My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

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In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything. She also learned fearlessness in the wake of a family tragedy, the grief propelling her "like rocket fuel" to follow her dreams of becoming a performer. With a keen sense of humor and a big-hearted voice, she describes how she arrived in New York City one star-struck summer as a seventeen-year-old carrying a suitcase and two guitars; and how she built a career that has spanned four decades with films such as Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, 3 Women, and The Help. She details working with some of the great directors of our time, including Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, David Lynch, and Brian De Palma - who thought of her as a no-talent set decorator until he cast her as the lead in Carrie. She also reveals why, at the height of her fame, she and her family moved away from Los Angeles to a farm in rural Virginia. Whether she's describing the terrors and joys of raising two talented, independent daughters, taking readers behind the scenes on Oscar night, or meditating on the thrill of watching a pair of otters frolicking in her pond, Sissy Spacek's memoir is poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, plainspoken and utterly honest. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is about what matters most: the exquisite worth of ordinary things, the simple pleasures of home and family, and the honest job of being right with the world. "If I get hit by a truck tomorrow," she writes, "I want to know I've returned my neighbor's cake pan."
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401324360
Characteristics: 271 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vollers, Maryanne

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mum_mum Nov 10, 2012

sissy spacek wastes no time leaving out details of her extraordinary ordinary life- her method of writing closely matches that of her acting, showing us only what we need to know about her roles on stage and off -- which is what makes this book equally as enjoyable to read as watching her on the screen-

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Itsannie
Aug 20, 2012

This book is so rich in content that will inspire all readers. A lot of respect for Sissy Spacek!

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ownedbydoxies
May 21, 2012

Funny, heart-breaking, lots of photos. She's one of my favorite actresses and the book does not disappoint.

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benkendall1
May 21, 2012

benkendall1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 99

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