A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
©2016 Mara Wilson (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I feel for Mara and her struggles with anxiety as I have had my own struggles in this area. I wish her the best and look forward to reading more by her or maybe see her in future movies, thank you Mara.
Maybe it gets better? I feel horrible writing a bad review for the woman who used to be this insanely cute and talented little girl, but DAYUM...this was just so incredibly boring. I'm a retoucher and can sit and listen to just about anything - but this was like listening to your friend tell you all about a childhood story that you're SO not into. Very similar to listening to someone tell you their DREAM - UGH. I feel awful saying it, but you should not get this book.
Try Amy Schumer's new book - really good.
Spoke to me on so many levels. Maria Wilson is insightful, articulate and a great story teller. Her voice was wonderful and I would love to hear more audio books narrated by her!
"A breath-taking window"
I stumbled across this book only a few days before her book came out. Surprisingly, I was passing along memory lane, on Movie Nostalgia drive so Mathilda was a fair choice to revisit. After seeing a few links about Mara talking about her experiences, about her being a writer now, obviously the book would pop up. To my surprise, it was also available here at Audible and even more so, read by Mara herself. So it was a no-brainer to get it pre-ordered.
Starting into this, I have to say I am not a fan of autobiographies. The only one I've ever read was on Edgar Allan Poe. So this is still relatively new territory for me. But having Mara Wilson's voice read to me the exact words she had written is... soothing. Both in delivery and the actual voice. There's a certain peace to it, but still a kind of excitement that cannot be replicated. Had anyone else recorded this it would have lost it's own brand of magic.
I'll be frank, I forget plenty. I do not follow people's lives in the tabloids or the net. So hearing Mara's life story was refreshing, heart-breaking, exciting. But most of all, some of the experiences were eerily familiar. Her experience as a child with thoughts of Death, the effect that came of it. It resonated.
Her own letter to Mathilda was by far the strongest, most emotional chapter.
So yes. This book is definitely worth your time. It is worth listening to.
Thank you, Mara Wilson, for your time as well. You are an absolute complete bad-ass.
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