One of the most fantastic memoirs I have ever read. I had to stop and remind myself at times that this wasn't a fictional piece of work, it was someone's life. Very fast paced and masterfully written this memoir recounts Kate Mulgrew's childhood, acting, the pain of giving up a child for adoption, finding and losing love, and the eccentricities of her family. It was riveting and so well written that I couldn't put it down. Kate is a gifted actress (best known for her roles in Star Trek: Voyager, Ryan's Hope, and Orange is the New Black) and storyteller; she weaves moments of her life together to create a beautiful tapestry that will enchant readers and leave them wanting more. Kate deals with tough issues: divorce, adoption, staying true to oneself, motherhood, and death but still manages to keep it positive and hopeful. I didn't want it to end and was sorely saddened when it inevitably did.