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Where Am I Now?

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For readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a lit
Paperback, 259 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Penguin Books
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Jennifer Judge I think junior high or older as far as being appropriate. However, if you're looking for someone to appreciate the things she is saying I would skew 2…moreI think junior high or older as far as being appropriate. However, if you're looking for someone to appreciate the things she is saying I would skew 20s and older. She speaks a lot of how her childhood affects who she is today, and I found it very relatable and comforting as she and I are similar in age. (less)

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Wil Wheaton
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mara Wilson is a delightful storyteller. I felt like she wrote this book just for me, and I cried a lot while I was reading it.

But you don't need to be an adrift adult who was a famous kid (like me) to fall in love with her stories and the people in them. Mara is almost 20 years younger than me, but the stories she told about growing up weird, sensitive, and filled with anxiety could have come from my own childhood -- and that doesn't even take into account the whole famous child actor thing.

Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I probably picked this book up for different reasons that most people.

I'm not particularly a fan of Mara Wilson. Or, to be more accurate, I should say I don't think I'm a typical fan of hers. I never saw Matilda, or a lot of the other movies she acted in back in the day.

But I met her at Nerdcon. And I liked her. Then I followed her on Twitter, and she was funny and smart. So when her book came out, I thought, why not give it a try....?

And it's good. It's an interesting window into the life of a
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
My love of all things Mara Wilson goes back to my childhood in the 90’s. From Mrs. Doubtfire to Matilda and everything in between, you could call me a moderate to severe fan. Growing up, I loved reading (SHOCKER, I know), and watching Matilda‘s leading little lady blossom from the safe haven of her books was a real inspiration to myself. As the years passed and Mara slowly left the spotlight, I often wondered where she went. It wasn’t abnormal; we see loads of child actors who leave the business ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
“If you can affect someone when they’re young, you are in their heart forever.”

While looking for more memoirs to read and love, I stumbled upon Where Am I Now? and was greatly surprised by how addicting Wilson's writing of her life was. I had no idea what to expect. But I loved it.
This memoir goes quite deep into a lot of subjects that always intrigue and leave me wanting for more. I'm mainly talking about Wilson questioning her faith, the waning of her career, feminism, sisterly love, OCD, anx
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A few months after I found the video of Robin and me, it was taken down, apparently due to copyright infringement. I had to laugh. Most people have embarrassing videos of themselves as children. Few have theirs copyrighted by Twentieth Century Fox.

Mara Wilson: the really cute little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, star of Matilda, and of the Miracle on 34th Street remake. This book was almost called K for Kid because of her role on the hit 90s TV show Melrose Place where she was the only kid on a
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Someday I will probably write a long and dramatic review of this book and how much I loved it. For now, I think I’ll just cradle my copy to my chest and cry a tiny bit more.
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"Pitch perfect" is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days, but it is an apt description for WHERE AM I NOW? Matilda is one of my two all-time favorite movies (the other one is Princess Bride, in case you were wondering), and like many others, I often wondered what happened to the talented young actress who went from being in everything to being in nothing. Then I found out she had a Twitter, where I began quietly stalking her
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I've always been interested in child stars who grow up and out of Hollywood, usually because they have issues finding further work when they get older. I've met Alex Vincent, the little boy Andy from Child's Play, several times over the years at a Florida convention. He has the same issue - he was not able to find work when he grew out of the cute phase, and ultimately moved on to other pursuits. Most of us have seen articles online titled, "Where are they now?"

Mara Wilson's memoir tells compell
JV (semi-hiatus)
My obsession with sweets, chocolates, magic, geniuses, and badass heroes/heroines all dates back to the late 1990s. I have to thank Matilda for that. It's just one of my all-time favourite films. That being said, I always wondered what happened to the child actress who played Matilda Wormwood. Well, curiosity led me to read Mara Wilson's tell-all book.

Where Am I Now? is meaningful and bittersweet. Wilson is a gifted storyteller and her memoir explores various subjects that include but not limit
Iluzija O. Istini
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book but it was easy to read, didn't leave me in a bad mood, so it earned that extra star.

Explaining why I didn't like it will not be as easy as reading it. The thing is that there is no BAD aspect of the book. It was just all over the place. It covered a lot of sides to her life, which made it lose any impact that story could have if standing alone. Writing a book makes a writer make choices, coosing what to leave out is often more difficult than writing a long book. I
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, library, nonfiction
That cute little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda grew up to be a phenomenal storyteller, and frankly, I'm so happy for her. I'm reading this right in the middle of Joss Whedon's behavior being exposed, of Britney Spears' tragic story being exposed. Mara Wilson herself has just written a piece about how society builds up young women celebs just to tear them down. In this collection of essays about her life, she talks about finding pictures of herself on foot fetish websites, of having her he ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I feel like anything I could say has already been said by a few of my favorite people here(Patrick Rothfuss , Nenia Campbell
so I'll just say this:

I really enjoyed reading Mara's stories/essays of growing up and her experiences in her life since she moved on from acting. It felt like I was catching up with an old friend I hadn't seen for awhile.
Her "tribute" to Robin Williams was probably my favorite, so moving and beautiful.

Hers is the type of storytelling where she just sets out to entertain
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of celebrity memoirs; I know this is not a particularly cool thing to admit, but I enjoy them a whole lot, especially on audiobook read by the author. This memoir by Mara Wilson was no exception: it is wonderfully honest, lovely, and was just an altogether nice reading experience. I personally did not grow up watching Matilda, as such I do not have a personal connection to Mara Wilson. But I follow her on Twitter and find her online presence really lovely, which was enough for me ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book pretty much Mara telling stories about her life.
Each chapter is a different story from her OCD discovery other mental health problems.
Her mothers death and movie too movie.
But then it went onto how hard her life is cause she didn't get the parts she wanted, who bullied her and who she slept with.
Her chapter on Robin Williams was very compelling but I found the rest of the book a bit of a rant and moan about life.
Also felt like she was just on a name drop all the time, trying to draw yo
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As someone growing up, I tend to put my idols on pedestals. Mara Wilson won my heart as Matilda, and as herself on the Nostalgia Critic website where she plays a version of herself that has risen from another dimension to seek revenge. Mara Wilson writes about her life, how she got into acting, why she left the business, and how she entered a new profession: writing. She writes with honest self-effacement and reflection, about her girlhood and teenage years. She wrote Harry Potter fanfiction, an ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'm a huge fan of celeb memoirs, and I often listen to audiobooks. I am so glad that I READ this one instead. Mara Wilson, if you don't know, is not only the girl who starred in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, but she is also a phenomenally talented writer. Even if you don't remember her movies from your childhood this is still a book to pick up. There's something in it you will identify with. Mara is unflinchingly honest in sharing herself, her struggles and her life. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, th ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I hate to be so hard on this book because I think it's great that Mara has grown up to find her voice and be confident in her writing. But I was expecting something a little more witty and nuanced (like Mara's Twitter feed) and instead there were chapters about first kisses and getting her first period and high school show choir that I just could not get through. The stuff about show business and how it affected her self image growing up is interesting, but there were just too many recalled AIM ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book hit close to home in the best and worst ways. I discovered a deep connection to Mara and related to her story better than any autobiography I have ever read. While she is only four(ish) years older than me, and she was a film child star, a lot of our story is the same. She also experienced the loss of her mother at a young age which was devastating to read about, and I had not but how we see the world and speak to others was spookily similar.

I must have cried three/four times during t
Lois R. Gross
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Mara Wilson moment when she was promoting the made-for-TV movie of "Miracle of 34th St." The theme of the movie, a remake of a Natalie Wood vehicle, was belief in miracles and Santa Claus in particular. The interviewer asked Mara if she believed in Santa, at which point she started giggling, then lisped out, "No, we're Jewish."

The world know Mara primarily from three films she made in childhood: Mrs. Doubtfire; Miracle on 34th St. and the beloved (by me, at least) Matilda. She was ad
Darth J
Apr 18, 2016 marked it as to-read

Bookworms, the actress who played Matilda wrote a book!!!!!

The Description:
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the
Joce (squibblesreads)
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Carlyn (The Bookworm Mum)
The first half was OK, the second half had me constantly eye-rolling at the privileged nature of Mara's POV.

It had a really morose overtone overall, which was appropriate at some points of course, but overdone at others.

Most of the interesting and valuable (at least to me) bits were glossed over.

It's really hard for me to clarify succinctly what exactly I didn't enjoy about this book, it was all bits and pieces that added up to an overall mild dislike. I almost instantly forgot 90% of the conte
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This is possibly the best audiobook I have ever listened to, and that is really something because I'm typically not enamoured by audiobooks. Mara Wilson was something of a childhood hero to me, with her portrayal of the Roald Dahl character Matilda - the film and book were childhood staples and still favourites to this day, and I found a kindred spirit and an inspiration in that character. I have also seen every single one of Mara Wilson's films (well, apart from the Thomas the Tank En
Ashley DiNorcia
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting but didn't really leave me with any strong feelings. Mara is clearly a good storyteller and the audio book was a great way to experience this. I found the skipping around in time to be a bit disorienting at times. ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs
Mara Wilson has always been a talented child actor. Starring in popular films such as Ms Doubtfire and Matilda, Wilson was able to capture the childhood innocence and warmth as a child. It is no surprise that both movies are my favorites,I have the entire script memorized. I can tell you what is going to happen prior to it occurring, acting out the scenes as they display and laughing when I recite the movie lines. I recall many times when I wondered what happened to Mara? Needless to say, I was ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it

This book is for anyone interested in knowing what happened to childhood star, Mara Wilson, and is interested in knowing about her time as a childhood star. Where Am I Now? includes information about her past, before acting, during her acting career, the struggle of being a childhood star and what she's been up too after "fame".

I enjoyed this book. I enjoy reading memoirs in general, so I knew I would enjoy it. It covers so much about Mara Wilson. It dives deep in letting the reader know how he
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, own
"MARA YOUR BOOK IS REALLY GOOD," I Tweeted to Mara Wilson a couple chapters into Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. Having finished the book, I stand by that assertion, capslock and all.

Where Am I Now? is a memoir in the form of a personal essay collection, and it works incredibly well, playing to Wilson's strengths as a storyteller always looking for the narrative in things. Rather than take us through a chronological journey featuring anecdotes about life as a child
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where Am I Now is Mara Wilson's (star of Matilda) memoir. She talks about what it was like to be a child actor/star and what it was like to be unable to make that transition from child star to adult one. She also shares her personal struggles: her mother's death from breast cancer when she was 8, her mental health issues (OCD and anxiety), her becoming an adult and creating a new career as storyteller and comedienne.

Wilson writes well and movingly. Her tribute to Robin Williams (who she met whe
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mara Wilson's Where Am I Now? was one of my most anticipated Christmas reads. Wilson is just wonderful; I found myself wanting to be best friends with her when I saw her in both Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street as a small child, and was a little sad when I noticed years later that she seemed to have faded from the limelight.

Wilson is a witty and original writer, and comes across just as I thought she would. Her narrative voice is engaging, and this renders the book rather difficult to put down
Mara Wilson's debut memoir is a collection of well-written personal essays and I really enjoyed listening to it, but I didn't love love love it. Some of the essays were incredibly moving and interesting to me, but others had that problem that I have with a lot of memoirs and collections of personal essays where it seems like it was included to fill space. I just find myself reacting like, okay I guess that was pretty good, but why did it need to be written? Hasn't that been written about before? ...more
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