Books I Read in February
February unintentionally became Memoir month!I read five auto-biographies and they were all great! Here’s a round-up of who I read this month!
I have always liked Anjelica Huston’s movies and her first memoir is a lovely, well written account of growing up in Ireland and New York. Her father is a famous director with famous friends, her family life is a rollercoaster and her romantic life is both thrilling and heartbreaking.
Part 2 of Anjeclica Huston’s memoir is where she decides to stop drifting about and actually become an actress. With grit determination she does, wins an Oscar, has a whirlwind romance with Jack Nicholson and talks about the highlights of her favourite films. In an interview for the book tour she was asked if she was aware at the time that she and Jack were a major power couple (the Brangelina of the 80s) – her reply, “not really, were were more concerned about what we’d have for lunch that day” #spiritanimal!
I really enjoyed the 2 memoirs but I just wish that some topics/memories could have been talked about with a bit more depth. Needless to say Huston has had a fascinating life.
Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew is most famous for portraying Capitan Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, the first lady Capatain in the franchise. Her memoir is of growing up in Ireland, trying to make it as an actress and trying to find the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was very young. It’s a moving and incredible life of strength and hope and determination to shine.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is a poet, activist and all around incredible woman! Anjelica Huston might have needed 2 books but Maya needs 6 because her life is just so incredible! The first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is so poetic and hauntingly – growing up in the south of America with her strong grandmother, her glamorous parents in California and her love of education shine in this memoir. Maya overcomes intense trauma from a young age when she is molested by her step-father, but her strength and community help her to survive. I want everyone in the world to meet Maya Angelou’s wit, compassion and strength through this book!
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This was the pick for Book Club this month and it was unanimously disliked by everyone. Part memoir part business part self help and entirely too condescending. Amoruso has done incredibly well to build a fashion empire but it just was a bit let down in the book. Still, she does have some great business advice in there and it’s always interesting to see how successful companies are built from the ground up.
look back at what I read in January