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Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame Paperback – September 13, 2016
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“Wilson's humorous literary voice tells the story of growing up as a young female in the spotlight (and eventually stepping out of it) and the road of self-acceptance, discovery and everything in between.” —BuzzFeed
"[Wilson] returns as a talented writer with this collection of essays." —Entertainment Weekly, "15 Books You Have to Read in September"
"Funny [and] insightful." —GoodReads, "Best Books of the Month"
"Wilson has left the acting (almost) completely behind — and moved on to become a talented writer and playwright." —Bustle,"12 Memoirs By Badass Women to Add To Your Wishlist in Fall 2016"
"Candid...witty and insightful. A-" —InTouch
"Contains engaging, poignant accounts of the actress-turned-storyteller's struggles to find her identity after losing her mother and Hollywood's adoration...Wilson covers difficult topics but can leaven a painful anecdote with incisive wit...When fans ask for a picture with her, she panics: 'I don't photograph well, and...they're going to put it on the Internet, where not everyone knows I'm funny and charming and generally a decent person.' And that's exactly how she comes across in this memoir." —ShelfAwareness
"Lyrical and affecting . . . humorous, relatable, and ultimately real. . . [Where Am I Now?] is more than just another Hollywood memoir; it is a truly refreshing coming-of-age story." —Library Journal
"A heartfelt portrait . . . [Mara Wilson] has experienced a great many highs as well as lows in her young life, and she shares them all with honesty, humor, and humility." —Publishers Weekly
"A coming-of-age story that is not only entertaining, but also wise. . . . A readably candid, sharp memoir." —Kirkus Reviews
"Uplifting...charming and accessible." —Booklist
"Refreshingly earnest...If Where Am I Now? and its biting wit and charming self-awareness is anything to go by, [Wilson is] very easily running in the same league as the Lena Dunhams, Rachel Blooms and Ilana Glazers of the world." —National Post (Canada)
“Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. I always loved that she portrayed strong characters, especially as a female, even as a young child. Where Am I Now? is a delight.” —Ilana Glazer, co-creator and star of Broad City
“Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, Where Am I Now? is a book that reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together.” —Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened
“Former child star Mara Wilson has grown up to be a moving, funny, and thoughtful storyteller. Well, not up. As I understand it, she's still approximately the same height.” —Megan Amram, author of Science…for Her!
“You don't have to be a fellow neurotic Jew who grew up in Southern California to adore this book. Though Mara Wilson’s childhood was unique, the themes of Where Am I Now? are universal.” —Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
About the Author
Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor, and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of?. Her writing can be found on Jezebel, The Toast, McSweeney’s, the Daily Beast, and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. A voice actor on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she will guest star on upcoming episodes of Broad City and BoJack Horseman. She lives in New York City.
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I will definitely be rereading this book in the future, looking back on chapters again and again seeking wisdom or advice, a good laugh, or a reality check.
This book doesn't entirely focus on when she was in Matilda; I assumed as much before even reading it. Her story goes back and forth between when she filmed for Matilda, Miracle on 34th Street, Thomas the Tank, etc. She talked about her inner fears and general anxieties, dating, not fitting in at school, her parents not understanding how to relate to her problems/ not realizes the full extent of what she was going through; how she stepped up and acted as a mother to her younger sister when their mother lost her battle with cancer, being confused about religion/sex, how fans would find it difficult to see that she wasn't a child anymore, and casting directors not finding her cute enough after she grows older, amongst other things.
There were a few moments in this book where I did actually shed a tear or just feel very sad for what Mara had to go through...The three scenes that stuck with me the most were when she was asked to audition for a fat girl and she didn't enjoy the part very much and wanted to audition for the friend role instead, only to realize that that role was going to go to a girl that was beyond beautiful and Mara realized that she wasn't it.
The second part is the night before her mom passes away and says goodnight, only for Mara's baby sister to say "Okay Mommy. See you in the morning."
Then of course, when Mara realizes that the author that wrote the book that helped her realize that she had severe OCD was actually the mother of one of the girls that she worked with on the set of Matilda, and how she reached out to her former cast-mate and retold her story and how it brought them to tears by how much it helped her when she was younger.
I'm about 79% finished with this book, cried I think maybe once (shed a tear at certain parts maybe about three times...) and honestly I just want to thank Mara for sharing her story with us; the good times and the bad times.