Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played

Hachette. Apr. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780306924026. $29. MEMOIR
Feldshuh, a storied and celebrated actor of stage and screen, shares an intimate, entertaining memoir of her life and career. In this uniquely structured book, she reflects on her life as if it were a theatrical production; the central character is her mother, Lily. Feldshuh’s relationship with her mother is a complicated and boisterous one that transforms throughout the years, especially alongside the rise of her career. Feldshuh’s portrayal of Lily is striking; her thoughtful understanding of their dynamic and Lily’s influence on her life and career, infused with her mother’s candor, will delight readers. The heart of this book lies in the author’s captivating writing—she is a dynamic storyteller with an actor’s skill for articulating small moments that occur in everyday life. She captures growing up in New York, Jewish culture, and the entertainment industry with equal enthusiasm and detail.
VERDICT A vivid, charming memoir and reflection on an expansive career and family, which will delight memoir fans. This book will appeal to performing arts enthusiasts and fans of witty family memoirs. Readers who enjoy peeking into the personal and professional lives of performers may also enjoy Home Work by Julie Andrews.
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