Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame

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“Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight.” —Ilana Glazer, cocreator and star of Broad City

“Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, Where Am I Now? reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together.” —Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy
 
A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything from what she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer “cute” enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
 

About Mara Wilson

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Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of?. Her writing can be found on Jezebel, The Toast, McSweeney’s, The Daily Beast, and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. A voice actor on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she will guest star on upcoming episodes of Broad City and BoJack Horseman. She lives in New York City.
Author Residence: New York City
Author Hometown: Burbank, CA
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Penguin Books. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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'I wanted to grow up. I wanted to be Mara, but everyone knew me as Matilda. You wouldn't let me go. What if you were all there was to me?'

Nov 14 2016 | Read Full Review of Where Am I Now?: True Stories...

The Bookbag

Heck, I can't deny that even I felt briefly uncomfortable learning about the author going on dates or having sex – when I started this book the Mara Wilson in my minds eye was a young girl, but, by the time I put the book down, I could see her as a clever, warm and witty woman.

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The next day, when Mara was filming a scene with Sally Field, Chris suggested to the little girl that she could tell Sally her dress looked 'sexy' on camera — which resulted in a funny bit that ended up in the movie.

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