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Me by Katharine Hepburn
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Like listening to your grandma (your crazy, crazy grandma) tell you stories. Except that your grandma is Katharine Hepburn. Except that the stories are replete with digressions about that candy shop she used to visit as a child(of course, it's been torn down now), and that time she went to Italy with that writer and drove his Maserati, except she didn't drive and she needs glasses, and anyway, they almost had sex, but didn't, probably because he was eleven years younger, and also, she's decided to tell you this entirely in script form. Also, here's her recipe for currant cake. It's what separates us from the animals.

It's kind of charming but also kind of horrible. And tedious. But I learned much more about Katharine Hepburn than I ever hoped to know, and it's made watching "The Lion in Winter" even more epic.

Also, it's provided me with several new catchphrases. As Katharine Hepburn says, "FUCK THE ROOTS!"

Upon re-reading this review years later, I can't believe I didn't mention this: much is made of her relationship with Spencer Tracy, while her relationships with women (ahem) are largely obscured. This is probably the greatest tragedy of this book. More stories about ladies; fewer stories about currant cake. Thank you.

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Katharine Hepburn
“Fuck the roots.”
Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life

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March 18, 2011 – Shelved

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Erin Fuck the roots was my favorite line too!

David Jay Fuck the roots might have been my favorite line, but the currant cake recipe, well, what is there to say?!

Layla I mean, I would like to try it. I hear it's a sensation!

BarbaraW The play script about the car pick up in Italy was a nice different touch, I thought. You have to understand that she was a lady. Ladies of that era don't blab about their love lives. I recon Phyllis was her lover- she was with her 24/7 for a long time. Sometimes it's what you don't say which makes it interesting.

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