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My Extraordinary Ordinary Life Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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The key here is that phrase in the subtitle,“extraordinary ordinary.” Spacek, who hails from Quitman, Texas, got into show business by accident, playing her guitar for a group of friends while she was visiting her cousin, actor Rip Torn, in New York. She lucked into stardom with her second movie, Terrence Malick’s instant classic Badlands (on the set of which she also met the movie’s art director, Jack Fisk, to whom she is still married). Spacek wound up in her Oscar-winning role in Coal Miner’s Daughter because Loretta Lynn, the movie’s biographical subject, had been telling people Spacek should play her in the movie. Readers looking for one of those dirt-dishing Hollywood memoirs should keep looking, as this is the story of an ordinary, down-to-earth woman who has lived, quite by chance, a life that has more than a few extraordinary aspects. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes insight, but that’s not what the book is about. This is one star bio that puts family above fame, tranquility above stardom. --David Pitt
"My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is the book version of Sissy: warm, heartfelt, and very real. Perhaps most remarkable is that Sissy's life--from the ordinary experiences of growing up in and raising a close-knit family to the extraordinary thrills of starring in some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood--unfolds as gracefully on the page as it does on the big screen and, as all of her readers will soon learn, in everyday life."―Kathryn Stockett, New York Times bestselling author of The Help
"My Extraordinary Ordinary Life describes a remarkable woman's journey from a baton-twirling East Texas gal to an Academy-Award winning star. Sissy Spacek tells her story with warmth and grace, never straying far from the small-town roots that shaped her."―Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses
"[A] warm narrative Like a folk song, Spacek's storytelling is tender and unhurried."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sissy Spacek writes with the same bright animation and verve as she has lived her, indeed, extraordinary life."―Sally Mann, artist and writer
"I took this book to heart, for in the end, there is no more devoted friend, no more faithful friend than Memory, a friend who commands you to interrogate and lay bare the sweetness and its opposite, of your everyday existence, the unexpected turns of it, the mystery of your origins. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is not only a splendid example of that, but it reminds us of Sissy Spacek's true voice, a voice that we first come to know in a uniquely American way, through a character in a movie. But the soul of this dear book is not a fiction, it is shaped and infused with truth and love."―Jamaica Kincaid, award-winning author
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I still recall her first movies and how she seemingly inhabited her roles. Almost as if they were made for her.
In My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, I discover why this is true. Reading about how she grew up in a small town in Texas in the 1950s, I could totally feel connected to her life. Even though I grew up in a small California town, the similarities existed. Small town life comes to define its inhabitants, and for all those who have lived in them, the connections are like strong twine that forms between all of us.
We see Sissy's life growing up, and follow her from Texas to New York to California. And then, as she begins to become that star with the ability to inhabit the lives of the characters she played, the special story unfolds. As references were made to each of her films, I found myself grabbing my own DVDs from my shelves: Coal Miner's Daughter, Crimes of the Heart, In the Bedroom, and The Help.
Finally Sissy and her husband Jack found their true home on a farm in Virginia, and her descriptions of that home and how various family members have joined them there filled me with nostalgia. Nostalgia for an ordinary life that is so filled with the treasure trove of people we love that it truly becomes extraordinary.
For all those who enjoy a memoir that spotlights both ordinary and extraordinary moments, I recommend this book. Five stars.
I grew up in small town TX about the same time Sissy did and many aspects of her childhood are very familiar to me and rings very true.
I wish she had written with more detail about her life as a working actor with a husband who has enormous credit within the industry although not as much public recognition...and as a working mom...
The latter part of her life just seems to lack any real pot holes and I think that is very unlikely...maybe she chose not to be that honest since so many people relevant to it are still living...
Very enjoyable but lacks some conflict to make it more than a catalogue of happy days...