Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years – by: Julie Andrews

Home Work by Julie Andrews 

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Hachette Books (Oct. 15 2019)

ISBN-13: 978-0316349253

Synopsis: 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.

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Julie Andrews was a household name in my home growing up. Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were staples movies that were watched countless times on movie night. So when I was given the opportunity to review her latest memoir, I jumped at the chance! Starting with her arrival in Hollywood, this book follows the many ups and downs of Andrews’ career – plus a look very intimate look at her personal life.

This is a must read for all Julie Andrews fans, however, I am not sure it is a read for people who are NOT her fans. HOME WORK could be more enticing to some fans and reads compared to Andrews’ first book, HOME, as this one focuses on her Hollywood years (This is what I have heard from other readers, but I have not read HOME myself). While reading this book, I actually heard Andrews’ voice in my head, which I think made it more enjoyable for me! It felt like Mary Poppins was reading me a story!

Something I didn’t realize when I first picked up the book: the co-author Emma Walton Hamilton, is in fact Julie Andrews’ daughter! I think having a mother daughter writing duo helped to keep this memoir intimate and thorough.

(And a side note to fans of audio books: the audio book for HOME WORK is actually read by Andrews herself, so you to can enjoy the book from the voice of Mary Poppins herself!)

Rating: 9/10

*I received this book from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review *

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