Someone who wants to know who hangs out with whom in Hollywood would enjoy this book.
I purchased this book because I enjoyed her brother's memoir immensely. However, Ms. Marshall spent much time listing off all of the famous people that she knows, especially those who attend her birthday bashes. And the link between the title of the book and her life story was quite weak.
Fewer lists and better life link to the title.
The book had several entertaining parts and I enjoyed learning the backstory of Laverne and Shirley as well as several of the movies that she has directed (e.g. Awakenings filmed in an actual mental hospital).
I would not recommend this to friends.
My impression from the title was that this book dealt more with her childhood, with an emphasis on her relationship with her mother, and that was not the case. In my opinion, the title was misleading though I must admit I should have read the summary first. After finishing the book, I have no sense of why she feels her mother was nuts - quirky yes, nuts - no.
I really enjoyed the first part of the book, where she talked about her childhood and growing up in New York. I would have MUCH preferred hearing more about that - and her time in her mother's dance studio, delivered with Penny Marshall's unique sense of humor, rather than what most of the book dealt with. I had zero interest in hearing who came to her parties, what she donated to people, what actors auditioned for roles, and particularly what drugs she did.
At first, I thought I would not like having Penny read the book herself but once into it farther, decided that was a very smart decision. Who else could deliver it, with her tone and nuances, and make it believable except her? No one.
In the end, it was an OK book - would I recommend it? I think there are a lot better books to spend your money on.
56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.
I was flabbergasted that people are saying how much they like listening to Penny Marshall. I just can't get into the book because I feel like I am listening to an amateur read. She talks to fast....it sounds like she is trying to hurry up and get done. I would like to read her story though but I am going to ask for a refund on this one.
Hate to read but have enjoyed listening to books.
I enjoyed hearing Penny herself tell the story.
yes, she claims not to be a good impersonator but I thought she did a good job.
The beginning was kind of sad and I needed a little break but by a few hours into it; I wanted more.
Would recommend this book.
Being from NY and having always liked Penny Marshall, I found it easy to like this story. She was absolutely hysterical at parts, sentimental and brutally honest at others. I especially loved hearing her accent (I now live in Texas, and that TRUE NY accent isn't something you hear everyday). I looked forward to turning on the book everyday, just to hear the voice.
Her reflections of her youth are especially honest and touching. That she remembers so much about it and is willing to share it, yeah...it felt like I was right there in her mothers' dance studio too. I also felt like a part of the story, when she'd talk about all the midnight gatherings of fellow artists and friends.
I laughed out loud throughout this book, and even shed a few tears...mostly bc you could HEAR it in her voice just how sincere she was at the hurt she was feeling.
THANK YOU, PENNY, for sharing the story and your voice!! This is one I will KEEP in my library and listen to again!!! I HIGHLY recommend to people who can tolerate that accent...its an acquired (NY) taste!
The Memoir was funny and at times kept me wanting to listen, but over all the book was not the best..I guess unless you knew all the people she was writing about it might of made a difference, but i just could not get into it.
The book had its good qualities, but not sure i would recommend this book!!
Really enjoyed this as an audiobook. At the start, feels as though Penny is reading her story rather hurriedly which takes away from what she is sharing. But, this fades a few chapters in and her delivery becomes a comfortable chat. While not a chronological telling of her life, it feels connected and works well. Her narrative, humor, candor, irreverence, lifetime of professional and personal experiences and connections -- make for a great "read." As with her brother, Garry Marshall's memoir, I feel that I could listen to them again -- for the frankness and humor in the delivery of their stories.
Name dropping in the extreme. Never really showed any emotional connection with her mother except when telling about her dying.
Not is she was going to narrate it She should have taken breaks to blow her nose.
Felt like she was reading just to get through with it. Also needed to blow her nose and not sniff while reading.
The endless lists of names that didn't add anything to the story.
Listening to PM was like sitting and chatting with a new friend and falling completely in love with her candor and self deprecation. At the same time, I realized what a talent she is. It was interesting to learn how well respected she is in many different areas...sports, film, TV, music world, everyday people. Very impressive!
Kristin Johnston. Spoken so honestly, with humor and heart.
The couple of times when I could tell she was choking up as she told certain parts of her story. Very touching, and I cried with her...then moments later she would crack me up.
Prior to the book I was not a fan of PM. Now I want to hang out with her!
Note to Penny: "Call me!"
The top biography, maybe top 5 of all my books...
I love when the author reads their own story, especially an autobiography. It's their story, they own it, they know how to tell it.
Who doesn't love Laverne? But my favorite Penny Marshall character is simply Penny Marshall, the woman.
I was particularly touched by Penny getting choked by emotion when telling of friends'/family members'/colleagues' deaths, or the 9-11 Attacks, for example.
This was an awesome book. I was afraid at first that Penny telling her own story would be unintelligible because of her mumbly-accented speaking voice. You warm up to it pretty quick. There are several times where you can tell she's gone off-book and it just telling you the story. Between that, the emotion, and the behind-the-Hollywood-scenes stories, this has got to be my Number 1 favorite biography.