In Pieces

In Pieces

by Sally Field, Author (Read by)

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In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time — about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships—including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549143076
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 188,316
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winning actor who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002 and also served on the Board of The Sundance Institute from 1994 to 2010. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1

1 My Grandmother's Daughter 7

2 Dick 28

3 Jocko 48

4 Libbit 69

5 What Goes Up 91

6 That Summer 112

Part 2

7 Gidget 143

8 Get Thee to a Nunnery 168

9 Wired 186

10 Together 214

11 Second Season 241

12 Peter 259

Part 3

13 Transition 281

14 Culpable 306

15 Hungry 331

16 Sybil 354

17 The Bandit 379

18 Treading Water 401

19 Norma 419

20 The End of the Beginning 442

21 Me, My Mother, and Mary Todd 451

Epilogue 484

Acknowledgments 493

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In Pieces 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always thought actors, especially of Sally Field's quality, lived exotic, rich, beautiful lives. This was a raw, real version that I would have never guessed at. All I can say is, WOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted so much to love this biography, as I do the author (or actor) but it kind of left me flat. I wanted more. To really know who Sally is as a person but I got the feeling that Sally doesn't really know that answer. Her description of Burt Reynolds was no big surprise to me. Self centered, egotistical, stuck up....I would have been floored if he was anything but. It is, HOLLYWOOD careful what you wish for, right? Some areas were skipped over while some went on too long, as if the reader couldn't fathom what was being told. Don't get me wrong, I think Sally Field is the best actress of her generation and if her life and family added to this gift, even in a twisted way, then it was a gift for us all. After all, life IS like a box of chocolates. Thank you Sally
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, I could hear Ms. Field's voice tell her story. Honest, heart wrenching at times and so genuine. Thoroughly enjoyed getting a glimpse of her and am inspired by her perserverance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd say she was stronger than she thought. It's a shame she couldn't accept how good she was at the time it was happening. Thank you for you're openness. Enjoy your life, you've earned it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always said if I put my life story on film I would want Sally Field to play the part. Knowing your story parts of mine would be a rerun for her. We keep so much inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First celebrity bio that is raw,real and truthful. Sally Field did a deep dive into her psyche and that of her family. Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy she wrote this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down kudos to Sally for her honesty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I started to read this book I was angered by all that she went through. I have always liked and admired Sally as a person and actor. Her life experiences bring to life many of the same horrible things we as women have gone through. As I said I have always loved Sally and think she is an amazing person. Even more so now that I have read her story. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Always be proud of what you have done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, honest portrayal of love, dysfunction, hope and healing. Sally Field has written a moving story of her life that most of us could never imagine. Illuminating and gripping, funny and engaging. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's changed my mind D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sally Fields is not only an exceptional actor but a honest person. She reminds me of so many women who struggle with self doubt and in securities. You feel her anguish and can relate to her anxieties. As a woman I can so relate especially in light of the Metoo movement. Ms. Fields should be so proud of all accomplishments and talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting & insightful look into the life & mind of Sally Field.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her honesty in this book gave me a better understanding of her life.. a very intimate disclosure of her trials and triumphs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing woman. I can’t say enough about this book. What a life she’s lived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but mostly about her awful abuse and insecurity and how she finally found some peace. She had a bumpy ride and I always admired her, but never knew how much she had to deal with. She didn't hold back and you felt part of her therapy as she wrote. I wish she had more lighthearted stories, that Burt wasn't just a few pages of drugs and narcissist encounters but her memory of their time is hers and his was a little more varied, although honest for him. His memoir mentioned more lighthearted moments also and how he fought for her to be with him on Smokey. If you are looking for tidbits on movies and TV shows, it is very little of that, one line about being in Murphy's Romance, I don't remember Forest Gump, she mentions filming others, but no costar stories, no mention of liking this one or that one, (although Joanne Woodward got kudos) She didn't have to do that but just be warned it's not a "behind the scenes" at work as much as it is at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing person. Amazing story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt as though I were reading my own story and thank Ms. Field for being so open, so honest, and so vulnerable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every honest word and cherished memory of Baa. I cried with her as my own memories bubbled up and out.
JPovie 3 months ago
Sally is an incredible actress. I enjoyed learning more about her background and how she got started. The spirit she has shown to overcome trials and tribulations was couragous on her part. She was subjected to the perils of abuse during that time period, and I'm sorry to read she was silenced and found her way of self preservation. In spite of these obstacles, she found a way to continue to find greatness and move forward with her passion. I felt encouraged to understand her strengh and confidence in living her life her way. A good read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Looking past the celebrity to get to see the real person, beauty and warts is refreshing. I would've like to have met Baa.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Very moving and honest, showing the rawest parts of ones self.
Anonymous 11 months ago
MadelineTaylor More than 1 year ago
What's most impressive about this book for me is that Ms. Field sheds light not only on what happened but how she felt as she was coping with the circumstances of her life. We see how she had to adapt to the parents she was born to, how that affected her beliefs about herself and how certain longings and needs were never satisfied. With beautifully described insight, she illuminates her development from a child who had to accommodate to everyone else's wishes, to a young woman who honors her own needs and learns to say, "No." My Psychotherapy Reading Group on has chosen to discuss this moving and affecting memoir.