Tuesday, November 5, 2019

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds & Legendary Life of Meryl Streep; Eric Carlson

Each Tuesday, Vicki, from I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where readers post the opening paragraph(s) of a book that they are reading or plan to read. 

 Eric Carlson - Hachette Books - 2019

Chapter 1
From Geek to Streep

I wanted to learn how to be appealing. So I studied the character I imagined I wanted to be, that of a generically pretty high school girl.

Meryl Streep was six years old when she discovered a talent for getting into character.  Her role: the Virgin Mary.  The scene: the Streep family living room, standing in for the nativity.  Meryl's you're brothers, Harry the Third, and Dana, whom she tended to boss around, were cast as Joseph and a barnyard animal, respectively.  When Meryl wrapped her mother's half slip around her head and held Baby Jesus (her Betsy Wetsy doll), she fell under a trance of quiet holiness that spread link gospel to her siblings, following their sister's solemn lead. While the kids' father, Harry the Second, shot footage on Super 8, Meryl learned an important lesson: she didn't have to yell at her costars to get them to do what she wanted.

Any interest in this one?


  1. Yes--I'm not usually interested in Hollywood biographies, but Meryl Streep would be an exception.

  2. Meryl Streep is a goddess and her life story must be a fascinating one. That first paragraph is certainly intriguing.

  3. I love Meryl Streep and this sounds like a good book.

  4. She's one of my favorite actors! Sounds like it might be a good read.

  5. I will probably read this eventually. I wonder how Ms Streep feels about it.

  6. We're not much into anything about actors here.

  7. Yes, I am a fan of Meryl Streep. I'd read more.

  8. I do LOVE Meryl Streep! But most of all I'd love to read her memoir. And that may very well never happen.
    I must admit that I, too, have not heard stellar reviews of this book. I'm worried about accuracy, etc. But I doubt that that will stop me.
    What do you think about it? How are you enjoying it?

    1. I haven't started this one yet Judith. I actually haven't checked out the reviews and think I'll wait to form my own opinion.

  9. I haven't read the reviews; hope to start this soon.

  10. I admire the woman's acting and have enjoyed her movies for years. Based on that quote up above, though, I find it ironic that the adult Streep now yells loudly and rudely at anyone whose political beliefs don't agree exactly with her own. I agree with hers more times than not, but I'm still offended by that whole holier-than-thou approach.


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