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A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2010
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About the Author
Joni Rodgers is the author of several books including Bald in the Land of Big Hair, a memoir of her own unlikely journey from cancer patient to celebrity memoir guru.
Top Customer Reviews
Even though it's being marketed as an autobiography, A LITTLE BIT WICKED isn't an autobiography. It is a memoir filled with autobiographical anecdotes. There are parts of her life that are completely skipped and though there is an overarching progression moving from her childhood to the present, the story skips around quite often and zig-zags all over the place. It's definitely told in Chenoweth's voice; the book was written in the same style, manner, and syntax as the way she talked when I saw her perform and in the interviews I've seen her in. However, a true autobiography has a person telling as much as their life story as they can possibly remember or are allowed to tell. A LITTLE BIT WICKED has a lot of great stories and fills in some background information people might not be familiar, but there's a lot that's been held back and isn't revealed. As Chenoweth points out in the afterwards to the book, she knows this and perhaps years in the future she'll write a true autobiography.Read more ›
Kristin is a good Southern girl who's managed to stay out of the trouble that many starlets get into. She's been outspoken about her Christian faith, which has hit her from both sides -- from the Christians who say her views on homosexuality are too liberal and from homosexuals who say that she aligns herself with their enemies.
So, I wanted to see for myself.
At first I thought that the book was a little too chatty and folsky, but that grew on me, and in the end I did feel as if I knew Chenoweth better. I was also a bit bothered by the fact that there was no real time-line or even a theme to the chapters, but then I realized that's exactly the way we get to know a friend.
We don't hear their whole story from age fifteen to the present day. We pick up bits of a person's life and experiences here and there. It's sort of like mining for gold: In the "Sift, sift, sift, sift" of everyday conversation suddenly a gold nugget about a past love or a life-changing mistake is uncovered and you see that person in a totally new way.
So if you like celebrity bios, you'll probably like this one. If you don't particular like celebrity bios, but like Kristin Chenoweth or are curious about musical training or Broadway, then you might like this one too.
This book reads as if you're sitting in her living room drinking tea and eating some scrumptious dessert. Ms. Chenoweth effortlessly combines her faith with her experiences and her confidence in who she is. You won't find any apologies or fake modesty, just an honest and witty portrayal of the way she sees life. It's delightful!
A stylistic note: I greatly appreciated the tone of this book. It is simply clean and friendly and funny. There are no explicit "tell-all" scenes, no bashing of other people, no negative vibes. With a single exception there aren't even any curse words or vain uses of God's names. A wonderful testament, a respectful perspective. Well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really loved this book. I am a total Theatre Geek and could relate to all of the trials and tribulations of Kristin's career. Her writing is light, fun and slightly sarcastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane Shafer
Great book - I am a fan of Kristen Chenoweth and enjoyed reading her book.Published 1 month ago by CLH
I thoroughly enjoyed Kristin's book. It's lighthearted but honest, just like she seems to be. Really fascinating glimpse in to her life. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Kate
Since I am a big Kristin fan, I really enjoyed this book about her life and loves.Published 10 months ago by TD Pearson
Very good book. Kristin Chenoweth is funny and ambitious and I couldn't put the book down!Published 11 months ago by Lucy