A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
©2016 Mara Wilson (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Spoke to me on so many levels. Maria Wilson is insightful, articulate and a great story teller. Her voice was wonderful and I would love to hear more audio books narrated by her!
Like many of my peers, I grew up with Mara Wilson. She was the iconic little girl we all fell in love with and were heartbroken when she walked away from acting - reading this book has been a revelation, I have waited many years to hear her story and now I feel I love her more for it. Read by Mara herself, this book is an incredible listen, a greater read and the story of a life riddled with insecurity.
I stumbled across this book only a few days before her book came out. Surprisingly, I was passing along memory lane, on Movie Nostalgia drive so Mathilda was a fair choice to revisit. After seeing a few links about Mara talking about her experiences, about her being a writer now, obviously the book would pop up. To my surprise, it was also available here at Audible and even more so, read by Mara herself. So it was a no-brainer to get it pre-ordered.
Starting into this, I have to say I am not a fan of autobiographies. The only one I've ever read was on Edgar Allan Poe. So this is still relatively new territory for me. But having Mara Wilson's voice read to me the exact words she had written is... soothing. Both in delivery and the actual voice. There's a certain peace to it, but still a kind of excitement that cannot be replicated. Had anyone else recorded this it would have lost it's own brand of magic.
I'll be frank, I forget plenty. I do not follow people's lives in the tabloids or the net. So hearing Mara's life story was refreshing, heart-breaking, exciting. But most of all, some of the experiences were eerily familiar. Her experience as a child with thoughts of Death, the effect that came of it. It resonated.
Her own letter to Mathilda was by far the strongest, most emotional chapter.
So yes. This book is definitely worth your time. It is worth listening to.
Thank you, Mara Wilson, for your time as well. You are an absolute complete bad-ass.
A remarkably frank account of the life so far of a much loved child star. Listening to this made me realise what a truly brave and resilient person the author is in addition to her indisputable talent.
"I Couldn't Put Mara's Book Down...!!!!"
"Where Am I Now ?" Is Funny, Sad, Thought Provoking And Warm-Hearted...!!!! Loved Reading It...!!!!
I found this difficult to follow as there is a lot of jumping in time, talking about when she was a child, then an adult, and back to a childhood story. I cannot understand how the story is put together, the reason for the order of chapter topics. I just stopped to see how much is left in the book and im only on chapter 10 of 18 and I dont think I am willing to continue.
"Matilda wrote a book!"
Lovely book by a very thoughtful person. I found her honesty touching without being too self satisfying. Her sadder stories were told sensitively and her funnier stories were thoughtfully funny. I really enjoyed it.
"She described the first ten years of my life."
I think it put forth a third layer to the entire experience.
My initial thought was to compare her to Mindy Kayling, just because they describe their life and what they remember about their youth so vividly, but Mara has a depth to her that made me understand that all of the repressed anxiety I had at such a young age could be rationalized by me as an adult.
If I just read the book, I wouldn't be able to compare Mara Wilson's voice to whoever voices MTV's DARIA, and think - wow, this is what my inner voice sounds like - Matilda, all grown up.
It was the moment she said her mother died on the set of Matilda. My heart broke.
I wholeheartedly believe that the credit or the cash is worth listening to Mara and her honest representation of not only girlhood, but girlhood as a child star. I think her wit and wisdom are beautiful partners to her honesty and maturity. She is a wonderful storyteller.
A powerful, thoughtful piece read brilliantly in the tranquil, quiet voice of Mara Wilson. I listened to it for the 14 hours I drove as I moved to a new city, and at the end I felt like I said goodbye to an old friend and hello to a new world. I recommend to anyone who has felt out-of-place or lost.
"great story telling and very powerful,"
I feel for Mara and her struggles with anxiety as I have had my own struggles in this area. I wish her the best and look forward to reading more by her or maybe see her in future movies, thank you Mara.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, I didn't really look into reviews or synopses. I was so pleasantly surprised by Mara's candor, honesty, and, well, storytelling. Not only did I relate to much of her vulnerability, but she tells her experience so well. These are reflections worth reading.
"got through about 1/3 of the book."
Maybe it gets better? I feel horrible writing a bad review for the woman who used to be this insanely cute and talented little girl, but DAYUM...this was just so incredibly boring. I'm a retoucher and can sit and listen to just about anything - but this was like listening to your friend tell you all about a childhood story that you're SO not into. Very similar to listening to someone tell you their DREAM - UGH. I feel awful saying it, but you should not get this book.
Try Amy Schumer's new book - really good.
"Great stories, great readings"
I loved this book. The reader's voice and impersonations were on clear and on point.
I've been a long time Mara Wilson fan (she's a year younger than me). This book gave so much insight to what it is to grow up in the public eye. My heart broke a bit when she talked about her mother (I didn't know she passed). I found myself wanting to be her friend and agreeing with her on a lot.
Very well written and orated.
"It's only a shame there's not more."
I learned a lot about the author listening to this book, but just as much, this book put my friends and my own experiences in a new light for me.
I've laughed while reading many books, and there were certainly comic moments in "Where Am I Now?", but while listening I felt surges of empathy, sorrow, and connection, like knowing what it's like to be another person for just a moment.
It's a terrific piece of literature -- one we all ought to read.
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