Friday, February 27, 2009

Book ~ "Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice" (2008) Maureen McCormick

From Amazon.com ~ In Here's the Story, Maureen takes us behind the scenes of America's favorite television family, the Bradys. With poignancy and candor, she reveals the lifelong friendships, the hurtful jealousies, the offscreen romance, the loving support her television family provided during a life-or-death moment and the inconsolable loss of a man who had been a second father. But The Brady Bunch was only the beginning. Haunted by the perfection of her television alter ego, Maureen landed on the dark side, caught up in a fast-paced, drug-fueled, star-studded Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.

Moving from drug dens on Wonderland Avenue to wild parties at the Playboy mansion and exotic escapades on the beaches of Hawaii, this candid, hard-hitting memoir exposes a side of a beloved pop-culture icon the paparazzi missed. Yet it is also a story of remarkable success. After kicking her drug habit, Maureen battled depression, reconnected with her mother, whom she nursed through the end of her life, and then found herself in a pitched battle for her family in which she ultimately triumphed.

There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. After fifty years, she has finally learned what it means to love the person you are, insight that has brought her peace in a happy marriage and as a mother. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection—and herself.

I wasn't a fan of The Brady Bunch. In fact, I hated this show ... still do.

But I like reading about people. I'm nosy!

I caught some of the Celebrity Fit Club shows Maureen McCormick was on and she seemed nice enough.

Maureen has had quite a life! She had many relationships with some high profile stars (at least at the time, they were). Before finding God (and a husband), she was driven by drugs.

With a lot of work, she has gotten her life together for the most part.

It is an interesting read if you are into celebrity gossip. I didn't mind the writing style ... it's casual and friendly.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I used to like the Brady Bunch. Didn't get to see it much. I heard she had a lot of family trouble, nice to know that she sorted it out. Seems like all those child star types get into drugs and etc. Makes me wonder where their parents are or what kind of people their parents are. I'd keep a much tighter leash on my kid, especially if they were into something that seemed to lead to drugs and a troubled life.