My Mother Was Nuts

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Click for availability and more information My Mother Was Nuts, by Penny Marshall
 
I listened to this book read by the author on the drive to and from work. At times the narration was laugh-out-loud funny and I wondered what people who glanced in my car were thinking about me. Penny talks about her childhood and taking dance at her mother's dance school. The title refers to her mother and Penny states that her daughter Tracy could probably say the same thing about her.

She tells us about her first marriage and her early acting career. Her television series Laverne and Shirley is discussed at length, including the last season and the departure of Cindy Williams. Famous names are sprinkled throughout the book. Penny and Carrie Fisher had a combined birthday celebration for more than twenty years. She and Art Garfunkel motor biked through France.

What I found most intriguing was the movies that she directed. She had only directed a few Laverne and Shirley episodes prior to her first movie Jumping Jack Flash with Whoopie Goldberg. She also directed Big, Awakenings, A League Of Their Own, Renaissance Man, The Preacher's Wife and Riding in Cars with Boys. Penny has also directed several television shows and made-for-TV movies.

She discusses her obsession with sport, particularly basketball. Penny is a New Yorker at heart and speaks about the resilience of New Yorkers after 9/11. Penny has lived by her own simple rules: "try hard, help your friends, don't get too crazy, and have fun."

This book was a great listen due to the fact that the author narrated it. If you get the print version there are photographs.
-Jasmine

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