Let me be honest my first concern was "how can I listen to this with her voice".
After 10 minutes in I wouldn't have it any other way. I loved this book and now I love her.
Her stories were great and she said them with so much honestly.
I laughed , I cried, I cheered .. .. must buy !
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.
I've never heard anything so awful. The story was interesting but I couldn't bear to listen to more than 10 minutes at a time before I was overcome with irritation at her delivery. She reads her own life story with less enthusiasm than someone reading a grocery list.
Penny Marshall is just realistic and witty. It was thought provoking , funny, and overall enjoyable to listen and read.
When she sang her mother's song after releasing her ashes.
No but I will now.
The book starts off very funny and continues as many memoirs do with parts seeming like you fell into a soap opera and other parts with tremendous life lessons. If you grew up watching Penny as Laverne or many of the other roles she played (director of many great movies) then the behind the scenes will interest you.
Overall, I found the book entertaining but there were times when it seemed to derail. Beware of the 'f' bombs and other 'rough' language throughout the book.
I gave it four stars but it is more like 3.5 stars for me.
The biggest life lesson - Not everything your parents attempt to teach you is wrong. :D
Her mom kept pushing her and her two siblings to entertain people and although Penny pushed back, she ended up in the entertainment world as well as her brother. How ironic.
If you think your family is crazy or dysfunctional, then this is a must read.
I liked learning about the many facets of Penny Marshall's talent. Her anecdotes about people in show business were fun to listen to.
Her unique voice adds a lot to this autobiography because it is as if she is sitting in your living room sipping wine and telling her tales.
Yes - She talks from the heart yet pulls no punches and you can hear it in her voice ; genuine, sincere, and full of life.
At times, this memoir moves a little slowly, but overall Marshall has a great story about the value of taking chances and enjoying friendships.
Mom of one 27 year old, PhD in Rhetoric, Retired AF Captain, Avid Kayaker, Hiker, Biker, Sailor, & Dog Lover
SHE'S SO FUNNY!
Who knew that Penny Marshall was so thoroughly connected to EVERYBODY in the movie biz? Man, I'd have loved to been a fly on the wall at one of those parties.
The title drew me in. My mother's nuts too. The title is the whole reason I bought the book because I really knew very little about Marshall. But the unique, wonderful spirit of this woman unfolds in each chapter in a way that you just don't want to stop listening. I had FUN listening to her stories in the same way that I had fun watching her play Laverne. She is enormously talented and a great movie director.
It made me laugh out loud when she talked about how she can only do one accent: Bronx. That's it. And we love her for it.
I think Marshall did a wonderful job of including Cindy Williams, despite the rocky paths they've taken into the present. They're forever tied in our memories of Laverne and Shirley, and I think she very delicately and respectfully remembered her friend. No wonder Carrie loves her so much. She's loyal...and honest.
I loved this autobiography! Penny Marshall is very entertaining and drew great mental pictures of her upbringing in the Bronx. It was fun learning about the depth of her career and all the other kids from her neighborhood who made it big in entertainment. Penny's voice is, well, Penny's voice but the naturalness of her accent is part of the charm of her story. This book is filled with fun anecdotes and self-effacing introspection (more of the former.) I zipped through it.