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Happy Accidents Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 13, 2011
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Happy Accidents follows the progression of Jane's career from a child who wrote letters to actors and actresses in the hope of one day being one herself to her various hollywood and television parts. However, the book doesn't solely focus on her career, it also sheds light on her romantic and familial relationships, AA, cross-country moves, feelings about becoming a step mom, etc. In other words, it balances her personal and professional lives.
The result is a book for me that was a very enjoyable read since there were many things to appreciate about the book. The Jane Lynch fan in me enjoyed hearing about the progression of her career and discovering new movies and TV shows I hadn't even realized she was a part of. I also found myself really relating to her story and finding inspiration in it. As someone who has long been working through social and regular anxiety I could relate to her antidotes about low self esteem and struggling with personal relationships. Many times throughout the book I felt as if she was writing what I was thinking and feeling. Though I didn't turn to her book as a self-help or inspirational book I ended up feeling very inspired by the message of her book. Sometimes books that fall in the self-help genre can feel over the top and sometimes emotional memories come across as very 'woe is me.' This book was neither. The humor helped especially in balancing out the emotional lows, but didn't go so far as to detract from the story. It was almost unintentionally inspiring.
I think the one thing to keep in mind is that at least for me, much of the enjoyment of the book is in the way Jane tells stories and her word choices. Nothing extremely dramatic happens in the book I wouldn't go into it expecting extreme highs and lows, but for me much of her strength lies in bringing humor and insight out of everyday situations.
All in all I found this to be a highly enjoyable book for it's blend of humor and inspiration.
I know that actors are not the characters that they play, but, I would not have expected her to have such relate-able insecurities or to have had such a long road to get where she is today, but of course we're all glad she is ,because how can you not love Sue Sylvester, Charlie Harper's therapist or Calhoun from "Wreck it Ralph"? (Just as examples-- I pretty much adore Jane Lynch in anything she's in-- I haven't watched much "Glee" yet, but, the bit I have watched was mostly for her because she's hilarious.)
I don't want to give away too much of what happens within, clearly, but it's an absorbing and surprising read-- and I think one of the nicest surprises is her talking about how wonderful her parents were-- because how many famous people are able to do that? (So many talk about past abuses, was glad for that not to be here.)