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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324360
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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