“Find what you love and the rest will follow.”
- Joan Mulgrew, mother of the author
…and Kate Mulgrew did. This is a memoir of her life growing up in a large mid-century Irish Catholic family situated in Iowa which culminates with her work on the Star Trek television series. Her parents were characters – mother an artist, father a contractor. She grew up in a family where creativity was encouraged. This book is laced with phrases that are of the times she grew up in such as “the TV room” where nowadays a TV is in every room. It’s a very romantic, frank, and honest retelling of her near soap opera life with subsequent highs and lows, all evidencing her strength and determination to follow what she loved - acting.
The reader and author, Kate Mulgrew, uses her voice talents to share her story with passion, great pacing, and light humor. An autobiography read by the author gives a more personal connection to the listener, this is no exception.
This is a very tender and intimate telling of her experiences on stage and off. Kate Mulgrew is a lover of language. She executes a mastery of English in her phrasing –
“The dawn had crept in on little cat’s feet and now here she was whispering with light, lifting the mist.”
Her life story is a compelling listen throughout. There is no putting this aside to tend to other duties, it’s a beginning to end tale.
Another "celebrity" memoir I wish I hand't read. A talented actress; a selfish human being. She has that "of course, everyone knows who I am" attitude, so prevalent in Hollywood. Too bad as she is a unique personality. Don't bother reading. Just "google" her and you'll get my drift.
I absolutely loved Kate Mulgrew in Star Trek Voyager and I love her even more after reading her biography. She is such a courageous woman and role model. Her story was very interesting, especially with regards to her family life--there is quite a heartwarming surprise near the end! She also writes with a lot of personality; I felt as if she were reading the story to me.
This was a one sit read and the pages flew by. I've had the benefit of listening to Kate Mulgrew read from this book so I very easily could hear her reading the book as I more or less devoured the thing. Even if you have never heard her speak or read before the prose has a particular poetry and drama to it that just makes it feel like it's being read to you instead of you just sitting there and reading it.
The Mulgrew family is an interesting and large one. Joan Mulgrew (Kate's mother) being a particular star in the whole thing. Of course Kate herself goes on to lead a dramatic life herself. My main experience with her work is as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager so a look at some other work she has done, mostly in theatre, was really interesting. Star Trek is only addressed in the very end of the book so if you're not into Star Trek, don't worry. If you are into biographies about strong women overcoming obstacles and flourishing in spite of them - Mulgrew has had a fair amount of tragedy and pain in her life - then this is the book for you.
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