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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Science Of Discworld
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart
Progress: 22/414 pages
Terry Pratchett
Progress: 85/356 pages
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
Jeff Passan
Progress: 104/368 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life ★★★☆☆

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life - Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek is one of my favorite actors, and it was a treat to listen to her read her own memoir. The tone of the book fits well with her public persona; the tone is warmly reminiscent, with fond recollections of people, places, and events. She is unrelentingly positive, even putting a positive or humorous spin on adversities.


The most interesting parts of the book were unfortunately brief, where she discusses her professional craft and memories. As a method actor, she would try to stay in character, working up the feelings and emotions and persona of that character, resulting (for example) in her skulking about the set of Carrie and avoiding all the other fun, cheerful, young actors she was cast with. The majority of this memoir is focused on her personal life, and it’s unfortunately true that the lives of normally well-adjusted people with loving families and relationships don’t make for terribly interesting stories.


Audiobook version, beautifully read by the author.