Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame
Penguin Books, 2016
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
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.
I learned more than I expected about Mara Wilson! I was surprised she shared so much personal information about herself. She really went for it, and it worked. A lot of what she wrote about was identifiable to so many women our age. She perfectly articulated how she felt, and I felt like I understood a majority of it. If you were a fan of Mara Wilson movies, like I was, you’ll enjoy reading about her successes and challenges.