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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,759 ratings  ·  1,465 reviews
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen.

With raw honesty and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs a
Audiobook, Unabridged , 11 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Hachette Audio
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Mel Interesting question as it feels almost like negating any answer when you are dealing with a successful adult woman in an ego-driven industry…moreInteresting question as it feels almost like negating any answer when you are dealing with a successful adult woman in an ego-driven industry reviewing her life and the process she went through. When anyone goes through the kind of childhood abuse/neglect Field tactfully confesses it sets up a myriad of feelings, of self-doubt, being self-critical, low self-esteem. etc ad infinitum. Your accomplishments, the praise and adulation mean very little when you don't believe you areworthy of it. Each case is personal, as are the experiences in the person's journey to heal. The best answer I can give is that she is honest and feels sincere. I had a model that was molested by her stepfather and she thought she was ugly in spite of her success. Her reasoning was very convoluted; she blamed an eating disorder that led to her thin physique for her success, an eating disorder she used to have control over a life she felt she had no control over because of the molestations. She was a stunning woman that went on to marry the singer of a popular rock band. She heard repeatedly that she was beautiful and even took on the mannerisms of a beautiful woman, but never truly believed it. Point is, this is Sally's story and what the public saw was not the person but a persona. As I said in my review, I never felt Field was whining or pitying herself, but rather took responsibility for many events. Eventually, it is a story of strength and on healing. It was very profound and I have respect for her candor and tenacity. I have recommended the book to many different people for different reasons, and gave it 5*'s (something I don't do often).(less)
Lorraine0528 I'm 20% through it and it's a rough book so far. Had to put it down and take some deep breaths and find something positive to focus my attention on.

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 stars! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ This was unexpected. I thought I “knew” Sally Field from her movies, but it turns out she has a far-reaching, honest story to tell, and I took my time with it- some parts difficult, but all of it memorable.

Sally Field…My first introduction being either Steel Magnolias or Forrest Gump? I had heard of Gidget, the happy-go-lucky, girl-next-door, cute, charming, all smiles.

Sally Field has a story to tell. It took her seven years to write it and a lifetime to live and process it.
Elyse Walters
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I grew up watching Sally field along with many other people in my age group. I liked her the same way many others did.

While visiting my mom in Arizona,
she and her neighbor were both talking about Sally.
I was pretty surprised to hear them call her a “cold fish”.
Sally Field, was my
Mother’s neighbor in their small private golf
community at that time.
I had met Sally once - years prior when I was a young teen, in Oakland, California. She was “Giget”, to me then: a cute perky ‘star’. It was exciti
Katie B
Sally Field's memoir has been out for awhile now and I just assumed all the rave reviews were because she's a likable person. (Don't worry, I will restrain myself from dropping her famous Oscar quote in this review.) But honestly the main reason people are giving it high marks is because it is so raw and honest. This isn't some fluffy autobiography churned out by a ghostwriter with the sole purpose of raking in the money by selling a ton of copies. It's actually quite powerful and moving and I r ...more
”I wait for my mother to haunt me as she promised she would; long to wake in the night with the familiar sight of her sitting at the end of my bed, to talk to her one more time, to feel that all the pieces have been put into place, the puzzle is solved, and I can rest.”

Margaret Morlan, Sally Field’s mother, was discovered by a talent scout sitting in the audience at a Pasadena Playhouse, and she almost instantly had an acting career. She was 23 when her career began, and was modestly successfu
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An astounding revelation of a life in pieces by an Academy Award winning American icon.

Academy Award winning actress Sally Field, tells her story about a challenging and lonely childhood, the career that helped her find her voice, and her journey as an actress, daughter and a mother. She has captivated the nation for more than five decades beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From her early roles as Gidget, and The Flying Nun to the complexity of Sybil, Norma Rae and
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Anytime an author writes their story I want to hear them tell it to me if it's an option. Void of gestures, eye movements, and other body language components, it's the voice that often gives the color of the story that you don't see in black and white text or hear from a narrator interpreting another's story. A trained actress on the level of Field could probably convince us the sky is really falling, but Voice and all of its inflections can mutiny when speaking from the place of a wounded child ...more
Martie Nees Record
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Autobiography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Pub. Date: September 18, 2018

If booksellers need to call this autobiography a memoir for sales purposes then it should be labeled a literary memoir. The first thing the reader needs to know is that this is not a kiss-and-tell book. If that is what you are looking for, search somewhere else. I’m sure there are a few promiscuous celebs out there with juicy memoirs currently on the bestseller list. This life story “isn’t about Hollywood or an
Valerity (Val)
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I found this to be a very engaging and poignant memoir by one of my favorite actresses. I thought it was beautifully and intelligently expressed and really enjoyed listening to her reading of the audiobook. This was the 2nd night in a row I’d be staying up to listen to another book, and I’m sure I nodded off in a couple of places being so tired. So I plan to listen to it again to find any parts I may have missed.

I’ve always been aware that she is brave, but I’m really blown a
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a linear memoir but the majority focuses on her early years. After talking about the film Norma Rae she speeds right through the rest of the years. Maybe she only shared the “pieces” she says had the greatest impact on the woman she is today. I’m not sure. Also, in this memoir, you will not find the perky Sally she’s personified but more of a people pleaser but not a total push over with some deeeeeep revelations. After listening to her memoir (read and written by Sally), I liked it and ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sally Field Fans, Biography
2018 Best Memoir & Autobiography
Semifinal Round Nominees

Sally Field has been in my life from the beginning.
She was the cute Gidget...
The Unbelievable Flying Nun...
The woman in Smokey and the Bandit...
She broke her typecasting with Stay Hungry...

And then she Leaped to the Next Level with Norma Rae...
Causing the Oscar Moment none of us will ever forget...

"You Like me, You Really Like Me..."

And We Loved her, We Really Have for So Many Years...
Now This is Her Time... Breaking It All Down ...
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful and brave human being Sally Field is. In this book she reveals painful and honest truths of her past and how they laid the foundation for the person she is today.
The audiobook is read by the author, which makes the book so much more personable and compelling. Highly recommended!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I have been a huge fan of Sally field for a number of reasons: Versatile as an actress, as a kind individual and the roles she played has sparked a great interest in me. My favorite movie is Ms Doubtfire,she plays the dutiful wife that is stuck in a marriage that is not going anywhere..Then she hires a 'nanny' to care of her life but there is more to the story that I don't want to spoil for the people who have not watched it. It is something about her as a person that inspires me, and reading th ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like Sally Field. I really like her.
Unfortunately, I did not like her memoir. I found it slow moving and dull. Ultimately, it was the story of her relationship with her mother through the years. And it felt like it took years to read about it. Sorry Sal.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I saw Sally in person and have a signed first edition copy of her book. I read it nonstop for two days , savoring it. Very well written, heartfelt. It read like a novel...and I really enjoyed it. A very honest account of her life and her acting career.

I highly recommend this one.

I just watched Maniac, on NETFLIX, that she stars in. Quite good!
Carole P. Roman
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Raw and gritty, this is an insider's look to a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Not what I was expecting, Sally Field draws back a curtain and vividly exposes her hard-scrabble childhood with an abusive step-father and an emotionally absent (perhaps drunk) mother. Through the carnage, she stumbles into her acting career in a haze of drugs and emotional eating, marries her childhood sweetheart and survives by enabling gross bad behavior from everyone she knows except perhaps her brother. (who seem ...more
Stan Baginski
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're only as sick as the secrets that you keep.

Wow! I actually read this engaging, honest and illuminating memoir in one sitting. The brutal honesty and objectivity that Ms Field displays in openly discovering and relating her life-long battle with self-esteem and why she's the person that she is is refreshing and helped me to see some of the same traps I've also fallen into in my own life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has come from a family that hides it's secrets or where abuse
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sally Field is a brilliant actress so naturally I was curious about her memoir. It was not quite what I expected. The trauma-filled childhood still lit by love is the foundation of the book. But it is her professional years that caught my attention. Her move from Gidget and the Flying Nun to Sybil: from as lightweight as imaginable to searingly dramatic.

Field details her work with the Actors Studio. She shares her deep commitment to acting as an art as well as a craft and her determination to bu
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of selections from this forthcoming book. It was about 50 pages long. This memoir focuses a lot on the relationship Sally had with her mom and the challenge to express herself during the early years of her career. This sneak peek left me wanting more. The hardcover comes out in September, and I’m definitely getting a copy!!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Advanced sample copy from her appearance at the ALA Annual in NOLA.The writing, taken from journals, is personal, funny, moving, and leaves me wanting to read more.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Pieces by Sally Field is an intimate look behind the scenes of her life and career. I'm a huge fan and loved reading about her life. From an absent father, an alcoholic mother and an abusive stepfather through her adult relationships with the men in her life to her career and realizing her worth as an actor, woman and mother. I loved the writing and heard her voice in my head as I was reading. A must read!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely brutal! Sally Field is one of my top favorite actresses and I had no idea how wounded of a person she was/is. It’s hard for me to comprehend how long it takes her to start putting all the “pieces” of herself together and she seems to use writing this book as part of her process.
I love her as an actress but there seems to be big chunks of her life here she could have focused more on. There was only a passing mention of Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump.
S Suzanne
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographical
I listened to the audiobook of this, and was impressed.

She did not use a ghostwriter, and I think she worked hard to capture her truth. She conveyed the creeping horror of childhood abuse, and the bumpy ascent to awareness of her talent and goals. She pushed hard against patriarchal constraints (and her own fractured/emotionally damaged self) to fully develop her talent.

Even as we are awash in stories of abuse in Hollywood, hearing detailed truths from living actresses bolsters the cause of sup
sharon pulver
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. She unflinching put her life under the microscope and let me peer in. I learned things about myself through her lens. I admire her more than ever. I'm not sure how she was able to so critically examine her life and describe the pieces. All I know is that it resonated with me.

I couldn't put this book down. She unflinching put her life under a microscope and let me peer in. Thank you!
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sally Field's "In Pieces" is not a run-of-the-mill celebrity memoir. The two-time Academy Award winning actress does cover expected territory, discussing how she got her first break in show business, took less than scintillating parts in order to become known, and as so many actors do, struggled with feelings of insecurity. However, she goes far deeper in this candid and wrenching book, furnishing disturbing details about her dysfunctional childhood, distressing adolescence, and troubled adultho ...more
Jay Dwight
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite a different autobiography. Really enjoyed the read, for it is clear the lady can write.
Whilst many autobiographies are very externally driven - telling the reader about the acts and deeds of their life - this is far more introspective. Sally is trying to understand the "why" questions surrounding her actions, and thus this feels much more personal than many in this genre.

Sally's early life is covered in more detail than the latter years, and the title refers to her looking at her life in
Tim Pinckney
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a surprise to me. Not at all a "Hollywood biography" - it's not dishy or salacious. It is a heartfelt, funny, whip smart look at an artist's life; her family - her Mother in particular - and the development of her craft. She pulls no punches, harder on herself than anyone else featured. She writes in a warm, conversational style that kept me turning pages. It should also be said that she writes beautifully.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
5 ☆ Sally is very candid in her book and like most of us she didn’t go through life so easily and she doesn’t hold back here telling you that.
I greatly admire her ownership over her life making it unlike other star memoirs.. with her book aptly named “In Pieces” that’s exactly what it is. Real. Sally telling it fiercely, honestly, and stripping herself bare. In Pieces allows readers see her beyond the roles she played in Hollywood. What an amazing person she is I absolutely adore her!! ❤
Kasa Cotugno
Everyone knows that behind every perky smile and cute expression, there is bound to be a story. Sally Field worked so hard at her craft from her earliest nun days, thanks to her introduction to the Actors' Studio thanks to Marge Redmond, a costar who recognized the person beneath the facade. Generous and honest and self-deprecating.
Extraordinary audiobook read by its author Sally Field. Sally Field has lived an exceptional life and her honesty in telling it makes it a great listen. Sally couches her life by using her mother's life from her beginning to her death during the filming of Lincoln. It includes her famous stepfather, Jock Mahoney, who sexually abused her, Gidget, her first professional acting job, The Flying Nun, which embarrassed her but made her a star and Burt Reynolds, a lover who seemed determined to make he ...more
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Sally Field is an American actress and director. Her acting career began in 1965, when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in Gidget. Since then she has appeared and directed TV movies and miniseries. She won the Oscar for Best Actress for both Norma Rae in 1979 and Places in the Heart in 1984. Field also won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Brothe ...more
“All of them with wounds that wouldn’t heal because no one acknowledged they were bleeding, and yet each of them needing the other to be near. And that—I realize—is how this story fits into my life. These generations of women, weaving a pattern into a lifelong garment, unconsciously handed down from mother to daughter to granddaughter to me.” 5 likes
“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. —Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera” 3 likes
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