Wildflower

Wildflower

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by Drew Barrymore
     
 

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The heart-stirring New York Times bestseller that InStyle called “deeply thoughtful and fun,” now in paperback, shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from Drew Barrymore’s past and present, told from the place of happiness she's achieved today.
 
Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life

Overview

The heart-stirring New York Times bestseller that InStyle called “deeply thoughtful and fun,” now in paperback, shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from Drew Barrymore’s past and present, told from the place of happiness she's achieved today.
 
Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences she’s had throughout her life. It includes tales of living in her first apartment as a teenager (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck under a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying good-bye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more journeys and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today.

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Praise for Wildflower

"Pure delight. . . . If until now you merely liked Barrymore . . . you’ll adore her once you read this series of personal essays.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The book is a deeply thoughtful and fun page-turner—like a rich dessert that also happens to be good for you.”—InStyle

“[Barrymore] brings honesty, sweetness, and humor to the tale of how she fought to earn the hard-won wisdom that steered her from being a twelve-year-old former child star to becoming a beloved actor. . . . A warm and inviting narrative.”—Publishers Weekly
 
"Barrymore’s book is a cheerful and happy examination of some of the ups and downs in her life."—Booklist 
 
"Heartwarming. Fans of the actress, her production company, makeup line, or girl-next-door demeanor, or anyone looking for a companion in book form, will enjoy."—Library Journal  

“An endearing, earnest, lightly cultivated garden of stories from the actress.”—Kirkus Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Stephanie Zacharek
…[this] mostly sunny sort-of memoir…is pure delight. If until now you merely liked Barrymore…you'll adore her once you read this series of personal essays…Laugh if you want: The moving lyricism of Barrymore's writing…defines her as anything but a flake. She's a blithe spirit who, at a not inconsiderable cost, has carved out a place of warmth in a pretty cold world.
Publishers Weekly
09/14/2015
For those seeking gory details of film star Barrymore’s misspent youth, there’s not much to be found in this low-key memoir. Instead, she brings honesty, sweetness, and humor to the tale of how she fought to earn the hard-won wisdom that steered her from being a 12-year-old former child star to becoming a beloved actor. When Barrymore wisely gets emancipated at 14—her father was homeless and her mother didn’t even know enough to pack a lunch for her on school days—she’s a high school dropout who lacks basic survival skills. Mastering doing her own laundry truly gives the defeated Barrymore a new lease on life: she gains confidence and purpose while also educating herself, devouring book after book at the laundromat. Of course her trademark goofy oddball humor is present as she recalls teenage loves, but there’s also growth and a blossoming realization that she can turn her love of work and her desires to do something meaningful into a career. After being welcomed back as an actor and then a producer, Barrymore has shifted to a life that’s less Hollywood-driven, focusing on her cosmetics company, Flower Beauty, and her home life. In the end, Barrymore has written a warm and inviting narrative. Agent: Simon Green, CAA. (Oct.)
Library Journal
10/01/2015
In her new collection of essays, actress Barrymore cautiously avoids the idea that these vignettes collectively compose a memoir. She hopes that readers will "dip into when you need to or when you like to," and the stories work well in that way. Brief segments of the 40-year-old performer's life provide a small window into her enviably giddy attitude. Turning her emancipation at the age of 14 into a tale of learning to live as a strong, independent woman and bouncing through her film career and motherhood, each story becomes a little more relatable. At one point she describes rowdily crashing her car through a fence because she felt young and invincible; however ill-conceived the idea, this may cause readers to recall their own youthful idiotic mistakes. VERDICT This is not a collection for those looking to remain negative and dour. At times, Barrymore's recollections seem unbelievable—is it really possible that she has memories of being 11 months old? Still, they are heartwarming. Fans of the actress, her production company, makeup line, or girl-next-door demeanor, or anyone looking for a companion in book form, will enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 4/27/15.]—Kaitlin Connors, Virginia Beach P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-09-23
An endearing, earnest, lightly cultivated garden of stories from the actress. The voice of the woman who captured hearts as a child in E.T. is instantly recognizable in this sweet work. In her preface, Barrymore (Find It in Everything: Photographs by Drew Barrymore, 2014, etc.) shares hesitation at calling her book a memoir, a term that "seemed heavy to me, and I want this to be light." What follows lives up to her intention. It's a time-hopping assemblage of, among other things, sky diving with friend Cameron Diaz, exploring religion in India, and creating Flower Films, a girl-powered production company. We learn of her deep need for approval and a cycle of worry and relief pervading her professional life, but Barrymore has found happiness (the exclamation points prove it!), and there's no place for dirt in this garden. Barrymore perfunctorily addresses her unstable parents, wild child years, and famous relatives, an approach that creates unresolved questions. The few stories from her younger years that she does share are humble ("I really am so sorry and remorseful"), and readers get the sense that she is writing in full knowledge that her two daughters will be reading this someday. Accordingly, it's writing to and about her daughters and motherhood where Barrymore shines. She allows herself to be vulnerable and overcome with wonder, just like the girl America fell in love with decades ago. Although she is a flower child, free and thriving, in several instances, the book would have benefited from a heavier editorial hand—e.g., an office that's described as "warm and truly lived in" is again called "warm and utterly organized" two sentences later. It's easy to like Barrymore, and even if her life isn't quite an open book, we get an often funny, occasionally tear-jerking picture of a woman who has replaced past darkness with love and light and who just wants everyone to be happy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101983812
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/17/2016
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
52,426
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Drew Barrymore starred in E.T. at the age of six and has gone on to win critical acclaim and the hearts of fans for years in movies such as The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Charlie’s Angels, and Grey Gardens, just to name a few. She is the cofounder of Flower Films, Flower Beauty, and Barrymore Wines. She lives with her family in New York and Los Angeles.

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Wildflower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish i could meet her in real life because she has the most possitive outlook on its contagious. I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drew paints an interesting and poignant picture of her life in a series of non-sequential vignettes. In the telling of her story and description of her thoughts and feelings she is humble without trying to be. She's a brave girl...no a brave woman. I suspect she's had years of therapy. However, it is also evident she is extremely intelligent and worked really hard to heal - its the only she could love the way she loves today. Congratulations Drew!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Drew Barrymore and she has some interesting stories. she got into just the right amount of trouble and still made a succesful career for herself
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Read via audiobook and my new Scribd membership, I loved experiencing this book via audio! As a side note, I have only listened to a handful of books, but all have been in the celebrity memoir genre and I have loved them all! This was no exception. It was less memoir and more a collection of short stories, but I loved it. It did not go in chronological order, which may have bugged me a few times, but I can get over it. I thought I knew most of Drew Barrymore's story as her personal life has hit the news throughout the years, but I loved "reading" through her eyes and her telling the stories that matter to her. I absolutely recommend listening as Drew narrates it herself and she puts her own unique touch on certain moments. She yells, she laughs and I even feel like I heard some teary moments, it was perfectly emotional and I would love to hear her read something else.
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Allison age 16 country Nebraska story title: First day of school "Ellie dear" said Mrs.Bell. " wake up! It is already 8:00 and you go into school at 8:20 don't you want to get to school on time?" Ellie's mom asked. Ellie said "No. I do not want to start all over again!" Since Ellie talked back to Mrs.Bell, she got dragged out've bed. "Mom, Why do I have to go to this dumb old school?" Asked Ellie. " becse you need to learn cursive,math, and language arts." After Ellie did her morning routine, the bus came. " Have a nice day sweetie! I love you." Mrs.Bell said. Once the bus took Ellie and a whole bunch of students to Groundhog elementry school, the driver opend the door and let the students out. Standing short and tall, was their new prinipal Ms.Garcia. Ellie did a small hi and then ran in. She saw her new teacher too! Her name was Mrs.Melendez. After Mrs. Melendez explained the stuff that they will do this year. Once they finished math, a small girl with long flowing black hair and teal glasses came up to Ellie and said, "Hi I am Gaby. What is your name?" At first Ellie was nervous then Ellie started liking and talking to Gaby. As soon as Ellie met Gaby, she knew that the two of them, would never be inseprable. THE END!