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My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall

My Mother Was Nuts (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Penny Marshall

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Title:My Mother Was Nuts
Authors:Penny Marshall
Info:New Harvest (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Reader's accent was a turnoff. May try book at another time ( )
  jamespurcell | Jun 6, 2015 |
What a pain in the ass this woman is. Her Personal Assistant could have taken a collection of her daily agendas & put this boring, name-dropping, super-superficial thing together. I got it because of the title, and yes, Penny's mother was an interesting kook. The rest of it . . . snoresville. The Hollywood scene a total drag -- but perfect for Ms. M. (I've never seen one instant of Laverne & Shirley, thank god). But I always need an inconsequential book to read for a few minutes before I sleep, while my brain shuts down. Boy, was this ideal. ( )
  C-WHY | Jan 17, 2015 |
Very enjoyable memoir. I enjoyed both the section on growing up in NY because that's where I grew up and also her discussion of her experiences in television and movie-making. I wasn't a fan of Laverne and Shirley but I liked her movies, especially A League of their Own. ( )
1 vote phyllis2779 | Aug 8, 2014 |
Borrowed this from the Kindle library, just for a change of pace. There's no doubt that Penny Marshall is amusing, but she has an irritating habit of repeating herself--it's a bit like listening to my grandmother tell stories. But they are amusing stories, if you can get past the drug use and swearing. I was glad I didn't pay for this one.

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  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-mother-was-nuts.html

My Mother Was Nuts is Penny Marshall's memoir, starting in her childhood and going through almost the present. She starts with the fact that she was an unwanted child. She talks about her childhood in the Bronx, her pregnancy and her daughter, her marriages, her abortion, her bout with cancer, and, of course, the trajectory of her amazing career.

I grew up watching Penny Marshall - from cameos on The Odd Couple, Mary Tyler Moore, and Happy Days to Laverne and Shirley. Her movie Big is one of my all time favorite movies.

I came to this memoir expecting to find the same humor and joy as I find in her work. I did not. I am not sure whether that is because, of course, life and the movies is not TV, or because I watched those shows with the eyes of a child and now as an adult, it does not hold the same appeal.

For me, this book has a sad undertone running throughout. It starts at the beginning with her mother stating, "You were a miscarriage, but you were stubborn and held on." She refers to her grandmother as "our building's witch lady." About her divorce from Rob Reiner, she say "Maybe, though, in the end, I did make him sick."

In the dedication, the end of the book, the acknowledgements, Penny Marshall credits the people in her life as what she treasures the most and the the fact that "I've been given my five minutes ... and then some." This tribute seems somewhat inconsistent with the sad, sometimes negative thoughts through out the book. That's family reality, I suppose - the good and the bad and that you can't take one without the other. I, however, cannot shake the sadness of some of what she describes and how she describes it.

*** Reviewed for the GoodReads First Reads program *** ( )
  njmom3 | Sep 27, 2013 |
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  Penny and Rob Reiner cutting the cake at their 1971 backyard Hollywood wedding.   Penny with her close friend John Belushi in New York in 1976. John passed away in 1982.   Art Garfunkel on a motorcycle trip through France and Italy with Penny.   Penny with her daughter, Tracy; Tracy’s husband, Matt; and their children Spencer, Bella, and Viva in 2011.

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From her humble roots in the Bronx to "Laverne and Shirley" and her unlikely ascent in Hollywood, the beloved actor and director tells the story of her incredible life.

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