Mean Baby - Large Print by Selma Blair (Paperback)
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"About the Book ""Over the course of this ... 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""--Dust jacket flap. Book Synopsis 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 be 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, shocking 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 simultaneous devastation and surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair's Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement. Review Quotes ""Elegantly expressed... Evocative... This generous, moving book... roams intuitively, assuredly, between past and present... For years Blair looked to astrologers, mediums, and healers to tell her story... She herself is the right person."" --Susan Burton, The New York Times Blair engages with her MS starkly and movingly...[She] puts it all out there. --Joanne Kaufman, The Wall Street Journal ""Selma Blair is not afraid to go there when it comes to sharing the ups and downs of her personal life -- particularly in the wake of her 2018 Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis -- but never before has she shared such shocking details from her past."" --Kara Warner, People Magazine ""In Mean Baby, an intensely self-aware and cheerfully self-revealing Blair explores the abundant darkness arising from her fraught relationships with her mother, men, alcohol and, ultimately, multiple sclerosis. In different hands, this might make for a more painful read. But throughout her breezy narrative, Blair's wry humor and her chatty, confiding tone make you feel that you're spending 300 pages with a smart and, yes, slightly bratty new friend... Blair's memoir...is funny and frank, a chance to spend time with a brave and big-hearted woman who's grown up to be not so mean, after all."" --Jennifer LaRue, The Washington Post A beautiful tale about how this person learned to love a new version of herself. --Rachel Martin, NPR's Morning Edition ""Selma Blair has written a book on survival. Mean Baby, the first book released by the actor, examines the often darker moments of her life. From being violated by an educator during her childhood to seeking refuge in the bottom of alcohol bottles by age 7 and experiencing physical pain that she now believes could have been early signs of MS, she reflects back on it all."" --Alex Portée, The TODAY Show ""Unlike many celebrity memoirs, which can read as vanity projects, Mean Baby is unflinching: Blair confronts her history of sexual assault, divorce, loneliness, and violence. She strove for honesty, for total transparency...Readers of Mean Baby will also be grateful for Blair's generosity."" --Samantha Leach, Bustle If you thought you knew Selma Blair, think again."" --Marie Claire Riveting...As a child, actor Selma Blair was known as a troublemaker, a reputation she carried into adulthood. In Mean Baby, her raw, beautifully written autobiography, Blair recounts her difficult road--involving an addiction to alcohol and a complicated relationship with her mother--and shares how her multiple sclerosis diagnosis four years ago was, in many ways, what ultimately saved her. --Kristyn Kusek Lewis, Real Simple ""Captivating and unflinching... Raw and real, Mean Baby is Blair's life in words -- warts and all. And well worth the time because...it's also funny...uplifting...."

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