- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: ATRIA Books (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501136410
- ISBN-13: 978-1501136412
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Shirley MacLaine has appeared in more than fifty films, has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, and received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984 for Terms of Endearment. She also recently starred in the hit TV show Downton Abbey. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, she is the author of ten international bestsellers. She lives in Malibu, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Her descriptions of the actual filming of the indie movie were interesting and at times gossipy; but as the story unfolded, I found myself getting bored. It's light reading and perfect for times when you want a bit of distraction. Don't expect too much in depth or jaw-dropping revelations.
I have only read one other of her earlier books … Out On a Limb ... which was far more interesting.
I bought it with the promise of insight into Atlantis and an exploration of the Canary Islands. Neither really happened. In fairness, MacLaine is in her 80s and probably isn’t the fearless explorer she once was. No shame in that. We’re all lucky if we make it to the Third Age. Had this book been represented honestly by the publisher as a memoir from a movie set—I would have passed.
What I really wanted was more connection to Atlantis on the Canary Islands. Some believe that Atlantis existed where the Greek island of Santorini is now, so perhaps it was just the wrong location for the wisdom I was looking for.
If only the last portion about her injury and subsequent treatment had been left out: Thud! What did it have to do with the movie shoot? It’s a whole other story. And memories of life on Atlantis are suddenly pouring forth? I would have enjoyed reading these intermixed with revelations on the Canary Islands.
MacLaine has a lot to offer and I hope her next book is more astute and less aggrandizing.
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