Most of the public might know Mara Wilson as the child star from films like Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire. But Wilson manages to shed that image in her winning new book of personal essays. The book is structured to take you from her childhood to adulthood, with a variety of different experiences-including growing up on set to finding out she wasn’t “cute” anymore, taking a break from movies, and how she found herself as a person out of the spotlight.
What really makes this book a great read is how personal the tone is, and even the specific experiences (Humiliating Stand up gigs, talking to Robin Williams) are completely relatable. It’s personal writing I appreciated most, considering this could have been a book of flattering puff-pieces.
The thread connecting the essays is Wilson’s mother, whom she lost to cancer when she was ten years old. In every chapter, she draws upon the memory of her mother’s words, actions, anger at her disease-and you see how much she has influenced Wilson. It turns a fun, personal book into a truly rewarding read. According to Wilson, her mother was “the storyteller” of the family, and it looks like Wilson inherited that talent. Wilson clearly had presence on screen, and she does on paper as well.
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Reviewed by BiblioMecha