Born With Teeth

Born With Teeth

A Memoir

Large Print - 2015
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"Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew 'how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil,' Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: 'Use it,' Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen. We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails 'Red' on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born With Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms"--
Publisher: New York :, Little Brown & Company,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780316339292
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT BIO MULGREW K. Mulgrew 04/2015
Characteristics: 431 pages (large print) :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Jun 06, 2018

When a book stays with you for days after reading it, it can only rate a 5 star rating. Totally engrossing, memorable, at turns heartwarming and sad. This is a life fully lived. Listening to Kate Mulgrew is like being transported into a novel or play and having it spun out before you bit by bit. She and I are of an age and her stories ring true of that time and of those places when the world was our oyster and she lived it to the fullest. Yes there was heartbreak, but there were also highs. It took her a while to learn who she was and how to navigate her world rather than skim across it, but she did. She will always be an actress, as that is what she was born to do. Janeway to many of us, and now Red to others but she will also be daughter, sister, wife and mother to those most important to her. I hope she keeps on writing. I loved hearing her read her book as it was more performance than recitation with her darn sexy voice and it carried me away as a very good book should. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

Mar 25, 2018

Another "celebrity" memoir I wish I hand't read. A talented actress; a selfish human being. She has that "of course, everyone knows who I am" attitude, so prevalent in Hollywood. Too bad as she is a unique personality. Don't bother reading. Just "google" her and you'll get my drift.

ArapahoeSarah Nov 17, 2016

I absolutely loved Kate Mulgrew in Star Trek Voyager and I love her even more after reading her biography. She is such a courageous woman and role model. Her story was very interesting, especially with regards to her family life--there is quite a heartwarming surprise near the end! She also writes with a lot of personality; I felt as if she were reading the story to me.

Cynthia_N Jun 24, 2015

I have only seen Mulgrew in Orange is the New Black so I kept expecting to hear a Russian accent and every now and then I think I did! She lead quite an interesting life and I enjoyed hearing about it.

KateHillier May 11, 2015

This was a one sit read and the pages flew by. I've had the benefit of listening to Kate Mulgrew read from this book so I very easily could hear her reading the book as I more or less devoured the thing. Even if you have never heard her speak or read before the prose has a particular poetry and drama to it that just makes it feel like it's being read to you instead of you just sitting there and reading it.

The Mulgrew family is an interesting and large one. Joan Mulgrew (Kate's mother) being a particular star in the whole thing. Of course Kate herself goes on to lead a dramatic life herself. My main experience with her work is as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager so a look at some other work she has done, mostly in theatre, was really interesting. Star Trek is only addressed in the very end of the book so if you're not into Star Trek, don't worry. If you are into biographies about strong women overcoming obstacles and flourishing in spite of them - Mulgrew has had a fair amount of tragedy and pain in her life - then this is the book for you.


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