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In Pieces

Written by: Sally Field
Narrated by: Sally Field
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)
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In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of 17. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings listeners behind the scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships - including her complicated love for her own mother. 

Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the 20th century. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Sally Field (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Actor Sally Field, who has won two Academy Awards, delivers a powerhouse performance of her first memoir. Her aging timbre doesn't detract from the sensitivity that her personal narration brings to the story of her troubled childhood, early television roles, and ultimate success as a sophisticated and well-modulated actor and producer." (AudioFile)

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Raw & Truthful Autobiography

Sally Field tells all about her life in a brutally honest way. She dealt with the subject of abuse and its lifelong effects with an open and forthright manner. These memories must have been difficult to not only remember but record.

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Fascinating, entertaining and deeply moving at the end

Sally Field’s honesty, integrity, and acting prowess made this memoir a worthwhile experience for me. Whether you’re an actor wanting to learn some tips, a fan looking for added insight into her personality or just someone who wants to learn more about being a human being, this book takes you to a very moving conclusion. Sally Field takes us on a journey where she finds peace as a mother, sister, daughter and working actor.

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I enjoyed this book

I enjoyed this book. I found it interesting to get a peek into a celebrities life and see that they are just normal people. The abuse, while not as disturbing as some people go through, was upsetting. I loved that Sally narrated this book. It made it real.

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Beautifully written and told

Wow... this made me want to read more Sally! Very skillful writer, and what better than to hear her tell her own story! Loved it!!!

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Wonderfully read by author!

Wonderfully read by author. Believable and heartfelt. True stories that touch many people’s lives. Pivotal piece in this autobiography is Sally’s love for her mother. Highly recommend

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Ok.

I like Sally Field in many of her roles. I was excited to learn more about her and hear about her experience in many of the films I love. The three stars I'm giving this memoir is purely for the fact that she was truly brave to share so much about the unpretty, raw, and awful things she went through, thought about, and felt.

Because of her brutal honesty I found I could relate on some level, which was nice as a reader. But I also found it a bit... For lack of a better word, tiring. It had a very negative energy for me.

In 21 chapters I'd say maybe 1 or 2 actually have happy stories to share and good moments that will make you smile.

Major trigger warnings as she describes in detail the sexual abuse she experiences at the hands of her step father. It's horrifying.

I commend her for sharing her story, I love a good memoir, and truly believe everyone's story is interesting and worth sharing, but I don't think this is one I'd recommend to many. If you're a die hard Sally Field fan then go for it. If you grew up loving Gidget and The Flying Nun, proceed with caution.

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Although she is obviously not one to read reviews lol

Ms. Field’s story is engaging without sensationalizing the truth that she reveals about her life. Her life as a daughter and mother is the real story with the ‘work’ really a background on which to lay her story against. I enjoyed the honesty of her telling.

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AMAZING SALLY!! You are such a wonderful soul :)

You Sally are such an inspiration to me and ALL womaen who are survivors not just from abuse but of life itself . Struggling to be " you" in a world of dominance and judgement ! I love you Sally and I hope you are feeling " BA" near you ALL the time My children say you remind them me in character , stature and resilience. It was " Norma Rae' that spurned it on . Thank you so VERY much for sitting down and reliving your whole life to share with all the strangers to you .But devoted and loving fans to YOU ! I t makes me want to write my own life story as it seems healing …… Sending you love and light ..Lauralee Craig from Canada

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I didn’t want this book to end....

This was a life story that I felt I was experiencing as Sally Fields was describing each heart felt and honest detail of an amazing life so far.I felt the emotion and surroundings that were being described,as though I was there.I have never felt this way while listening to an audiobook.

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Beautifully read beautiful story

I have listened to many audible books that I have enjoyed but this is the first time that I felt compelled to write a review ..I did not want it to be over! Sally Field’s voice is mesmerizing & so emotional that I felt like I was watching her life movie as she spoke. Thank you Sally Field And thank you Audible:)

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  • Doris Anna Wright
  • 2018-09-20

Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

Wow. I am, well.... speechless. Sally Field's memoir hides or candy coats nothing in her life. She's an inspiration for women who have been abused sexually or otherwise. She is so honest and forthright in her insecurities, failures and very modest and humble in her achievements.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Bill
  • 2018-09-20

Who knew?

I'm not a writer, reviewing books is difficult for me. However, I completely understand how this is on the best seller's list!!!

A a child of the 1950's I watched this REMARKABLE woman perform, and in the ignorance of youth, I chose not to do a bit of research to explore her... This book, for me, was a totally shocking revelation!
The candor and expressiveness of Ms. Fields will shock and surprise you. As a tv addict, I (in my mind) knew that those inside the small screen had BEAUTIFUL lives. The blunt description of the private life in "In Pieces" will shock you!

There are laughs... but there will certainly be tears as well.

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  • cindy
  • 2018-09-24

Sally's story will leave you In Pieces

I thoroughly enjoyed Sally's story and even better her narration of her story. No one else could have done it. She writes of her life and it's challenges from childhood to adulthood, from not being famous to being famous for all the wrong reasons to being celebrated and world famous and the journey encompasses every emotion you can imagine and then some and completely captivates the reader.. I have watched her on the screen over the years as a actor and deeply appreciated her work, Sybill was masterful, as was Norma Rae and Places In the Heart and many other works of Sally's. Having now heard her story and her lack of confidence and the never-ending fears that she surmounted over and over only add to the beautiful nuances she brings to the screen and gives me an even deeper appreciation of what she accomplished as an actress as well as a Mother, Daughter and Sister. There are times in her story when you just want to shake Sally as she makes such self defeating choice after self defeating choice in her personal life. But she takes her lumps and keeps on going and I just love that about her! I will never personally know Sally Field outside of her book but it's enough to give all of us a true picture of how someone who seems so 'small' is not, in any way whatsoever. She climbed mountains in every aspect of her life and she deserves good things for the rest of her life just as she always did, even when she didn't believe it. It was so gratifying to read that she and her Mom were able to say goodbye with nothing left between them but love for each other. This is a wonderful book Sally and it left me in complete awe of you and your tenacity and your bravery to let it all hang out about your life. Ironically I believe BR actually told the truth when he confessed how much he loved you and how he had screwed up badly with you and he knew it but had no choice other than to live with the memories, the consequences and the loss even as he faced the end of his life. That is more powerful than you might imagine for your reader. You are much more courageous than it seems you ever knew! I hope things just keep getting better and better for you!

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  • Jesg
  • 2018-09-23

Field draws you in then drops you off

I was really enjoying this book...the details, the revelations, the insights Sally shared that were so personal. Then, suddenly, the last quarter of the book was in fast forward and seemed like a summary of the past two decades. Was there a deadline looming? Was she tired of exploring her experience and didn’t want to delve into more recent history? It just ended. Would have loved as much detail as the first three quarters and would have listened to several more hours.

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  • Carolyn Levine
  • 2018-09-21

growing up with Sally

Amazing. Sally has been one of my favorite actors. Her book is amazing. So close to what I always felt as a child. Sally is so brave.
I would love to thank her via a personal email, but alas... Thank you Sally Field for your breath of work. I can truthfully say there has never been a movie that you were in that I didn't absolutely love.
Carolyn

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  • susan
  • 2018-09-19

Brilliant

Wonderfully transparent, heartbreaking, gorgeous, lyrical, impossible to stop listening...the book of the year. No words really.

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  • Molly
  • 2018-09-21

Entertaining...but felt rushed and incomplete...

I’m a big Sally Field fan and was very much looking forward to this book, and while overall I enjoyed it, I felt there were parts of her life and roles she played that were skipped. Additionally, I felt the last 3 chapters felt quite rushed, almost as if she was given a finite amount of pages in which to tell the story and had to wrap up quickly because of it. I would’ve liked to hear why she finally broke up with Burt Reynolds, how she felt about him revealing years later that she was the love of his life, etc., and would’ve also liked to hear her discuss her second Oscar win (the infamous “you like me, you really like me!” speech) and what her thoughts were on woman aging in Hollywood. It seemed to veer dramatically at times between being a memoir of her relationship with her mother and her awful step-father, Jocko Mahoney, and her ascent to becoming a major Hollywood star, but didn’t find strike a solid balance in telling both tales...

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  • Linda Dulemba
  • 2018-09-21

Need more

This was an amazing listen. Having family issues, as everyone does, I could totally relate. At some points I forgot it was Sally Field, actress,and she was just another woman coming to terms with her life. I wanted more though. Like what all the movies were like and all the actors were like to work with. Feel like she skipped 2 decades in the middle. She'll have to write another one!

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  • Simon Allen
  • 2018-09-20

Brave & Wonderful

Don’t expect a happy go lucky memoir. Sally opens herself up to the reader/listener in a way other celebrities in the public eye rarely have. A must listen/read in my mind!

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  • Jane
  • 2018-09-21

Well Done!!!

I listened to the book in two days. I was captivated by the story and the voice. Excellent!!!! Thank you Sally Fields.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful