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My Mother Was Nuts Audiobook

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz
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Publisher's Summary

Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood’s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.

My Mother Was Nuts is an intimate backstage pass to Penny’s personal life, her breakout role on The Odd Couple, her exploits with Cindy Williams and John Belushi, and her travels across Europe with Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle. We see Penny get married. And divorced. And married again (the second time to Rob Reiner). We meet a young Carrie Fisher, whose close friendship with Penny has spanned decades. And we see Penny at work with Tom Hanks, Mark Wahlberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, and Whitney Houston.

Throughout it all, from her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny lived by simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.” With humor and heart, My Mother Was Nuts reveals there’s no one else quite like Penny Marshall.

©2012 Penny Marshall (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A unique book by a unique individual.."

    Loved the book. It gave a great perspective to a world I will never know.

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    andrew 03-15-14
    andrew 03-15-14
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Penny Marshall fans


    Would you be willing to try another book from Penny Marshall? Why or why not?

    no. Her language was excessive and at times she was clearly reading (and not terribly well)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penny Marshall’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Her life has been interesting


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    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 02-22-14
    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2013

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "So that's how that came about!"

    I have always enjoyed Penny Marshall's characters and have seen most if not all of her movies, but what was so great about this book is that Penny Marshall tells HER story...all the ups, downs, good, the bad and the probably not pretty stuff. She introduces her family- all of them and how she became who and what she is. Who she is is truly impressive and an incredibly intelligent, caring person, someone I would like to have l as a trusted friend.

    Ms. Marshall impresses me as a very real, nothing hoity toity Hollywood, but practical and not only very street wise, but has a great deal of common sense. Listen to the book and find out that she uses those qualities as a director of movies.

    As much as I love knowing everyone's story, it was great to know about how one really deals with what seemed a pretty interesting family-certainly a very successful one and one that continues still today. Why again do I feel like I missed something not having grown up in a New York borough? I loved hearing the details of the TV series "Laverne and Shirley" like the whole wearing of the L on her clothes, or the sing-song: " Schlamiel, Schlamazel.." or the whole Pepsi and milk thing. It was all the details included-nothing seemed to leave you wondering, she answered what seemed like any question you may have of her life. It's definitely an open book..book.

    Mind you, Penny Marshall has a very distinctive voice and I wouldn't (no offense intended Ms. Marshall) suggest she narrate any other stories but her own, but her voice is the best in telling her story, inuendos and all. It was wonderful to hear how she developed in life, and what she learned, I take away the thought that she is out there as she learned from her mother:"to entertain people" and that Ms. Marshall has been thoroughly living life as it is and taking full advantage of all that is offered.

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    Mackenzie Loveland, OH, United States 02-17-14
    Mackenzie Loveland, OH, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes okay, sometimes insufferable"
    Would you try another book from Penny Marshall and/or Penny Marshall?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Penny Marshall again?

    Not an audiobook, no. For a professional actress, this is really a bland performance, and her voice can be grating.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Penny Marshall?

    Would seem odd to have someone else narrate her memoir, but her voice is definitely not one that's easy to listen to for 8.5 hours.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There are points where the book is pretty interesting—I was most intrigued by her early years and up-and-coming years in Hollywood. But there's tremendous amount of space devoted to needless name-dropping (she'll mention going to parties with no further details other than a list of A-list attendees). Almost one whole chapter is just about a great basketball season. This is pretty insufferable.


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    Litlepapoose 02-12-14
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    "Easy listen, good narration"

    Not quite your standard memoir, It's mostly short stories instead of one coherent piece. It is nevertheless enjoyable and insightful. I learned about her life, the TV and movie business and what it was like growing up in her time.

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    GC NYC 02-09-14
    GC NYC 02-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable, but something was missing"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she read her brother's poem about 9/11.


    Any additional comments?

    This was enjoyable, but as another reviewer mentioned, something was missing. She glossed over many relationships, says she has a deep love of certain people but I never felt I understood why. During parts she seemed quite removed..As a native New Yorker I especially loved the parts about my hometown. She still has a very strong accent after all these years.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 02-09-14
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 02-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Women of a certain age will enjoy..."

    Penny and I were born the same year and so we share a common experience of history.
    Her Bronx accent enhances her story and contributes to the humor in her personal and professional observations. Behind the scenes stories always entertain and this memoir works well for anyone familiar with her work in front of and behind the camera. One can't help but love her style...not a scintilla of manipulation.

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    Linda 01-30-14
    Linda 01-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Appreciated Her Honesty"

    I was not a big fan of Laverne and Shirley. I did enjoy some of the films Peny Marshall directed, particularly "Big" and "A League of Their Own". I doubt I would have bought this book had it not been on sale.

    My first concern was whether I could tolerate Ms. Marshall's unique voice. I got used to it and didn't find it irritating. This is a very personal story. It wouldn't seem authentic if it were narrated by anyone else.

    I grew up in a suburb in a reasonably well functioning family. I enjoy my rather ordinary life, Ms. Marshall's life has been vastly different from mine and I was intrigued to learn about it. Much of the book is a recitation of events in a mostly chronological order.

    What appealed to me most is Ms. Marshall's honesty and lack of pretention. I don't believe this is a great book. but liked it and I like Penny Marshall.

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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "Like Comfort Food Read By a Friend"

    What's not to like? The book just wouldn't be the same if it weren't read by Penny Marshall but it took me a bit to get used to her voice. By the end of her book I still wanted to hear more, so maybe my ears were the problem. I'm just glad I came across My Mother Was Nuts. Penny Marshall is so much more than LaVerne. She shares her ups, downs and adventuring all arounds, with honesty and heart. My Mother Was Nuts is like a visit from an old friend. I hope Penny stops by again soon.

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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Penny Marshall is amazing, her work and her story."
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    What other book might you compare My Mother Was Nuts to and why?

    BossyPants - by Tina Fey - so fun when they read their stories


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

    Love that she read the book, was like she was telling you story. She is so likeable and funny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh laugh laugh.. & applaud her success she worked hard and was so successful in entertaining us all these years.


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