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High Sobriety: confessions of a drinker by Alice King I chose this book as it had a similar title to the last one I read (High Sobriety: my year without booze by Jill Stark). I was curious to to compare … Continue reading
I have embarked on an escapist, literary journey. I have packed my bag, my passport, my beanie, gloves and my warmest winter coat. I’ve set off to see if I can travel ‘Around the world in 80 literary ways”! I plan … Continue reading
High Sobriety : My Year Without Booze by Jill Stark. I decided to read this book after listening to a review of it on the ABC First Tuesday Book Club program. Jill is journalist for the Sunday Age newspaper. She worked hard through the … Continue reading
Leap of Faith by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan Memories of an Unexpected Life. When in 1976 the young Lisa Halaby was introduced to King Hussein of Jordan, it was unlikely she thought he would become her beloved husband, … Continue reading
Finding Sarah by Sarah Duchess of York. When the young Sarah Ferguson married the Queens second son little did she know what she had signed up for. It was not easy for her living her life in the spotlight where … Continue reading
Review by Bindi, Broadbeach Library Tokyo Vice is the memoir of an American journalist who worked for the Yomiuri Shinbun during the heady nineties. The author covered vice and organised crime for the Tokyo newspaper for more than twelve years. … Continue reading
She has had a local park named in her honour, a cocktail named after her and is perhaps the singularly most perfect embodiment of laid-back Gold Coast beach style. She has sewn just about every kind of garment you can … Continue reading
Jane Lynch’s autobiography really sticks to the premise of its title, Happy Accidents. It is a quick & happy read, a delight for avid readers of this genre. Even when she is recalling some of her darker moments like when she heavily used alcohol to deal with her feelings & the long solitary hours she spent alone she is delightfully candid. She likens herself to an archetypical tragic clown – laughing on the outside but highly anxious on the inside.
The first half of the book tells her childhood, growing up with feelings of alienation, depression & struggling with her sexuality. The second half tells her road to acting fame & the funny accidents that have made her the star she is today. Most know her character, Sue Sylvester on Glee but will be less familiar with her earlier work. It was really interesting to read about where she began & her early screen roles & the relationships she has made with other Hollywood people. Even more interesting is when she talks about her prior life before recognisable fame, from when she was hawking rather useless items on the graveyard shift of a home shopping tv show to playing Carol Brady in a live rendition of the Brady Bunch. She recounts these early experiences with pride!
Her life journey so far hasn’t been all fame & fortune, there have been bumps & lessons learned. It has an inspirational message. Lynch comes across as well grounded & has written this book with a well-earned sense of self awareness. I suppose the point of this genre is to show readers who one is behind the screen version. This autobiography lives up to this concept and then some. I really did appreciate her candidness, her self awareness & her honesty. Happy Accidents re-enforces why I so enjoy reading this genre