Blast from the Past: The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures by Ellen Erwin and Jessica Z Diamond
October 20, 06-March 7, 07–183 pages–biography (photos, momentos)
Purchased from Waldenbooks, October 2006
★★★★★

“From the time she was a young girl, Audrey adored children; she wanted to have children of her own, and when they grew up, she adopted the world.” (p180)

I admire Audrey most for the last few years of her life. I mean, I admire her early life as a girl in WWII Holland, and the classic Hollywood life she led, but her UNICEF years are mainly her best, to me, to be admired. I like that quote from the book. It’s not one Audrey said, but it personifies her so well.

I think I’ve finally figured out why I admire Audrey so much: she was normal. When she became famous she strived for normalcy. She wasn’t perfect: miscarriages, divorces, growing up with one parent. She was an introvert. She’s not unlike many real people and she’s just so personable. If I had a chance to meet her, I don’t doubt I would feel comfortable with her because of these qualities.

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Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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