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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 Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

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.