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In Pieces is the memoir of a unique and gigantic star, who also feels like an every woman, struggling with her own scars and hard fought successes, riding the wave of American (and particularly Hollywood) history over the last seventy years. She, and her story, are in some ways exactly what might be expected of the Sally Field we have come to know in her starring roles. She is vulnerable but strong, understated but more effective for that restraint. Yet In Pieces is still surprisingly revealing and moving. How do we reckon with the pain and mistakes of the past when they have made us and our loved ones who we are? How do we balance the infinite demands of home and work to be successful in both? How do we navigate the injustices in our daily lives to move forward without succumbing to bitterness? There’s a quiet breadth of experience and earned wisdom Field shares that makes her all the more captivating, and reminds us that although we all have to fight our own battles, we are not alone.
— Sara, Atlanta
September 2018 Indie Next List
“I have watched Sally Field ever since her early days as the Flying Nun. I thought I knew Sally Field, but her memoir, In Pieces, reveals a Sally Field I didn’t know. She writes bravely and eloquently about her struggles growing up and making her way in Hollywood. Field holds nothing back, and that only elevates her, in my opinion. This isn’t just another celebrity memoir; it’s a clear-eyed look at an industry and a life beset by challenges. Field emerges as likeable, strong, and inspiring—an altogether remarkable woman.”
— Stephanie Hochschild, The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL
In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.
With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.
NEW YORK TIMES
"A memoir as soulful, wryly witty, and lyrical as it is candid and courageous
... Eye-opening and deeply affecting... Arresting in its dark disclosures, vitality, humour, and grace, Field's deeply felt and beautifully written
memoir illuminates the experiences and emotions on which she draws as an exceptionally charismatic, empathic, and powerful artist."—Booklist
"Field fuels this aching, lyrical memoir with frankness about her emotional childhood, her conflicted relationship with the late Burt Reynolds, and how acting helped her interpret life in all its pain and beauty."—Entertainment Weekly
"A complex cri de coeur
[and] shockingly frank...A rarity in the world of celebrity memoirs."— USA Today
"Clarity and Grace Shine Through the Darkness in Sally Field's Memoir... If you come to "In Pieces," expecting to meet a plucky Sally Field desperate to be liked, you will not find her. Written by the actor over seven years, without the aid of a ghostwriter, this somber, intimate and at times wrenching self-portrait feels like an act of personal investigation - the private act of a woman, now 71, seeking to understand how she became herself, and striving to cement together the shards of her psyche that have been chipped and shattered over the course of her life..."In Pieces" serves as a kind of tribute to women - her mother in particular - and others who would guide and protect Field throughout her turbulent childhood and an adulthood fraught by personal and professional upheaval."—New York Times Book Review
"Raw and revealing...In her book, seven years in the writing, [Field] examines the complex relationship with her "perfectly imperfect" mother, Margaret. That is the thread that holds her story together: the woman who often held her together....[Sally Field] is not a woman who will keep quiet any longer. And that's a good thing. She still has a lot to say."— AARP
"A classic in the making - the kind that will land on the bestseller list...and stay on shelves for years to come."—Boris Kachka, New York Magazine
"Field tells her story with such affecting literary depth...
with IN PIECES, she comes to them beautifully."
"Beyond the headlines...there's a smart woman's reckoning with her complicated past."—People