Friday, October 9, 2009

A Little Bit Wicked - Book #93

Title A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and
Faith in Stages

Author Kristin Chenoweth with Joni Rodgers
Genre Biography
Pages 224
Publisher Touchstone
Copyright 2009

Synopsis (from web-site)
In this exuberant, candid memoir, entertainer Chenoweth provides an intimate look at her life as an actress, a Christian, and a small-town girl in the big city, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. color photos.

Why I read It
Kristin Chenoweth is the cutest person alive.

The Good
Very self depreciating and full of fun facts I never knew.

The Bad
Focused on the good and only briefly touched upon the bad. That said it’s her life and she can remember it anyway she wants.

The Ugly (my opinion)
A delightful book well worth the time to read. Kristin comes across as a genuinely nice person.

The Truth? (other reviews)
New York Post

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Kristin Chenoweth is an American singer, musical theatre, film, and television actress, and author. Some of her best-known roles have included her role as Sally Brown in Broadway's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, her role as Glinda in Broadway's Wicked, and her role as Annabeth Schott in television's The West Wing. She most recently appeared in the role of Olive Snook on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies for which she won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Chenoweth is also the face of Jude Frances jewelry.

Chenoweth has a distinctive speaking voice. In FHM's March 2006 issue, she compared her voice to that of Betty Boop.

Chenoweth is a classically trained coloratura soprano, and well known for her skilled singing technique and artistic interpretations. She has a vocal range of four octaves. Chenoweth is able to sing the note "F6" (1396.913Hz), also known as "F above High C".

Joni Rodgers is a critically acclaimed novelist and New York Times bestselling memoir guru who applies the fine art of fiction to the creation of well-crafted memoirs.

Born into a family of gospel/bluegrass musicians, Joni grew up on stage, opening for huge-haired country music legends of the 60s and 70s. She continued performing until 1994, when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She used the chemo downtime to complete her first two novels, both of which made regional bestseller lists and were short-listed for awards. Joni's memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair (Harper Collins 2001), garnered glowing reviews around the world, was excerpted in Good Housekeeping, condensed by Reader’s Digest, and is now in its severalth printing. It also launched Joni's public speaking career and brought her to the attention of celebrities and others who began asking her to help them tell their stories. Film rights for the first book Joni collaborated on were optioned by Columbia; another project is currently being adapted for Broadway.

Between novels and ghostwriting projects, Joni volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and does peer counseling with other cancer survivors. She also mentors young writers through her blog, "Boxing the Octopus". Married to jet plane mechanic/wine maker Gary Rodgers since 1983, Joni is the proud mother of two fine young adults. She lives in Houston, Texas and happily commutes to both New York and LA.


CrazyBrideCrazyWife said...

I didn't know that thee was a book out on her life. I'd love to read this one - I LOVED Wicked when I saw it recently in SF.

TStevens said...

I heard from a friend that she reads the book on tape and that is really good. Probably the way I would go if chosing now.