Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame Read Online Free - For readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.
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September 18, 2016
Mara Wilson is a delightful storyteller. I felt like she wrote this book just for me, and I cried a lot while I was reading it.
But you don't need to be an adrift adult who was a famous kid (like me) to fall in love with her stories and the people in them. Mara is almost 20 years younger than me,...
September 20, 2016
I probably picked this book up for different reasons that most people.
I'm not particularly a fan of Mara Wilson. Or, to be more accurate, I should say I don't think I'm a typical fan of hers. I never saw Matilda, or a lot of the other movies she acted in back in the day.
But I met her at Nerdcon....
January 19, 2018
My love of all things Mara Wilson goes back to my childhood in the 90’s. From Mrs. Doubtfire to Matilda and everything in between, you could call me a moderate to severe fan. Growing up, I loved reading (SHOCKER, I know), and watching Matilda‘s leading little lady blossom from the safe haven of h...
February 07, 2017
“If you can affect someone when they’re young, you are in their heart forever.”
While looking for more memoirs to read and love, I stumbled upon Where Am I Now? and was greatly surprised by how addicting Wilson's writing of her life was. I had no idea what to expect. But I loved it.
This memoir go...
December 08, 2016
A few months after I found the video of Robin and me, it was taken down, apparently due to copyright infringement. I had to laugh. Most people have embarrassing videos of themselves as children. Few have theirs copyrighted by Twentieth Century Fox.
Mara Wilson: the really cute little girl from...
November 12, 2017
Someday I will probably write a long and dramatic review of this book and how much I loved it. For now, I think I’ll just cradle my copy to my chest and cry a tiny bit more.
October 27, 2016
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"Pitch perfect" is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days, but it is an apt description for WHERE AM I NOW? Matilda is one of my two all-time favorite movies (the other one is Princess Bride, in case you were wondering), and like...
February 12, 2017
I've always been interested in child stars who grow up and out of Hollywood, usually because they have issues finding further work when they get older. I've met Alex Vincent, the little boy Andy from Child's Play, several times over the years at a Florida convention. He has the same issue - he wa...
October 11, 2016
I didn't really like this book but it was easy to read, didn't leave me in a bad mood, so it earned that extra star.
Explaining why I didn't like it will not be as easy as reading it. The thing is that there is no BAD aspect of the book. It was just all over the place. It covered a lot of sides to...
October 31, 2016
I feel like anything I could say has already been said by a few of my favorite people here(Patrick Rothfuss , Nenia Campbell
so I'll just say this:
I really enjoyed reading Mara's stories/essays of growing up and her experiences in her life since she moved on from acting. It felt like I was catchi...