• Queen Meryl

  • The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep
  • By: Erin Carlson
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A captivating and inspiring portrait of legendary actress Meryl Streep and her work, Queen Meryl explores the fearless icon's trailblazing roles in film, her feminist activism, and the indelible mark she's left on pop culture.

Meryl Streep is the most celebrated actress of our time. She's a chameleon who disappears fully into each character she plays. She never tackles the same role twice. Instead, she leverages her rarified platform to channel a range of dynamic, complicated women - Joanna Kramer, Karen Silkwood, Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, Katharine Graham - rather than limit herself to marginal roles for which other actresses must settle: Supportive Wife. Supportive Mother. Supportive Yet Utterly Disposable Love Interest. Streep will have none of that.

The once-awkward, frizzy-haired suburban teen blossomed into a rising ingénue on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama. She came of age during the women's movement of the '60s and '70s, and has worn her activism on her sleeve even when it was unfashionable. When she reached 40, the age when many leading ladies fade away, Streep plunged forward, taking her pick of parts that interested her and winning a pile of awards along the way. Meanwhile, she remained an unlikely box-office draw, her clout even managing to grow with age: The Devil Wears Prada, starring Streep as the Anna Wintour avatar Miranda Priestly, scored $326 million worldwide.

Journalist and author Erin Carlson documents all of Streep's Oscars, accents, causes, memes, friendships, and feuds; also exploring the "off-brand" forays into action-adventure (The River Wild) and musicals (Mamma Mia!), and how Streep managed to sneak her feminism into each character.

©2019 Erin Carlson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An enthusiastic homage to a legend." (Kirkus Review) 

"Generously supplemented with gossipy sidebars and lists and with fashion magazine-like brush-and-ink drawings, Carlson's latest will be embraced by Streep-struck fans." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fans should be delighted by the juicy details of life on various sets and tales of Streep's good-humored devotion to her craft." (Booklist

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Just a list of Streep’s work.

Overall, I’m unimpressed with this book. It’s really just a list and plot synopses of Strep’s work. There are a few extra tidbits included though. Thankfully, this was a free audible credit so I didn’t feel like I lost anything.

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