Wednesday, February 1, 2012

All That Is Bitter And Sweet-Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vallers

All That Is Bitter And Sweet

Ashley Judd with Maryanne Vallers

Ballantine, Feb 21 2012, $16.00

ISBN: 9780345523624

Overall All That Is Bitter And Sweet is a fascinating memoir as actress Ashley Judd describes her childhood and her philanthropist activity around the globe. Ms. Judd describes growing up childhood amongst a family of performers as abusive though some of the anecdotal assertions don’t come across as very heavy at least to this reader but more like a family interacting such as teasing her when she sings. Her work as a dedicated activist for several causes especially her efforts for Population Services International is intriguing as Ms. Judd with a Harvard Master’s degree proves she is no pampered Hollywood star (living remote on a Tennessee farm and in Scotland). Not for everyone as there is little about her movie life or her marriage to Indy winner Dario Francitti; the focuses are on her bitter childhood and her sweet overseas advocacy.

Harriet Klausner

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