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One More Time: A Memoir (Encore Nonfiction Modern Classics) Paperback – August 12, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Burnett's frank, moving account of growing up in squalor has the air of a bestseller. At 53, the popular performer looks back at the years of poverty and insecurity of her Hollywood childhood, sharing a one-room apartment with her maternal grandmother, Nanny. Burnett's parents were divorced, and both were alcoholics. Readers feel the deep love with which she recalls her father, mother and Nanny (a woman endearing despite her conniving and other terrible traits). In an unforgettable scene, Burnett describes her mother going alone to a hospital to bear her illegitimate daughter Chrissie, who is Burnett's best friend. This memoir is a Cinderella tale by a woman stronger than her family and perhaps luckier. She built a career with grit and a little help from friends she thanks in her zesty story. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Ladies' Home Journal; Literary Guild dual main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA Carol Burnett's memoir is like the woman herself: humorous, earthy, and honest. Written as an extended letter to her three daughters so that they could come to know her parents and the grandmother who raised her, she constructs with painful clarity a picture of her impoverished childhood. Her parents were both alcoholics, and she was left in the care of her eccentric grandmother, who loved her intensely. Teens will sympathize with her loneliness and feelings of rejection at glamorous Hollywood High, where she felt ``Stupid. Dumb. Outnumbered. Overwhelmed. Little. Insignificant.'' Aspiring young actors and actresses will follow with interest her attempts to define her talent and find success first at UCLA and later in New York. Even though readers know that she will be a star, there is a feeling of great satisfaction as she acquires increasingly important roles. YAs need not be fans of Carol Burnett's popular television show to appreciate her compassion and wit. Rosemary Smith, Albright Middle School , Houston
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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and often chaotic, childhood but loved her alcoholic parents, and hypochondriac grandmother
with a fierce loyalty that few could match. She tells of following her dreams to be in show
business, by moving to New York. I find her story utterly amazing. Anyone that has seen,
and enjoyed, this wonderful comedian, should love this book.
Her parents were both people who seemed to be let down by life and certainly let her down as well, yet Carol finds a way to honor them in the book, and makes a point of honoring her mother, who became pregnant with Carol's little sister when she was single by a married man, and went through with the pregnancy back in the 1940's when women like that were ostracized. As Carol says, that is a real testament to her mother's courage, and she (Carol) was so grateful to her mother for having her sister Chris.
I think the book is just thoroughly enjoyable, all of the little stories, anecdotes, unique and rich characters. She doesn't talk about religion but I sensed that she does indeed have a faith in a higher power.
This is a great book!
success, with almost equal amounts of loneliness, poverty, and sorrow. Her way of relating a story can not be improved on;
she makes you laugh till you cry and then makes you cry till you finally have to laugh. It is a really great second edition to her
autobiography. I plan to reread both books, beginning with the first one about her early days on welfare with her grandmother
in a one-room apartment (with Murphy bed) just above the " Hollywood" sign. You will feel as if you know her very well, and you
will admire her even more.
autobio is an amazing one. It covers just about all
(or seemingly so) of her early years in Texas,
her move to California, and at age 21, her move
to New York where she hit the 'big time'.
Carol obviously didn't have it easy. Her family
was impoverished and her mother and father were
absentee parents. Only because of her grandmother,
Nanny, did Carol pull through. Although neither
of Carol's parents survived to see her success,
Nanny did...and for that I'm sure she'll eternally
Unbeknownst to me before reading the book, her mother had
an illegitimate baby girl, Chrissy, which she kept...and this
was back in the 40's when such things were
scorned mercilessly. Luckily, just before
her mother died prematurely, Carol was able to take Chrissy
back to New York where she finished her formative years.
The coverage stops all too soon...Carol's narrative
is especially inviting. I was hoping that a few
bits about "The Carol Burnett Show" and Harvey, Tim,
Vicki, and Lyle would be included, but it's easy
to see why that element was left out.
Although the structure doesn't really take the
form of a letter, the book claims to be a letter
written for her three daughters. A unique format.
My only complaint is that the book contains tens of
pages of Carol's handwritten letters to a guy
named DeNootie (an old friend of hers). In the paperback
version, they are impossible to read because the
print is overpixelated. Ditto for the section of
photographs...the photos are all way underexposed.
A must-read for any Carol fan. Definitely among
the best bios I've ever read or will read.