March 08, 2016

Heart of Glass: A Memoir by Wendy Lawless #Review

Genres:  Memoir
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher 
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In this edgy and romantic follow-up to her New York Timesbestselling debut memoir, Chanel Bonfire, Wendy Lawless chronicles her misguided twenties—a darkly funny story of a girl without a roadmap for life who flees her disastrous past to find herself in the gritty heart of 1980s New York City.

Before downtown Manhattan was scrubbed clean, gentrified and overrun with designer boutiques and trendy eateries and bars, it was the center of a burgeoning art scene—both exciting and dangerous. Running from the shipwreck of her glamorous and unstable childhood with a volatile mother, Wendy Lawless landed in the center of it all. With an open heart and a thrift store wardrobe, Wendy navigated this demi-monde of jaded punk rockers, desperate actors, pulsing parties, and unexpected run-ins with her own past as she made every mistake of youth, looked for love in all the wrong places, and eventually learned how to grow up on her own.

Wendy Lawless is an actress who has appeared on television, in regional theater, Off-Broadway in David Ives’s Obie-winning play All in the Timing, and on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles. Her work has appeared in Redbook magazine, on, and in the local Los Angeles press. She lives in California with her screenwriter husband and their two children.

For me this one was ok.  I guess if I knew who Wendy Lawless was it would def. have made a difference.  But since I'm not a broadway fan learning about her life in her 20's just wasn't all that. The book was good great pacing and a wonderful story but not being in this broadway genre I really just didnt care.  So for me it was ok. But would def. appeal to someone who follows this sort of thing. 

It does give some great advice for those in their 20's however. 

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Praise for Heart of Glass

"Before Lena Dunham and Co. were traipsing through Millenial-clogged Brooklyn, there was the young, fierce, and funny Wendy Lawless, conquering through the weird, wild, wide-open streets of Manhattan in the early-80s. Witty, poignant and vulnerable, Lawless knows how to spin a tale." (Michael Hainey, author of AFTER VISITING FRIENDS (A Son's Story))

“Wendy Lawless has written a beautiful, and sometimes gritty memoir of her twenties. After a tumultuous upbringing, she finds herself lost and looking for love among artists in 1980's New York City, while finding her footing as an actress. Inspiring and often heart-wrenching, Wendy finally discovers what it means and how it feels to live ‘happily ever after.’” (Christina McDowell, author of AFTER PERFECT)

"As she shares her progression from an insecure, troubled girl to a young woman who can stand confidently on her own two feet, the unsinkable Lawless tells a tale of triumph over a difficult past. Readers will be drawn to her unique blend of sweetness, grit, and resilience." (Publishers Weekly)

“[Lawless] writes with charming candor... A lively, at times scandalous, tale of a twenty-something discovering herself.” (Booklist)

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