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Mean Baby
Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up | Selma Blair
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Selma Blair has played many archetypal roles: Gullible ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Fire-starter in Hellboy. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Face of Chanel. Cover model. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best for being one thing: a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Selma Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth. The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven, and behaving dramatically so that she would be the center of attention. Although Selma went on to become a celebrated Hollywood actress and model, she could never quite shake the periods of darkness that overtook her, the certainty that there was a great mystery at the heart of her life. She often felt like her arms might be on fire, a sensation not unlike electric shocks, and she secretly drank to escape. Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, devasting memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blairs Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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4¼⭐(p.s. the baby in the pic is not Selma Blair but she is kind of mean-looking…)

I found listening to this quite interesting and I even learned a thing or two…so I call that; worthwhile. Selma Blair‘s story is comprehensive without feeling bogged down and it felt sincere…even when the truth wasn‘t so pretty.

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IamIamIam
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An interesting memoir of a narcissistic mother, the affect it takes on a child, alcoholism, emotional and sexual abuse, but also recovery, chronic illness and motherhood. Selma Blair has many layers and I appreciated all of them!

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actualdisneyprincess
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I love Selma Blair so much. What an amazing person. 💖 #meanbaby #selmablair #memoir

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Bibliophile_22
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A candid and personal depiction of Selma Blair‘s life and struggles

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Tiffiney
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First I read the book, then I watched the documentary. Very heavy…but also inspiring.

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lissafraser
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I will admit that I don't know a lot of Selma Blair's acting. The reason I picked up this book was because of her advocacy of MS. I really enjoyed getting to know the story of her childhood.I feel that it explains who she is and why she is that way. I am amazed at how strong and resilient this woman is. I really enjoyed her book and would read another book that she wrote.

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I was a bit frustrated by this for a couple of reasons. One, half the book covers her growing up years. I wish the parts about her movies and being dressed by major designers weren‘t so rushed. I wanted to know more about her MS, too. I appreciate that she shared her battle with alcoholism. Two, the crocodile tears at sad parts were v annoying! I think a superfan would‘ve found the childhood stuff more interesting. Nothing spectacular to me. ⬇️

Megabooks Recent celebrity memoirs I‘ve read in the order in which I enjoyed them: Dave Grohl >>> Jennifer Grey >> Selma Blair > Melissa Gilbert FWIW @Chelsea.Poole (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I heard this was good but I‘m happy to trust your opinion and skip it! I‘m not such a fan of Blair anyway (edited) 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank you! I am interested in the Dave Grohl, as I‘ve heard good things from you and others here. Also, was interested in this one but may be skipping or holding off at least! 1mo
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Graywacke I‘m also interested on Grohl‘s memoir. I sampled it on audible and like those 5 minutes a lot. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it may be a Meg not enjoying it thing and not an it‘s terrible thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ just compared with Grohl and Grey, it wasn‘t as good. 1mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole like I said to Cindy ⬆️, I don‘t think it was a bad memoir, but it wasn‘t what I wanted. 🤔 1mo
Megabooks @Graywacke it‘s wonderful!!! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘d rather go for Grey since Dirty Dancing is a long time favorite 🤩 1mo
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