cover image You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

Parker Posey. Blue Rider, $28 (320p) ISBN 978 0-7352-1819-2

Actress Posey fashions her clever and playful memoir as a conversation with the reader, who is seated next to her on a plane. Posey was born prematurely, minutes after her twin brother, and raised in the South by her father, a car salesman and Vietnam vet, and her young, fun-loving mother, who placed false eyelashes on infant Posey when she returned home from the hospital. Posey was a natural actor; she performed in a summer camp show at age seven, and by nine knew she wanted to be a movie star. The budding star also frolicked in ditches, decorated her hair with locusts, and took pretend communion with Ritz crackers. She guides readers through her various career steps, from a part on the TV soap opera As the World Turns to indie films such as Party Girl and The Daytrippers and the more recent Café Society and Irrational Man. Posey’s narrative is lighthearted and amusing, and it reveals her strong and independent spirit and serious devotion to acting. Indie film fans will especially enjoy this energetic romp through Posey’s vibrant film career. [em](July) [/em]