A Little Bit Wicked

I just finished reading A Little Bit Wicked, the story of Kristen Chenoweth's life. She was the first person to play Glinda in Wicked, has been on the West Wing, Pushing Daisies and lots more. If I had to describe the book in three words I'd say it's funny, motivational and entertaining. A super easy read, you could finish it in a day or two easily. It's interesting to learn about different people's lives and the challenges they've faced and overcome, as well as the pleasant surprises. I recommend it.

Summary: "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."

Some quotes to give you a feel for the book:

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

Page 183, "When people ask her what's with the capital C in the middle of her name, NiCole replies, 'It's what poor people do to look fancy.'"

Page 184, "Allison Janney had a party where everybody had to wear a wig. Just to shake the snow globe a little. How great is that?"

Page 188, "That's what you're doing with your night off?" he said. "Watching reruns?" "Well, look what you're doing with your night off. Listening to someone talk about watching reruns." "Geeze. I don't know who to feel sorrier for in this scenario."

Page 217, "He [Mike Alexander, the trainer Jessica Simpson used to get in shape for The Dukes of Hazzard] begins and ends his fitness philosophy with the idea that every woman has reason to celebrate her body exactly as it is because if you don't love this body, what could possibly motivate you to invest the time and energy it takes to make it stronger? Yes, we do our share of "curls for the girls" and "flies for the thighs"' self-improvement is always possible, but it has to spring from an appreciation for what already there."

Page 223, "Awards are on the outside. Rewards are on the inside. That means rewards dont have to be dusted."

I also like the story on page 174 called The Princess and the Bogsnart. It's too long to type, but the moral of the story is, "Because the treasure is you, my girl, and you are still as you as you ever were. The most perfect you there is. The best and only you that God ever made."

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