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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Goldie Hawn Narrator: Goldie Hawn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9780786553426
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Goldie Hawn’s life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.

With her trademark effervescent humor, Goldie tells us about the lessons she’s learned and the wisdom she feels she’s been given in the hope of giving something back. Not a Hollywood tell-all, A Lotus Grows in the Mud is a very personal look at moments private and powerful: her delight in her father’s spirited spontaneity; the confidence instilled in her by her mother; the unexpected gifts of comfort from strangers many miles from home; and the joy of being a daughter, a sister, a lover, and a parent. This memoir is Goldie’s chance to talk about everything from anger and fear to love, compassion, integrity, and friendship, to the importance of family and the challenges of show business.

Goldie writes about her younger self, the little girl who felt like an ugly duckling, and growing up in suburbia dreaming of becoming a ballerina. She takes us on a tour of her go-go dancing years in New York in the ’60s, her phenomenal success on TV’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and then on to the world of Hollywood stardom and such memorable films as the Oscar-winning Cactus FlowerSwing Shift, and Private Benjamin.

A Lotus Grows in the Mud speaks of her relationship with her family: her partner, Kurt Russell; her children, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell, and her stepson, Boston Russell; her growing faith; her curiosity for that which she doesn’t yet know; and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. Most of all, it is a trip back through a life well lived by a woman well loved.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this biography! I was amazed at Goldie's journey through life and I learned a lot about myself following her journey as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/13/2014

    " Liked it. Shows the mothering side of her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/6/2014

    " A delightful memoir. Sweet and funny. Goldie Hawn is as endearing in this book as she appears in real life. If you lime her, you'll like this memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/24/2014

    " This was pretty good. I was actually suprised how much I liked it. The end was a little too philosophical for me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty (Blatant Biblioholic) | 1/20/2014

    " I've always been a fan of Goldie Hawn, and was really pleased when I saw she'd released an autobiography. I was a little disappointed after reading it though. Whilst this is in most parts an interesting read, a lot of it is about lessons in life as opposed to an actual autobiography. Don't get me wrong, she does talk about her life, and her family, and she writes very well (she's very philosophical). I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting, but still a good read. I will probably re-read this at some point, maybe I'll appreciate it better second time around... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/20/2014

    " I have a whole new respect for that ditzy blonde from Laugh In. Her life is so much different than I ever would have imagined. She's sturggled with things I couldn't imagine having to deal with. She approaches everything in her life with all that she has and all that she is and does it with absolute finesse. She comes off as totally down to earth and very in touch with herself, who she is and what she wants out of life and she loves to be normal. I would love to spend a day with her and her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " One of the best books I've read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/8/2014

    " A beautifully presented book with some interesting stories and insight. Goldie Hawn seems like a very likeable person and yet I was still not completely taken with her autobiography. She has had an amazing life though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this more than I thought I would -- a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 That70sheidi | 1/6/2014

    " Jesus wept, the audiobook's giggling and gooey voice was enough to make you drink. I don't think I could handle Goldie Hawn in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristinb | 1/2/2014

    " I ended up really enjoying this one. Fast read. One of the better autobiographies I read- free from "and I knew that moment would change my life forever"- type phrases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " I only read the parts that talked about growing up in Takoma Park. I liked those. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malorie Shannon | 11/26/2013

    " I just finished this book. It was wonderful from start to finish. I laughed, I cried, I was inspired.....Goldie Hawn is an amazing woman with a wonderful outlook on life. It is a great read and I would highly recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Walshaw | 8/26/2013

    " Every time I'm down, this is the book I reach for to share a laugh with what seems like an old friend. Goldie is totally open in this book and even if your beliefs aren't the same, you will come away enlightened about some universal truths about people, life and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 8/25/2013

    " great to hear about her life. love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 3/26/2013

    " Interesting. A series of personal essays. I've loved Goldie's work since Laugh In. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2012

    " Loved this book. Goldie proves she's much more than a bubbly Hollywood icon. In fact, this book is much more about family than the "biz" and Goldie is surprising honest which makes for a touching read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/3/2012

    " I'd go 3 and a half but apparently I can't do that. I really loved the stories and you can really see Goldie's personality in her writting which was great. It was just maybe alittle sentimental and well airy fairy in some of the writting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 9/26/2012

    " I read this 2 X and love it. It is so goodand full of so much insight. I loved it and it was a good book club selection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/19/2012

    " As much as I love watching Goldie Hawn, I just did not care for this book. I've watched her since Laugh In and you just can't find a better comedic actress than Goldie. This book aside, I will continue to enjoy watching Goldie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/16/2012

    " This memoir by Goldie Hawn has some great stories, but these engaging stories are interspersed with trite, universal summaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alayna | 3/9/2012

    " AMAZING clearly not your average memoir, it made me see Goldie Hawn in a whole new way, i had no idea she was such an amazing person, and teacher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Vaughan | 2/17/2012

    " Seriously, could she be any more boring? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/11/2011

    " I thought this book was good. I related to her in a lot of ways. It was enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 7/21/2011

    " A little different image than I had of Goldie. I didn't realize how many humanity services she has done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Re | 6/4/2011

    " I have had access to the cd book. What a marvelous book to listen to. Goldie is what you expect: fun, funny, and spiritual. A lot of depth in this NOT 'airhead' woman of our times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/22/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Uplifting and positive, INTERESTING!....Goldie's life and her spiritual journey to where she is now... loved it!... I will read again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/12/2011

    " I'd go 3 and a half but apparently I can't do that. I really loved the stories and you can really see Goldie's personality in her writting which was great. It was just maybe alittle sentimental and well airy fairy in some of the writting.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babette | 3/24/2011

    " A fast read, it shows that Goldie Hawn isn't as lightweight as we thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantae | 2/26/2011

    " A sweet book about being kind and finding/keeping happiness, told through the life lessons of Goldie Hawn. Easy read with a bunch of cute quotes to keep and live by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 2/15/2011

    " Loved it! Love her. Miss her, and her daughter is just a pale imitation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2011

    " Loved this book. She gives great advice. She is a very spiritual person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 1/13/2011

    " I love her and love every word she humbly, humorously, and lovingly writes in her memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 12/15/2010

    " great to hear about her life. love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/10/2010

    " This book was not a true autobiography but more a collection of annecdotes. The timeline jumped around, but the stories were entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 7/26/2010

    " A little different image than I had of Goldie. I didn't realize how many humanity services she has done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/23/2010

    " Excellent. Goldie Hawn is an exceptional writer. An inspiring and unconventional memoir from one of the world's most beloved actresses. "

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