Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: 'Shirley, I Jest!' by Cindy Williams

✰✰✰½ As a well-known actress and comedian, Cindy Williams has entertained generations of fans. While she is most notably known for her roles of Shirley Feeney in the hit TV series Laverne & Shirley and Laurie Henderson in the classic film, American Graffiti, Williams has had many other adventures in Hollywood. In her autobiography, Williams shares her journey from humble beginnings to stardom. Along the way she waited tables at the Whiskey a Go Go, traveled to Spain, and became a mother. Filled with humorous anecdotes, Williams takes the reader on a fun ride. 

The Bottom Line: Williams is charming, candid, and gracious as she shares stories filled with laughter and a few tears. Her personality shines through in the writing which is approachable and easy to read. While you won't find anything scandalous or outwardly negative in Williams' book, fans will find plenty of interesting tidbits and trivia.

This quick read is perfect for the beach. It's fun weekend reading for anyone interested in acting, comedy, and television. More stories and more information about Williams' personal life would have made this fun read even better. Includes several pages of black and white glossy photos.

Details: Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life by Cindy Williams. Hardcover published by Taylor Trade Publishing in 2015. 200 p. ISBN: 978-1-63076-012-0 NOTE: I received a free advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was made possible via the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing.

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