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Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Carrie and Me A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Author: Carol Burnett
In this beautiful and poignant tribute to her late daughter, award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Carol Burnett presents a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life.Despite her busy schedule, Carol Burnett always made time for her three young childre...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781476706412
ISBN-10: 1476706417
Publication Date: 4/9/2013
Pages: 160
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a very touching and loving tribute to Carol Burnett's daughter Carrie. The book is mostly letters and emails between the two, but you can feel how much she truly loved her daughter, and the heartbreak she was feeling when she lost her. I didn't care very much for the second half of the book, which was an unfinished story that Carrie was writing before her death, I would have loved to read more stories about their relationship and struggles, but overall, I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Review first posted on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/carrie-and-me.html

Some disclaimers before I start my review ... First, I grew up watching Carol Burnett and have always loved her work. So, I suppose I am predisposed to liking her work. Second, before reading this book, I was not familiar with Carrie Hamilton's story or her struggles. As such, I had no pre-conception of what this story would bring. Third, this book is really two books - one the memoir written by Carol Burnett, and second, the piece Carrie working on when she died. My review is based primarily on the first - the memoir.

Carrie and Me is a heartfelt tribute to and memoir of Carrie Hamilton written by her mother Carol Burnett. Carrie was the oldest of Carol Burnett's three daughters. She was a precocious child who grew up alongside her mother's career. As a troubled teen, she developed a drug addiction. It took several iterations of detox for her to find the road to recovery. She went on to have a successful career and a happy life. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with cancer at the age of 38.

A bulk of this memoir is written as correspondence between mother and daughter or as excerpts from diary entries. As such, it has such a personal tone. It comes across as true and as real. I know that all memoirs are intended to be true and real, but not all of them read that way. This one does. It draws me in and makes me feel like I am there and present. It makes me feel the love and the heartache.

I am so very sorry for the sorrow in their lives, but I am so glad of the courage to share it with the world throughout - by going public with a drug addiction when such things were kept so private and by this book.

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