Born with Teeth

Little, Brown. Apr. 2015. 320p. photos. ISBN 9780316334310. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316334303. PERFORMING ARTS
Actress Mulgrew's (Star Trek: Voyager; Orange Is the New Black) autobiography is an intriguing look at a very interesting life. She left her home in Iowa at 18 in the Seventies and studied with Stella Adler in New York, determined to become an actress. She quickly earned stardom on the TV soap opera Ryan's Hope and her life changed forever. Despite her public success with acting, behind the scenes Mulgrew went through many emotional traumas with her children and in her personal life. She describes her deep sorrow when she gave a daughter up for adoption and how she eventually reconciled with her. This well-written book has great stories, as Mulgrew is a fantastic storyteller. It also is a very honest recollection of some of the experiences she has had and how, through it all, acting has remained her passion.
VERDICT Mulgrew's enjoyable narrative is compelling as she portrays her decades of acting work, personal triumphs and heartbreaks, and her mesmerizing life. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/14.]

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