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I was surprised at the depth of this memoir. I went into it with few expectations, but I found a pretty profound look at the inner workings of an actress that came up in a particular moment in history, and which gave me some perspective on how a baby boomer might understand herself. In this case, I often struggled with what she thought of herself, many times wishing that she had therapy or even a supportive female friend early in her life and career. The 'tell-all' aspect is basically what I would have suspected from men in positions of power at the time, and it is horrible what happened to her. She clearly has not healed from it. Slow-paced and not particularly organized as far as a timeline, I really think this book is more about her relationship with her mother than anything else. We can all see her a bit in our reflections.
I did not like the early part about her childhood, but the part about being an actress was better. She wrote a lot about Burt Reynolds, mostly negative, whom she dated a couple of years; but she said nothing about her second husband, whom she was married to for 10 years. I don't think she has a very high level of self-awareness, so I came away with an incomplete picture.
When I first started reading In Pieces I wasn't sure I was going to like it. There was so much family history, going clear back to Ms. Field's great grandparents, and I wasn't expecting that. I had a bit of trouble keeping everyone straight in my mind. And I hated her stepfather! From Gidget, on, I was enthralled, however. What a sense of humor this woman has! When I read about her time as a Golden Globes presenter I laughed until I cried!! I loved all of the photos, too. All in all a fascinating book.
I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually liked it. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Sally Field, and I liked hearing it in her voice. And I really like Sally Field herself - I think she's a great actress and is just kind of adorable. But her memoir was slow-moving and I kept wishing I was reading the actual book so that I could just skim it.
(Also, she calls her mother "Ba," which for some reason really annoyed me.)
With IN PIECES, actress Sally Field offers an unflinching and moving look at her life. Surprisingly well-written, this memoir offers a portrait of Field, whose private life is a far cry from the public image she portrayed in roles like Gidget and The Flying Nun. Much of IN PIECES deals with Field’s childhood and her relationships with her mother, stepfather, and siblings. When accepting the 1984 Oscar for Best Actress, Field famously said, “I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” After reading IN PIECES, I now more fully understand the woman and her motivation behind these words.
What an amazing book to read and I rarely say this about books. It is remarkable.
Amazing -- some parallells -- she is younger than I (1948) but the mother/daughter relationship was difficult to process -- I always felt that my Mom had my back but did she know/intuit about the abuse? Too late to ask now -- Maybe Angela can help.
I found this book to be a fascinating insight into the life of a Hollywood actor. We think of the glamorous side and all the money they make, but don't often hear about the struggles and mistakes made along the way. Actors are just as imperfect as the rest of us. I admire Sally Field's courage in writing the book. I found the ending incredibly moving.
I don't understand why Sally Field wrote this book, other to make (more) money. Ridiculing
one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century, Jimmy Webb, was a big problem for me
as well as most of her "tell-alls". I thought that Sally Field was so inappropriate for the role
of Gidget as well. Sandra Dee will always be Gidget and to have this "munchkinesque"
person be Gidget is reprehensible. One more thing: Sally "insisted" on being in the movie,
Lincoln. She was, by far, the worst part of a great film. She ruined it.
Skimmed it in an hour. The only really interesting portion was her relationship with Burt Reynolds. I would have liked to read more about that. Sounds like he was the classic narcissist. Always sabotaging her success and putting his needs above hers and even challenging her about attending awards shows because he thought she had no chance of winning. And of course, win she did!
Have always liked Sally Field. However, couldn't get through this book. Almost seemed like a documentation of what her therapist said to her.
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.
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!
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.
I really enjoyed reading this book Life in Pieces by Sally Field. I really enjoyed reading about her life the ups and downs it was really quit fascinating to read.
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.
The first section is a tough go, but well worth continuing. Honest, unsparing, unflinching. Well written. I read this and Michelle Obama's book concurrently. Interesting juxtaposition about two different women each finding her voice. Well done!
I heard Sally speak at Powell's on Nov 16 about her book, and how it was a search for a true relationship with her mother, wanting her mother to really see her and what was happening in her childhood family. I read the book in about 3 days, It was funny in places, and sad in others as she navigated her career, and family, and trying to be the person everyone else wanted her to be, until she found herself, and began to listen to herself as she overcame obstacles to be taken seriously as an actress. Very inspiring in that regard. She didn't seem to spare herself or question her own role in some of the hard places she found herself. I grew up with Sally on her early TV roles and came to admire her as an actress in movies like Norma Rae, Steel Magnolias and Places in the Heart, and could remember the eras she was talking about, and could see in my mind's eye how it was then in the lates 60s, 70s and 80s.