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Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch

Happy Accidents

by Jane Lynch

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This is a very real memoir, rather than a collection of funny things that happen in Jane Lynch's life. She chronicles difficulties in her life as well as all the happy accidents that got her where she is today.

This is a very good read that goes fairly quickly and is surprisingly uplifting given some of the struggles Lynch faces in the beginning. An honest and frank memoir, this book ironically meshes hope and optimism alongside cynicism and humor. ( )
  CareBear36 | Aug 18, 2015 |
A memoir by Jane Lynch best known now for her role in the TV show Glee. Jane tells her of her life growing up in a suburb of Chicago and then moving to LA, NY, etc. Was a good read overall. Jane seems to have had numerous troubles with her identity and not being liked by others. She shows us how she started to get into acting and did improv work as well as small acting parts in the Chicago area. How she lived in LA for a while and always seemed to be friendless and afraid. How she began to get career breaks and her part on Glee. Also she tells how she met her wife and started a family of her own. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Nov 30, 2014 |
This book is interesting in many ways. Jane Lynch thought she was ugly when she was young and that her sister was very cute. She shows pictures. They look exactly the same. She is an alcoholic who gave up her drink of choice, Miller Lite, on her own but then spent years in AA because she couldn't give up her nightly Nyquil and smoked pot once. She felt like a friendless failure even though she had as many friends as she wanted and a successful career. She was an alienating diva who made fun of others (her inner Sue Sylvester). When she finally got to the last part of the book talking about her time on Glee and her marriage the writing got better. Maybe the problem was the ghostwriter, Lisa Dickey, whom she credits with creating a "rock solid" outline for the book. Felt out of place as a child, check. Relationship problems, check. Substance abuse, check. Perhaps she felt more comfortable filling out the outline a little more when she got to the present. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Oct 1, 2014 |
I'm not surprised that at once this book is both uplifting and depressing. It's depressing because really the journey that Jane Lynch took to stardom was much like others who have written these memoirs, she got lucky, ran into the right people at the right times.

Of course as it's obvious from the breadth of roles she's done, from Dr. Reid's Mom on Criminal Minds, a definite serious role, to Sue Sylvester on Glee, a not so serious role (by the by, bummer that there was no Criminal Minds mention in the book, that was the first place I saw her and it's still my favorite of her roles by a long shot) that yes, she prepares and is a very well versed in her craft as well. But there are a lot of people who are very great at what they do, but if they don't get that lucky break (running into the right person or declining or accepting the right job that landed in their lap) then what good is their smarts and preparedness and talent.

Still, with the title being Happy Accidents, unlike the other author memoirists at least she doesn't pretend like happenstance didn't have something to do with her success.

And the book is uplifting too. I didn't mean to write so many words on the depressing part. Although more than once she says in multiple ways that her stories (in AA or in the rest of her life) aren't as interesting as others stories, she's had a ton of life experiences. And just because it's not Lindsey Lohan or Brittney Spears life experience doesn't mean that others can't glean a lot of important lessons. Including just the fact that really no one can tell you anything that can help. you sorta have to keep going as best you can and learn the lessons that you need to learn. ( )
  DanieXJ | Jul 22, 2014 |
Really quite boring, especially for an alleged alcoholic. I enjoy Jane Lynch. I find her smart, brilliant, talented, and funny. But "happy accidents" do seem to descibe her seminal moments, and that's not very interesting.

Also, the requisite Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis is missing. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
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Jane Lynch, best known for her award-winning role as hard-driving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, tells the story of how she reached success by anything but a straight path. From teen alcoholic to out lesbian, from strange coincidences and chance meetings to offbeat character roles and finally a star turn--part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.… (more)

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