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Born with Teeth: A Memoir av Kate Mulgrew
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Born with Teeth: A Memoir (utgåvan 2016)

av Kate Mulgrew (Författare)

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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen. We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played -- Captain Janeway on Star Trek ; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.… (mer)
Medlem:Noah-M
Titel:Born with Teeth: A Memoir
Författare:Kate Mulgrew (Författare)
Info:Back Bay Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Samlingar:2018 Books - Completed, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Memoir

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Wonderful memoir!!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about one of my favorite actresses. ( )
  AR_bookbird | Dec 17, 2020 |
I was both impressed and disappointed in this book.
Kate Mulgrew is a better writer than I was expecting - her prose is lyrical and enthralling. I found it difficult to put this book down, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 2 stars.

Regarding content...as an actress, I can't say it's all that surprising to find that she's very flamboyant and dramatic in the telling of her life as well as the living of it, but even when she was obviously writing from her heart, I found it difficult to find the authentic in it. Her passions run hot and fleeting, at the expense of almost any other thing in her life except her acting. She didn't appear to struggle at all in the acting business. She hadn't even finished acting school when she was cast simultaneously in two major parts on tv and the stage, and from there, her obvious acting chops and professionalism were always recognized. Except for that one time she botched her audition for the captain of a starship, after which she said something to the effect of "that was a terrible audition and I apologize, but as you can see I am a woman in love and very distracted" - and the love she speaks of there, that was the real love, the one that made her realize all the other loves were fake loves, for whom she dumped her two young children with a local teen for the day to go fishing (it was pouring rain) and hang out in the pub until she got back from driving for two hours to meet him at a hotel with a closed bar. When she got back her children were angry with her for leaving them for so long, so she bought them things to make it up to them. Her love for her children is actually pretty obvious, but her passion and spontaneity mean that she neglects them. Not even for work - if it was just that, I would have sympathy because she needs to work and acting requires long hours - but for passionate loves and wild adventures. I think she loves loving and being loved, but the mundane every day of cultivating and maintaining it bores her. She speaks frankly and (as always) passionately about the daughter she gave up for adoption, but less so about the sons she raised. She speaks of meeting her daughter for the first time as being a wonderful and heartwarming experience, and it was beautifully written. She thanks her sons in the book's acknowledgements, and then extra-thanks her daughter. Having never been pregnant let alone either raised a child or given one up for adoption, I can only guess at how it must feel, but how must her sons feel as she continually left them in the hands of the nanny or babysitter or their father to work and play, all the while pining after the daughter she gave up.

In all - I love her work, she's a talented actress, passionate about life, and I would love to drink with her one day, but I don't think we could be friends. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Captain Janeway was a fascinating character to me. As a devoted Star Trek fan, the first female captain was a big deal. At first her voice bothered me, but I got used to it quickly, and from there I developed a real liking for the character, and I wanted to learn more about the person.

Kate Mulgrew wrote and narrated this autobiography herself. In some ways I learned a lot about her life, but in other ways, I felt she skimmed over some important events, about which I would have liked to have learned more-most especially her work with the rest of the cast on Star Trek: Voyager.

Ms. Mulgrew is a strong woman. She makes no apologies for her choices, and I respect that. She works hard and it seems she has a close-knit family. But in some ways, it seems like her life has been charmed. As of the end of the book, she still has both parents, (though it was mentioned at one point that her mother had an incident which sounded like the onset of dementia to me. I would have liked to have learned more about her feelings regarding that, as my own mother was diagnosed with dementia last year.) She was able to be reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption. (Did she regret giving her up? She never says so, exactly, though she did search for her for years.) There is another reunion at the end, which seems to put the final touch on it-she gets everything she wants.

Where she sort of lost me for a while was during her divorce, when she was relating how she hadn't worked for a while and that she was broke. She calls whomever, finds out she has only $10,000.00 left and decides to take her two boys to Ireland for the summer. Apparently, Ms. Mulgrew and I have VERY different ideas about what it means to be broke. (My idea of it involves no vacations or any sum over $10.00.)

Kate Mulgrew can write and write well. Combined with her narration, it made this autobiography a joy to listen to. Despite the rather abrupt ending, I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating woman. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
A well-written celebrity memoir. Kate Mulgrew's got a poet in her.

Audio book recommended! She narrates herself and does an excellent job. ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
I didn't know anything about this actress before this book. She had a bit of a chaotic childhood in a large family with parents who were rather loose about parenting. She was very determined about becoming an actress and worked hard to succeed. She had several promising romances that ended badly including one that resulted in giving up her first child for adoption. I enjoyed her story and listened to her dramatic reading of it on audio. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jan 3, 2019 |
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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen. We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played -- Captain Janeway on Star Trek ; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

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