Where Am I Now?

Where Am I Now?

True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame

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""Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight." --Ilana Glazer, cocreator and star of Broad City "Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, Where Am I Now? reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together." --Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the onlykid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything fromwhat she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss,and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780143128229
Branch Call Number: B WILSON 2016
Characteristics: pages cm


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VaughanPLMichael Nov 09, 2018


This book spoke to me. Mara was able to give me all the feels. I connected with it on a level that I rarely connect with other media.

Mara's ability to be truthful and honest on such a level needs to be applauded. She never sugarcoated anything and kept things genuine. As you read her struggles and her successes, it feels as though you're experiencing them with her.

Even though the environments and circumstances are different, I think we can all relate to the scenarios and outcomes of the stories found within.

This has by far been one of the best books I've read in a long time.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

If you ever wondered about the true life of the girl behind Matilda, you definitely need to check this book out! Mara Wilson had a lot going on as a child actress, along with the regular pressures of growing up and becoming a teen. There are some rough patches she went through, but she also shares some incredibly sweet stories, including Danny DeVito and Robin Williams!

samcmar Jul 11, 2017

I really loved this book and found myself nodding along with a lot of Mara Wilson's anxieties. I love how she puts herself out there, even shares the kinds of mistakes she's made in the past. This a very personal journey and it's even pretty hilarious at times. This book is a difficult read though, as Mara Wilson shares what life has been like with her mental illness. I definitely felt like I could relate to her reading this book.

Jun 22, 2017

This book hit close to home in the best and worst ways. I discovered a deep connection to Mara and related to her story better than any autobiography I have ever read. While she is only four(ish) years older than me, and she was a film child star, a lot of our story is the same. She also experienced the loss of her mother at a young age which was devastating to read about, and I had not but how we see the world and speak to others was spookily similar.

I must have cried three/four times during this book and it was insightful and cathartic and honest and I want to meet Mara one day and just say, I loved you book. Thank you for all the stories. I hope she should appreciate it. Her letter to Matilda, her homage to Robin Williams, her friendship with Danny Devito, but even her stories of growing up and adulting and failure were pointed and meaningful. I highly enjoyed this book.

Cynthia_N Jan 23, 2017

Such a fun easy read! She has a great writing style and a great sense of humor!

Dec 22, 2016

Mara Wilson has a lovely narrative voice. This book is touching, relatable, insightful, and funny. Throughout, the author was genuine, smart, witty, and honest. Some of the stories were nonlinear which isn't my preferred style and I found them less captivating than others. But, overall, it was a good read.

ArapahoeSarah Nov 29, 2016

This autobiography by the former childhood actress (best known for Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda) is extremely perceptive and witty. Mara is quirky and relatable, which is why I enjoyed reading about her perspective on growing up and finding out where she belongs in the world.

KateHillier Nov 15, 2016

We have a fascination with child stars and it seems at times we revel when something goes wrong for them once they grow up. Mara Wilson, known best for her roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, both left show business by choice and also as a result of what happens to every child star: she grew up.

Mara Wilson is lovely and her book is also lovely. There's a lot of myself, and I'd say a lot of women and girls would see a lot, that I can see here. The situations are different, the specific experiences are different but there's a whole lot her. Her mental health, her growing up, her moving to a new city, find her place and her people and what she loves to do.

It's simply written, conversational, and quite funny as much as there are parts that really aren't. Definitely worth a read - and if I may suggest do check out Mara's twitter feed and any of the articles she's written. She's fantastic.

LPL_MeredithW Oct 11, 2016

This collection of essays by writer and former child actor Mara Wilson (best known for “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”) is funny, touching, and beautifully written, with through-lines touching on her child-star past, her life-long struggles with anxiety and mental health issues, and her addiction to storytelling of all kinds. I can struggle with celebrity memoirs, which often seem to cover the same topics in the same ways, but this book takes some delightful, unexpected turns that keep it moving along. Highly recommended! (ARC provided by Penguin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Sep 22, 2016

Wilson has a wandering, tangential style that skips across time and connects disparate topics and events. It is loose, while never quite losing the thread. She delves into relationships of all kinds, from the difficulty of making friends when you leave school for months at a time to film on location, to being a member of “the saddest sorority,” women who lost their mothers very young. With a sister six years younger than herself, Wilson also found herself trying to fill that unfillable gap in her sister’s life, and I particularly enjoyed the pieces that dealt with her siblings. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/09/22/where-am-i-now/


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Sep 22, 2016

Nowadays, former child star Mara Wilson is a writer and storyteller, occasional stage performer and voice actor. Where Am I Now? is her first book, a collection of essays that span from her child actor days to the death of Robin Williams in 2014. In between, she writes about her mother’s death from cancer, her own years long struggle with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the time after her 2010 graduation from NYU when she was trying to figure out what to do with her life. From high school show choir performances to being the only storyteller in rooms full of stand-up comedians, Wilson has undoubtedly led an interesting and varied life, and she shares it here with a candid vulnerability.


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Sep 22, 2016

The grown-ups around me talked about my ‘anxiety’ but they never said ‘disorder.’ Nobody seemed to want to acknowledge that there was something wrong with me. It was just my age, they said, or a stage of grief, but one that would pass. I would grow out of it.


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