My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

by Sissy Spacek, Maryanne Vollers


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My Extraordinary Ordinary Life by Sissy Spacek, Maryanne Vollers

In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything. She also learned fearlessness in the wake of a family tragedy, the grief propelling her "like rocket fuel" to follow her dreams of becoming a performer.

With a keen sense of humor and a big-hearted voice, she describes how she arrived in New York City one star-struck summer as a seventeen-year-old carrying a suitcase and two guitars; and how she built a career that has spanned four decades with films such as Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, 3 Women, and The Help. She details working with some of the great directors of our time, including Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, David Lynch, and Brian De Palma-who thought of her as a no-talent set decorator until he cast her as the lead in Carrie. She also reveals why, at the height of her fame, she and her family moved away from Los Angeles to a farm in rural Virginia.

Whether she's describing the terrors and joys of raising two talented, independent daughters, taking readers behind the scenes on Oscar night, or meditating on the thrill of watching a pair of otters frolicking in her pond, Sissy Spacek's memoir is poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, plainspoken and utterly honest. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is about what matters most: the exquisite worth of ordinary things, the simple pleasures of home and family, and the honest job of being right with the world. "If I get hit by a truck tomorrow," she writes, "I want to know I've returned my neighbor's cake pan."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401324360
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 796,860
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 18 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sissy Spacek was raised in Quitman, Texas, the daughter of an agriculturalist and a homemaker. From her Oscar-nominated performance in Carrie, based on Stephen King's book, to her Academy-Award-winning portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, in which she sang all of Lynn's songs and earned a Grammy nomination, her acclaimed guest role on HBO's Big Love, and her uproarious turn in The Help, she has enjoyed an enduring career in movies and television. She lives in Virginia with her husband, the production designer, Jack Fisk, six dogs, and one cat who thinks he's a dog.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"My Ordinary Extraordinary Life" really was a pleasure to read. The ordinariness of a loving & active childhood... a solid marriage ... all these facets ... were refreshing to say the least . The down to earth-ness that is unthinkable as to most super stars was so prevalent thru out the book. I've been a fan which led me to the book but what kept me was the incredibly well written narratives and the honest emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sissy is a wonderful author and also a brilliant actress. I love all ehr movies and was so glad that she wrote her autobiography. I have recently moved to Quitman, Texas and I can see how she really loved it here. Great Book, hope to see more from her in the future. I have already red ti three times. HA!!!!!
Myla60 More than 1 year ago
I have not finished the book totally because of real life. BUT this is an easy, fast read. Love the ability to take me back to the happiest times in my life that she has and I did not grow up in Texas. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do like this actor, however this book moves so slow I could barely get through it. If I hadn't bought it, doubtful I would bother to finish. Sissy goes into great detail of everyday life during her childhood. Nothing terribly interesting to anyone unless you know her personally or are a huge fan. She wanders off into stories about various relatives. Again, not interesting. Writing style of this book seems to wander all over the place. It could have used some organization. I'm sorry to say I thought this was a very boring book. Very disappointed.
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CarolF More than 1 year ago
She tells it like it is. Surprising how much this Jersey girl has in common with a Texas lass. Have always been a fan, now I know I like the real person, too.