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In Pieces

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,852 Ratings  ·  599 Reviews
10 hours, 41 minutes

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir read by the author, 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.


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Hardcover, Unabridged , 399 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Hachette Audio (first published 2018)
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Mel Interesting question as it feels almost like negating any answer when you are dealing with a successful adult woman in an ego-driven industry…moreInteresting question as it feels almost like negating any answer when you are dealing with a successful adult woman in an ego-driven industry reviewing her life and the process she went through. When anyone goes through the kind of childhood abuse/neglect Field tactfully confesses it sets up a myriad of feelings, of self-doubt, being self-critical, low self-esteem. etc ad infinitum. Your accomplishments, the praise and adulation mean very little when you don't believe you areworthy of it. Each case is personal, as are the experiences in the person's journey to heal. The best answer I can give is that she is honest and feels sincere. I had a model that was molested by her stepfather and she thought she was ugly in spite of her success. Her reasoning was very convoluted; she blamed an eating disorder that led to her thin physique for her success, an eating disorder she used to have control over a life she felt she had no control over because of the molestations. She was a stunning woman that went on to marry the singer of a popular rock band. She heard repeatedly that she was beautiful and even took on the mannerisms of a beautiful woman, but never truly believed it. Point is, this is Sally's story and what the public saw was not the person but a persona. As I said in my review, I never felt Field was whining or pitying herself, but rather took responsibility for many events. Eventually, it is a story of strength and on healing. It was very profound and I have respect for her candor and tenacity. I have recommended the book to many different people for different reasons, and gave it 5*'s (something I don't do often).(less)
Paula Stout It is very tactfully about her career and her life. It is open and vulnerable. I listened to the audiobook which, read by Sally, made it feel like I…moreIt is very tactfully about her career and her life. It is open and vulnerable. I listened to the audiobook which, read by Sally, made it feel like I was visiting with a friend. The story is told about being a human being. Her career was simply a bee buzzing around her story. It is not written about her career in a way that we love or hate the entertainment industry. (less)

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Lisa
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An astounding revelation of a life in pieces by an Academy Award winning American icon.

SUMMARY
Academy Award winning actress Sally Field, tells her story about a challenging and lonely childhood, the career that helped her find her voice, and her journey as an actress, daughter and a mother. She has captivated the nation for more than five decades beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From her early roles as Gidget, and The Flying Nun to the complexity of Sybil, Norma Rae and
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Mel
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Anytime an author writes their story I want to hear them tell it to me if it's an option. Void of gestures, eye movements, and other body language components, it's the voice that often gives the color of the story that you don't see in black and white text or hear from a narrator interpreting another's story. A trained actress on the level of Field could probably convince us the sky is really falling, but Voice and all of its inflections can mutiny when speaking from the place of a wounded child ...more
Martie Nees Record
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Autobiography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Pub. Date: September 18, 2018

If booksellers need to call this autobiography a memoir for sales purposes then it should be labeled a literary memoir. The first thing the reader needs to know is that this is not a kiss-and-tell book. If that is what you are looking for, search somewhere else. I’m sure there are a few promiscuous celebs out there with juicy memoirs currently on the bestseller list. This life story “isn’t about Hollywood or an
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Myrna
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a linear memoir but the majority focuses on her early years. After talking about the film Norma Rae she speeds right through the rest of the years. Maybe she only shared the “pieces” she says had the greatest impact on the woman she is today. I’m not sure. Also, in this memoir, you will not find the perky Sally she’s personified but more of a people pleaser but not a total push over with some deeeeeep revelations. After listening to her memoir (read and written by Sally), I liked it and ...more
Michael
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I have been a huge fan of Sally field for a number of reasons: Versatile as an actress, as a kind individual and the roles she played has sparked a great interest in me. My favorite movie is Ms Doubtfire,she plays the dutiful wife that is stuck in a marriage that is not going anywhere..Then she hires a 'nanny' to care of her life but there is more to the story that I don't want to spoil for the people who have not watched it. It is something about her as a person that inspires me, and reading th ...more
Wendy'sThoughts
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sally Field Fans, Biography
2018 Best Memoir & Autobiography
Semifinal Round Nominees

Sally Field has been in my life from the beginning.
She was the cute Gidget...
The Unbelievable Flying Nun...
The woman in Smokey and the Bandit...
She broke her typecasting with Stay Hungry...

And then she Leaped to the Next Level with Norma Rae...
Causing the Oscar Moment none of us will ever forget...

"You Like me, You Really Like Me..."

And We Loved her, We Really Have for So Many Years...
Now This is Her Time... Breaking It All Down ...
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Laura
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful and brave human being Sally Field is. In this book she reveals painful and honest truths of her past and how they laid the foundation for the person she is today.
The audiobook is read by the author, which makes the book so much more personable and compelling. Highly recommended!
Gary
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I saw Sally in person and have a signed first edition copy of her book. I read it nonstop for two days , savoring it. Very well written, heartfelt. It read like a novel...and I really enjoyed it. A very honest account of her life and her acting career.

I highly recommend this one.

I just watched Maniac, on NETFLIX, that she stars in. Quite good!
Alan
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Advanced sample copy from her appearance at the ALA Annual in NOLA.The writing, taken from journals, is personal, funny, moving, and leaves me wanting to read more.
Priscilla
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of selections from this forthcoming book. It was about 50 pages long. This memoir focuses a lot on the relationship Sally had with her mom and the challenge to express herself during the early years of her career. This sneak peek left me wanting more. The hardcover comes out in September, and I’m definitely getting a copy!!
Stan Baginski
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're only as sick as the secrets that you keep.

Wow! I actually read this engaging, honest and illuminating memoir in one sitting. The brutal honesty and objectivity that Ms Field displays in openly discovering and relating her life-long battle with self-esteem and why she's the person that she is is refreshing and helped me to see some of the same traps I've also fallen into in my own life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has come from a family that hides it's secrets or where abuse
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Nancee
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like Sally Field. I really like her.
Unfortunately, I did not like her memoir. I found it slow moving and dull. Ultimately, it was the story of her relationship with her mother through the years. And it felt like it took years to read about it. Sorry Sal.
Carole P. Roman
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Raw and gritty, this is an insider's look to a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Not what I was expecting, Sally Field draws back a curtain and vividly exposes her hard-scrabble childhood with an abusive step-father and an emotionally absent (perhaps drunk) mother. Through the carnage, she stumbles into her acting career in a haze of drugs and emotional eating, marries her childhood sweetheart and survives by enabling gross bad behavior from everyone she knows except perhaps her brother. (who seem ...more
Tammy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Pieces by Sally Field is an intimate look behind the scenes of her life and career. I'm a huge fan and loved reading about her life. From an absent father, an alcoholic mother and an abusive stepfather through her adult relationships with the men in her life to her career and realizing her worth as an actor, woman and mother. I loved the writing and heard her voice in my head as I was reading. A must read!
Angela
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely brutal! Sally Field is one of my top favorite actresses and I had no idea how wounded of a person she was/is. It’s hard for me to comprehend how long it takes her to start putting all the “pieces” of herself together and she seems to use writing this book as part of her process.
Ellie
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sally Field is a brilliant actress so naturally I was curious about her memoir. It was not quite what I expected. The trauma-filled childhood still lit by love is the foundation of the book. But it is her professional years that caught my attention. Her move from Gidget and the Flying Nun to Sybil: from as lightweight as imaginable to searingly dramatic.

Field details her work with the Actors Studio. She shares her deep commitment to acting as an art as well as a craft and her determination to bu
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S Suzanne
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographical
I listened to the audiobook of this, and was impressed.

She did not use a ghostwriter, and I think she worked hard to capture her truth. She conveyed the creeping horror of childhood abuse, and the bumpy ascent to awareness of her talent and goals. She pushed hard against patriarchal constraints (and her own fractured/emotionally damaged self) to fully develop her talent.

Even as we are awash in stories of abuse in Hollywood, hearing detailed truths from living actresses bolsters the cause of sup
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Lisa
I love her as an actress but there seems to be big chunks of her life here she could have focused more on. There was only a passing mention of Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump.
BOOKLOVER10
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sally Field's "In Pieces" is not a run-of-the-mill celebrity memoir. The two-time Academy Award winning actress does cover expected territory, discussing how she got her first break in show business, took less than scintillating parts in order to become known, and as so many actors do, struggled with feelings of insecurity. However, she goes far deeper in this candid and wrenching book, furnishing disturbing details about her dysfunctional childhood, distressing adolescence, and troubled adultho ...more
sharon pulver
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. She unflinching put her life under the microscope and let me peer in. I learned things about myself through her lens. I admire her more than ever. I'm not sure how she was able to so critically examine her life and describe the pieces. All I know is that it resonated with me.

I couldn't put this book down. She unflinching put her life under a microscope and let me peer in. Thank you!
Lynn
Extraordinary audiobook read by its author Sally Field. Sally Field has lived an exceptional life and her honesty in telling it makes it a great listen. Sally couches her life by using her mother's life from her beginning to her death during the filming of Lincoln. It includes her famous stepfather, Jock Mahoney, who sexually abused her, Gidget, her first professional acting job, The Flying Nun, which embarrassed her but made her a star and Burt Reynolds, a lover who seemed determined to make he ...more
Melissa Shirey
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So open and honest it can be painful

Breathtaking in so many ways. Beautifully written as if in a trance with you in it as well. I think the early years were filled in but I also feel there was much more to tell that pushed away once the Burt piece hit. I'm hoping a follow up can happen as she continues her journey. Hauntingly beautiful.
Laurel-Rain
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infec-tious 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 com-plexity 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 emo-tional acuity. Yet there is one c ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
4.5 STARS - With In Pieces, Sally Field has written a soul-bearing, engaging and heartfelt memoir as she recounts her tumultuous childhood, quick rise to fame as a teenager, her rocky love life and her struggle to be seen as a serious actor. She is brutally honest about her childhood as well as her struggle to find her own voice and her complicated relationships as a daughter, wife and mother. Some of these experiences are hard to read and some will, no doubt, shock many of her fans – especially ...more
Jennifer
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the whole book, but some parts were incredibly moving.
Robin
This was a very personal and candid memoir by a woman one would think had it all, but never really did, and is a revealing look at a talented yet mostly damaged woman whose self-worth wasn't fully realized until late in life. Parts of this were painful to read (and I'm sure painful for her to have written) and my heart ached for the horrible childhood experiences and her fractured relationship with her mother.

Added note 10-7-28: I meant to add that I took off one star for the fact that she gloss
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Tim Pinckney
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a surprise to me. Not at all a "Hollywood biography" - it's not dishy or salacious. It is a heartfelt, funny, whip smart look at an artist's life; her family - her Mother in particular - and the development of her craft. She pulls no punches, harder on herself than anyone else featured. She writes in a warm, conversational style that kept me turning pages. It should also be said that she writes beautifully.
Jeri Walker
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
This is an autobiography rather than a memoir as it runs the full gamut of the author's life. As such, it's a bit uneven in that a lot of her career is glossed over. A good deal of time is given to her relationship with her mother and the sexual abuse Field endured at the hands of her creepy stepfather. The ways that families don't talk about things never ceases to amaze me, and Field does the topic justice in its exploration. Given that Burt Reynolds called her the love of his life, it's appare ...more
Sara
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done memoir. A troubling, abusive childhood leading to continual self-doubt, finding herself through acting. A lot about work, process, and yes, relationships (her account confirms my hunch that Burt Reynolds was a controlling ass). The process and work is the part that resonates most.
Jeaninne Escallier Kato
When a book leaves me stunned into silence with tears running down my face, I know I have read something important. Sally Field's "In Pieces" touched every emotion that runs the human continuum of life. I didn't have to experience any of Sally's childhood trauma to be able to feel her pain; I was supporting her and hugging her in my heart with every word. Likewise, for every one of her triumphs, I was cheering her on. She celebrates being a woman, actor, mother, daughter, sister, friend and wife ...more
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Sally Field is an American actress and director. Her acting career began in 1965, when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in Gidget. Since then she has appeared and directed TV movies and miniseries. She won the Oscar for Best Actress for both Norma Rae in 1979 and Places in the Heart in 1984. Field also won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Brothe ...more
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“You were magical.” I whispered back, “I was?” Then everything was dark again and I could barely see her at all. “What does that mean?” I asked. “Just that.” Another flash of headlights lit up the front seat and I could see her mouth edging toward a smile, the light bleaching her beautiful face white, then slowly fading to black.” 1 likes
“Most important, my mother was also given the chance to study acting with the brilliant Charles Laughton, eventually becoming a member of his acting company, the Charles Laughton Players, performing Chekhov and Shakespeare in a small theater on Beverly Boulevard, on the outskirts of Hollywood. Not only did she find herself onstage with Mr. Laughton, but she had the amazing good fortune to be directed by him as well. These moments stayed alive in her always.” 1 likes
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