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A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages [Hardcover]

By Kristin Chenoweth (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.82" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 14, 2009
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  1416580557  
EAN  9781416580553  

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This autobiography of the Tony-winning actress of Wicked addresses the challenges she has faced from her adoption shortly after birth to her current work in Hollywood.

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"Life's too short. I'm not."

You might know her as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked and won a Tony for 1999's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV -- The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Sesame Street...oh, and her Huge Hit Sitcom Kristin on NBC. (Huge hit. L.A. breast-implant huge. Ask either of the people who watched it.) Or maybe you saw her sexy spread in FHM magazine? Or her appearance on Pat Robertson's The 700 Club? Kristin is a wonderful collection of contradictions -- but everyone who's ever met her remembers her as the little girl with the big voice. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is an immense talent in a petite but powerful package.

In this lively, laugh-out-loud book, Kristin shares her journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to Broadway leading lady, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. The daughter of an engineer and a nurse, Kristin was singing in front of thousands at Baptist conventions by age twelve and winning beauty pageants by age twenty-two. (Well, actually she was second runner-up almost every freaking time. But, hey, she's not bitter.) On her way to a career as a professional opera singer, she stopped in New York to visit a friend and went on a whim to an audition. Through a combination of talent, hard work, and (she's quick to add) the grace of God, Kristin took Broadway by storm. But of course, into every storm, the occasional drizzle of disaster must fall.

Filled with wit, wisdom, and backstage insight, A Little Bit Wicked is long on love and short on sleep; it's essential reading for Kristin's legions of fans and an uplifting story for anyone seeking motivation to follow his or her dreams -- over the rainbow and beyond.

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Love this Journey  May 10, 2010
For anyone who's a Kristin Chenoweth fan, a Wicked fan, or simply a Broadway fan, this is a great book. I love her sense of humor. Kristin tells of her journey from Oklahoma to Broadway to LA with wit and humility. It reminds us that behind the glitz and the glam, she's only human too.

Kristin Chenowith is adorable  May 1, 2010
I listened to the audiobook version of this book which was read by Kristin Chenowith. She is so talented and adorable.
A fun and entertaining read about a great performer  Apr 30, 2010
I greatly enjoyed this book - it was fun, sweet, sad, interesting, entertaining, and completely honest.
I never have high hopes for celebrity autobiographies, but after finally having the privilege to see Ms. Chenoweth perform live, I was excited to read it and find out more about her. The book didn't disappoint - it chronicles her childhood, starting out in theater, and her path to stardom, all mixed in with funny and lovely tales of family and friends, and by the end, you feel like you just had a good conversation with a great person.
It must be those family and long time friends that keep her grounded, because despite her enormous success, she never seems to have 'gone Hollywood', never more obsessed with fame and fortune than the work itself. It's clear she loves her career and is incredibly grateful, but also proud of her hard work too. She knows young girls look up to her, so she offers great advice and is proud to be a role model. So many performers starting out today could learn a lot from her.
Her open and unapologetic discussion of her faith really resonated with me too, and anyone who has ever criticized her for it from either side should listen to what she has to say.

As someone still heartbroken that Pushing Daisies didn't last, I hope to see Kristin in many more shows and films, and would gladly read another book if she chooses to continue to tell her story.
Like Talking to a Friend  Apr 29, 2010
I have been a huge fan of Kristen Chenoweth for a few years now. She's a great singer and actress and still the best Galinda there is (in my opinion). I'm not a huge fan of biographies, but this book isn't like other biographies. She doesn't tell you every important detail of her life from the time she was born. It's more like getting to know a friend. You can hear her voice throughout the whole thing. Very enjoyable, funny book.
A Perky Mass of Contradictions  Apr 22, 2010
If you already love this Broadway star, then you'll like this cutesy book that matches her personality and it won't make any difference what she writes. She does briefly go through her theatrical history and spends about 15 pages on Wicked. There's also an interesting section written by Aaron Sorkin detailing their relationship. So if those things interest you, you will enjoy this book and this review is not for you.

If you have an analytical bone in your body, you'll see through her perky God-loving demeanor and see a rather self-absorbed, sadly-single woman who plays fast and loose with her Christian faith. This review is for those who don't believe Kristin can do no wrong and who question why her public choices don't match her claims of private faith.

She tells stories that often seem exaggerated and subtly puts down others. She is crass and crude, making inappropriate sexual references and explains things away as "karma" despite her born-again Christian background. There's also a repeated gag about her failed "Kristin" sitcom that tires after the second mention, yet she insists on repeating it in just about every chapter--showing that she has a tough time handling failure (admitting she went into a deep depression after that series was cancelled).

The book's narrative gets confusing when she skips ahead in the middle of a story and mixes up timelines. She also mentions people briefly without resolution and often says she doesn't know what happened to key people in her life (hey, go online and look for them!) She excuses it away by saying, "People stay with me, even when their phone numbers and addresses don't." The one first love who does contact her years later she decides not to return his call!

Namely, she is a mass of contradictions. What she should have done in the book was dig deep regarding why she feels and acts the way she does. Why has her best friend in life for over 20 years been a gay male (she says, "What eventually bonded us was our mutual lust for the cello player")? Why are her jokes tainted with sexual references (even about her birth mother or her grandpa's funeral)? Why does she feel the need to complain about so many things but then always adds that she would never say something negative in person?

The fact that she is adopted has impacted her philosophy of life, but she doesn't see it as having any effect. To her "family has never been restricted by genetics or paperwork." If she doesn't understand what a family is, no wonder she believes the way she does and remains single. She seems to want to gloss over the hurt caused by the fact that she was given up twice for adoption--once by her birth mom and once by the woman who was supposed to originally adopt her. Yet the pain she denies is evident in her stories and her lifestyle choices.

She claims that she's a Christian who uses the "Jesus smell test" in deciding on issues--just like her Democrat Southern Baptist grandmother who thought Jimmy Carter was "the greatest man who ever lived." Kristin lightly pushes politics in saying that Democrats, like Jesus, care for the poor--which is an insult to well-meaning conservative Christians like her dad. She even oddly pushes for gay marriage in the middle of the story of her grandpa's death.

Kristin also avoids giving details of some aspects of her life and merely teases with others. In one case, when she was dating an actor from the show Prison Break, she writes, "Long story. We don't have time for that now." Or in another spot she writes, "I'm not going to tell my 9/11 story." Then why bring these things up??? Despite her claims of being an open book, she's a tease who likes to hide things from the public.

She does write of her love of her parents and brother, but it's odd that the photo gallery does not have a picture of her brother nor one of her parents together. She claims she is "desperately old-fashioned" in believing in a spiritually-bound Christian marriage without prior cohabitation (like her parents and grandparents), but admittedly she has "lived in sin," almost married a Jewish actor, seriously dates a Jewish writer/producer and remains single at age 42. She point blank says in the book that marriage isn't going to happen to her and she wants to just live with someone. So much for being an old-fashioned Christian.

The picture that she paints of herself is someone who puts on a happy face in public and doesn't want to deal with the serious issues in her background that make her a dichotomy. She doesn't seem to know herself very well and, like the Wizard in Oz, needs to peel back the curtain to reveal her true self.

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