Five Female Memoirs Reviews
Recently I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs written by women that I admire. Mostly actresses. I thought I would do a quick review of some of them! So here goes!
Spectacles by Sue Perkins – 4.75 stars
One of my favourite books of 2016 and one I would happily read again and again. It is one of the only books that has ever made me cry, laugh and make me want to call my mother in one go. It’s fabulous! And honest. I gave it 4.75 stars out of 5 stars as I had an issue with the last two chapters of the book. They were irritatingly unnecessary and unfortunately left a dent in my final review. But I still loved the book! And I loved it, even more, when I went to one of Sue Perkin’s Book Tour events. A great read!
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – 2 stars
I loved Gilmore Girls the series. I despised Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. You can read my full review of that monstrosity here. (Still not over it) but I had hoped that Lauren Graham could correct some wrongs for me. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Lauren shared some interesting stories about growing up as an actress and some titbits of childhood, but I can’t actually remember much. Except about the time she auditioned for a ‘butt-part’ and decided, very powerfully, never to be nude on camera again. Good for her. But even the tales of Gilmore Girls: The Bad Sequel wasn’t interesting either. It’s a shame. But the one useful point of her book: even she thinks that GG: 2.0 ended on a bad cliffhanger!
Please right your wrongs Amy Palladino!
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore – 1.5 stars
Really Drew? Really! This book has a stunning cover and an interesting intro…but then falls into a winding crossroads in strong headwinds. You never know where you’re going to end up with each chapter, as they’re all over the place. One minute she is discussing the birth of her 2nd daughter then telling a story about her first car, and then discussing her time on E.T. She has some interesting stories but the lack of chronological order and a general sense of path turned Wildflower into a bit of an insightful jumble-journal about a swearing hippy.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – 5 stars
Anna Kendrick has got to be the most down to earth actress on the planet. I may have fallen a little in love with her over the course of reading her book. She writes wittily and cleverly, and her stories make sense in a chronologically way (sorry Drew). Anna tells us everything that we want to know about being an actress: how she coped with audition after audition, got her first role and how she felt when working with world-class professionals. She has anecdotes about paparazzi and getting on a private jet with Ben Affleck and getting the pilot to take her photo! It’s great. A definiate recommended read.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – 3 stars
Like most people I wanted to read this before Carrie Fisher’s sorry passing but, like most, I only bought it afterward. I’ve yet to read any of Carrie’s other works – shamefully so – but I really wanted to learn more about her time as a 19-year actress playing one of the most famous characters in movie history. And certainly in feminist history! Unfortunately, I think she waffles a lot. She jumps around the main part of the book – namely her affair with Harrison Ford – and it’s actually uncomfortable to read in places. Not because it’s rude or rawly honest, but because she skirts around the actual relationship and instead describes Harrison’s hair in bed, after over 40 years have passed!
It is still insightful and the pictures are really sweet and there are moments of true tenderness and biting witticisms. But I think I’ll read some of her older memoirs next before I cast my judgment over her writing it total.
Any recommendations for which female memoirs I should read next? I’ve really enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!