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A Lotus Grows in the Mud | [Goldie Hawn]

A Lotus Grows in the Mud

Goldie Hawn's life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.
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Publisher's Summary

Goldie Hawn's life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.

With her trademark effervescent humor, Goldie tells us about the lessons she's learned and the wisdom she feels she's been given in the hope of giving something back. Not a Hollywood "tell-all", A Lotus Grows in the Mud is a very personal look at moments private and powerful: her delight in her father's spirited spontaneity; the confidence instilled in her by her mother; the unexpected gifts of comfort from strangers many miles from home; and the joy of being a daughter, a sister, a lover, and a parent. This memoir is Goldie's chance to talk about everything from anger and fear to love, compassion, integrity, and friendship, to the importance of family and the challenges of show business.

Goldie writes about her younger self, the little girl who felt like an ugly duckling, and growing up in suburbia dreaming of becoming a ballerina. She takes us on a tour of her go-go dancing years in New York in the 60s, her phenomenal success on TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and then on to the world of Hollywood stardom and such memorable films as the Oscar-winning Cactus Flower, Swing Shift, and Private Benjamin.

A Lotus Grows in the Mud speaks of her relationship with her family: her partner, Kurt Russell; her children, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell, and her stepson, Boston Russell; her growing faith; her curiosity for that which she doesn't yet know; and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. Most of all, it is a trip back through a life well lived by a woman well loved.

©2005 Illume, LLC; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

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    Terri Denver, CO, USA 07-01-05
    Terri Denver, CO, USA 07-01-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Lotus Grows in the Mud"

    I've always admired Goldie Hawn and so was interested in her story. This was a very interesting book because I saw that she has a spiritual side that she continues to grapple with. The book is incredibly squeeky clean and I appreciate that very much. I would recommend it to any who love Goldie Hawn and her works.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 08-04-05
    C. Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 08-04-05
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    "This is no dumb blonde!"

    When I saw that the author was also the narrator I instantly thought of all those laugh-in shots of Goldie trying to get her lines right and giggling and laughing (which were great fun to watch) but which I did not think I could listen to for almost six hours...nevertheless I listened to the "sample" audio and was delighted to find that this woman has a real, natural, lovely voice...nothing as I had expected. We tend to think of famous actresses and actors as leading such exciting lives, all the money they could ever want, all the luxuries one could ever dream of and those fabulous mansions in Malibu and Beverly Hills. Goldie takes us beyond our limited thinking and shares with us her awakenings at various points in her life, her coming to terms with life and death and what life is really all about. I not only enjoyed listening to Goldie on my daily drive to and from work, but after I got out of the car I found myself pondering what Goldie had said and thinking so many times that so many women in this world have felt the very same feelings, rich or poor. Don't miss this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 05-06-14
    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 05-06-14 Member Since 2011

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    "The first part is good. The rest no so much."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have wanted to hear more details about her career. More about her experiences working on so many movies and interactions with different stars.


    Would you recommend A Lotus Grows in the Mud to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. They would find it very boring after the first part.


    Any additional comments?

    The first part of the book is good. Goldie describes her childhood and all the way to the beginning of her career. After that it goes into a self-indulgent description of her love of India and her charity work. A couple of movie projects barely get a mention in passing. Most don't at all. I would have wanted to hear all about her movies with Steve Martin and so many other wonderful films (e.g. First Wives Clubs).
    The other stuff could have been placed in between like so many other stars have done. I, Rhoda is a great example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 10-02-12
    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does A Lotus Grows in the Mud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's well worth the time.


    What other book might you compare A Lotus Grows in the Mud to and why?

    Eat, Pray, Love. The desire to take the journey.


    What does Goldie Hawn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her Personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life is a journey, pick a path and take it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the spiritual aspects and admire the passions and peace in her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Starlet SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2005

    100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

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    "My Expectations were not Met"

    I really love Goldie Hawn; we grew up together on TV and movies, we are born the same year....although I finished the book, I was so surprised by the monotone of her narration and remember it being unmemorable. My expectations were perhaps too high, and I was disappointed Perhaps another narrator would have saved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Encino, CA, United States 04-16-12
    Carol Encino, CA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful"

    I really enjoyed this book. Goldie tells her story in a fun, light, yet meaningful way. She sprinkles tidbits of wisdom in, but not so much that it comes off preachy. Having grown up watching her on Laugh In, this was a captivating nostalgic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol H. 04-16-12
    Carol H. 04-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful"

    I really enjoyed this book. Goldie tells her story in a fun, light, yet meaningful way. She sprinkles tidbits of wisdom in, but not so much that it comes off preachy. Having grown up watching her on Laugh In, this was a captivating nostalgic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheree Fort Atkinson, WI, United States 02-07-12
    Sheree Fort Atkinson, WI, United States 02-07-12
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    "Goldie shares the wisdom she has gained"

    Goldie is wonderful. If you even kind of like her, you will love her book. She tells things as she saw it in her life and explains what she learned from the experience. I loved listening to her book and hope that others enjoy it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Golden, CO, United States 01-02-12
    Peggy Golden, CO, United States 01-02-12
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    What made the experience of listening to A Lotus Grows in the Mud the most enjoyable?

    It is beautifully produced with Goldie narrating in her soft yet silly and sophisticated voice that has always made me smile and feel warm inside. Musical interludes are a special icing on the cake that make it a true delight to listen to.


    What other book might you compare A Lotus Grows in the Mud to and why?

    None come to mind right off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was no favorite, I enjoyed the whole ride.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...I think I could have but I enjoyed savoring it.


    Any additional comments?

    Goldie Hawn is so light and delightful and exudes of passionate heart. Such a lovely inspiration. This book opened my eyes to the work she is doing now through the Hawn Foundation which I think is simply fantastic!! Thank you Goldie for being an inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David PEORIA, ARIZONA, United States 09-20-11
    David PEORIA, ARIZONA, United States 09-20-11
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    "I Fell In Love With Goldie"

    Aside from a few flicks here and there I had no idea who Goldie Hawn was before I read this book. I just knew I have always been a fan of her movies. She is a dynamic individual who faught hard for her place in Hollywood. And frankly I had no idea what a really big success she is till I listened to this book.

    This book gets so incredibly deep and revealing. Goldie really shares her true self in this book. Some of the intimite details of the events of her life were painted so vividly. And her voice is so sweet and soothing. From this AudioBook I really got a feeling for who she is as a person and it made me respect her so much for all she has been through and triumphed through. She has such a strong spirit and a heart of Gold ... just like her name, Goldie.

    I truly did fall in love with Goldie Hawn when listening to this AudioBook.

    I highly recommend this AudioBook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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