Sally remembers difficult times as a child and how those experiences shaped her relationships and herself. She studied the craft of writing as she wrote this memoir and it paid off. Beautifully written and read by the author.
“In Pieces” was a quick read. It felt brave and truthful. It grabbed my interest immediately. The only time I felt underwhelmed was when Sally talked about her relationship with B. Reynolds. Also, this is Not a waterlogged sexual abuse story. The abuse is part of her backstory, and in my opinion she approached it tastefully. If you like Sally and her work, I think you’ll enjoy this book.
this was an interesting read ..tho not as complex as i'de hoped
She has become beloved to millions through her many various and diverse roles, from the fluffy Gidget and the ridiculous Flying Nun, to fighting factory worker Norma Rae and mentally disturbed Sybil, Robin Williams' wife in Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump's mama, and everything in between. Sally Field's reputation as eminently likable (as since parodied in her Oscar acceptance speech, "You like me! You really like me!") was a hard-fought battle by a troubled, insecure little girl trying to find her way through what was a truly unstable childhood. Field pulls no punches as she relates her story, straightforwardly sharing her experiences with her beloved but alcoholic mother and the abuses of her stepfather, her early experiences in the showbiz world and key moments in her life. Honest, unflinching, riveting. My only complaint is that I wish she had shared more about some of her later filmmaking experiences, but she told the story she needed to tell and it is well worth a read.
For anyone who grew up watching Gigit and the Flying Nun, this book will blow your mind and smash all those images of who you thought Sally Field was. It’s so well written and lacks the bitterness that anyone else would have had, growing up in her shoes. In Pieces is a triumph for the importance of family bonds. Ms. Field is quite an example of how one can embrace life with determination despite the poor hand that may come your way. Sally is truly one of the great women in Hollywood yet very relatable. A must read!
Rec by Gay
I found this to be a fascinating but harrowing read. The instability, both emotional and practical, that Sally Field experiences throughout her life permeates this book and is transmitted to the reader with stark revelation.
I have always liked Sally Field and still do. This book provides insight into what lay behind much of her bubbly, self-depreciating and at times nervous seeming public persona and is bravely told. It also details some of her serious training and intentions as an actor and how some of her best performances came to be. She is a gifted actor and complicated person.
I would only recommend this book to someone willing to go into some dark places, not looking for a quick trip through the life of Giget.
I grew up with Gidget, the Flying Nun, Sybil, Norma Rae watching Sally Field. A bit of a reveal into the one-sided life of Sally, directed at her life as a TV and movie star while blocked due this all- encompassing work from a full life at home. The happy, go lucky young woman who we adored and so much emptiness and struggle in her home life. Life's complicated and even in the glow of Hollywood all is not golden.
Raw. Honest. Compelling. Sally Field unwraps her personal story of her early life and early fame on TV, and the dedication she had to her craft culminating in Academy Award winning performances while navigating the complexities of family life including her relationship with her mother and her own journey as a young mother and wife.
Reading her memoir, I never felt like Sally felt sorry for herself in all that she was dealt in life. I think she did the best she could in dealing with abuse, harrasment, and sexism. I think she is a strong soul and that many women could learn from what she went through in life. I think she is a very talented writer, also.
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