15 November, 2015

The road to happiness is always under construction by Linda Gray

Sometimes when you start reading a memoir or biography written by a celebrity, you immediately get excited at the prospect of reading all about their glamorous lives. In this memoir written by famous Dallas star Linda Gray, we find ourselves immersed in a more realistic and poignant story.

This fascinating book takes us back to Linda’s childhood, detailing an agonizing period in her life when she suffered from paralyzing polio, growing up with an alcoholic mother, and leading to an emotionally abusive marriage. Despite all this Linda Gray goes on to pursue acting classes and at the age of 38 gets her big break as Larry Hagman’s wife, Sue Ellen, in the now famous drama Dallas. The fame that follows brings more heartbreak than happiness. A bitter divorce and the loss of her only sister to cancer along with the pressures of being a single mother may have caused anyone else to break down, but Linda’s positive attitude kept her cruising, with a few speed bumps along the way, to the place of serenity she thrives in now.

As I first started reading this book, I couldn’t help but admire the courage and determination Linda has in her life. I hadn’t known until now that she had been a famous model before becoming Sue Ellen. Her personal stories are told in a very witty and humorous voice, bringing a more down-to-earth and humble perspective into the life of this incredible woman. I really like how The road to happiness doesn’t follow the traditional style most memoirs do and jumps around a bit. Linda includes all the wonderful and various life lessons she’s learned in the 75 years of her life in each chapter with delicious recipes, beauty tips, and books that have inspired and motivated her.

This is an amazing and inspiring read for anyone!! You can also read it as an ebook.

Title: The road to happiness is always under construction
Author: Linda Gray

Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson. 
Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories. 

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