Below

Dedicated to my first love! The only man who understands me. The one who will forever own the key to my heart. The one I am lucky enough to call not only my best friend but my hero. This book is in memory of my Pappy. I will always love you! Thank you for answering my prayers. xo Miley P.S. I Miss You!

Okay, this is gonna sound like a weird place to start, but I think a lot about my hands. I was born left-handed. My dad is also a lefty, but he's absolutely convinced that I'm right-handed. I think it's because he has always said lefties have to "learn the world backwards," and I know he has had a hard time finding a left-handed guitar every now and then...Whatever the reason, from the time I started to write, he had me use my right hand. It worked. In the rest of my life I'm left-handed, but I do write with my right hand. So if you don't like my handwriting—talk to my dad.

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Just to mess with my left-handed self a little more, I came across a book about calligraphy and started teaching myself to write Chinese characters. With my right hand. On a plane. I was flying a chartered jet from Los Angeles to New York. The flight was turbulent, the ink spilled at least twice, and I managed to get it all over myself, the paper, the seats of the plane, and, when I tried to clean up the mess, the bathroom. My mom was yelling at me for getting ink everywhere, but I was really into it.

The word calligraphy is Greek for "beautiful writing." Believe me, people, if the Greeks saw what I was doing they'd make up a new word for it. But I was immediately obsessed. I drew the characters for "love," "luck," "life," and "knowledge" over and over again, first slowly and carefully like a kindergartner learning to write, then faster and better.

It's a good thing the plane wasn't equipped for skywriting, or I probably would have tried to convince the pilot to take a stab at the sign for "Rock on." There's got to be an ancient Chinese character for that, right?

7 hobbies I obsessed over for 5 seconds
1. calligraphy
2. beading
3. knitting for two seconds
4. scrapbooking
5. reading the life story of Einstein
6. being a marine biologist
7. high fashion

Some people believe that your handwriting tells all your secrets—that the slants and loops and dots of a scribbled to-do list or a note passed in class reveal all there is to know about a person. It's a cool idea, but really I think the only thing anyone can tell about me from my handwriting is that I'm supposed to be writing with my other hand. I do almost everything else—brush my hair, open doors, hold a fork, and carry the reins of my horses—with my left hand. And, you know, my Dad had a point—I do think the world feels a little bit backward sometimes even when I'm trying to keep everything going in the right direction.

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