In Pieces

In Pieces

A Memoir

Large Print - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition, First edition.
ISBN: 9781538714690
Branch Call Number: LP 791.43028 FIELD
Characteristics: viii, 501 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 22, 2019

Have always liked Sally Field. However, couldn't get through this book. Almost seemed like a documentation of what her therapist said to her.

May 19, 2019

Sally remembers difficult times as a child and how those experiences shaped her relationships and herself. She studied the craft of writing as she wrote this memoir and it paid off. Beautifully written and read by the author.

Apr 27, 2019

“In Pieces” was a quick read. It felt brave and truthful. It grabbed my interest immediately. The only time I felt underwhelmed was when Sally talked about her relationship with B. Reynolds. Also, this is Not a waterlogged sexual abuse story. The abuse is part of her backstory, and in my opinion she approached it tastefully. If you like Sally and her work, I think you’ll enjoy this book.

Apr 16, 2019

this was an interesting read ..tho not as complex as i'de hoped

Mar 25, 2019

She has become beloved to millions through her many various and diverse roles, from the fluffy Gidget and the ridiculous Flying Nun, to fighting factory worker Norma Rae and mentally disturbed Sybil, Robin Williams' wife in Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump's mama, and everything in between. Sally Field's reputation as eminently likable (as since parodied in her Oscar acceptance speech, "You like me! You really like me!") was a hard-fought battle by a troubled, insecure little girl trying to find her way through what was a truly unstable childhood. Field pulls no punches as she relates her story, straightforwardly sharing her experiences with her beloved but alcoholic mother and the abuses of her stepfather, her early experiences in the showbiz world and key moments in her life. Honest, unflinching, riveting. My only complaint is that I wish she had shared more about some of her later filmmaking experiences, but she told the story she needed to tell and it is well worth a read.

Mar 22, 2019

For anyone who grew up watching Gigit and the Flying Nun, this book will blow your mind and smash all those images of who you thought Sally Field was. It’s so well written and lacks the bitterness that anyone else would have had, growing up in her shoes. In Pieces is a triumph for the importance of family bonds. Ms. Field is quite an example of how one can embrace life with determination despite the poor hand that may come your way. Sally is truly one of the great women in Hollywood yet very relatable. A must read!

Mar 15, 2019

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Feb 27, 2019

I found this to be a fascinating but harrowing read. The instability, both emotional and practical, that Sally Field experiences throughout her life permeates this book and is transmitted to the reader with stark revelation.
I have always liked Sally Field and still do. This book provides insight into what lay behind much of her bubbly, self-depreciating and at times nervous seeming public persona and is bravely told. It also details some of her serious training and intentions as an actor and how some of her best performances came to be. She is a gifted actor and complicated person.
I would only recommend this book to someone willing to go into some dark places, not looking for a quick trip through the life of Giget.

Feb 08, 2019

I grew up with Gidget, the Flying Nun, Sybil, Norma Rae watching Sally Field. A bit of a reveal into the one-sided life of Sally, directed at her life as a TV and movie star while blocked due this all- encompassing work from a full life at home. The happy, go lucky young woman who we adored and so much emptiness and struggle in her home life. Life's complicated and even in the glow of Hollywood all is not golden.

Infolass Jan 01, 2019

Raw. Honest. Compelling. Sally Field unwraps her personal story of her early life and early fame on TV, and the dedication she had to her craft culminating in Academy Award winning performances while navigating the complexities of family life including her relationship with her mother and her own journey as a young mother and wife.

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