Making a Scene

S. & S. Audio. Oct. 2022. 7:53 hrs. ISBN 9781797147161. $17.99. MEMOIR
In this debut memoir, actress Wu (Fresh Off the Boat; Crazy Rich Asians) paints an extraordinarily honest portrait of her life and career. Wu candidly details experiences from her life during different stages: from her suburban upbringing in Virginia, to breaking into acting in New York City, to skyrocketing to fame and beyond. She speaks of being a bold, extroverted woman full of emotions, whose attempts to not “make a scene” have often been to her detriment. As she states, “My emotions have always been larger than my body.” Wu grapples with her view of herself, the relationships that have shaped her life, and her place as an Asian American actress, bringing much-needed representation through her roles. She confronts past traumas and discusses how she has found forgiveness. Wu’s narration is genuine, lively, and animated, while her honesty and humility create an intimate listening experience. In fact, listeners may feel that they are catching up with an old friend over coffee.
VERDICT This engaging memoir will appeal to listeners interested in entertainment-industry memoirs and more specifically, Asian American women navigating Hollywood and fame.
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