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1.0 out of 5 stars What hypocrite!, September 26, 2012
This review is from: My Mother Was Nuts (Kindle Edition)
While I enjoy reading biographies of all types because I find it interesting to learn what motivations people had to get to where they are in life, this book simply made me turn away in disgust. Why?
In brief:
Penny complains non-stop about her mother and what a terrible person she was -probably true- but then she leaves her daughter behind to be raised by others. There are brief mentions of the daughter here and there, but no discernible mother-daughter bond.
Drugs, drugs, drugs, more drugs, John Belushi dies of a drug overdose Penny is horrified and then guess what? More drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs.
There were many names dropped throughout the book but that did not make it any more interesting, it was just a repository of names.
I thought that our age of reality t.v. was the most superficial but after reading this tragedy of a book I see that empty, vapid heads came before the current crop of insipid celebrities with nothing to offer.
There's a silver lining to all this, I did not have to pay to read this book because I got to borrow it for free from the Amazon Kindle library. Whew!

Now I must go read a classic to make up for the pain I inflicted on my intellect with this travesty of a book.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2012 4:27:29 PM PDT
Mainecoon says:
Excellent review~my feelings exactly. I was amazed that at an early age, according to her, she really just blew off her parents. She seem very self-absorbed from day one.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 11:09:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2012 11:12:13 PM PDT
Robertuccio says:
I read the Cyndi Lauper biography -just before this one-, it was inspiring and made me see Cyndi in a completely different light. She had a very challenging time as a child and as a young adult but somehow she was resilient enough to stand up for herself and believe in her vision and managed to have a positive attitude. Then as a successful artist she started a foundation to help LGBT youth, she believes in helping others. What a remarkable woman!
So having just read that, the Penny Marshall bio in comparison was insipid self-centered fluff.
Thank you for your comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 6:35:03 PM PST
Kate says:
Amen.Very well written and spot on review.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 5:19:16 PM PST
Cynthia V says:
Thank you for your straightforward review and subsequent praise of Cyndi Lauper's memoir. Instead of Penny's book I purchased Cyndi's and agree with you 100%. Many thanks.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 4:22:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2013 4:22:57 PM PST
Thanks for mentioning that she says she used a lot of drugs, now I know that I have no interest in hearing what this book says. Having read McKenzie Phillips' bleak description of her past life, I don't care to read any similar stories. What's with these celebrities, anyway?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014 9:30:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2014 9:31:53 AM PDT
A autobiography should speak the truth of what went on in the course of a person's life. I think it's very judgemental to suggest that a story can't be told if drugs were part of it. Come on. If you know anything about the late 60s early 70s, the experimental use of hallucinogenics, smoking pot was definitely prevalent. Do you think in decadence of Hollywood, fast fame, heavy partying wasn't the package? Fact is, & was stated, people died, others were moderately partaking. It was an era, there was also much turbulence in the 60s. And change. Drugs weren't the core theme. And if it was for some & they had the courage to write about it (refering to other biographies slammed because drugs were mentioned) then I applaud their honesty, esp the battle against addiction etc. Millions took drugs in that period (only) & went on to be successful in careers & well-rounded parents to happy children.
No one glorifies drugs, but they were part of many of those who were part of youth movement in the 60s. And certainly, the rich & famous were indulgent - nevertheless, it didn't hold her back from being highly creative, intelligent in her field, which to the point, had very few female directors.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 8:27:07 AM PST
Onyx girl says:
The problem is that you're judging her, and when you do that, you can't see the bigger picture. This was an honest appraisal of her life. I loved it.
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