Friday, February 21, 2020

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
by Julie Andrews
Hachette, 2019, 340 pages, Biography

In her second memoir, Julie Andrews reflects on her career in Hollywood, from her first film, Mary Poppins, in the early 1960s, to the early 1980s. She covers the struggles of balancing work and family life, the help and support that come from therapy sessions, her marriage to director Blake Edwards, her unexpected career as an author, and other interesting turns her life took as she toured the world singing.

Fans of Julie Andrews will love this book about her life, which gives a lot of behind-the-scenes details on the filming of many of her most famous movies. I found myself wanting to throw a Julie Andrews binge-watching party after reading this book.

Told in a conversational style, and compiled with the aid of Andrews’ extensive journals, Andrews also shares personal details that took a lot of courage to share. Although Andrews has a reputation of being classy and charming, she dealt with some really hard things that made me marvel at how she became the lovely person she is. Since this book only covers through the early 1980s, I hope she’s working on publishing a book covering the next chapters of her life soon.

I highly recommend that you listen to the audiobook version of this book, since Julie Andrews reads it herself. She has such a distinctive accent, and I have such fondness for her, that listening to her tell me her life story was absolutely enjoyable.


1 comment:

Breanne said...

This is Julie Andrews' second memoir, in which she covers the start of her film career through the early 1980s. Fans of Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music will get to enjoy detailed accounts of her experiences making those films and the reception afterwards, as well as many other films and personal experiences through this part of her life. Andrews is remarkably forthcoming with both the good and the bad experiences in her life, and my biggest impression of her is that she is probably the most gracious person in the entire world. Despite having a surprisingly mischievous side, she sounds incredibly courteous, kind, and pleasant to everyone around her. Listening to this audiobook is also a pleasure because she reads it herself.