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Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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“…if Ernest Hemingway, Mariel’s grandfather, happens to be an author who holds a special place in your heart, and if the term “wine time” feels oddly familiar, then Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide in My Family (Regan Arts; 2015) is a beach-chair must.” (Hamptons Magazine)
“OUT CAME THE SUN has a definite purpose. It illustrates for those struggling with addiction, depression, or mental illness that seeking a healthy lifestyle and positive personal attitude can be the answer. Mariel acknowledges that everyone is different, but in sharing what has worked for her and listing available resources at the end of the book, she hopes her family's struggles can in some way help others.” (Reading Junky)
“Out Came the Sun, Mariel Hemingway’s autobiography, brings to life the notoriously chaotic legacy of the Hemingway family wherein she battles the dysfunction with an uncharacteristic desire for cleanliness, order, and normality. Her struggle appears to glue her kin together, and her tenacity to overcome the so-called “Hemingway curse” is uncovered in this revealing memoir.” (The Daily Beast)
About the Author
Mariel Hemingway is an Academy Award–nominated actor, author, healthy lifestyle brand founder, mother, and mental health advocate. She resides in California.
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This is an interesting book; Mariel is as usual honest about her family troubles and her own ways of dealing with them (I mean how can a book with the name Hemingway be boring) and her books are always "good reads" but at the same time I was baffled because she has done a complete 180 from her two previous books "Finding My Balance" and "Healthy Living from the Inside Out" which I reviewed (see below) and gave five stars because she seemed to have conquered her past demons and found a mind/body connection that I personally found inspiring. She found the Zen in changing sheets. I don't mean to to sound patronizing but it sounded like she was able to get pleasure in all her pursuits and I got pleasure from reading the book.
So I was amazed to read that her marriage to Stephen Crisman was basically troubled from the day she walked down the aisle with him. This wasn't even alluded to in the books I mentioned; neither was the frustration she had with her career ups and downs.
Take the case of "Basic Instinct." Michael Douglas wanted her but Paul Verhoeven wanted Sharon Stone whom Mariel dismisses as a "TV actress" forgetting or misleading people with the fact that Stone was in Verhoeven's "Total Recall" (which Marial actually mentions so presumably she saw it) and then spreads what I thought was really mean-spirited gossip that Stone had slept with Douglas, Verhoeven or someone at the studio to get the part. No, Sharon Stone got the part because she was damn good in "Total Recall" and for a "spiritual person" -- Mariel's comments about Stone were jarring. Mariel also doesn't think that Sharon Stone was good in "Basic Instinct" while many critics think she was the best part of the movie. I agree with them.
Let me say that I love "Star 80" and I loved Mariel's acting in it but I feel despite the nudity in the movie, Mariel Hemingway is not intrinsically a sexy actor and Sharon Stone intrinsically is. That's not meant to be an insult; I don't feel that Meryl Streep is an intrinsically sexy actor yet she's probably the best there is.
During the tribute to Woody Allen at the Golden Globes (with great tweets from Ronan and Mia Farrow during the event), Mariel misses the fact that "Blue Jasmine" is actually Allen's scathing revenge against Mia Farrow and not "a Woody flavored version of Blanche DuBois" (huh?) and how could Mariel miss that having known and worked with Woody?
Back to her personal life. As their marriage is breaking up and in their first counseling session, while Mariel is denying Stephen's accusations aloud...she's admitting to us that he's pretty much spot on which isn't how marriage counseling is supposed to work. Honesty is supposed to be the key and she takes very little responsibility for the problems in their marriage. Her career wasn't what she wanted it to be, she was dismayed when she got pregnant the second time and the woman who practiced yoga (and started off each chapter in "Finding My Balance" with a yoga pose) is a far cry in this book from the woman who cured all her ills with diet, exercise, meditation and mindfulness.
Are we just supposed to look at her first two books from the rear view mirror now and dismiss them as the Mariel she wanted to be as opposed to the Mariel she really is? I hope that she and Bobby last; if they don't...her next tell-all might find him in the same position her ex-husband Stephen Crisman finds himself in this book.
Review of "Healthy Living from the Inside Out": "https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2NLH5FBN2SLX9?ie=UTF8&display=public&page=3&sort_by=MostRecentReview
Anyone who has family members who struggle with addiction will appreciate the candor with which
she discusses her families powerful and painful legacy.
It's a must read.
I was riveted by this story and amazed at Hemingway's facility with words. The word "inspiring" comes to mind. Of course, she's had all those years of observing her siblings and she's absorbed all the good stuff. Mariel is the Hemingway Who Lived. I think she's done her grandfather proud.
Her life is a testament to the fact that clean living and a sometimes hard-won positive attitude make it easier to achieve your goals in life, even if that goal is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Bright and with no lack of a backbone, I found it just as strange as she did when she had to be the one to inform Woody Allen that she wouldn't be travelling with him to Paris. Prescient, our Mariel. In fact, right from the start she possesses and exhibits a core of strength.
I was around when Lipstick came out and remember the attendant publicity regarding Mariel's participation in it. In the book, she skims over the sexual violation aspect of her part and displayed a nonchalance in her reaction to it, which is how she did it back then. Actually, it was the perfect start to a career. A little sex scandal, a golden family pedigree, and reviews for her small part that were remarkably kind.
Because of the subsequent revelations regarding Woody Allen, I felt somewhat vindicated but shocked when, after watching the glorious opening shots in the movie "Manhattan," set to Gershwin's soaring "Rhapsody in Blue, there was Mariel Hemingway in her panties sitting up in bed with Woody Allen. Again, I felt she'd been used. But again, her performance created heat.
Soldiering on, Hemingway worked with some of the finest directors in film and then grudgingly moved into TV and straight-to-cable ventures. In the meantime, she actively worked on herself, staying physically fit, slowly learning to unlatch the "safety" obsessions she had used to protect herself as a child.
She is frank and honest in her memoir, especially about her marriages. She was definitely in it for the long run, spending 25 years with her husband, a nice guy who hung in there with her. She looks happy with her new guy, a GQ centerfold stuntman and co-author of her books on living well, and I wish Mariel Hemingway nothing but the best in the future. She looks great!
Here is a woman who has paid her dues in virtually every aspect of her life. She's done the work and come out the other side a fully-formed human being.
5 Stars. Great Read!