Where am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame

Author(s): Mara Wilson


"Thoughtfully traces Mara Wilson's] journey from child actress to Hollywood dropout...Who is she now? She's a writer." --NPR's "Guide To 2016's Great Reads"

"Growing up, I wanted to be Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight." --Ilana Glazer, cocreator and star of Broad City

Named a best book of the month by GoodReads and Entertainment Weekly

A former child actor 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. Candid, insightful, moving, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up female.


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"Lyrical and affecting . . . humorous, relatable, and ultimately real. . .["Where Am I Now?"]is more than just another Hollywood memoir; it is a truly refreshing coming-of-age story." "Library Journal" "A heartfelt portrait . . . [Mara Wilson] has experienced a great many highs as well as lows in her young life, and she shares them all with honesty, humor, and humility." "Publishers Weekly" "A coming-of-age story that is not only entertaining, but also wise. . . . A readably candid, sharp memoir." "Kirkus Reviews" Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. I always loved that she portrayed strong characters, especially as a female, even as a young child. "Where Am I Now?" is a delight. Ilana Glazer, co-creator and star of "Broad City" Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, "Where Am I Now?" is a book that reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together. Jenny Lawson, author of "Furiously Happy "and "Let s Pretend this Never Happened" Former child star Mara Wilson has grown up to be a moving, funny, and thoughtful storyteller. Well, not"up." As I understand it, she's still approximately the same height. Megan Amram, author of "Science for Her!" You don't have to be a fellow neurotic Jew who grew up in Southern California to adore this book. Though Mara Wilson s childhood was unique, the themes of "Where Am I Now?" are universal. Rachel Bloom, creator and star of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend""

Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor, and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Miracle on 34th Street," and "Matilda." A graduate of NYU s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, "What Are You Afraid Of?." Her writing can be found on "Jezebel," "The Toast," "McSweeney s," the "Daily Beast," and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. A voice actor on the podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," she will guest star on upcoming episodes of "Broad City" and "BoJack Horseman." She lives in New York City."

General Fields

  • : 9780143128229
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : September 2016
  • : 203mm X 135mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mara Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 791.43028092
  • : 272
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