Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sissy Spacek's 6 favorite books

Sissy Spacek was raised in Quitman, Texas, the daughter of an agriculturalist and a homemaker. From her Oscar-nominated performance in Carrie, based on Stephen King’s book, to her Academy-Award-winning portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, in which she sang all of Lynn’s songs and earned a Grammy nomination, her acclaimed guest role on HBO’s Big Love, and her uproarious turn in The Help, she has enjoyed an enduring career in movies and television. Her new memoir is My Extraordinary Ordinary Life.

One of Spacek's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Walls survived a gypsy childhood, dragged from town to town by brilliant but unstable parents, including a mother who cared more about her art than her children. Yet Walls had the tenacity to finish school and pull her siblings out of poverty with her. The most unforgettable scene: when Walls, who becomes a New York society columnist, realizes that a homeless woman she sees rooting through an East Village Dumpster is her mother.
Read about another book on Spacek's list.

--Marshal Zeringue