Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

Ballantine. May 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780525480259. $28. memoir
In her thought-provoking and revelatory memoir, Margulies, star of the popular TV shows The Good Wife and ER, reminisces about her life across time and continents. Margulies had a chaotic upbringing, coping with divorced parents and nomadic living as she attempted to find her place in the world personally and professionally. In response to some of this upheaval, she sought a measured, balanced approach to her life. Total self-sufficiency was her goal; it wasn’t until she had a severe case of chicken pox as an adult that she was finally able to accept help from others. Recuperating from her illness, however, gave her the time to work on this memoir. Her book vividly brings to life a woman who has endured pain, loss, doubt, and uncertainty—much like her readers and like the characters she portrays. Though Margulies’s anecdotes may be outside readers’ own realms of experience, she relates them with such intimacy and candor that readers might recognize in her a kindred spirit.
VERDICT A deeply reflective narrative that will appeal to both Margulies’s fans and anyone who enjoys a warm and well-crafted memoir.
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