Where Am I Now?eBook - 2016
"Growing up, I wanted to be Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight." -- Ilana Glazer , cocreator and star of Broad City
Named a best book of the month by GoodReads and Entertainment Weekly
A former child actor best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place , to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Candid, insightful, moving, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up female.
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ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017
If you ever wondered about the true life of the girl behind Matilda, you definitely need to check this book out! Mara Wilson had a lot going on as a child actress, along with the regular pressures of growing up and becoming a teen. There are some rough patches she went through, but she also shar... Read More »
Sarah recommends "Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson."
This autobiography by the former childhood actress (best known for Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda) is extremely perceptive and witty. Mara is quirky and relatable, which is why I enjoyed readi... Read More »
ArapahoeSarah Nov 29, 2016
This autobiography by the former childhood actress (best known for Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda) is extremely perceptive and witty. Mara is quirky and relatable, which is why I enjoyed reading about her perspective on growing up and finding out where she belongs in the world.
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Nowadays, former child star Mara Wilson is a writer and storyteller, occasional stage performer and voice actor. Where Am I Now? is her first book, a collection of essays that span from her child actor days to the death of Robin Williams in 2014. In between, she writes about her mother’s death from cancer, her own years long struggle with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the time after her 2010 graduation from NYU when she was trying to figure out what to do with her life. From high school show choir performances to being the only storyteller in rooms full of stand-up comedians, Wilson has undoubtedly led an interesting and varied life, and she shares it here with a candid vulnerability.
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