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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  242 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 acclaimed
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Hachette Books
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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
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.
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
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
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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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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
Andi
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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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.
Jaimedsworld
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.
Felicity
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
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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
Judith Hokanson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

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!!
Jessica
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.
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
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.
Cheryl
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a brief introduction of Julie’s early life and then start in with the making of Mary Poppins. It is a very positive book, even though her life sounds stressful. They move back and forth from Europe to New York to California packing up their household more than once a year. The stress of making movies and TV shows, her family’s health problems and her husband’s physical and mental health problems all add to the chaos of her life. She works hard to keep the family together combining ...more
Sue Seligman
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the long awaited follow up to Julie Andrews first memoir written about twelve years ago. In that book, she shared her tumultuous childhood in England during the Blitz and the years that followed, years when her amazing voice helped her support her family, exposing her to many incredible experiences. My daughter and I were privileged to meet Ms Andrews at a local event where she signed that precious and wonderful book, which ended when she was asked to play Mary Poppins. Finally, with the ...more
Onceinabluemoon
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.
Mom
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love! Love! Love!
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.
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!
Jane
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting but not compelling.
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
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Cynthia
“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
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Jessica Woodbury
I have been reading a lot of memoir and have developed many opinions on the genre. And, unfortunately, pretty much all of them say this is not worth reading unless you are a truly devoted fan. While it started off well and provided plenty of nostalgia, it moves rather quickly into nonstop descriptions of logistics. Once Andrews marries director Blake Edwards, their lives are a tumultuous and chaotic whirlwind, constantly moving from Los Angeles to London to Switzerland and back again. It made me ...more
Lori
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
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Anke Zweel
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing journey I have been on. I have worked on Marry Poppins, bought a yacht and learned more about the ups and downs of life.

This audiobook was amazing. If you didn't know it is narrated by Julie herself which makes it just a bit more amazing.

In a way the biography felt like a journal with Julie reading "and in my journal i wrote". I take my hat of to her for keeping a journal for all those years. I can't keep a journal for a week let alone keep the filled one's safe.

In the end I felt
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Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
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
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Susann
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!
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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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