One More Time

One More Time

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One More Time : A Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Carol Burnett is a gifted comedian, don't expect an abundance of humor in this touching account of her childhood and young adulthood. Written as if it were a lengthy letter to her daughters, her stream-of-consciousness style didn't always appeal to me. Yet her story of being the daughter of divorced alcoholics, growing up in a cluttered, one-room apartment that she shared with her grandmother and taking custodial charge of her half-sister is engaging and endearing. An afterword tells about how she and one of her daughters turned portions of the narrative into a Broadway play, and how that daughter died of cancer before the production was staged. Burnett is a wonderful example of someone who has truly endured more than her share of hard knocks and still managed to become a strong role model with a positive attitude. Absolutely inspiring!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to save this book for an upcoming trip, but the moment I opened it I knew I couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night reading it! She's so personable, witty, honest, and never makes excuses for how she feels or behaves. You get the feeling that she'd be a nice person to just have lunch with and chat about things -- no arrogance, no ego, just her. It's overall one of the best biographies I've ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just a young fan of Carol's, but I love her all the more. I checked her book out of the public library and read it in 3 days. She is a great writer. It is almost like she is siting down talking to you right there. Agreed.....she makes you fall off your seat laughing and run to get a tissue box crying. I have read it 3 more times since March and I am not one to read a lot since we do it so much in school. The book it definately a page-turner. Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when it was originally released in 1986 and it remains one of my most favorite books of all time. To read about how Carol overcame the difficulties of her life, gave me inspiration. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll enjoy!
1Atomic More than 1 year ago
It amazes me how an individual with such wit and charm can hide so many very sad and painful things about one's past. Ms. Burnett teaches us to see the silver lining in every dark cloud and the glass as being half full instead of half empty. I remember watching her program, "The Carol Burnett Show" with my own kindhearted and beloved maternal grandmother, thanking God that I, too, had a special person caring for me. Even after years on stage and life before a camera, Carol Burnett keeps tugging her ear to let her granny know that she is alright. Ms. Burnett never wallows in her sorrows, but consciously and perhaps even subconsciously decides to delight us, make us smile and bring on a big laugh. She is truly an inspiration to all and her story is worth reading. I do not know a single person who dislikes Carol Burnett. I love her even more after reading her remarkable book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...being a performer myself, I was amazed to read about Carol's rise to stardom from a childhood of relative poverty on the streets of Hollywood, CA.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a long-time fan of The Carol Burnet Show (& hilarious cast) and knowing how she grew up raised by her comical grandmother 'Nanny', I set out to find this book. (I think the book was out of print but tracked it down via ebay.) WHAT A TREAT!! She writes it with witt and honesty, describing her early life and what is was like living near Hollywood Blvd in a small one-room apartment with Nanny in the 40's. Although her Mother had a room down the hall, growing up with this dsyfunctional family is what ultimately gave her the humor she passed on in her characters. Carol will always be the first lady of comedy to me. I laughed so hard as she explains the times Nanny always took her to the movies with a flask of sherry in her purse and stole the salt & pepper shakers and anything else not glued down at the drugstore diner. A treasure for any Carol Burnet fan, I urge you to check your library for this wonderfully funny and touching book. It's one laugh after another, you'll be so glad you did.
mc-reader More than 1 year ago
I haven't started reading Carol Burnett's latest book, yet, This Time Together. But I thought I would start with her first book she wrote back in 1986. I have always found Ms Burnett to be quite entertaining, and I certainly enjoy learning more about entertainers' personal lives. She has done an excellent job in writing her memoirs. And this book, I guess, first started out as a letter to her children giving them insight to their mother's past. Reading how Carol Burnett grew up and got her start in show business is revealing and well written. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about today's entertainers and how they "made it big" in show business.
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Dragonlady425 More than 1 year ago
I don't think you would even have to be fan of Carol Burnett to enjoy this book. It begins in her childhood years and goes through her mid-twenties. It is written as her memories to her children. She was funny right from the start! I guess she had to be to grow up, being raised by her grandmother, in poverty (I had heard this part before, but I didn't know that her mother lived just a few doors away in the same apartment building). Her grandmother was quite the comedian herself, though she wasn't trying to be. Even with all the hardships, Carol Burnett still thought she always had it good. She always looked at the bright side. She talks so lovingly about her mother, grandmother, and little sister. I am now a bigger fan than before.