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I'll Scream Later Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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“Matlin clearly enjoys making some noise.”
—Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Marlee Matlin, deaf since she was eighteen months old, won the

Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in

Children of a Lesser God. She was nominated for Emmy Awards for

her performances in Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The

Practice, and Law & Order: SVU. Her film credits include

It's My Party and What the Bleep Do We Know!? She is the

author of Deaf Child Crossing. She has made numerous television

appearances and currently appears on The L Word. Marlee Matlin

lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four children. Visit her at



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102855
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tara Chevrestt VINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I really connected with Marlee. The things she mentions about growing up deaf.. the way she had to have the lyrics written out for her to understand a song... the preference for action or thriller movies and tv shows simply because they are easier to understand.. There was so many simliarities between Marlee and myself it was like a literary looking glass. Of course the similiarities stop there as you will certainly never see me on the cover of a magazine or in a movie! But I felt I could connect with her. I also loved the fact that she doesn't really seem "hollywoodish" or better than everybody else.. She seems "normal" and laid back.

Marlee pretty much holds nothing back in this. She talks about her parents and the tensions she has with her mother. She comes clean about her drug use, sexual abuse at the hands of a babysitter and later, a teacher. She tells all about boyfriends, friends, movies, and also how she has felt attacked by the deaf community at times and why she has done some of the things she did that has set them in such a turmoil. A prime example is when she spoke rather than signed name nominations at an awards ceremony.

There was a bit of jumping back and forth but it's her story and she will tell it the way she wants to. The only thing I did not like was the pages after pages about William Hurt aka Bill. I couldn't stand him and I will never watch a movie that has him in it. I would have preferred more details about her happier relationships and less Bill. I respect he had a major impact on her but their fighting and screaming at each other and his hurting her got frustating to read so much of. Maybe a bit more of Richard Dean Anderson would have improved it.
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Format: Hardcover
This book didn't flow well. There was some jumping around and it read a lot like a "thank you" and "I'm sorry" letter at times. I wanted more narrative balance and more substance. But hey, it's the story of a life and not high fiction. That said, I enjoyed learning about Marlee's life the friendships she had. And I definitely support her courage for coming out as a survivor of sexual abuse. I just think the editors could have worked more to bring more cohesiveness to the book.
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Oh dear. I'm around the same age as Ms. Matlin and I was so blown away by her performance in "Children of a Lesser God" - she was so beautiful and expressive, and William Hurt was so dreamy, I loved the whole story about them being together and was disappointed to hear a few times in the next couple of decades that he might not be all that nice, including the reference to his having put her down after she won the Oscar. What I didn't expect at all was to read this book and find myself reacting several times to Marlee Matlin's own words that weren't actually describing her as all that sweet or innocent as 19 as your average 19 year old, or even your average young person in a relationship. She does admit things, including her drug use and telling her school her father had hit her to cover her increased heart rate when her friend admitted the two had been using drugs, as if using the book as a public apology, but she's only too happy to drop William Hurt right in it, despite the fact that he was obviously completely paranoid about his privacy, to the point that he berated her for talking about their relationship during an AA meeting. No matter how turbulent or hurtful the relationship, it was a two-year relationship, in which in her own words she gets plenty of yelled words and punches of her own in, I was quite shocked at the description of the relationship she included from her interpreter, Jack, which indicated that the fighting was from both sides and that Marlee was slinging back plenty.
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I'm a bit disappointed in this book... Although I come away with the feeling that Marlee is a brave, well-rounded, wonderful woman - she definitely takes the chance to capture herself as a real life "Mary Sue." The book seemed a bit self-indulgent: Everyone likes her, she "clicks" with everyone that comes her way, has oodles of fabulous friends, dated gorgeous moviestars, marries a wonderful guy, has amazing children, a perfectly main-streamed life, a career that just sort-of "happened" for her, etc.

I'm hard-of-hearing myself, and I only bought this book because I was truly interested in reading about the trials and tribulations of another person who has struggled (at times) with being deaf. I was looking to empathize with her, to find a bit of myself in the story of her life - maybe learn something that could help me to cope. But there was very little emphasis on her deafness. Where were the descriptions of what it's like to be deaf? The struggles? The embarrassments that are sure to happen along the way? Although I appreciated her ability to accept herself for who she is and live her life to the fullest - she outlines her life in a way that eludes her biggest audience: other deaf people.

If you are looking to read the story of her life from a standpoint of deafness - save your money. It's just another Hollywood autobiography, complete with drugs, glitter, and gorgeous moviestar boyfriends. Oh, and a woman that just happens to be deaf.
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