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My Extraordinary Ordinary Life Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
I have had the honor of seeing Sissy Spacek twice. During a college spring break in March 1979 COAL-MINER'S DAUGHTER was filming in Wise, Virginia. I drove from Kingsport and stayed with my dear aunt in Clintwood. She dressed me up in 1961 clothes. My movie career began and ended in the rainy fair scene in COAL_MINER'S DAUGHTER. (It was cold!!!) I recall Sissy Spacek was cheerful and joked with the crowd. "Isn't movie-making glamorous?" She was a joy. She also turned in a fantastic, Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Lynn.
Four years later I watched Ms. Spacek film some scenes when she came to my hometown, Kingsport, Tennessee, and starred with Mel Gibson in THE RIVER.
Four years ago I was blown away by her performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS. I am a physician in the dementia field. Ms. Spacek was fantastic as an artist in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Thank you for the exposure to this increasingly prevalent condition.
Last summer's THE HELP was widely anticipated. We were delighted to find out that, once again, Sissy Spacek, graced the screen in an effective and funny role.
Sissy, I am a bit surprised that you are writing your autobiography at such a young age. I wish for you many, many more movie and TV roles that touch us, teach us, and enhance our lives. Someday I hope to get to you a copy of my photos from those two cold March days in 1979 at the fair scene in COAL-MINER'S DAUGHTER.
Bless you and THANK YOU,
Sissy's soft spoken, storytelling vocals is like swinging on porch with an old friend recanting family stories. The stories may be Sissy's, but you are sipping lemonade, leanning back in the hammock and letting her talk to you...the most perfect summer listening expierence.
I must remark she has a wonderful upbeat energy that does not waver in nine compact disks of listening you will have to. She packs a four decade career into ten hours and you are still spellbound at her relaying her life. She does it with out a lot of fanfare.
Note this is not a celebrity gossip, tell all type of audio book. This is the story of a journey-woman actress and her successes and failures.Note, even in her failures, she finds a grain of joy to savor. This is one of the more positive audio biographies I have heard in a long time.
If I have only one bad thing to say, I wanted more more after she was done. I have heard Ms Spacek narrate the King's novel Carrie on CD. She is more focused in retelling her personal stories than the King Novel.
If you are wanted a good time on audio for your long commute or long summer traveling. You should listen to Sissy and enjoy her southern kindness.