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Born with Teeth

A Memoir

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An actress's deeply moving account of the price and rewards of a passionate life.

At 22, Kate Mulgrew gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. Three days later, she returned to work as the star of a popular soap opera. Twenty years later, still haunted by the choice she had made, Kate went in search of the daughter she had given away.

We know Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway on Star Trek; "Red" on Orange Is the New Black. Now, in her memoir, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. Raised in a large, eccentric Irish family, Mulgrew is mischievous, brave, wise, and a born storyteller. Weaving together the details of her upbringing and career with the romance, adventure, and heartbreak behind the scenes, BORN WITH TEETH is a breathtaking memoir of a life lived to the fullest.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 09, 2015 – In Mulgrew's assured gem of a memoir, fans of the actress (Star Trek: Voyager, Orange is the New Black) will delight in discovering her writing chops are as accomplished as her award-winning acting. Growing up, she lived in Derby Grange, a massive 1850s house in Dubuque, Iowa, where Mulgrew and her seven siblings enjoyed magical childhoods. Her eccentric artist mother, whose best friend was Jean Kennedy Smith, sent the budding actress to New York at 18, where she studied with the legendary Stella Adler. Mulgrew's career took off quickly when she landed the lead in the soap Ryan's Hope in 1975. Her unplanned pregnancy during that time was written into the script, although only a handful knew the baby girl was placed for adoption at birth. The events devastated Mulgrew, as did the early deaths of two beloved siblings and a rape she survived near her Manhattan apartment. But she kept moving forward, powerfully devoted to her life through broken romantic relationships, the joy of getting the lucrative starring role in Star Trek: Voyager, and finding her daughter at last in 2007. Mulgrew's mother was her muse and true confidante, until the first signs of Alzheimer's appeared. Readers will savor Mulgrew's gift for erudite, honest writing and want to read more about her mesmerizing life.

Customer Reviews

A life well-lived and a book well-written

Admittedly I am biased being a fan of Kate Mulgrew's
work, but getting to know the woman behind the roles was an enlightening, sometimes painful process. This book left me inspired, emotionally wrecked and wanting more!

Born with teeth

Great book,could not put it down.Wished I had ever met this woman in life.....I don't think I put that book down for more than an hour....very intriguing....thank you for sharing...and I feel th hurt when she left her baby up for adoption .......
Thank you again....and you were the best mother you could have been....

Not perfect

While this is extremely well written and thoroughly engaging, the book ends simply because Ms. Mulgrew stopped writing. There is absolutely no sense of summing up ideas or wrapping things up — huge disappointment.

Born with Teeth
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 14, 2015
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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