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.