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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

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In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebrity, memoirs
As a kid, I would much rather watch sports and play with baseball cards than usual girly girl activities. I was not drawn to Disney princesses, and my favorite movies from my childhood years were all sports related; yet, one Disney movie that I watched so many times into adulthood and know by heart is Mary Poppins. A treasured time for me was walking to my school playground to swing on the swing set and belt out “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” The song and being air born created a sense of happiness that ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
God bless the advent of Kindles and eBooks that allowed me to read this book whilst living internationally. And God bless what's-his-name.
Cam Kovach
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
It's always fun to read about our favorite personalities, and this book definitely delivers on that score. The writing is somewhat dry and unemotional, which is the opposite of what one looks for when reading a memoir. While life events and personal upheavals are discussed within the book, they are typically discussed in what seemed to this reader to be a detached and sometimes clinical manner. This style itself, though, may be an insight into Julie Andrews' personality -- she may possess an ...more
Linda Bond
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be Julie Andrews in Hollywood, making all those fine films, your answers are at hand. From Ms. Andrews herself comes this second memoir (follow-up to Home which dealt with her beginnings) with an insider’s view which only she could provide. It is thoroughly engaging and a must-read for her fans and anyone curious about the movie industry.

I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA
Jacqueline de Roos
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm a little on the fence about this one. I've been a fan of Julie Andrews for years, and had been looking forward to a book about her Hollywood years ever since I read her first memoir. And, while up to a point, the book provides answers to questions that I'd been wondering about for years; on its own, as a memoir, it does not quite achieve what it sets out to be.

In this book Julie rushes through events of her life, jumps from one topic to the next, and gives little to no relevant insights
Shaina Robbins
I love old Hollywood and I love Julie Andrews, so this was a must-read for me. For the most part, it was delightful. I suspect I would have liked this less had I read a physical copy instead of listening to the audiobook. Julie's writing style is very straight-forward, even when dealing with emotional moments, so hearing her warm, emotive narration made a big difference in how I experienced the book.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not the hugest fan of memoirs, but learning about Julie Andrews was pretty cool. I learned like 1000 news things about her and maybe 1 or 2 about myself. Julie Andrews has had one heck of a life that could’ve easily been an excuse to be a person with bad habits and a attitude, but she kept at it and grew into the classy lady she is today. Great read.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Andrews, growing up, was someone I wanted to be related to. I wanted her to be my aunt, I wanted her to tell me stories, sing to me, perform stories for me when I was blue.

After finishing Part 2 of her memoirs, I gotta say, she is such a damn trooper that nobody never knew how utterly depressing and sad her life was beyond the roles she played.

The stories she tells are ones that we've heard before. However, the drama/the anguish/the happiness is something that was new for me.

For me, the
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The first part of the book was terrific, lots of what it was like to be there filming Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Before she was rich and famous, Julie Andrews was a music hall performer and had recently become quite successful on stage, making her way to London's West End and to Broadway in My Fair Lady. In Hollywood she was not as well known, and she was brand new to the movie making business. This was the most interesting part for me as she learned the ins and outs of making a movie. ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
Since I read Home last year I was hoping Julie Andrews would write a second memoir. I was delighted when I heard that Home Work was coming out and bought a copy the day it was published.

Home Work covers the time that Andrews started filming Mary Poppins up until 1986. It goes into detail about what Hollywood was like and some of the characters she and her family had the pleasure and displeasure of dealing with. It also talks about her first marriage not working out and how she met her second
Susie Stangland
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will love Julie Andrews forever! If you haven’t read her first memoir, Home, she includes a thorough recap at the start of the book and then heads straight into Mary Poppins. I loved learning how generous Walt Disney was with genuinely wanting to know what her husband Tony’s talents were and then hired him for the sets and costumes of MP. I felt the sets and costumes were as enchanting as Julie herself. This part of her life continues with an intimate invitation to her movie making, love with ...more
Judith Hokanson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Julie Andrews has always been a favorite from the moment I saw Sound of Music. This book kept me captivated. We put movie stars on a pedestal and sometimes find ourselves envious of their lives. Julie wrote this book in such a great way proving their lives can be very hard and challenging. Thank you, Julie for sharing your story and sticking with your husband during those tough times. That's LOVE!!
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Andrews is so classy and optimistic. Her first memoir was captivating and this one continues along the same vein. I've heard Julie's daughter say, referring to her mother, that she has never met a more resilient person. Based on these books, I can understand why.
“The most important thing I have learned is the simplest of all: people are just people - no matter their politics, their skin color, or where they live. There is no difference in our humanity; only in our circumstances.” ~Julie Andrews

In her newest memoir, Julie Andrews invites the reader behind the scenes of her professional and private life. She also briefly recaps some of the experiences of her childhood, which she previously wrote about in Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. Since I have not
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I was happy to see that Julie Andrews wrote her second memoir. I read her first memoir that she wrote from her birth to age 26. It ended with her on a plane to California to film Mary Poppins. Home Work continues with her career in the movies. It is from 1963 to the upper 1980s. It was nice for me to read of her experiences filming some of the movies I loved like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music up to Victor Victoria.
She writes about her divorce from her first husband and eventually meeting
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much fun to read. She sounds like Julie the whole way through. I had almost completely forgotten the details from Home, so I'm glad she summarized things at the beginning. The book is not just about her performing career; it's just as much about her life away from the camera and stage. I'm impressed with how honest she was about her messy life with Blake and about parenting and step-parenting. And I loved the details about her writing career. I had no idea Ursula Nordstrom was her publisher!
Tena Edlin
Julie Andrews is my favorite. This is no secret. I loved hearing about her experiences on screen, on stage, and in life... especially the Sound of Music parts. Completely delightful, beginning to end!
Dale Wyant
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was on the one hand, a delightful read, and on the other, a very deep dive into the private and tumultuous world of an icon. While I enjoyed all the antidotes about Edward's professional career, her descriptions of her home life were heartbreaking at times. A very honest look at a true working woman's journey and trying to hold her immediate and extended family together. I hope she writes a third installment!
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 just wasn't wild about this, it always felt at arms reach, which is the English way. What I enjoyed most was the historical aspect, being in Vietnam, the who's who in hollywood, being in Switzerland.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
As kids, we didn't go often to the movies but Mom took us to "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music". It was a big deal and may have been the start of my fascination with Ms. Andrews. She is a Libra and struggles with making decisions. So am I on both counts. My dear friend called us "kindred spirits". I love her even more ... all the Julies in my life!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love! Love! Love!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting but not compelling.
Alexandra ✨Reading By Starlight✨
At the risk of sounding cliched, I honestly feel like I grew up with Julie Andrews. The Sound of Music, perhaps Julie’s most iconic role, second only to Mary Poppins, was my mum’s favorite movie and it was a staple in our household. I still remember my mum lulling me to sleep with her rendition of My Favourite Things.

Considering just how much Julie Andrews shaped my childhood and my interest in Hollywood it was a given that her memoir would be right up my alley.

Home Work is the sort of novel you
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HOME WORK covers Julie Andrews’ years working in Hollywood on various movies, including Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Written with her oldest child, Emma Walton Hamilton, she reflects on her extraordinary film career and its effect on her personal life as she learns to navigate her meteoric rise to fame.

The mother/daughter duo co-wrote Andrews’ first memoir, HOME, which focuses on her life growing up during World War II, her experiences with vaudeville in her teens and performing on
Mike Shoop
This one somewhat disappointed me, as I found her first memoir, Home, quite interesting. But with this, I found that I really enjoyed it whenever she reminisced about the making of her most iconic films, like "The Sound of Music," "Mary Poppins," and "Hawaii," but when she veered off into other stuff, it became less interesting. The more she focussed on her marriages, problems with children, back and forth between multiple homes, financial issues, family troubles, therapy sessions, addictions, ...more
Anne Brown
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This memoir picks up right where her last one left off, and covers her time in Hollywood up until the mid 80's (when she headed back to Broadway). I thought this one was much smoother than the first and I enjoyed all of her little anecdotes about Hollywood life. I learned a lot that I didn't know about her (her Swiss residency making filming a challenge, her adopted daughters, her turbulent marriage and how often she and her husband Blake Edwards worked together). I now have a list of Julie ...more
Wendy Brick
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie’s book is practically perfect!

As always, Julie is funny, classy and insightful. I wished this book could go on through 1986 and I eagerly look forward to the sequel (although I know she hasn’t even started it). I have always loved Julie Andrews and this book just reaffirmed that affection. It’s so easy to think that her life has been easy and perfect because she seems so calm and put together at all times. She is real, profound and, at times, raw. I am sad that this book is over-I should
I was really looking forward to reading this book, especially since reading (listening to) Julie Andrews' previous memoir earlier this year. I have to say that while the book kept my interest, it was somewhat disappointing. While I did enjoy reading about the making of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, the later chapters in the book were bogged down with too many details about her comings and goings to Gstaad, Los Angeles, London, etc., and did not have enough emotional content.

My final
Janet Hutchinson
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this, you get a sense of the chaos that was Andrew’s life, by having a Hollywood based career, trying to be a wife, a mother, and an actor. Moving across continents, moving family to be with you, all took a toll on her career and her marriage. Still, she remained married to both, and this book chronicles her “travels”. I remained engaged in it all. The writing is a little recitative in parts, and you don’t really get a full sense of who she is, but I think as a public person, that’s an ...more
Alina Murcar
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Completely obsessed with this beautiful book! I just listened to the audio version and listening to Julie Andrews’ narration is like a warm hug. Her story is lively, fun, vulnerable, and adventurous. I thought she was my role model before - she is even more now. I adore her and the beautiful message she shares about love and the human experience!
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Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews Edwards, DBE is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews rose to prominence after starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as musical films like Mary ...more
“suddenly remembered that when I portrayed Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, I unconsciously toed-in, giving the flower girl a slightly pigeon-toed lack of grace in her clumsy boots, then I straightened my feet when she acquired confidence and poise as a “lady.” It made me smile to think I was doing the exact opposite for Mary Poppins.” 0 likes
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