For millions of people around the world, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, but growing up as the youngest of 10 children in rural Indiana in the aftermath of the Great Depression, Florence Henderson lived a life quite different from that of the quintessential TV mom she later played on television.
Florence's father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly 50 years old when he married Florence's 25-year-old mother, and was nearly 70 when Florence was born. Florence's childhood was full of deprivation and abandonment. Her father was an alcoholic at a time when there was no rehab or help for the disease. Their home rarely had electricity or running water. When she was 12, Florence's mother left the family to work in Cleveland and never returned.
Florence opens up about her childhood, as well as the challenges she's faced as an adult, including stage fright, postpartum depression, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her hearing loss, and heart problems. She writes with honesty and wisdom of how her faith and ability to survive has brought her through rough times to a life of profound joy and purpose.
©2011 Florence Henderson (P)2011 Hachette
I highly enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
When Florence personally thanks Dr. Jessie near the end of the book (Dr. Jessie is my Chiropractor).
She tells a story about accidentally sitting on a pin while on camera and not even flinching which was funny and also the part about recording the 'Crunch" of the Fried Chicken in the studio :)
I was surprised by some of the challenges the Florence has faced but not surprised by the extraordinary manner in which she has processed every one of the circumstances mentioned. I am deeply touched by her honesty and courage.
Read and enjoy!
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