• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of In Pieces by Sally Field

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

I found Sally Field's discussion of her "craft" and how she grew and changed as an actor to be the most compelling aspect of the book.

I found Sally Field's discussion of her "craft" and how she grew and changed as an actor to be the most compelling aspect of the book--along with the politics of getting roles and how she finally began listening to her inner voice in all aspects of her life.


Her In Pieces account of her relationship with Burt Reynolds reflects a controlling man and a woman without much self esteem. Field was sexually abused and emotionally manipulated as a child, and this informs much of her later patterns in relationships, her connection to her emotions, and her sense of self.


Therapy (and her acting as a sort of therapy) eventually allowed Field to come into her fully realized adult self, and this journey is satisfying to watch in In Pieces after living through the page time of her languishing and struggling for so long.


I listened to Field narrate this as an audiobook.

What did you think?

I appreciate when a celebrity provides brutal honesty, but I admit to sometimes becoming impatient with the navel-gazing necessary to create a memoir. I also recognize that this is unfair since I chose to read this person's life story.



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