Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family

Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family

by Swoosie Kurtz, Joni Rodgers
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Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family by Swoosie Kurtz, Joni Rodgers

In a wise, warmhearted memoir that celebrates her extraordinary life and stellar career, Swoosie Kurtz welcomes readers into her world, sharing personal misadventures and showbiz lore and candidly reflecting on the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent. Told with intelligence and Swoosie’s hallmark comedic timing, Part Swan, Part Goose makes a powerful statement about womanhood, work and family.

Swoosie’s is the kind of memoir that doesn’t come without a fascinating back story: Enter the parents, Frank and Margo Kurtz. Frank, an Olympic diving medalist, later became one of the most decorated aviators in American history. He flew a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying Fortress called “The Swoose,” now housed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Margo chronicled their early years together in her memoir, My Rival, the Sky, published by Putnam in 1945. The book ends with the young couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby to be named after the indomitable Swoose.

Today, Margo, who is approaching her hundredth birthday, lives with Swoosie. As Margo’s reality drifts freely between her morning coffee and a 1943 war bond tour, Swoosie struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating the pitfalls and pratfalls of the entertainment industry. This precarious moment in time is bittersweet and occasionally overwhelming, but every day is oxygenated with laughter and love. The careful weaving of Swoosie’s story with passages from My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women.

Part Swan, Part Goose is that rare Hollywood memoir that takes us behind the curtain but doesn’t live there; its heart is solidly at home. It doesn’t pretend to tell all, but what it does tell is deeply resonant for millions caring for aging parents, timely and topical for book clubs and entertaining as hell for readers in general.

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ISBN-13: 9780698151277
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 174,276
File size: 23 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar, The World According to Garp and Dangerous Liaisons, indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories and Cruel Intentions and beloved TV hits Sisters and Pushing Daisies. She is currently starring in the CBS hit series Mike&Molly.

Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. Swoosie’s mother, Margo Rogers Kurtz, for whom the actress currently cares in their shared California house, is the author of the home front memoir My Rival, the Sky (Putnam, 1945).

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Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! It is really three stories that gel together effortlessly: Her rise to star status in her career, her parents incredible life together along with excerpts from her mother's book so there is her mother's first-person account too. Ms Kurtz is an amazing woman!
DeanC More than 1 year ago
This is a most fascinating look at past and present in a family story. Well worth the read.
JoniRodgers More than 1 year ago
It's fascinating to read about a person's work when they are as driven and passionate about it as Swoosie Kurtz is about theater, but this memoir is mostly about the family relationships that have sustained her. This would be a great Mothers Day gift and also an excellent book club book. Highly recommending. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago