Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson wanted to be a writer, and thank goodness for all of us, she didn’t give up on that dream. Her incredibly witty and refreshingly honest memoir was a pure treat from start to finish. She manages to share even the most difficult memories in such a way that you want to keep listening, and the book left me wanting to sit and chat with her over coffee.

You probably know Mara Wilson from 90s films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Mathilda but may now be wondering what happened to this child actor. If you are at all curious, and maybe even if you’re not, you should read this memoir. Her struggles with the death of her mother and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder don’t define her but certainly affected her, both as a child actor and an adult human in the world.

Though  never diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I’ve definitely had some of its tendencies since childhood, and Wilson’s descriptions of cycling obsessive thoughts in her mind hit pretty close to home. Wilson has always felt a little out of place, and everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in will identify with her stories.The Amazon summary begins, “A former child actor best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys,” and it’s a great introduction to Wilson’s life.

You may see a bit of yourself in Wilson’s carefully crafted, quick-moving dialogue, and spoilers, if you get the audio version of the book, she’ll read it to you. I cannot recommend this book enough and I can’t wait to read more from Mara Wilson. I also recommend her Twitter account, which has made me both giggle out loud at work and roll my eyes, nodding my head in agreement at her commentary on weirdo modern culture.

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