Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Here, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.

In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wind” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol – the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh.

My Review:
The beloved comedian tells about her life from childhood until the present day. Because each chapter is a single anecdote, this book can be picked up, read and enjoyed for a long or short periods, and saved to be picked up again at another time. However, because the author is such an interesting story teller, I found the saving "for another time" almost impossible. I did not want to put it down!

If you would like to read an excerpt, click here.


Heidi Pocketbook said...

I've loved Carol Burnett my whole life--every week, when I was a child, we watched her show. I believe I will be putting this book on my wish list!

I've not stopped by for awhile. Hope you are doing ok and have a good Thanksgiving, Sally.

bermudaonion said...

I love Carol Burnett, so I have a feeling I would love this book too! Great review!

Teacher/Learner said...

This has been sitting idle on my TBR list too long--maybe for Xmas...Thanks for the nice review & I love the excerpt :D

Deborah Bolack said...

I loved the Carol Burnett show! The excerpt was great...sounds like a book worth picking up.