Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

Grand Central. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781538734285. $28. MEMOIR
Tony Award–winning actress Foster writes an inspirational ode to crafting, in which the work that most defines her is somewhere inside her own homes. Framing her life as a “maker,” Foster is a relatable narrator of her own journey to success, addressing familiar anxieties for women in the workplace and giving readers a peek behind the showbiz curtain. Pairing low stakes art with major life decisions, Foster’s memoir is playful and optimistic, interjecting recipes, instructions, and interviews for the especially curious. With easygoing language, Sutton shares how she was drawn to the arts, especially acting and singing, and how the art of making has always been both a personal interest and a coping mechanism. For Sutton, this leads to dabbling in everything from cross-stitching and quilting to her personal favorite: crocheting. While her memoir sometimes jolts a bit out of sequence, the writing reflects her natural storytelling prowess and showcases the joy of finding a creative outlet and sharing creations with others.
VERDICT Crafters and fans of Foster will enjoy this tender memoir about creative coping as a way to say yes to personal ambitions big and small.
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