I’m back with the popular Six Degrees of Separation meme hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest in which she starts us out with a title, and each participating blogger takes that title and tries to link through six titles seeing where we each end up. It’s quite a fun meme, and this month’s selection, Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson, was one that I didn’t struggle to find links for, even though it’s a title I haven’t read and am probably unlikely to pick up. Here we go!
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Official Synopsis from Goodreads: For readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.
I vaguely remember this actress from Mrs. Doubtfire, but am unlikely to ever pick this book up. Celebrity memoirs are not really my thing. But, the theme of a young celebrity takes me to my first title:
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
This wonderful historical fiction read tells the story of movie star Mary Pickford and her close friend, screenwriter Frances Marion. Reading about Mary Pickford’s rise to fame and her business sense was fascinating, and reminds me of another book I recently read about movies and those involved with the pictures.
The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
This read focuses on the story of Alicia Corning Clark and the affair she had with JFK. Alicia Corning Clark dated many movie stars, some of which is mentioned in this book, although the focus is really her relationship with JFK. One of Corning Clark’s good friends throughout the story is Katharine Hepburn, and as Corning Clark is involved with JFK and movie stars, one name that pops up toward the end of the book is that of Marilyn Monroe, which brings me to my next selection:
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
What a read! This is the book to read if you have any interest at all in the life of Marilyn Monroe. While this is fictionalized, there are kernels of truth here, and Joyce Carol Oates really got the character and trauma of Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jeane Baker. Another title I recently got that is also about Marilyn Monroe is:
Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers
After reading Blonde, I added a bunch of Marilyn Monroe books to my TBR, and this was one of them. I have no idea if this book is any good, or if it is accurate, but it certainly sounds like it’ll be an interesting read! One recent book that has been all over the blogosphere that reminds me a bit of MM is:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is a newer release that reminds me of Marilyn Monroe in a way. Maybe it’s the cover, with the platinum blonde hair, or the numerous husbands, or the famous leading lady. This one is on my TBR and I look forward to picking it up one day! The title of this read is similar to another title, and I keep getting them confused, which leads me to my last pick:
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
From the number seven, to the same first names (Evelyn), to the last names that begin with the letter H (Hugo and Hardcastle), it’s no wonder that I can’t keep the titles of these books straight! I don’t think the books are alike in content at all, as Evelyn Hugo sounds to be more historical fiction / fiction, while Evelyn Hardcastle is most definitely a mystery (and a wonderful mystery at that!), but I just can’t keep these titles straight. The Evelyn Hardcastle book is truly a marvelous mystery that is puzzling and fast paced, and I really enjoyed reading it! I just wish I could get the title right when I talk about it! Look for my review coming soon.
So there you have it, my Six Degrees chain for the month in which we read about Mary Pickford, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and two Evelyns. Which title will start the chain next month? I can’t wait to find out!
Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy reading celebrity memoirs?