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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 (144 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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well read!

Easy to listen to. Great narration! Very touching story. Will not forget! Sally Field is a legend.

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Great Reading

Couldn't stop listening. Hilarious, especially when she met the Monkeys. Hard workinh lady who became a siccess.

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great book on audio

shocking and brave memoire, really enjoyed hearing about her amazing career and how she opened up and had closure with her mom, book is horrifying at times listening to the abuse by stepfather

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Enjoyed this book very much

Interesting book. I found Sally Field did a wonderful job of showing the audience her true self. Having grown up with such shows as the Flying Nun, I enjoyed learning about what was going on in the background of filming on and off set. I admire her for her honest and straight forward examination of herself. It was great that she was the narrator.

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Raw, Real and Beautiful

Sally Field was a wonderful narrator for her story, particularly throughout some of the more painful parts of her life. It was enlightening and heart warming that she was able to find herself and her mother throughout her journey. Top notch all the way.

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touching memoir which resonated with me

I really enjoyed hearing about Sally's career and personal life . I immediately was captivated by her issues with her relationship with her mother . the ending was good and made me cry. Having gone thorough a difficult relationship with my mother for other reasons I could relate to her emotions and feelings towards their relationship and difficulties with it.

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if you want to plunge into despair for 12 hours...

... this might be the book for you. No humour or light-heartedness to break up the story.

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very emotional, but wonderfully shared

Thank Sally, for being so open about your life. We love you very, very much!!!

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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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  • MZK
  • 2019-10-14

Warning

If the reader wants to avoid stories of sexual abuse they may want to skip this one. Love Sally. Had to stop listening to her story.

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • Sacramento, California
  • 2019-07-04

🤩Great Start, Weirdly Rushed Ending 🧐

This was a terrific listen. Sally Field is a solidly good writer, and a great reader of her own work. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will likely listen again.

However, I do have one very big beef. The book is minutely detailed, full of color and nuance, with every chapter of Field’s life richly illustrated. We see every milestone of her development, every friend, every foe, every costar, every director, every trauma, every obstacle, every heartbreak, every fear, every hope, every triumph described in detail, right up to the moment she wins for Norma Rae at Cannes with Marty Ritt never letting go of her hand because she couldn’t stop shaking. And then....

It’s as if she were giving a speech with a strict time limit but had forgotten to watch the clock, and suddenly someone is frantically giving her the two minute warning signal. All of a sudden, it’s just bullet points from that moment until the moment, decades later, when Steven Spielberg offers her the role of Mary Todd Lincoln. It’s like, Oh, yeah, and I married a guy whose name was Alan, no time to tell you his last name much less how we met, and that marriage lasted ten years and I had another baby that decade, and I took him around with me even on the sets of movies like Mrs Doubtfire (no time to tell you even ONE WORD about what it was like to meet, much less work with, the great Robin Williams, or to even say the name Robin Williams) and Steel Magnolias (no time to even mention my costars, much less say what it was like to work with Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, or SHIRLEY FRIGGING MACLAINE or DOLLY PARTON, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. She doesn’t even mention how, when or if her relationship with apparently horribly chauvinistic jerk Burt Reynolds ended, which is super confusing to the reader, because the last we saw him, he was giving Field a huge diamond ring, which she accepted.

It was so bizarre that I actually said out loud, Oh no, I didn’t know this was an abridged version! But when I checked the print version on my Kindle, I saw that nope, the book really did read just that way: Incredibly detailed from birth to age 40, then bullet points only (if that) from ages 40-65, then a chapter on Mary Todd Lincoln and Field’s mom, the end.

I wish I could ask the author: What happened?

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  • Doris 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
  • United States
  • 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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  • 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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  • Molly
  • South St. Paul, MN, United States
  • 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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  • 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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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 2018-10-31

A Good Memoir

One aspect of this memoir kept bothering me throughout the book. It was the sexual abuse. She relates it as if it was just something that happened, obviously not good, but evidently tolerable because of her continued relationship with her abuser. I understand the complicated dynamics between the victim and the abuser, but Sally Field had insight into her trauma with therapy and with her acting.
For the most of the book, the horrific abuse is almost taken for granted without any of the underlying feelings except until the end where she confronts her mother. Which, by the way, was a very unsatisfying ending because then most of the focus of her memoir becomes about the mother.
The ending was passed over quickly instead of the more detailed pace of the first part. I really wanted to hear more about her career and her acting roles and even her famous Academy Award you like me speech.
I think part of the problem I had was the manner and tone in which she narrated this book. Everything, including happy moments, sounded morose, depressing and bleak. Even the photo on the cover looks sad.
Overall, a good memoir of a very fine actress, but not an insightful journey.



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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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  • CTAnnie
  • 2019-07-26

Too much complaining!

I really wanted to like this book. Sally Field did a good job of narration, but overall I found it tedious to listen to.

It seemed like nothing was ever good enough. I would’ve liked to have heard some gratitude and awareness of her successes rather than what was constantly going wrong. IMHO it was rather irritating and depressing.

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