Alyssa Milano’s sharply observed, uproarious, and deeply intimate ode to the life she has lived and the issues that matter most.
Alyssa Milano, actress and activist, delivers here a collection of powerful personal essays that get to the heart of her life, career, and all-out humanitarianism. These essays are unvarnished and elegant, funny and heartbreaking, and utterly real. A timely book that shows in almost real time the importance of taking care of others, it also gives a gut-punch-level wake-up call in an era where the noise is a distraction from what really needs to happen, if we want to live in a better world.
These are stories of growing up in celebrity, of family and of friends, of connections and breaking apart. They have teeth on the page and come from the heart. And they are stories that offer a direct line into the thoughts and life of one of the most visible, hard-working humanitarians we have. A bestselling children's book author, Alyssa's finally giving her fans worldwide what they really want to hear directly from her about: the life she has lived, the things she's seen and experienced, and the way she lives in and with the world.
Actor Milano (Safe at Home) puts her political activism center stage in these resonant and hopeful essays that grapple with systemic racism, abortion rights, #MeToo, and living through the pandemic. Milano wryly notes that readers expecting backstage gossip won't find it. Instead, the 32 essays, she writes, offer a "snapshot of a year in the life of an activist as everything we knew about the political world and the physical world seemed to devolve around us." In "Progressive or Performer" she decries "performative activism" that opts for being "right" rather than being "effective," and "The Imperfect Ally" sees her reflecting on accepting mistakes: "You have to be okay with getting it wrong, hearing that you got it wrong, and committing to do it better." "Defund the Police" dispels beliefs that the concept means "eliminate law enforcement" (she also explains to "trolls" why she herself called 911), while in "A Conversation" she imagines listening sympathetically to a woman protesting against abortion rights outside a Planned Parenthood location. Milano's writing is compassionate, direct, and sincere. Her fans are in for a treat. Agent: Mollie Glick, Creative Artists Agency.
Got to my soul
Not surprisingly, Alyssa Milano made me laugh, cry, commiserate, and hope. I feel like it is her gift to us, for which I am grateful.