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review 2016-12-26 22:41
#CBR8 Book 124: Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame - Mara Wilson,Mara Wilson,-Penguin Audio-

I wasn't initially going to get this book. While I've seen Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, possibly the two films that Mara Wilson is most famous for, I haven't really watched any of the others she was a child star in, nor do I follow her Twitter or writing career as an adult. It just didn't seem like this would be all that interesting to me. Nonetheless, this book got a lot of positive write-ups from people with good taste, including Patrick Rothfuss and Wil Wheaton (himself a child star once upon a time) and several of my Goodreads friends. I do like an entertaining audio book, so I changed my mind and used a credit on it. Now I'm glad I did. 

 

As with a lot of celebrity autobiographies, Ms. Wilson reads the book herself, and she has a very wry and self-deprecating way of telling the stories about herself. As she reveals later in the book that one of the things she does for a living now is storytelling, it should come as no surprise that this is a well-told book. The book is an anthology of observations, many dealing with Ms. Wilson's childhood, not just as a child actress, but also dealing with her anxiety and OCD, the death of her mother and how and why she made the choice to give up acting when she became a teenager. There's an open letter to Matilda, the character she is most famous for, and there are stories about her college years and her writing as an adult. The chapter dealing with her mother's death and how it feels growing up without a mother, even though she seems to have a lovely stepmother; the one where she talks about determining the fairly severe levels of her OCD, not to mention the one where she talks about Robin Williams and learning about his death were probably the ones that affected me the most.

 

The reason this book doesn't quite get one of my highest rating is that it really is quite short. I was surprised at how quickly it was finished, and some of the stories are just not all that interesting and felt a bit like filler. This book was written before Ms. Wilson came out openly as bisexual, and as others have already pointed out in their reviews, I suspect some of the chapters would may have been written a bit differently if this was public knowledge. It's a good book, and Wilson is a witty story teller. While not on the same level as Craig Ferguson's or Amy Poehler's books, it was stil a good read.

 

Judging a book by its cover: It's a fairly simple cover, and shows Mara Wilson as she is probably most well-known and recognised. As a little girl, from her role as Matilda. I suspect most people don't know what Wilson looks like as an adult (I had to do a Google image search), so putting one of her most iconic images on the cover of a book that deals with her life as a child star, and has several chapters dealing with Matilda, it seems like good marketing strategy. I know she says in the book that she hates being called cute, but she really was.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-124-where-am-i-now-true.html
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text 2016-10-23 20:44
The Sunday Post

Hello,

 

First off, I'm sorry but there is no Sunday Soup post today. I just came home from the airport and it's too late here to make soup.

 

Second, I had a great couple of days away. My work commitments finished at lunchtime on Friday, which meant I had an early start to the weekend and as I was in Italy anyway, I just tried to make the most of it by taking the train from Milan to Como.

 

Unfortunately, one of the charms of Italy is that people tend to go on strike a lot. While Italians are kinda used to it, visitors tend not to find out until the last minute. For me this meant a complete change of plans because there were no trains from Milan to Como on Friday. There was no public transport on Friday, and although the strike was supposed to finish at 5pm, I really didn't want to rely on the Italian train service being up and running again from 5 onwards. So, there was only one thing for it..... Hire a car and drive. Amazingly, I didn't panic or crash. Yay! Also, I am now convinced that having driving in Italy - which, if you have not experienced it, is CRAZY - I'm ok driving anywhere, because lanes and signs are really recommendations only......

 

Anyway, I did make it up to the Italian Lakes without much hassle and managed to spend a couple of days relaxing and being a tourist.

 

 

The weather wasn't too great, but hey, it was warmer than at home and the autumnal colours were magnificent!

 

 

I only had a day and a half but I tried to do a little bit of everything. The main thing for me was the lake, however. I've wanted to visit Lake Como for years, and even though I have seen many other parts of Italy, I had never managed to add this region to the itinerary.

 

 

Happy (non-Soup) Sunday!

 

BT

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text 2016-10-19 01:24
Heads up....

Buona sera,

 

Just as a heads up, I will be out of town for a few days. In case I'm not responding to messages and posts, I haven't left BL or anything, I'm just trying to burn the candle at both ends and make the most of this work trip.

Should be back on Sunday night unless I get lost, which is always a possibility as I am going to try and add some adventure to the whole thing.

 

BT :)

 

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text 2016-06-19 17:28
Also find me at ...

Eidelweiss. http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/, my username there is donealrice (no idea how to link directly to profile).

 

No, I haven't started doing ARC reviews.  But, their book catalog and features look quite promising for someone like me who seldom reads (or publicly posts about) the indie books not added to Eidelweiss.

 

Unlike some sites trying (*glares* at LibraryThing), I can already figure out how to mark a book as currently reading and want-to-read.  And how to write a review.  

 

Bitching site for finding new releases even if you don't want to join; can filter all kinds of things when browsing.

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text 2016-05-31 21:09
Where am I?

Debbie's Spurts came up with this great idea to keep in touch. If you want to keep in touch if anything nefarious goes down on/with Booklikes, here is where I can be found:

 

Twitter: Whiskyinthejar3

 

Goodreads: Kyraryker

 

I'm thinking about joining Libib, let me know if you're on there and what you think.

 

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