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Scrappy, Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Cover of BookI was so excited when Scrappy, Little Nobody came for me! I started reading it right away and could not put it down! In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect since Anna Kendrick doesn’t often reveal much about her personal life in her interviews. However, she tells countless stories in this book that are so vivid and detailed. Sometimes, I wondered how she could remember all of what has happened to her, but then, I realized that she’s lived through such exciting and thrilling experiences that could not be forgotten!

What I truly appreciated from reading this book is that Anna was completely honest and direct from beginning to end. I learned that although Anna is a famous and talented actress now, she doesn’t let the fame get to her. She doesn’t want to feel entitled, and will always feel uncomfortable about her appearance, home, and money. She not only explains her struggles as an actress, but even while she was not cast in productions. She expresses her sincere thoughts and feelings, especially when talking about her family, boyfriends, and roommates. Telling stories about these people in her life and some of the experiences she went through reminds me that she has ups and downs like anyone else.

So, you want to know more about Anna’s life? Read her book! If you’re like me, you will admire Anna Kendrick even more, which I didn’t even know was possible!

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

Those who know me know that I tend to shy away from non-fiction. I have been known to turn up my nose and say that I don’t enjoy it. You guys, I was wrong. And considering how much I love history and true stories, you’d think it would have been obvious to me that I would love non-fiction.

So putting my shame aside, I am here to recommend some biographies that I really enjoyed reading. (I’m not gonna lie, you’re going to see a familiar face here). Continue reading

I, Rhoda: a memoir by Valerie Harper

As a fan of the T.V. series Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, my interest in this memoir by Valerie Harper (a.k.a Rhoda) instantly piqued when I saw this book.  Adorned in her iconic, decorative head kerchief on the cover, Valerie chronicles the major experiences and relationships of her eventful life with a candour and tone that is warm, respectful and genuine.

Throughout her retell, I learned very interesting tidbits that I did not know, such as the fact that she was born to a Canadian mother and that she moved quite continuously with her family as a youth.  This rather nomadic life continued throughout her long career as a performer of both stage and television.

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