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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,779 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Anjelica Huston’s “gorgeously written” (O, The Oprah Magazine) memoir is “an elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life…A classic” (Vanity Fair).

In her first, dazzling memoir, Anjelica Huston shares the story of her deeply unconventional early life—her enchanted childhood in Ireland, living with her glamorous and artistic moth
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Scribner (first published 2013)
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Jason Koivu
Nov 20, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
(This is an ARC that I won in a Goodreads giveaway. Yes, I asked for this.)

I am so mad at Anjelica Huston. I was a sideline fan of hers all these years. With this book she killed that. I was a fan of her father's and she killed that too.

Well before Anjelica, I was a John Huston fan. As a kid, for me he was Gandalf, having done the voice for the Rankin Bass adaptations of Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Return of the King. I love that man's voice and his imposing figure inspired awe when I saw him i
I have adored Anjelica Huston’s acting since I saw her play the Grand High Witch in the film The Witches. I found her presence to be mesmerizing and I still feel the same way about her. Also, for some reason I have always imagined her to be very cerebral. She just gives off this worldly, learned vibe.

I was both excited and apprehensive when I found out she wrote a memoir. I’m usually pretty good at separating art and artist in most cases (noted exceptions include fuck face dickhead asshole clos
Malinda Lawdahl
First, I must say that I mean no disrespect to the few who have won or obtained an ARC and written reviews that are of a different opinion- we all have one, and here is mine.
This memoir is beautifully written, eloquently descriptive, and provides a closer look in to the remarkable life Ms. Huston has lived.
I disagree with previous reviews stating that it could have been made in to one memoir instead of two, especially if one is not familiar with Ms. Huston's life and clearly can not fathom the i
Nov 28, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of names and events. Nothing of how she felt during any of it.
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

Angelica Huston's memoir is named after the above nursery rhyme, although I must admit that I grew up with the above version, with the line about a secret that's never been told. I searched the internet for a bit, and found variations that say, "for a tale never to be told" but not for "a story lately told." I bring this up not because I particularly care that Ms. Huston wa
Dec 27, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, can 't wait for the next one. Ignore the bad ratings from the people who won the book from good reads. Clearly most of them had no interest in reading the book in the first place!!
Dec 03, 2013 Constance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would enjoy this memoir as much as I did. I thought I had nothing in common with a movie star that lead a charmed life in Ireland, London, and New York. My parents weren't famous, but being the same age as the author I knew I had lived this same life only on a different scale.
I highlighted what made me realize girls growing up in the 50's 60's & 70's had so much in common.
Here's what I loved most about this book

Catholic. Holy Communion.Phenobarbital.Veils.Dad lifted me up to
Jul 21, 2014 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book a higher rating but I don't want to give the wrong impression. I was warned that this book was meandering and hard to follow which is true in some spots. Here and there it sounds like a list of random events and in others it sounds like "these are all the important people I know." At one point I thought of sending the book on to a new owner. However, when I got to the chapter that she shared about her mother, my heart melted and I saw a new person than the one I thought sh ...more
I really wanted to like this book because I've always liked Anjelica Huston. It's not a bad book, but I grew weary of the endless name dropping and cataloging of the family's many fabulous possessions. Those things are a legitimate part of her life, but they were featured too prominantly and too often for my tastes.
Feb 16, 2014 Patrice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book, in the back of my mind, I kept hearing Katherine Hepburn in her patrician accent saying "Bore, bore, bore".
I thought I might enjoy this book as I'm about the same age as Huston and I was in New York in the 60's and Paris in the 70's. Wrong!
This is a very strange recitation of meaningless events. Can anyone be this superficial? She remembers what people were wearing down to their make-up, after 40 years but it seems she's learned nothing from her life. Life for her was a ser
This book is difficult to rate, as I would give the first half two stars and the last half four. I won this book in a first-reads giveaway, and I was thrilled because I have always been a fan of Anjelica Huston. But the beginning of the book feels amateurish, the long, list-like report of an over-privileged child with too many gifts and an abundance of famous people. I was feeling disappointed, but I trudged along, not wanting to give an unfair review. I'm glad I did. As the narrated Anjelica co ...more
This memoir is dreadfully boring. I suppose if a reader wanted to read a catalog of furniture, artwork and estates and then a list of artists/actors who frequented your home, they may find this interesting, but I was not impressed. How did this get published?
Abbi Dion
so apparently we're all in agreement that we LOVE anjelica huston AND this memoir is not very good. BUT the parts about her relationship with terry richardson's father are harrowing and well recalled. it's part one of two, which is crucial to know otherwise you'll be wondering why you're 5/6 of the way done and she's still explaining the kind of hairbrush she used on her favorite doll when she was seven and playing with a vague friend-person-child (including type of wood and bristle in said brus ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of famous names...lots of "things" and houses and parties and shows...not a ton of substance...perhaps it's because this book only covers her early years up until she moved to LA in the early 70's.

Perhaps the second volume will be more interesting and have some depth (and presumably some perspective about what has presumably been an interesting life of experiences). This first volume was a quick read, and while fascinating to read the list of actors and artists and musicians Ms. Huston enc
Dec 04, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angelica Huston manages to be elegant beyond belief without being in the least way pretentious. Her mother dies when she is only 17 and the sixtysomething has so much emotion in her voice when she describes what happened, you think the events took place only yesterday. A beautiful book.
Dec 15, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her smoky, provocative voice, Houston recounts moments in her life that impacted her in different ways; from whimsical childhood tales to tales of loss in her early adulthood. Simple yet moving, this memoir could only be heard in her own voice. I really enjoyed it.
Disclaimer first. I received my copy free as a First Reads giveaway.

I was really glad to have won this book. I have been a fan of the actress for reasons I can't quite explain. I think I was struck by how beautiful she was initially, but also, I love the movies I saw her in. I really knew nothing about her though.

This book is set in 3 distinct parts (and locations as you an tell by the title). What gets tricky about reviewing this, is that the narrative starts out a bit disjointed, not terribly
Nov 17, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was FANTASTIC. I read it in less than two hours--I couldn't set it down and I couldn't get enough of it. I loved reading Anjelica Huston's stories about growing up in Ireland, London, and New York, loved reading her anecdotes about those she knew, famous or not, and cannot wait to re-read it!!!
Oct 12, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, new-york
While this book (an advance copy I won through Goodreads) was a quick read, it wasn't a light read -- Anjelica Huston packs a lot of punch into this book. The story starts off really just confirming how central John Huston was to film-making mid-century, and how the luminaries orbiting John Huston (and her mother) simply became fixtures in AH's life, as well. (Ex:, her early modeling shots were taken by Richard Avedon.)
Angelica Huston, the daughter of the legendary director, John Huston, and his much younger fourth wife, a glamorous ballerina, Enrica "Ricki" Soma, writes about her entitled early years on her family's vast Irish estate where she and her brother, Tony, rode horses and fraternized with the likes of Peter O'Toole, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and other Hollywood luminaries. She is oddly unperturbed that when her often absent father was in residence, he lived in splendor in the Big House (often ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A pretty decent read from Anjelica Huston. This is her memoir from birth to about 22 years old. Anjelica writes about being born into a famous family. Her father John Huston is a famous director of such movies as The African Queen, and the Treasure of the Sierra Madre. She writes about spending most of her childhood in Ireland and England. growing up going to private schools. her love of horses. she had tragedy in her life. Her mother died in a car crash when Anjelica was only 17 years old. her ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Millie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant read, documenting a coming of age story of a model/actress and daughter of a leading film director, John Huston (think AFRICAN QUEEN). She had a privileged life with some rocky emotional/psychological issues, starting with her parents and extending to family, friends, and lovers. She was raised in Ireland and London and met many fine actors, directors, photographers, and fashion people. She has a sense of humor about herself in her teenaged years so that makes the story engaging. I fo ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is elegant, and while the deluge of dropped names inspires both envy and tedium, the passages about her father are fascinating and lovingly rendered.
Dec 20, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
3-1/2 Stars (anyone know how to do half a star?) I like her, I really like her. I didn't know much about Angelica Huston before reading her autobiography other than the broad strokes of her being a really good actress with a really famous father. I heard the author interviewed on NPR and from her reading of her memoir and discussion of her life filled with insights, I decided to give her memoirs a read (this is the first of three). The authors writing style is no-nonsense and direct. No flowery ...more
Lee Anne
May 12, 2014 Lee Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anjelica Huston had a swoon-worthy childhood. Reading this, the first volume of her memoirs, was like reading a children's book and wishing you were a character in that world. Huston's parents were legendary director (and sometimes actor) John Huston and Ricki Soma, a ballerina who was also famous for posing Mona Lisa style on the cover of "Life" magazine. Young Anjelica grew up in the smaller of two Irish manor houses owned by her father, and spent her days playing in the ruins of Norman castle ...more
In this first book of her autobiography Anjelica Huston tells tales starting with her childhood in Ireland and England up to her young womanhood in New York City. Born in 1951, Huston had colorful parents - the former beautiful ballerina Enrica Soma and the larger than life director John Huston - and met large numbers of the rich and famous. In fact Huston mentions so many people - friends, acquaintances, neighbors, nannies, teachers, crushes, models, photographers, actors, actresses, directors, ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a stunning, lonely childhood young Anjelica Huston lived isolated in Ireland with her remarkable family. Her famous father is not an altogether likable specter, even when he buys Monet's "Water Lilies" on a lark. But Anjelica survived and thrived. And she is eminently fair to her family and other animals. The writing is rich and self-aware; I took my time and savored this one. I can't wait for part two!
As much as I admire Anjelica Huston as an actress, this memoir was mostly disappointing. It's interesting watching her grow up, learning how to live as the daughter of a film legend, but unfortunately not much happens until the last third of the book. Even then, I never felt as if I understood who Anjelica Huston is, how the things in her life really affected her. I'll continue to watch her films, but doubt I'll read the next installment.
Liz Estrada
Well, was a bit disappointed with this one, too much name dropping, an erratic style of writing and did not merit my attention for I was personally uninterested in her and her stories. Though the best part for me was her relationship with her father, and some anecdotes did remind me of growing up with mine. Don't know if am interested in the follow up.
Dan Lalande
Jan 15, 2014 Dan Lalande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite memoir by model-actress Anjelica Huston, who shows a prodigious talent for descriptive writing. Of course, it helps to have grown up in stately, exotic homes, choc-a-bloc with objets d'art. Still, they were flimsy shelters from the tempests of unsympathetic schools, distant (and in this case, abusive) parents, and, climactically, liaisons with lunatic lovers. Like an heirloom she might describe in exacting detail, this is a beautiful, brittle cameo of a dark, young beauty, prone to dam ...more
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Anjelica Huston is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She also received Academy Award nominations for Enemies, a Love Story (1989) and The Grifters (1990).

Huston received Britis
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