Hey Y’all! I recently read Home Work by Julie Andrews so I thought I would take the time to share my thoughts on this beautiful memoir.
Author: Julie Andrews Edwards
Publisher: Hachette Books
Published on: October 15th 2019
Number of Pages: 560 pages/ 320 pages (hardcover VS kindle)
Bought, Borrowed or ARC: Borrowed from Libby
Where can you get it?
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Barnes and Noble: $27.00
Book Depository: $25.99
In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage.
With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films–Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.
Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews’s trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.
One of my all time favorite movies is Princess Diaries which of course, stars Julie Andrews. I had heard about her second memoir for a few months and put it on hold through Libby. I had almost completely forgot about it when it showed up as available. I immediately put aside all of the other books I was reading and started reading this one.
Most of the time with non-fiction or memoirs, at some point I hit a wall. I get bored. I drag my feet and whine about finishing and either toss it aside or spend the next two weeks slowly chipping away at it while losing my mind.
That didn’t happen with Home Work. In one sitting I went from 3% to 43% and I could barely believe it. It felt like I had barely been reading at all. One of the few things I knew about Julie Andrews was that she likes PG tips tea (which I learned off the commentary of Princess Diaries) so it was so nice to learn more about her. For instance, I didn’t know she had more than one child or that she lived in Switzerland. I loved hearing little stories from Mary Poppins and Sound of Music (also big favorites of mine).
I really enjoyed this memoir with it’s pacing and I hope that Julie writes another one. Maybe this time reaching Princess Diaries? Please? Maybe one just on her experience with Princess Diaries… jk jk unless….