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A Memoir of My Early Years
By Julie Andrews (Trade Paperback, 2009)
"A frank, intriguing memoir."
--People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos."
--The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the book begins to glow."
--Entertainment Weekly "A delightful remembrance of her own childhood, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Frank and fascinating . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough."
--Time In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America.

"A frank, intriguing memoir."
--People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos."
--The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the book begins to glow."
--Entertainment Weekly "A delightful remembrance of her own childhood, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Frank and fascinating . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough."
--Time In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America.

Julie Andrews' career has flourished over seven decades. Most recently she's played the queen in both the Princess Diaries and Shrek films. Her bestselling children's books include The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Mandy, and The Great American Mousical. She currently lives with her husband of 38 years, the acclaimed film director Blake Edwards, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.
  • "A decisively unsoppy account of a typically dismal English childhood, complete with cramped lodgings and brutal relatives, which Andrews tells briskly and without self-pity. . . . Painfully shrewd and written with real delicacy and pathos." (The New York Times Book Review).

  • "A spare, elegant prose stylist . . . she calmly debunks a few myths about herself; speaks frankly about her complex and troubled relationship with her mother and stepfather; and writes movingly about how she discovered, as an adult, that she'd fallen in love with performing. . . . Home reveals her to be not only a gifted, unqiue performer, but a woman with a remarkable ability to reflect and forgive, and a writer capable of quietly stopping the reader in her tracks with description." (The Seattle Times).

  • "Her lovely new autobiography, Home, reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice. . . . No word yet on a sequel; with any luck, we face but a brief intermission before the glittering second act." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "A delightful remembrance of her own childhood and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career. . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)).

  • "Frank and fascinating . . . it gives us a full helping of backstage gossip. . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough. . . . But she shows us where the toughness comes from: only somebody who fought her way out of the muck could ever be that squeaky clean." (Time).

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  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-3/16" x 8"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780786884759
  • On Sale Date: 04/01/2009