Out of the Corner: A Memoir

Books on Tape. May 2022. 11:20 hrs. ISBN 9780593507117. $95. FILM
Actress and author Grey, the daughter of Hollywood legends Joel Grey and Jo Wilder and best known for her iconic roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, dives deep into her life as she narrates her first memoir. From training bras and wild nights at Studio 54 to failed relationships and her father’s coming out at 82, Grey keeps her tone friendly and light during this personal recounting. She provides intimate details of her formative years, but only skims the surface with more recent events and topics. Grey’s candor is refreshing as she reminisces about the years she spent jumping back and forth from the California coast to New York City. Listeners will be charmed by her writing and narration, which take on a natural theatrical flourish, but some may be disoriented by the way she zig zags through time. Even as Grey talks about the botched nose job that forever changed the course of her life, she keeps listeners close, as if she’s with friends reminiscing over brunch.
VERDICT A good mix of honesty and humor with lots of celebrity name-dropping. Recommended for all collections.
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