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Dying of Politeness: A Memoir

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It’s not overly thought provoking, or ground breaking, but I quite enjoyed listening to Geena Davis tell her story. I love Geena and it was so fun to listen to her read her own memoir, sharing stories about the various movies/shows she's worked on, including Thelma and Louise, A league of their own and Commander in Chief.

This isn't exactly a memoir of Geena Davis's life, but more a personal examination of a woman who has always been too polite and had difficulty standing up for herself, examing her behavior and reactions to things in her life, how this affected it, and how she tried to change. She has such a lovely cadence to her voice and a certain rhythm in how she told each story that was super fun.Women and girls ARE under represented in films and television, and to me that's just as concerning and tragic as all the Me Too stuff. But I couldn’t move forward unless I found sticks that were shaped like a “y,” so it would mean “yes, it’s okay to move forward. Unlike some actor's memoirs, Davis mentions both parents throughout the book with genuine love, kindness and respect. And personally relatable to a tee: I've explicitly worked with my therapist to allow myself to "take up space" and not feel guilt when asking for or simply accepting help.

Little, so that was an easy acknowledgment, though her true wit outshines what is often written for her in scripts. Because now, with no hesitation, if people find out they’re having a smaller salary than their male costar, they’ll talk about it publicly.The way I understand is she was just in the right place at the right time and modeling was her foot in the door. how could she possibly have sat there expressing opinions that didn't start with, "this is probably a stupid idea" or "i don't know what you'll think but"? She's not only an actress, she's an archer( like Katniss Everdeen) and she runs an advocacy group that is dedicated to ensuring that television and movies have more positive images of girls and women. I’ve said this in other reviews but I don’t listen to celebrity memoirs because I care about your craft-tell me more stories about your donkey.

I’d also like to take a moment to apologize to Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and women everywhere-I’ve never watched Thelma and Louise, something that I now deeply regret. She is mostly complimentary about her fellow actors, especially Susan Sarandon (her guru of badassery) and Dustin Hoffman (who told her how to fend off sexual approaches by costars, a ploy she used on Jack Nicholson, to his chagrin). But she didn’t explain what had happened or why it was bad to do the thing that he was doing, so it just felt like this horrible secret that I was carrying around. You battled a handful of phobias in your childhood that caused you distress—everything from an irrational fear of dying from touching a poinsettia to being convinced you had breast cancer at 12. Even when she's telling stories that she thinks don't paint her the best light, I still only saw her kindness.And unlike some celebrity tell-all memoirs, Davis is circumspect with assigning guilt or blame for the failure of relationships or projects. Though Davis wanted to go into film acting since she was three years old, but since she knew nothing about the industry, she made some, um, interesting choices going about it.

In this simultaneously hilarious and candid memoir, Davis regales us with tales of a career playing everything from an amnesiac assassin to the parent of a rodent, her eccentric childhood, her relationships, and helping lead the way to gender parity in Hollywood—all while learning to be a little more badass, one role at a time. I was raised in a similar fashion by Massachusetts parents and this attitude of constant politeness was so pervasive as to be suffocating and detrimental. She has erred on the side of jaunty and conversational rather than soul-baring in the book and her combination of humour and self-deprecation is immediately appealing (she includes a section of verbatim encounters with the public that would puncture any Hollywood ego).Bursting with witty, practical advice on the ins and outs of etiquette, from how one should dress for a formal occasion to what behaviour one should adopt while travelling abroad, this guide will help every modern woman to deport herself with confidence in all types of social and public situations. I liked this, but didn't love it for some reason- it was full of intimate information but somehow never felt intimate. You were often referred to in the industry as being “not conventionally pretty enough” or “too tall.

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