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Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:10 PM

I have recently delved into some memoirs, feeling unusually bored of fictional fare. One of these memoirs I decided to read lately was written by the actress who plays Sue Sylvester, one of my favorite characters on one of my favorite TV shows, Glee.
The actress’s name is Jane Lynch, and let me tell you, her memoir is fantastic.

I’ve always been a Jane Lynch fan, from when I first saw her in Christopher Guest’s movies (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) to some of her bit parts in films (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) to her current gig which catapulted her into superstardom, Glee.

Lynch has always played strong characters that stand out in ensemble pieces, and there’s a certain depth behind her eyes that’s always intrigued me – something that lets her audience know that there’s more to her than meets the eye. And there certainly is.

What is so great about Happy Accidents, Lynch’s autobiography, is that it is not your run-of-the-mill, name-dropping yawn-fest that some celebrities’ books can be. While she does detail her journey from childhood and her quest to become famous, she does it all with so much heart that I was rooting for her from the beginning. Every story she illustrates contains a deeply moving internal struggle that Lynch describes for the reader. One can’t help but want this protagonist to succeed. Lynch paints the picture of her days drinking and subsequent admission of alcoholism to the difficult ordeal of “coming out” to her friends and family and embracing her genuine sexuality. She reveals that she’s always questioned herself, and she would have liked to be more relaxed in her younger years.

I was captivated by Lynch’s heartfelt, honest prose, and I couldn’t wait to be able to pick my book up again if I had to stop reading for a while. I’m sad it’s over. Reading this book is like having a great conversation with a friend – always fulfilling, definitely relatable, and inspiring in ways you’d have never dreamed.

If you’re a Sue Sylvester or Glee fan, or simply someone who’s ever felt misunderstood or insecure, I highly recommend this memoir. It is well written, unabashedly honest, insightful, hilarious, and the kind of book you’ll be recommending to your own friends.


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