Monday, October 26, 2015

Born With Teeth

Born With Teeth
By Kate Mulgrew
New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2015. 306 pp. Biography

Starting with her upbringing as part of a large Irish-American in Iowa and ending with her reunion with the daughter she had been separated from as a young woman, the author relates her story with verve and not a little dramatic flair. This is rather apropos, given that she began her television career on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope. Readers will most likely know her from her portrayal of Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and her current work in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. While she does relate in some detail the challenges and accomplishments of her work, whether on stage or screen, she focuses her attention on her personal life, family, romantic relationships etc. Her struggles with her decision to put up her first child for adoption, her failed marriage, and her rough and tumble childhood are described with real feeling but stopping short of being maudlin. This is to be recommended for anyone who enjoys a good celebrity biography that provides grace and humor in equal measure.


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