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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  15,560 ratings  ·  2,051 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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 acclaim
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Hardcover, Large Print, 340 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Hachette Books
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Nikki
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. ...more
Brina
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, celebrity
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
Luffy
A kind of cloying vibe adorned almost every sentence in the memoir. Every director in Julie Andrews's career is nice, even those that aren't. Still. I kind of enjoyed this experience.

How ironic it is, that Julie Andrews, who didn't want to be typecast as Mary Poppins, is just that character in her autobiography. Dozens of spoonfuls of sugar are involved in her recording.

But she remains relatable. She remains human. I just don't think she has escaped her insecurities. All those psychoanalytic ses
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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 abi ...more
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 int
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Negin
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
I’ve always loved Julie Andrews and read her first memoir earlier this year. This one was equally delightful. She shares stories of her family and her career starting from the time that she was in “Mary Poppins” and ending in the 1980’s.

“The Sound of Music” will always be one of my favorite movies of all time. The first time that I saw it was when I must have been about five or so when we were in Iran. It was dubbed, even Julie Andrews’s singing voice was dubbed. Later while growing up in Wales
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Mediaman
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
A surprisingly boring & poorly written book that deals with mundane topics like her kids (way too much about tiny co-author Emma), her husband's movies, her parents and druggie brother, her therapy sessions (she pushes everyone into therapy), and her possessions. Almost nothing about her.

Andrews comes across as the "practically perfect" person to whom things happen and reveals very little about herself that would surprise anyone. She also is way too nice, praising just about everyone and thinki
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Luisa Knight
Read a little over half and got out of it as much as I wanted. She didn’t talk long about the making of Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music, for which I was disappointed, because I was so looking forward to hearing about those from her.

The majority of the book is about her life, her divorce, her meeting somebody new, her guilt and depression, her brother addicted to drugs whom she tried to help.

Cleanliness: a little language (such as d*mn, b*tch, h*ll, sh*t, etc) and some brief mentions of or s
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Susan
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved her first book and looked forward to this eagerly. This book was boring and repetitive. Blake's kids came for a visit again. I cuddled with Emma. Tony and I tried to stay together. I finally just stopped when Blake's kids came for yet another visit. It was like trudging through quicksand. I hopped right over to Me by Elton John which saved the day. And my train ride. ...more
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, e ...more
Desi (Pastel Pages)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and I am SO sad because I feel like I got to know her as a dear friend and now it's time to say goodbye. This book was EVERYTHING if you are a fan of Julie already. I loved getting to see into her life and get a glimpse of the amazing woman that she is. This will forever be a favorite. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. It is narrated by her and it's beautiful. ...more
Naomi
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my best read

I understand that Ms Andrews is probably a very endearing person, I found this book to be self endulgent. Complaining about jet setting from U.K. to Switzerland to US while leaving your children to be cared for by other people did not win my sympathy.
Kristy K
Between a pick and an eh. Andrews definitely had some trials in her life and I liked that she was so upfront about her husband dealing with mental illness, but a lot of the other stuff felt drawn out. It was also hard to relate as it’s a portrait in how the other half lives (to buy or not to buy a yacht). However I felt it was an honest look into Andrews’ life. I also realized I knew very little of the movies she starred in. The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies, but I didn't realize s ...more
Deacon Tom F
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book by Julie Andrews. It was not as good as the first one was ...it was still enjoyable.

It focused on areas of her fame and how she handled it.
Interest areas like her money problems and how she handled them did not make me sympathetic. My goodness, homes in France, England, and California along with the full-sized yacht don’t draw sympathy from me.

The sections about her family and how she treated her children were especially wonderful. Plus, I was incredibly impressed by h
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

If you were to cross Mary Poppins with The Sound of Music, would you end up with The Flying Nun?
Robyn
Great on Kindle discount | Two decade calendar and travel itinerary, scattered with examples of bad decisions. | This was such a dry read, which was deeply disappointing, even more so since I really enjoyed her previous memoir. Blake Edwards seems like he was a real dick, which is an interesting takeaway, since she loved him and probably thought she was presenting him well. This was a household in which Andrews had a young daughter who also had a father living elsewhere with his new wife, Edward ...more
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
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
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
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Karen
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I admire and enjoy Julie Andrews' movies and singing. This book, however, was very slow moving, read like an eighth grade report on "my summer vacation".

The technical portions for movies and TV shows were interesting. I felt more could have been said about the components of making a movie.

While it's interesting to read about her life, this reader found it difficult to read through the patch work of this book.
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Dori Sabourin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did anyone ever realize how much work and sacrifice actresses have to do in order to maintain and further their acting career? Julie Andrews lays it out for the reader to understand that it was not all handed to her on a silver platter. Andrews lays it all out there, her doubts, her lessons, her fears, etc. I would recommend this book to anyone who is contemplating an acting career or other profession in the film industry.
Barb
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I had a hard time determining a rating for this book. Julie Andrews is a good writer; the book very much just glides along and I frequently found myself surprised at how much I'd read. It's interesting seeing the behind-the-scenes of life of a star, and seeing her journey into becoming a children's author was also a good read.

Some of what frustrated me about the book was how much was glossed over. She mentions troubles with her husband, with her brother, with her children, but rarely goes into d
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Emily
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This memoir lacked a narrative quality. It felt like it was a recitation of facts with a little extra, but there were few insightful revelations to keep it interesting.
Katja
I've always been an admirer of Julie Andrews as a performer, but after listening to this wonderful autobiography  (beautifully narrated by herself), I'm also a big fan of her as a person.

I found it inspiring how she navigated her often complicated marriage with Blake Edwards, her chaotic and difficult family life with her big patchwork family and how much kindness and grace and poise she displayed throughout those eventful Hollywood years of theirs.

Some reviewers pointed out that she seems det
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Kim
Oct 30, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So I read Home by Julie Andrews earlier in the summer/fall and really enjoyed it. I found her to be likeable and relatable even though we are worlds apart in positions in life. Her early years of poverty and living with a dysfunctional family spoke to me. However, this connection just wasn't there in the follow-up book, Home Work. I still enjoyed listening to the behind the scenes look at so many movies that I've grown up watching, but I found her to be less relatable. One part that really kind ...more
Kate Mackey
Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I never read her first memoir and it seems there will be a third as this book takes you to 1986, ending abruptly. I am a fan of her work but not of her personal life now. I felt she put herself before her children. I don’t even understand why she adopted two girls when they were not really in their lives, living with several nanny’s in another country and are referred to as ‘the babies’ until they are 10. I also feel the drama in her life was caused by her lifestyle. I found all the moving back ...more
Gretchen Rubin
Julie Andrews! A fascinating, thoughtful memoir. I'd been thinking about her lately because of this "A Little Happier" I did recently. Of all the "Littles," this is one of my favorites: "I get choked up when I hear the song "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music" (https://gretchenrubin.com/podcast-epi...). Plus Julie Andrews's book Mandy made it onto my 81 Favorite Works of Children's and Young-Adult Literature. ...more
Shaina
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Sean Peters
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Home Work, the second instalment of Julie Andrews' internationally bestselling memoirs, begins with her arrival in Hollywood to make her screen debut in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. It was closely followed by The Sound of Music, and the beginning of a movie career that would make her an icon to millions all over the world.

The good thing also with this second instalment has a detailed chapter of the whole of the first book at the beginning.

As a film buff the second book fitted my interests, but go
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Judy
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Andrews is the epitome of class and grace for me. I listened to her first memoir, HOME several years ago. I especially like to listen to authors reading their own memoirs, and Julie’s voice is very pleasant to hear. I enjoyed HOME so much; so when I saw she had written about the second part of her life, I was anxious to hear it. Note: if you did not read her first memoir, she recaps her early years in this book. Julie didn’t have an easy life. She grew up during WWII in London during the b ...more
Christina DeVane
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 🌟 as I enjoyed reading this so much! Excellently written and I felt like Andrews was so transparent about everything that has happened in her life.
I honestly feel bad for her in the many family problems she has had her whole life including her second husband. She deserved much better in my opinion! 😎
Hollywood is not all glamour and I was surprised how many projects she worked on just for the money.
I never knew she adopted 2 Vietnamese girls either!
Some language throughout.
The book ends in
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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 Poppi ...more

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