In Pieces

Finished In Pieces by Sally Field. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget‘s sweet-faced “girl next door” to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships–including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.”

I’m a huge fan of Sally Field and have been since I saw Steel Magnolias. I haven’t seen all of her movies, but I’ve definitely hit the highlights and she’s been good in everything I’ve seen. (Regardless of the movie’s actual quality.)

I’m now an even bigger fan.

Her writing style is incredibly evocative. You can picture everything she’s telling you, and it’s clear that she’s got a real gift for storytelling.

One caveat: if you’re here for celebrity gossip, you won’t love this. There’s some, of course, and we learn her perspective on her relationship with Burt Reynolds. But it’s not the core of the book.  Incidentally, the fact that she’s still asked about Burt Reynolds makes me really annoyed—there is so much more to her than that.

(Should you be curious, though, the core of the book is her relationship with her mom. Like many mother-daughter relationships, it’s complicated to say the least. But it’s also fascinating and heartbreaking and oddly sweet.)

I am blown away by this book and I’ve been talking it up to everyone I know. I hope there’s going to be a second memoir. I get the feeling there’s a lot more to learn.

Highly recommended.

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