• Mean Baby

  • A Memoir of Growing Up
  • By: Selma Blair
  • Narrated by: Selma Blair
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Selma Blair has played many archetypal roles: gullible ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Fire-starter in Hellboy. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Face of Chanel. Cover model. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best for being one thing: a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Selma Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth.

The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven and behaving dramatically so that she would be the centre of attention. 

Although Selma went on to become a celebrated Hollywood actress and model, she could never quite shake the periods of darkness that overtook her, the certainty that there was a great mystery at the heart of her life. She often felt like her arms might be on fire, a sensation not unlike electric shocks, and she secretly drank to escape. 

Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, shocking memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood and, finally, the simultaneous devastation and surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair's Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.

©2022 Selma Blair (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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  • fay mansfield
  • 05-24-22

Powerfully engaging, passionate & brutally honest!

Delivered with so much genuine emotion and passion. Sad, yet overall it's the positivity that shines through from the darkness. Highlights the realism of life and a candid account of many shared experiences which so many will resonate with. Things, that they may have hidden for years. A grounded normality behind the LA glamour. A reminder that life is rarely what you see on the surface and to be kind and patient always. Seek to understand below the surface (for yourself and others). Everything shone through as rooted from love, even when misunderstood. Massively charismatic and inspirational life story. Thank you for shining the light on the MS community also. Selma gives hope and support to thousands and am sure will touch all that read this. 🙏

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  • N C Bailey
  • 09-15-22

Fellow MS warrior

I’ve spent years trying to explain how my symptoms/flares affect me but always struggle. This was perfectly descriptive of how the condition affects us. You are truly an inspiration to me. Keep up the positivity!! X

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 08-14-22

tough to review

this book is tough. I hated a good percentage of it and only carried on out of sheer disbelief that someone could be so egocentric and repulsive. I was so angry with it my partner told me to stop reading it!! but it does, thank goodness, turn a corner and become bearable ... even enjoyable. if you can cope with overtly self centered, ED triggering, narcissistic content...give it a go. it gets better.

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  • frommetoyou
  • 08-07-22

laughed and cried in equal measure

Selma Blair does not brush over the less appealing parts of her life story, instead she accounts the highs and lows of her life so far with a seeming honesty that sees apologies and humility in abundance. It is also, very funny, and at times I caught myself laughing out loud as though I was sat opposite her having a coffee and hearing it all first-hand.

It's a tough listen in places, but well worth it for the many gems of her experience imparted without pressure or demonstrosity, along the way.

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  • Michelle
  • 06-19-22

Beautiful and brave

A beautiful and brave memoir, like the author, herself.

She will reconnect you with your own childhood memories and become your friend.

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  • Helen SJ
  • 06-15-22

A must read for any MS warrior!

I'm ashamed to say, not being American, I didn't know of Selma Blair until the release of her brilliant documentary/film Introducing Selma Blair.
I have MS and totally and whole heartedly agreed with everything she had to say. I can empathise with everything she has been through and is still going through.
To say her book is shocking is an understatement. It is full to bursting with the love that she has for her son and those closest to her. Selma, you are my new hero. Bravo for stamping well and truly 'I'm okay' onto our MS brains.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

Wow, just wow

I have read many a biography and this book was one of my favourite’s, so overwhelming honest, I just want Selma to be my friend!

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  • Adamo Spinelli
  • 05-28-22

Amazing, needs to be read

Here’s one of those rare times when your given a piece of someone’s soul. It’s powerful, truthful, funny and sad at the same time. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-22

Lovable, heartbreaking and beautiful stories

The perfect reminder that what you see is never the reality, and often the reality is heartbreaking. Loved the way Selma weaved her stories and even though she didn’t dish out lessons and advice, they are endless in this book. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

Fantastic

Can’t recommend this enough. Selma’s talented acting really brings her stories to life, it made a big difference having her read it vs if I had have read it myself. Really heart felt memoir - loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-22

Mean Baby

It took me a little while to get into it. After a few chapters, I found myself getting drawn into her story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Great beginning, dense ending

I enjoyed this book immensely at the beginning and reading about Selma Blair's childhood. I found when she got to Hollywood, it got dull and became a little bit of a name dropping game. I do appreciate Selma for opening up, talking about her issues and her disease.

May be worth a read if you are a fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

Mean Baby….or just misunderstood?

A beautiful, insightful, at times joyful, and at others deeply painful personal story, Selma Blair, it seems holds nothing back.

She shares so many incredible experiences and relationships with the reader. She also humbly shares what these have taught her, and also the lessons she perhaps didn’t learn at the time.

Ultimately this read, will remind you, it is never too late to find answers, to change your mind, to change your choices and to try to do better, and to do it, with gratitude.

Selma, You may see yourself as a sidekick, a supporting actress might be your audition go to, but you? You are leading lady in life!

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  • Kerrie Bray
  • 07-26-22

Honest, open and interesting

Easy listening. Enjoy Blair narrating her own life in a deep, open and raw way

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Brilliant

So well written and enthralling- much love for this lady - definitely one for the reading list

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

incredible story for an amazing woman

Loved how when Selma was reading, you can hear raw emotions.
such a great story that reminds us to be kind to one another.
Selma has a great voice for reading in audible
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  • Tash
  • 06-21-22

amazing!

loved the way Selma tells her story! even though I am very different I can relate alot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-22

Absolutely perfect

Such a raw and truthful book, Selma telling her story made me realise that it is okay, its okay to just be our messy, unadulterated selves. Thanks Selma Blair