Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book: Home - A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews

Home: A Memoir of My Early YearsHome: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't realize there was so much more sorrow than music in the childhood years of "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" star. In this engrossing memoir, Julie Andrews chronicles a hardscrabble yet happy childhood spent taking care of the household expenses amid attempts by her stepfather to molest her. Things get better for Andrews in her late teens, eventually leading to a starring role for the young singer in Broadway's "My Fair Lady". Initially, Andrews was hopelessly out of her depth but director Moss Hart bullied, cajoled, scolded and moulded his Eliza Doolittle over one weekend. There was no looking back. This is a treasure trove of anecdotes about her family and career, and there is no doubt Andrews is a natural writer. Waiting for Andrews to finish writing the second part that focuses on life after "Mary Poppins".

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