Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played

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6.7 X 9.8 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Tovah Feldshuh is an icon known for her starring roles as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony (the longest-running one-person show in Broadway history), Irena Gut in Irena's Vow, and the title role in Yentl; her performances in Broadway productions like, Cyrano, Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin, and many others; and her television roles as Helena Slomova in the internationally acclaimed mini-series, Holocaust, as hypercritical mom Naomi in Rachel Bloom's smash hit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and tough-as-nails head of Alexandria, Deanna Monroe on AMC's The Walking Dead.


"[A] lively and engaging narrative...Feldshuh has a lot to say and does so with aplomb...In a look-back that is always intense, often hilarious, and sometimes fraught....Readers will feel lucky to encounter this delightful memoir."--Booklist
"A warm, heartfelt memoir for Broadway and Hollywood enthusiasts."
--Kirkus Reviews
"A revealing look at family, expectations, and forgiveness, and what it means to perform for audiences of thousands when the voice of one person is all that truly matters."--Town & Country
"Delightful."--Dr. Ruth Westheimer
"A fascinating and wildly entertaining book."
"A tender but unflinching look at a mother-daughter dynamic."--The Forward
"Such an amazing book, I could not stop reading it....It's so heartwarming....You can't help but get completely immersed in this's so incredible....The way she describes things in this story, you feel like you're there."--"The Undead Walking" podcast
"A moving and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of mother and daughter."--Kveller
"Riveting, and raw, and funny."--The Rita Cosby Show
"A hilarious, gorgeous, touching memoir."--Tablet
"An intimate, entertaining memoir of her life and career.... Feldshuh's portrayal of Lily is striking; her thoughtful understanding of their dynamic and Lily's influence on her life and career, infused with her mother's candor, will delight readers. The heart of this book lies in the author's captivating writing--she is a dynamic storyteller with an actor's skill for articulating small moments that occur in everyday life. She captures growing up in New York, Jewish culture, and the entertainment industry with equal enthusiasm and detail.... A vivid, charming memoir and reflection on an expansive career and family."--Library Journal (starred review)