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My Mother Was Nuts Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Prior to the book, I really liked Penny Marshall. After reading the book, I can't say I feel the same.
First, just looking at the book itself, the writing is okay...she talks like she is having a conversation, rather than writing "literature", and I like that. But, her conversations are somewhat superficial. There is no true insight into Ms Marshall. No great revelations of a "gee, that's really amazing" when it comes to her personal career and those celebrity friends she name drops ad nauseum (? spelling).
As far as what I walked away with? I found her lacking in any warmth, except when she talks about Carrie Fisher. She wasn't a good mother. She makes no bones about it, and no apologies or sincere regrets. She didn't like, respect or appreciate her parents. Her mother wasn't a great, loving mother, I got that. Her father was a blah personality, I got that. But honestly, nothing gave me the impression she tried to be a loving daughter, either, other than she moved them to California and helped support them financially, but that was done more, I got the impression, because she had the money to do so and was expected of her. You did drugs....I got that. Over and over, I got that. She apparently didn't care much for her sister, because I didn't see any overtures of closeness or wanting to be close to her...more pointing out her sister's faults.
I am sure that this is Penny in real life. Her words certainly ring true, and I appreciate the honesty. There was some humor, often sad or black humor. No true insight into her marriage with Rob Reiner or other personal relationships...everything seems to be glossed over.Read more ›
Penny complains non-stop about her mother and what a terrible person she was -probably true- but then she leaves her daughter behind to be raised by others. There are brief mentions of the daughter here and there, but no discernible mother-daughter bond.
Drugs, drugs, drugs, more drugs, John Belushi dies of a drug overdose Penny is horrified and then guess what? More drugs, drugs, drugs, drugs.
There were many names dropped throughout the book but that did not make it any more interesting, it was just a repository of names.
I thought that our age of reality t.v. was the most superficial but after reading this tragedy of a book I see that empty, vapid heads came before the current crop of insipid celebrities with nothing to offer.
There's a silver lining to all this, I did not have to pay to read this book because I got to borrow it for free from the Amazon Kindle library. Whew!
Now I must go read a classic to make up for the pain I inflicted on my intellect with this travesty of a book.
This could have been written by anyone because the book also lacks that personal insight that makes a memoir interesting. Penny tells her story as if she was describing a story on the news. In other words, no emotion, no reflection, and certainly no lessons learned.
One of the things that struck me about the book was how little she seemed to learn as she got older. John Belushi died of a drug overdose and yet she talks about her own drug use as blandly as if she was discussing her morning shower. It was just something she did every day. She saw people around her behaving poorly and even dying but it didn't change her own practices. And yet, there's also no reflection here either.
She titled this book about her obvious negativity toward her mother, and yet she was an even worse mother. She dumped her kid off and had zero reflection on that either. What's worse, she continued getting pregnant twice more where she didn't even know who the father was.
She never talks about the consequences of her poor behavior. Perhaps she sincerely believes there wasn't any. The one redeeming quality of this book is that her brother Garry seems like a genuinely nice person.
She talks about growing up in the Bronx, getting pregnant and married young in New Mexico, her marriage to Rob Reiner and relatioship with Art Garfunkel. She talks about some very serious stuff like abortion and drugs and she goes behind the scenes of all her movies and the set of her famous tv show. She has been through some difficult stuff but she manages to turn all of that into to humor which is what I love about her.
This book is absolutely hilarious and a must read! If you love her movies and Laverne and Shirley you'll love this too. Its what you would expect from this very funny lady.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy reading with lots of humor. A lovely picture into Penny's life and family. For a memoir, I highly recommend it.Published 1 day ago by Lila Milam
It was very unabashed and funny. It was amazing how many great people she was involved with in business and personally. Really cool how all those folks know each other. Read morePublished 9 days ago by terry parker
Certainly had an interesting life on many levels. However I found the book tedious at times as the writing was just so so and the stories not always told well.Published 11 days ago by Jane