My Mother Was Nuts
I have rarely enjoyed a biography as much as I enjoyed this one. Penny Marshall is so accomplished both as an actor and director, but most importantly, she is funny, really, really funny. The story of her life while at times poignant was mostly really funny. She reads the books herself and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. It really added something to the experience to have her telling the stories to you in her own voice. She’s very straightforward in her accounting. She doesn’t shrink away from her flaws and she doesn’t shrink away from her triumphs. It seems like she knows just about everyone in the entertainment business in both Hollywood and New York and most of them have stayed at her house. The part about lots of people living in her house really resonated with me. It was also really fun to hear her talk about her friendship with Carrie Fisher, whose books and career I also really enjoyed. Not knowing Penny Marshall personally, there is no way to tell the accuracy of her recounting of her life, but it sure was entertaining.