Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek


What My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is about:
In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything. She also learned fearlessness in the wake of a family tragedy, the grief propelling her "like rocket fuel" to follow her dreams of becoming a performer.

Listening to Sissy Spacek tell her story was like taking a walk with a good friend and hearing about her life. I loved the tales of her early childhood, the complete love and support she always received from her parents, and the journey her life became as she chased her dream of being a country artist and her surprise in becoming a movie actress. I always find it fascinating to hear about the people upcoming stars meet in their life and who end up becoming just as or even more famous than the person telling the story. Sissy certainly met a lot of wonderful people in the business and many of them became treasured and real friends.  Sissy's voice was easy to listen to and I still think she could be Loretta Lynn's twin!!

Recommend? If you have enjoyed Sissy's work in the past and are curious about her life growing up and the simple way she lives today, then this is one to add to your audio list for sure!!

Source:  Purchased from Audible.com
Narrator: Sissy Spacek
Length: 9 hrs an 49 mins


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19 comments:

  1. I love Sissy Spacek! I need to look for this book!

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  2. Eh, can't say I am curious about her life

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  3. I don't know much about Sissy Spacek but I certainly like the roots and background of the memoir.

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  4. I don't usually do audio, but listening to Sissy Spacek might win me over.

    I did enjoy this book, even though I read it.

    Thanks!

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  5. Sissy is one of my absolute favorite actresses! Lordy, she's amazing. I love her voice and though I'm not inclined to listen to audio books, I suspect I'd love listening to this one.

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  6. I have a love/hate relationship with audiobooks, but this is exactly the kind I think I would like :) Sounds great!

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  7. I like that she narrates the book herself!

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  8. I love Sissy Spacek! I must listen to this book. I've loved her in pretty much everything but Coalminer's Daughter was a favorite. She has an incredible voice and is one talented lady!

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  9. I see she wanted to be a country artist! Amazing story!

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  10. I'm not a big fan, but I bet my mom would love this book!

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  11. It's so nice when talented, successful Hollywood people can stay true to themselves. It gives me hope :)

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  12. I'm not a Sissy S fan, and you lost me at " her idyllic, barefoot childhood" - my childhood was "dysfunctional" so I'll never be able to relate to this...LOL

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  13. This sounds like Spacek is just the kind of person she seems to be when you see her. I don't read a lot of celebrity memoirs but it sounds like I should make an exception for this one.

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  14. I love books like this--so interesting to hear how someone becomes himself or herself. I've always admired Sissy's work.

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  15. Not one I'd probably pick up but it's nice to hear she's so grounded.

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  16. I think I would enjoy this, I do like Sissy.

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful audiobook!

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  18. I think she's a great actress. Don't know if I would read her memoir, but it does sound good.

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