by velocibadgergirl

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer -- Review & Giveaway!

In Take Your Shirt Off and Cry:  a Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences, Nancy Balbirer chronicles her years-long struggle to find fame, fortune, or just a living wage in the killing fields of LA. After receiving praise and encouragement throughout her tenure in acting school, a bright future in the industry seemed assured, but Nancy find that LA is, too often, the place where dreams go to wither under the strain of reality.

Nancy's tale isn't all doom and gloom, however, and she writes with a refreshing blend of humor and honesty. Vignettes about her acting school experiences, dysfunctional boyfriends, fellow actors, and rare glimpse of success blend together to create an interesting memoir. I was left with the impression that Nancy would be a great person to sit next to at a dinner party. And best of all, even though Nancy never lands the fame and fortune she went to LA to find, the story has a happy ending.

If you would like to win my copy of Take Your Shirt Off and Cry, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you always thought you'd be when you grew up and if you followed that path or not. The contest will close at midnight on Wednesday, August 5th, and is open to anyone in the US.

As for me, I always thought I'd be a paleontologist when I grew up. I never got there, but I did get my geology degree in college and I do work in a science field today.

Winner! Congrats to basscomm! It seems that wants you to have this book!

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Blogger basscomm said...

It's probably no big surprise, but I wanted to make video games while I was growing up.

And I did! Three of 'em!

Which was completely awesome.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Danger said...

I wanted to be a marine biologist specializing in sharks.


12:48 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Does "normal" count for what I wanted to be when I grew up? I haven't quite achieved it yet...

7:18 PM  
Blogger davidfcooper said...

In elementary school I wanted to become a clinical psychologist (I was in therapy from first through sixth grades). From adolescence I wanted to be a poet; in my thirties I earned a masters degree in creative writing, and in my forties I published two poetry ebooks. My wife is the breadwinner; the work that I love is not remunerative and probably never will be.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I wanted to be a dentist. and I'm not one.

Thanks for sharing~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

5:55 PM  
Blogger mel u said...

I wanted to be rich and famous and read a lot of books-ok one out of three and still working on the other two-thanks

2:03 AM  

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