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Book Title: A Lotus Grows In The Mud|
The author of the book: Goldie Hawn
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Reader ratings: 6.9
Date of issue: July 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780553816877
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.85 MB
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Part of me can't believe I'm giving this book a 5, but on reflection I really enjoyed reading it so there you go. I was actually in tears several times while reading the book (and not because it was so bad). I'm not a big Goldie Hawn fan - I enjoyed Foul Play & Private Benjamin but I haven't seen most of her movies. I do, however, love reading autobiographies & biographies, especially of people in the arts, so I thought she might have some good stories to tell.
This memoir is not like most memoirs. It's more like a combination of memoir and self-help book. And I hate self-help books. But somehow it all works. So people looking for a straightforward "I made this movie, then this movie, then this one" etc. will be disappointed. I would have enjoyed hearing more about the actual making of some of her movies but since I'm not an uber fan, I wasn't crushed by the omission.
Goldie organizes the book into chapters about Courage, Wonder, Faith, Compassion etc. She then tells a vignette from her life that relates to that word. She writes about what she learned from that experience and ties it into the larger picture of what it means to be a human being. This is not a book for cynics or those who hate reading about faith, spirituality, philosophy and religion. A cynic's head might explode if they attempt to read this book.
Goldie is the quintessential 1970's California hippie/new ager. She is aware of this and can laugh at herself for being such a stereotype. This book reminded me of the memoirs of Shirley MacClaine & Richard Chamberlain. If the 3 of them are not friends, then they should be! I enjoy reading about the spiritual path people take and how (all three of them) tie it into what it's like to become a wealthy, famous actor. How do you keep centered in such a situation? From the tabloids it is obvious that many actors do not. Demi Moore should really talk to Goldie. It'd do her good.
In the forward, Goldie mentions that she will not be writing a tell-all book, which got me concerned that the book would be shallow and boring. And while it is not a negative tell-all book, she does go into parts of her life that were unhappy or negative. I think it helps that Goldie came from a normal family that loved each other and nothing really horrid ever happened to her.
The one thing that bugged me about the book was that she did not really recognize how her wealth has made it possible to live such a life. Yes, it would be awesome to rent a house in Ibiza for the entire summer to "get away from things". To travel to Israel and India when she is feeling sad over a loved one's death. To have the money to support cool charities that she gets to go on adventures with. To live in a beautiful mansion on the beach where she can stare at the ocean and meditate. It's a lot harder when you work 60 hours a week at three minimum wage jobs and live in ratty apartment in an ugly town. She does say she is aware of her charmed life but I'm not sure she really is. She became famous and wealthy so young and never struggled in her life. However, she could have developed into a vapid, materialistic housewives of Beverly Hills type woman so I've got to give her props for trying to keep it real.
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Read information about the authorGoldie Jean Hawn is an American Academy Award-winning actress, director and producer. She is best known for starring in popular film comedies of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
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