In Pieces

In Pieces

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781538763025
1538763028
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 F456F
Characteristics: viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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k6oldra
Dec 09, 2018

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!

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viviangentz
Nov 27, 2018

E notionally touching especially at the end

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LeeAnnBarth
Nov 22, 2018

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.

ArapahoeAlice Nov 14, 2018

Read this in one day because I couldn't put it down. Felt sad for Sally Field when I learned that her family life growing up was nothing like the sunny girl she portrayed in Gidget and the Flying Nun. Because of her early roles, she had to struggle to be taken seriously; eventually she was acknowledged as an excellent actress, but it took years. Admire her courage facing all the tough times she had.

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ladymarycrawley
Oct 20, 2018

5 stars! I read this memoir in one sitting; I didn't want to stop reading - so I kept going until I read every word.

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jquick99
Oct 10, 2018

I was looking forward to reading this book, however I was disappointed. There seems to be about 100 pages dealing with her sad and lonely childhood and easily 100+ pages of her drama-y insecure teenage years. I guess I should have known that she was really insecure with her “you like me ...you really like me” comment which she does NOT discuss in the book.

Towards the end of the book she does start discussing Burt Reynolds and their very unhappy and unhealthy relationship and how she threw her live-in boyfriend away and her kids became #2 to Burt.

Then in a few paragraphs, she tells us she met someone, married him, had a third child, then 10 years later they divorced, and when the youngest was 16 she sold her house... and then she got the Mary Todd Lincoln gig.

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lilypad_1
Sep 30, 2018

Just like the previous comment, I am amazed at what a brave person she is. To have accomplished all that she has having suffered from childhood sexual abuse from her father and her mother's alcoholism is astonishing. She did not state that she was not protected by anyone from being overworked at a young age and unfairly compensated. It is too bad the "Me Too" movement didn't come about decades earlier, think of how all our lives would have been enriched.

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bibliomum
Sep 19, 2018

What a beautiful and brave human being Sally Field is. In this book she reveals painful and honest truths of her past and how they laid the foundation for the person she is today.

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