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2. What did you recently finish reading? My Girls, by Todd Fisher. Todd's "girls" were mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher. Confession: I'm not a Star Wars fan nor a Debbie Reynolds fan. But I always admired Carrie's writing, wit and courage in sharing her bipolar diagnosis. I looked forward to reading about her by the one who knew her best and knew her longest, her little brother, Todd.
a fascinating book. He was famous before he was born, the child of
America's Sweethearts. One of his stepmothers was the most beautiful and
notorious woman in the world, Elizabeth Taylor. Staff outnumbered the
residents in his childhood home. Todd gave me a glimpse into a life I'd
never know otherwise.
But at times I was annoyed. As Carrie often said, her family wore their underwear on the outside, meaning Debbie, Carrie and now Todd all had a penchant for oversharing. Because of Todd's candor, it became obvious that he chose his family of origin -- especially his mother -- over the family he was building. I was shocked and disappointed by Todd's apparent insensitivity to his wife Christi as she dealt first with alcoholism and then with cancer, and he was always racing to Las Vegas to be at Debbie's side and help her with her ongoing financial and marital travails.
well. I'm not sorry I read it. It was lovely to spend time with the
exasperating and extravagantly talented Carrie again, and I'm grateful
that her brother shared her essence in this memoir.
3. What will read next? I've always wanted to read A Night to Remember. Written back in the 1950s,
Walter Lord's well-respected chronicle of the last hours of the
Titanic is still considered the gold standard. Now I may finally get to it.