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The author records her experiences training to become a nun and answering God's call by caring for Baron von Trapp's seven motherless children.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published April 1st 1974 by Avon Books (Mm) (first published 1972)
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Dec 20, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este é um livro ternurento que conta a verdadeira história de Maria Von Trapp (a heroína de Música no Coração). É uma história de vida, de provação, de miséria mas também de superação e de amor.
O tema essencial deste livro é o amor, o amor na família e o amor ao próximo, como tal um livro maravilhoso para ser lido na época natalícia.
Jun 20, 2011 Cathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, biography
The autobiography of Maria Von Trapp and the Von Trapp Family Singers.

On a recent car trip I listened as my boys watched Sound of Music for the first time. Even though I couldn't see what was happening I knew it. Always been one of my favorites since childhood. So I thought I'd take the Hollywood out of the story and find out the truth.

Maria Von Trapp's account of her life was interesting. Her writing was rather simple and seemed to be more like how she would talk. It was rather linear in the
April Helms
Jul 22, 2012 April Helms rated it really liked it
I've read The Story of the Trapp Family Singers a couple times, and thought I'd check out a couple more books about the von Trapp family. This is a nice complement to The Story of the Trapp Family Singers; indeed, I am left with the impression that this includes a lot of the memories that did not make it in the first book, as well as adding her memories and life after the end of the previous installment. Much of it covers her life in the von Trapp's lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Maria strikes me as a ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
This is Maria Von Trapp's autobiography before and after 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers' (better known as The Sound of Music). 'Maria' was an interesting book, confirming she truly was a handful for the nuns at Nonnberg Abbey. But it was also ... skimpy on certain details. Maria mentions she had a brain tumor and completely glosses over it, other than the mention of it. Was it removed? Never answered. Later on, she has heart issues and was 'seriously ill' to the point of 'having purple l ...more
Jan 26, 2010 Jenben8426 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, adult
Growing up I fell in love with the Sound of Music. The music, the dances, the characters, the story. As I grew older I realized that this was based on a true story. Now I read about the "real" Maria Von Trapp. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of the Von Trapp Family Singers but there is another book entirely on that, so I will have to look that up. This autobiography, rather, deals with an overview of Maria's entire life. Unfortunately her early life was only talked about briefly ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
We watched the Sound of Music the other week, so I decided to check out this one and The Trapp Family Singers (I am still working through it), just to see what was true in the movie. They are fun and move fairly quickly, though I just skim when it comes to the heavy Catholicism. It's hard not to like Maria and I enjoy these little portraits of her family life. The things that are the same and different from the movie are kind of suprising--I wouldn't have guessed that the Captain's special whist ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
This was a book Adam randomly picked up because I had mentioned I wanted a non-fiction/biography kind of book. I was hesitant to read it because I had already seen the Sound of Music and that was enough for me. But Maria von Trapp's story was actually really remarkable. She had struggles, it wasn't all fun and games after she married von Trapp. She had to be resourceful and keep the family together. She talks about her missionary work, spreading the gospel to remote parts of the world (I think s ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, religious
A very interesting read. It's always great to hear the true story behind fictionalized stories. Some of the true things I'd heard some of them I'd misheard, but this set it straight. I was surprised, though, although perhaps I shouldn't have been, that most of the book was about other times in her life. She has some good faith-inspiring stories, and some that are definitely Catholic and kind of curious.
Sep 16, 2007 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii
This was interesting to read and gave a different perspective on the family saga from The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Maria's crazitude comes out more, but you also start to see where she got it (look for the passage about her wedding night). The end is extremely religious in an odd way, as Maria becomes sort of a Pentecostal Catholic, and may be an uncomfortable read for some people.
Nov 20, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
Reviewed with The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Some interesting additional detail about Maria's childhood, conversion, repeated miscarriages (including one just after the death of the Captian), and big personality.
May 10, 2010 Jessi rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading "Maria: My Own Story" by Maria von Trapp. What an amazing story of a wonderful, faith-filled, energetic woman. How wonderful to learn to ski in her 40s after breaking her back in a skiing accident, and then learning to ride in her 50s after one fall that broke all her ribs. She truly is an inspiration!
Jul 07, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing
This one was great--Maria is a far more interesting person then the movie would lead us to believe. She is funny and smart and daring and sweet. The family did more than just sing and create a farm in Vermont. They travelled extensively using their gifts and ideas to the fullest.
Mar 08, 2010 Joyce rated it liked it
Recommended to Joyce by: Mom
Interesting autobiography.
Jun 01, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
An interesting memoir, mostly about Maria's pre-convent and post-war days. I think the story we know from The Sound of Music was covered in another book, which I also read years ago.
Colleen Lecomte
Mar 20, 2016 Colleen Lecomte rated it really liked it
I'm sure I had seen the Sound of Music when I was a child, but I did not remember the storyline at all. Last week I went to see R&H show on Broadway and I loved it. I had to know more right away, so I immediately went into work and looked up books and found this one.

I found it very difficult not to make a list of differences between this book, the play, and the movie. I had to remind myself this was the truth and not the media version. Mainly I found out plenty of interesting facts about a
Oct 16, 2015 Rosemary rated it liked it
MARIA, the autobiography of Maria Von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, is a quite readable book and goes quickly. The thing I most enjoyed was getting the story of Maria's childhood, her education, and what led her to the convent at the Benedictine Abbey at Nonnberg, Austria. She was indeed an intelligent, high spirited, physically active girl who had a hard time settling down to the restricted life of a novice but her desire to serve God was strong. She was not happy to be sent as a nanny fo ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
This was pretty interesting. I was expecting more of the "Sound of Music" story but it looks like I'll have to read one of her other books for that. This focused more on Maria's life before and after that time period. I enjoyed reading the story in her own words, though I did get a little bored towards the end when she focused on the pentacostal movement I was a confused by it, it seemed tacked on and in a different tone from the rest of the book... Also, If you're planning to read this and don' ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting woman. Today, her family would have been a reality show. Her story goes beyond the nun-governess-refugee who led an elite family over the Austrian mountains. She devotes chapters to the years before meeting the Captain--a surprisingly lonely childhood and a rebel of the Church. Later she gives us the story behind the house in Vermont, how it became a business, and, despite what most think, how it was constantly in the red. Her mission in New Guinea where the natives tr ...more
Jim Cabaj
Feb 03, 2014 Jim Cabaj rated it really liked it
I like millions of others have enjoyed the musical "The Sound of Music", wanted to read about Maria who we all fell in love with in her words.

I knew in the movie that she mentioned that she was a orphan, little did I know the terrible and rough childhood she had. It is not meant to shock but to be honest.

I loved reading about how different parts of her life were from what was portrayed in the musical and the movie. The big difference being Captain Von Trapp and why he used the whistle.

But this
Jun 26, 2008 Eimile rated it really liked it
This is the autobiography of Maria from the Sound of Music. i found it very interesting, but it follows her whole life and a majority of the book centered on life after Austria. The story of the Von Trapp Family Singers is the book she mentions that I think would be more likely to be centered on the events in the Sound of Music. I did think "Maria" was interesting and she is actually pretty funny. Her writing style and personality remind me of Mary Ellen Edmunds. Altogether, I found it to be an ...more
Jan 24, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things to look for in books is watching the characters learn and grow and change as a result of the circumstances that they encounter. That's my favorite part of "Maria" (aside from the fact that it's title is my name). Maria von Trapp tells her own story of growing up, becoming an atheist, finding God, becoming a nun, and marrying Captain von Trapp- but that's just the beginning of the story. Maria led a full and varied life and has a delightful way of relating stories and ex ...more
Jean Brandenburg
I liked this book well enough, I just would have liked more anecdotes or longer ones perhaps. Did you know the Von Trapp family gets NO royalties from the Sound of Music? An example of Maria's lack of business sense. The part where they left Austria took up about 2 sentences. Aparently, little was like it was in the movie, but I would have liked some details of what actually DID happen. Still, it was fairly interesting.
Mary A
Mar 13, 2015 Mary A rated it really liked it
The musical, "The Sound of Music," is one of my favorites so learning more about the REAL story of the Von Trapp family has been a treat. Maria was a real, imperfect person like all of us but her tenacity when faced with obstacles and even her own weaknesses is an inspiration.

My background is evangelical and her Catholic background gave me an interesting perspective. God revealed Himself to her in some amazing ways!
Aug 28, 2010 Chandra rated it really liked it
I am inspired to live a much fuller life. It never occurred to me that there was more to her life than The Sound of Music portrayed. At first I disliked her writing style because I felt it was a little spastic but after a while I enjoyed reading as I felt I was sitting down just listening to her tell about whatever came to her mind.
Jun 05, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pulled this off the shelf at my parents' house a while back and couldn't put it down. This is the TRUE story of Maria Von Trapp from The Sound of Music. If you liked The Sound of Music movie/musical, you will absolutely love this book. Everything is better. The love story, their devotion to God, their love of music, it's one of my favorite books of all time.
Jun 07, 2014 Mickalene rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, although some parts I could have used more background to fully understand what she was talking about, including dates or how old she was at different times throughout the book, etc. I especially enjoyed knowing that many of the parts I loved in the play/movie were truly original to her and her viewpoint of life.
Jun 05, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the basis for the movie, covers in some detail the story of the Trapp family both in Austria and America. This book focuses more on Maria herself, her childhood and youth, and various other events in her life, primarily after the death of her husband. It's a fun read--her personality certainly comes through. :)
Jan 15, 2014 Nellie rated it it was amazing
I found this a delightful book to read. Chapter length was just right-- not too long or too short. Maria is a gifted writer. Her descriptions are clear. I could picture what was going on. I was amazed at her positive attitude over the sadness of her early childhood. Her faith is what enabled her to overcome her circumstances. I will now read her other book The Story of the Trapp Family singers.
Jul 16, 2014 Mrs. rated it it was amazing
An intriguing look into the real Maria, who I grew up admiring due to my love of The Sound of Music. Who would have thought that the family didn't get one red cent from Hollywood for the movie!? Maria was truly a humble and devoted woman who had some interesting life experiences (in addition to how she ended up as a Trapp).
Betsy Larkin
Oct 30, 2009 Betsy Larkin rated it it was ok
If you want to learn more about the von Trapp family, this is interesting. Having just bought the DVD with the extra interviews, clips, etc., I wanted to find out more. But this is mostly Maria talking at you. It's like it's been narrated and someone's writing it down, without a real flow to it. It's very easy reading, though.
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Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story served as the inspiration for a 1956 German film that in turn inspired the Broadway musical The Sound of Music.—Source
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