No idea why I picked this one up at the library other than the fact that it looked like it might be a fun read, and it was! I knew nothing about the woman other than the fact that she had a small part in Hocus Pocus and the fact that I've always liked the sound of her brother Garry's voice. It's a crazy-detailed account of pretty much her entire life and whoa, what a life. The woman knows every person in Hollywood. Best parts ahead:
- "Sometimes you ignored the facts to make life easier."
- A moment she recalled with her siblings when her brother Garry says to her and her sister, "If something goes wrong, they <their parents & grandparents> aren't going to be there for us," he said. "That's just the way it is. So as we go forward in our lives, we have to stick together. We're the only ones who are going to understand each other." - I love this part so much because it's the sweetest thing in the world to think about a brother talking to his sisters this way as a young adult.
- She dated Art Garfunkel for awhile and good god he seems like one of the coolest men alive. They went on an open-ended motorcycle trip across Italy and France and I wish there were way more chapters on that trip alone. Romantic as hell.
- "I had asked my therapist why I had left a marriage that was comfortable and predictable for a great big question mark. "Were you happy?" he asked. "No," I said. He shrugged. That cost me a fortune, but he was right. Sometimes the most complicated questions have simple answers. Were you happy? I was learning that I didn't have to have everything figured out. Often the point was to live and see what happened."
- Have you ever heard of the volunteer position of being a hugger at a Special Olympics event? Because I hadn't and she wrote about doing it briefly, and it sounds amazing.
- "One day I got on my computer and searched for "What do people do with their lives after surviving cancer?" Nothing came up. Apparently people didn't do anything. I guess they either dropped dead from trying to pay their medical bills or they went back to whatever they had been doing before, because what the fuck else is there to do when, as in my case, you like your life?" - God, I love this part so much, I almost wish she ended the whole book right there.
It was really a great read! This woman lives an insanely cool life.