By Joni Rodgers, Swoosie Kurtz
In a smart, warmhearted memoir that celebrates her awesome lifestyles and stellar profession, Swoosie Kurtz welcomes readers into her global, sharing own misadventures and showbiz lore and candidly reflecting at the intimate trip of taking care of an getting older mum or dad. informed with intelligence and Swoosie's hallmark comedic timing, half Swan, half Goose makes a strong assertion approximately womanhood, paintings and family.
Swoosie's is the type of memoir that doesn't come with no attention-grabbing again tale: input the fogeys, Frank and Margo Kurtz. Frank, an Olympic diving medalist, later turned the most embellished aviators in American historical past. He flew a list variety of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying fort known as "The Swoose," now housed on the nationwide Museum of the U.S. Air strength. Margo chronicled their early years jointly in her memoir, My Rival, the Sky, released by way of Putnam in 1945. The booklet ends with the younger couple fortunately watching for the start of a toddler to be named after the indomitable Swoose.
Today, Margo, who's coming near near her hundredth birthday, lives with Swoosie. As Margo's truth drifts freely among her morning espresso and a 1943 conflict bond travel, Swoosie struggles to stick sooner than her mother's expanding wishes whereas navigating the pitfalls and pratfalls of the leisure undefined. This precarious second in time is bittersweet and infrequently overwhelming, yet each day is oxygenated with laughter and love. The cautious weaving of Swoosie's tale with passages from My Rival, the Sky creates a shiny portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond among the 2 women.
Part Swan, half Goose is that infrequent Hollywood memoir that takes us backstage yet doesn't dwell there; its middle is solidly at domestic. It doesn't faux to inform all, yet what it does inform is deeply resonant for hundreds of thousands taking good care of getting older mom and dad, well timed and topical for booklet golf equipment and enjoyable as hell for readers ordinarily.
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Strangely I feel reluctant to join the queue. I can feel the plane turning to cruise back up our runway. I sit on the bench and look blankly in front of me. in49 49 27/09/2005 16:35:33 A NTARCTICA ON A P LATE The plane comes to a stop with a final shudder. There is a moment of suspended animation as we adjust to the silence when the engines slide from a shriek to a low whine. The air temperature drops undeniably as one of the crew heaves open the side passenger door. Antarctica is here. We all rise as if some mesmerising force has entered the hold.
I swing around and see for the first time the blue ice runway that we had minutes ago boomed down. Our runway has been lined with sophisticated markers that would have been the pride of any international airport: black plastic garbage bags, weighed down with snow. We drop down the ladder one at a time. The cold makes me gasp. I feel I’ve been whacked in the solar plexus. I flex my fingers in their gloves and wriggle my toes. We have all been warned that the blue ice is incredibly slippery and to take extreme care.
The sun won’t set until the end of the summer season. I’m eager to experience this phenomenon. Meanwhile, I am grunting and groaning with frustration, attempting to pull my boots and clothes on without the luxury of standing up. There. I’m dressed. I yank open the fly and shriek with fright at the blast of frigid air that stings my cheeks. Christ it’s cold. I wriggle out of the tent feet first and scarcely look at the world around me, so desperate am I to get to the cook tent 100 metres away and to my position behind the MSRs.