Remember that promise I made to read more? I actually stuck to it this week. No details needed but let’s just say my anxiety isn’t in the best of shape right now and it’s turned me into a temporary hermit. My current read, Siren by Jade Thorn, was half finished in one go yesterday. (Heads up, that book is mega steamy!)
But I still need to step things up a bit more and do what I’ve intended to do for a while and branch out. Reviews on The Secret Library are going to stay entirely urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal romance etc. But I’m going to make an exception on today’s feature by talking about a book I’ve been wanting to read forever and just haven’t.
“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.”
* * *
Mara Wilson was a movie staple of my childhood. Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda were some of my favourite movies growing up (I didn’t watch Miracle on 34th Street nearly enough) and their magic was hugely down to Mara Wilson’s epic performances.
I mean, Matilda is a British book written by a British author and being British, you’d have thought I’d have wanted the movie to have been a bit more British. But honestly, nobody could have done the job better than she did. The only thing remotely British about Matilda is Pam Ferris as Ms. Trunchbull and she freaking aced it, too.
Long story short, Mara Wilson was my hero as a child and she continues to be my hero as an adult. If you’re not sure why, check her out on Twitter, she is a warrior battling for her own rights and the rights of others. This lady rules. Or at least, she should. Mara Wilson for President!
Anyway, back to the book. Ever since Mara Wilson disappeared from our screens, I’ve wanted to know what she’s been up to and who she has become. So when she released Where Am I Now? it immediately went on my TBR pile. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet and this is one of these books you want on your actual, physical bookshelf.
My aim is to have read this by the end of the year, so here’s hoping I can get my hands on a copy soon.
Thanks for reading!