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West Elmira Library 1 791.43 HEM Adult NonFiction Book

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She opens her eyes. The room is dark. She hears yelling and smashed plates, and wishes it was all a terrible dream. But it isn't. This is what it was like growing up as a Hemingway. In this deeply moving, searingly honest new memoir, actress and mental health icon Mariel Hemingway shares in candid detail the story of her troubled childhood in a famous family haunted by depression, alcoholism, illness and suicide. In a compassionate voice she reveals her painful struggle to stay sane. At last, in this memoir she can finally tell the true story of her family.

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Mariel Hemingway is an Academy Award-nominated actor, author, healthy lifestyle brand founder, mother, and mental health advocate. She resides in California.

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Booklist Review

Hemingway brings readers up to date in her second memoir, following Finding My Balance (2003). With assistance from the versatile and able Greenman, she recounts her split from her longtime husband and her work on other books and Running from Crazy, a documentary about her famously troubled family both her great-grandfather and Ernest Hemingway, her grandfather, committed suicide; her sister Margaux, the actress and model, overdosed at age 42; and her sister Muffet has spent much of her life struggling with manic depression. Mariel, a healthy yoga devotee and the mother of two grown daughters, seems admirably self-aware, and she seems to genuinely want to help others by telling her tale: My story is extraordinary in some ways, because of the ways in which my family lived in the public eye, but that should work as a point of contact rather than a point of separation. Hemingway provides a short list of mental-health resources, including the National Eating Disorders Association (she obsessed about food for years). This working-on-happily-ever-after actress comes across as an inspiring survivor.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist

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