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In Pieces von Sally Field
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In Pieces (2018. Auflage)

von Sally Field (Autor), Sally Field (Erzähler), Hachette Audio (Publisher)

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In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time -- about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within. With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.… (mehr)
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Trigger warning for the book: sexual and emotional child abuse

I've always loved Sally Field. As great of a writer as she is an actor, her memoir uncovers her as a complex character much like the ones she seeks out to understand and portray. I don't want to peg her story as one thread in a vast fabric, but it's certainly a timely one that fits into the current #MeToo moment. From her stepfather to her boyfriends and husbands and directors, Field has experienced the worst of men. I wanted to root for her, to stand up for her, to push her into shouting and leaving. I hope now after writing her story she finds peace.

The memoir closely follows her relationship to her mother, and ends when her mother passes away of cancer. This ending felt abrupt for me, and although I don't want Field to feel like she has to discuss every single film she's made, she did skim over some important ones (Forrest Gump, Steel Magnolias). Maybe I feel this way because those are my favorites and my namesake. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
Can't really say I enjoyed it. Field shares some raw moments from her life, but it felt a little too dramatic for my taste. I liked her characters she played better than the persona she projects in her book. ( )
  elifra | Nov 21, 2020 |
In Pieces is a surprisingly introspective book, less a movie-star biography than the story of one troubled woman’s journey toward conquering inner demons that seldom showed on screen.

Throughout most of her life, Field sought acceptance and fought feelings that she wouldn’t be loved if she wasn’t good enough – though she struggled to define what “good enough” was, and how to get there. She found one kind of “good enough” in acting, in the capacity to lose herself in a character – or rather, to develop a character to inhabit. After beginning her career in lightweight television sitcoms, Field grew more serious about understanding and developing her craft, and spent years in various actors’ studio groups, eventually breaking away from the bubbly ingénue image with dramatic blockbusters like Sybil and Norma Rae.

Along the way, she acquired and shed several husbands, gave birth to three children whom she reared mostly alone, with the help of her mother, and struggled always to come to terms with a childhood trauma that would haunt her throughout her adult life.

If you’re looking for “and then I made this movie” or insider stories of the industry, or a list of Field’s lovers, you won’t find them here. And while she does discuss her well-publicized relationship with actor Burt Reynolds, it’s more as a journey of growth and self-discovery than it is a kiss-and-tell.

If some of the episodes she describes are difficult to read, if the reader occasionally wants to smack Field upside the head for some of the decisions she made, it’s all in the service of honesty and self-discovery. This one is worth the time. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Aug 31, 2020 |
Told without apology, but with some regret. An honest look at Sally Field's life up to her 60s. ( )
  rolnickj | Aug 15, 2020 |
I have said this time and again – there are times when what I am reading is exactly what I need in life at that moment. This book hit the mark on a deep level for me. Sally Field is an extraordinary actress and has been in some of my favorite films, but I never really considered myself a big fan. Something drew me to this memoir, and now I appreciate her in a more complex way.

She talks mostly about her family and her internal struggles. While she does dedicate a bit of the book to her work, it is focused on her craft and career rather than on the specific projects. Much of the book is about discovering herself piece by piece, memory by memory. She found in acting what she could not adequately express in her real life.

She had a strained and co-dependent relationship with her mother that allowed me to glimpse a new perspective of my own relationship with my mother. Her mother was an alcoholic, her father was estranged, and her step-father was abusive. I see my own mother and her relationship with her mother in the book. Generations of damaged women raising and damaging their daughters is a common story, I suppose. Still these stories need to be told so we can learn from each other and piece ourselves together.
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In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time -- about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within. With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

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