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It's hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on N It's hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on Netflix. With remarkable candor and a refreshing perspective on life in the spotlight, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. She explores her relationships with brilliant directors like Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, as well as the nerves and expectations that come with the territory. A funny and authentic childhood prepared Posey for a life of creating and entertaining, which not only extends to acting but to the craft of pottery, sewing, collage, yoga and cooking, all of which readers will find in this highly entertaining book. In You're On an Airplane, Posey delves into her personal style--unique, famously inspiring, and never indebted to trends--as well as her approach to everyday life on and off set. Laugh-out-loud advice from her legendary Greenwich Village therapist Mildred Newman appears alongside poignant portrayals of painful relationships and the love she has for her dog, Gracie. For fans of Nora Ephron's spot-on commentary, Jenny Lawson's absurdly comical foibles, Amy Sedaris's unexpectedly hilarious quips, and Carrie Brownstein's cool-girl appeal, You're On an Airplane proves Posey has a voice that will enchant fans and old and new alike.


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It's hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on N It's hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on Netflix. With remarkable candor and a refreshing perspective on life in the spotlight, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. She explores her relationships with brilliant directors like Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, as well as the nerves and expectations that come with the territory. A funny and authentic childhood prepared Posey for a life of creating and entertaining, which not only extends to acting but to the craft of pottery, sewing, collage, yoga and cooking, all of which readers will find in this highly entertaining book. In You're On an Airplane, Posey delves into her personal style--unique, famously inspiring, and never indebted to trends--as well as her approach to everyday life on and off set. Laugh-out-loud advice from her legendary Greenwich Village therapist Mildred Newman appears alongside poignant portrayals of painful relationships and the love she has for her dog, Gracie. For fans of Nora Ephron's spot-on commentary, Jenny Lawson's absurdly comical foibles, Amy Sedaris's unexpectedly hilarious quips, and Carrie Brownstein's cool-girl appeal, You're On an Airplane proves Posey has a voice that will enchant fans and old and new alike.

30 review for You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Molly Ferguson

    Oh, Parker Posey. How I loved you. This was so badly written, it seemed like she wrote random interesting sentences or paragraphs on napkins, flung them in the air, and had someone else type them into a book. There was ZERO order to the memoir - not by chronology, theme, nothing. I was 250 pages in before she starting talking about the Christopher Guest movies. Worst of all, I like her less after reading this because in a lot of her anecdotes, she comes off as kind of a jerk - reminding people i Oh, Parker Posey. How I loved you. This was so badly written, it seemed like she wrote random interesting sentences or paragraphs on napkins, flung them in the air, and had someone else type them into a book. There was ZERO order to the memoir - not by chronology, theme, nothing. I was 250 pages in before she starting talking about the Christopher Guest movies. Worst of all, I like her less after reading this because in a lot of her anecdotes, she comes off as kind of a jerk - reminding people in her pottery club "But I'm famous," or asking waitstaff why french toast isn't available at their fancy brunch, or giving a flight attendant a hard time about her dog. The only reason I kept reading were the pictures throughout - now those were delightful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Griffin

    You know that old saying, “Never meet your heroes.”? ‘Nuf said.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    My book is called You're on an Airplane. It's a memoir pronounced with the emphasis on “me”. Think of it like an actor who was cornered into writing. The opening premise of You're on an Airplane is that you're sitting beside Parker Posey on a flight, and with such close proximity and time to waste, she begins to tell you about her life and her career as an indy actor. The premise is embraced in the beginning – with Posey interrupting her storytelling to ask the flight attendant for a seltzer or a My book is called You're on an Airplane. It's a memoir pronounced with the emphasis on “me”. Think of it like an actor who was cornered into writing. The opening premise of You're on an Airplane is that you're sitting beside Parker Posey on a flight, and with such close proximity and time to waste, she begins to tell you about her life and her career as an indy actor. The premise is embraced in the beginning – with Posey interrupting her storytelling to ask the flight attendant for a seltzer or a warm cookie; to ask sporadic questions of yourself – but the concept eventually kind of fizzles out, with fewer and fewer references to the imaginary scenario as it goes along. (Which was fine so far as smooth storytelling goes, but it did make the conceit feel slightly pointless in the end.) A celebrity memoir is a strange animal – the author presumably wants to tell you about herself, but it's not like she owes you her soul – and while I learned plenty about Parker Posey's childhood, hobbies, and celebrity encounters, there's nothing deeply revelatory or shocking here (and again, she doesn't owe me that anyway.) Usual caveat: I read an ARC and quotes may not be in their final forms. I was on As the World Turns at the time, fresh from dropping out of college after three years on probation, mainly for a bad attitude because I didn't want to rehearse scenes in acting class, preferring instead to wing it. I had a lazy attitude for things I didn't feel were important, like circus class. I didn't have the guts to be a real clown and already knew how to juggle. I skipped class to clown around and kept my probation letters in the freezer, for some reason – an act of self-preservation, maybe. Posey reveals an interesting family tree; with big personalities going back a few generations and her own parents seeming like cool but odd ducks (I loved the newborn picture of Posey wearing false eyelashes: “You were so small I didn't know what to do with you”, explained her Mom). But there's really nothing about how Posey broke into acting – all of sudden she's on a popular soap opera while also filming Dazed and Confused. From there, Posey recalls film projects out of any chronological order, and while from her stories you understand that she approaches acting as a serious art form – filming scenes often leave her exhausted, hysterical, or in tears – there's nothing about her processes or personal philosophy of her craft. Auditioning feels like my real self has been punished and sent to my room, while my pretend self is forced to make nice when there is nothing I've done wrong. At an audition in my twenties I spazzed out so much that the casting director asked my agent if I was on drugs. I wasn't, but just had lots of energy and was excited to be there. Posey writes about her more famous costars over the years, but it's not gossipy (the few times she has something slightly negative to say about someone, she doesn't name the person). She found Wesley Snipes to be distant, Vince Vaughn to be sweetly supportive; Liza Minnelli and Catherine O'Hara to be funny and wise; Louis CK is a complicated auteur and Woody Allen is the “greatest living director”. On meeting Liev Schreiber: Liev came in fresh off his motorcycle, holding his helmet and exuding a strong actor's attitude. He acted like he'd just finished Yale School of Drama, which he had. This was before The New York Times said he was the greatest living theater actor of his generation, or something to that extent. He was the envy of so many of his contemporaries and treated the small part as a favor to Daisy, which it was. Liev is spectacular onstage. He later told me that he almost didn't do the part in Party Girl because I seemed like an idiot. In addition to interesting enough storytelling, the book itself contains pages of collage, recipes, and both a very long description of a sequence of yoga moves and a very long explanation of how to throw clay on a pottery wheel. With stories of meeting with a dog psychic to discuss her emotional service animal (and beloved pet, Gracie), investigating Ayurvedic medicine (as it relates to the nature of your own body in conflict with the nature of the settings it finds itself in), and meeting with an analyst who explains the mental stress of Posey exposing herself onscreen as an unconscious reenactment of having been put on display in an incubator as a premature infant, there's a real risk of Posey coming off as a bit flakey. But then I read a review in The Wall Street Journal which goes: In her book, the actress finds her own ways to provoke. At one point, she refers to her past lives in India. Asked about it, she said she enjoys toying with the image that people have of her. “It’s like I’m playing with being the person people expect,” Ms. Posey said, “performing that on paper.” If that's Posey's game, it's not obvious; but okay – she's the artist here. You don't get the sense that Posey is living the fabulous celebrity lifestyle of fame and fortune, and it's also hard to say from this memoir if what she has is worth the tradeoff of not being able to live a normal, anonymous life. There's a late scene at the co-op pottery studio she's a member of – a place that expects its members to share the chores or pay a $15/month fee – and another woman tells her that by paying the fee, it makes it seem to the other members that Posey must think she's special. Posey explains that she is special; she's famous; she can't go to the grocery store without being recognised by someone. And this scene seems like the crux of the book: It's hard to feel sorry, exactly, for a middle aged actress who still has the cachet to only work on projects that personally appeal to her, but what cost does she pay for this career? On the one hand, why would she want to spend her limited down time mopping a pottery studio? But on the other hand, it makes her seem totally out of touch – this is not a “normal” life, and that must be hard. People say such weird things to you when you're famous – like a cardboard cutout version of yourself wearing a mirrored mask. Ultimately, we don't learn anything deeply personal about Posey in this memoir (not that she owes the reader that) and this isn't your typical “How I broke into show business” (a la Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kalin) celebrity origin story. You're on an Airplane contains the story of a life, but it does feel crafted and curated; but what else would you expect an artist to create? This may be of more interest to someone who watches more indy movies than I do, but I wasn't unhappy to have joined Posey on this flight.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    First of all my Parker Posey fan status is: moderate, and I think you might need to be fan status: super and/or actually related to her to really click with this. Her schtick is that she's sitting next to you on an airplane and just chatting about her life, which facilitates a really casual tone...perhaps too casual, and too prone to assuming I want to know all the details about her home renovations and various yoga studios (this book is seriously like full-on, Yelp reviews for every yoga studio First of all my Parker Posey fan status is: moderate, and I think you might need to be fan status: super and/or actually related to her to really click with this. Her schtick is that she's sitting next to you on an airplane and just chatting about her life, which facilitates a really casual tone...perhaps too casual, and too prone to assuming I want to know all the details about her home renovations and various yoga studios (this book is seriously like full-on, Yelp reviews for every yoga studio/pottery studio/vegetarian restaurant/co-op/etc she's ever belonged to??). It's also interesting to me that this book came out in 2018 and she talks about working with Louis CK and Woody Allen in ONLY the most GLOWING terms?? Like including, uncomfortably, mentioning that Woody and Soon-yi seemed to be made for each other??? like girl ok I'm glad you had a good experience working with those men I guess but also uhhhhh The book is also full of like...weird...collage-style photos of herself? IDK it was a quick read and had some good celeb gossip but overall.........?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hank Stuever

    3.5 stars would be more like it. Enjoyably larky, with an especially artful and funny opening. But at a certain point, the lack of organization gets the better of her; like many celeb memoirs, the back half of the book suffers. I liked her stories about growing up in Louisiana (who knew?) and her fondness for her parents and elders. There’s plenty here about her childhood, but apparently she was never a teenager. She goes from 10 to 24. (To me, she’ll always be the mean girl from the class of ‘7 3.5 stars would be more like it. Enjoyably larky, with an especially artful and funny opening. But at a certain point, the lack of organization gets the better of her; like many celeb memoirs, the back half of the book suffers. I liked her stories about growing up in Louisiana (who knew?) and her fondness for her parents and elders. There’s plenty here about her childhood, but apparently she was never a teenager. She goes from 10 to 24. (To me, she’ll always be the mean girl from the class of ‘77 in “Dazed and Confused.”) Anyhow, some good LOLs here. I was less enamored when she goes off on spiritual/mystical tangents.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Too much sucking up to Woody Allen and Louis C.K., not enough about Josie and the Pussycats.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Parker Posey was not gifted with an over-abundance of self-awareness, which makes for a very odd memoir. Early on I wondered if she didn't have any friends who were willing to let her know that many of these stories do not portray her in any sort of flattering light. Then I wondered if maybe her editor hated her - she credits no fewer than 4 people for editing, so maybe. What I learned from this book is that she's rude to service workers, whether they're flight attendants or restaurant workers, Parker Posey was not gifted with an over-abundance of self-awareness, which makes for a very odd memoir. Early on I wondered if she didn't have any friends who were willing to let her know that many of these stories do not portray her in any sort of flattering light. Then I wondered if maybe her editor hated her - she credits no fewer than 4 people for editing, so maybe. What I learned from this book is that she's rude to service workers, whether they're flight attendants or restaurant workers, but convinced that she is the aggrieved party and they are just trying to make her life difficult ("In retrospect, I can see that in his head he made me the bully and used me as an opportunity to finally berate someone." This because a flight attendant had the nerve to remind her that her dog needed to stay in its carrier during a flight.) She's passive-aggressive and obnoxious, but that's just because she's being funny and you don't get her humor. She takes no responsibility for bad behavior. She floods her landlord's apartment, causing damage but "The next day I called my dad to tell him the whole story, and we laughed hard about it." There are chapters about working with both Louis CK and Woody Allen, but she never addresses the controversy about the first and as to the allegations around the second all she really has to say is, "I wonder if it will be staged as an opera in fifty years. To each his own." The conceit of this memoir is that you're sitting next to Parker on a plane and she is regaling you with her stories. Which now sounds like a level of hell I hadn't previously known existed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gent

    I used to be diligent about writing reviews but life gets in the way more often than not. Parker Posey has always been a spirit animal of mine. From her indie queen reign to her current honest and delightful memoir. She embraces an eccentric lifestyle without the trappings of an actress aging. The stories tucked in these pages are full of her spirit and her voice. She is unapologetic in who she is and delights in the everyday occurrences mixed in with memories and nostalgia. At one point I had t I used to be diligent about writing reviews but life gets in the way more often than not. Parker Posey has always been a spirit animal of mine. From her indie queen reign to her current honest and delightful memoir. She embraces an eccentric lifestyle without the trappings of an actress aging. The stories tucked in these pages are full of her spirit and her voice. She is unapologetic in who she is and delights in the everyday occurrences mixed in with memories and nostalgia. At one point I had to slow down because I didn’t want to ever finish listening to her tales and musings. I shed a tear when I turned the last page. I will definitely be reading again when I need to be in her world which in many ways mimics mine (minus the acting of course!) and continue praying that one day her and I will be dear friends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Truman32

    It should be no surprise that Parker Posey comes off as a somewhat eccentric character in her book: You’re on an Airplane. While not necessarily certifiable (she is not Howard Hughes hiding Mason jars overflowing with her urine in the basement), Posey is revealed instead to be more on the Aunt Jenny end of the spectrum. Aunt Jenny was the crazy distant relative on the Brady Bunch that Jan was worried she was going to become because of their similar appearance as young girls. Many people up on th It should be no surprise that Parker Posey comes off as a somewhat eccentric character in her book: You’re on an Airplane. While not necessarily certifiable (she is not Howard Hughes hiding Mason jars overflowing with her urine in the basement), Posey is revealed instead to be more on the Aunt Jenny end of the spectrum. Aunt Jenny was the crazy distant relative on the Brady Bunch that Jan was worried she was going to become because of their similar appearance as young girls. Many people up on their pop culture should know Posey from her acting roles in independent movies. I feel most would recognize Posey for her searing and unconventional portrayal of “Stephanie” from 1993’s Coneheads movie, her tender performance as “Rollerblader” in the motion picture Mixed Nuts, and her multifaceted depiction of troubled teen Tess Shelby on daytime serial As the World Turns. You’re on an Airplane is written as if the reader is seated next to Posey on a fixed wing aircraft. The kind of powered flying apparatus those annoying Wright brothers from back in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina are always prattling on about. The tales range from Posey’s forays into unconventional yoga styles, to recipes of preferred dishes, to backstage stories of her cinematic experiences in Tinseltown. The text is dappled with black and white pictures of Posey in odd poses and postures. This art layout resembles the cut and pasting of those self-published zines so popular in the ‘90’s – hot off the press of the nearest Kinko’s photocopier. There is a lot of marginal information in the antidotes here, many Dad jokes, puns, and off the wall observations. But there are also many hidden gems. Posey conveys the sometimes difficult life of a not always in demand contract worker. There are moments when money gets tight and instances when it is hard for her (as an actress in her 40’s) to find work. Life can be tough and people in this superficial industry can be mean. Posey is always gracious and kind when speaking of her fellow actors (which range from naked bongo-playing and deodorant adverse Matthew McConaughey to the suplexing wrestling lug Triple H). Interestingly, Posey has worked with the controversial Woody Allen and Louis C.K. but pretty much remains professional and gracious in her recollections of these experiences. There is no doubt that Posey is a big goofball. But it is hard not to root for her. Goofballs are great, they make the world a happier, shiner place and this could be said for Posey as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    There are few actors where I would watch a tv show or film just because they’re in it. Parker Posey is one of those actors. She’s not the most famous people out there, though she had a streak of indie films in the 90s. But Parker has been in some really great films (“Best in Show,” “Josie & The Pussycats.”) Recently, she played Dr. Smith in “Lost in Space,” an interesting take on a classic tv character. Her part in “Columbus” with John Cho was subtle and nuanced in a quiet film about relatio There are few actors where I would watch a tv show or film just because they’re in it. Parker Posey is one of those actors. She’s not the most famous people out there, though she had a streak of indie films in the 90s. But Parker has been in some really great films (“Best in Show,” “Josie & The Pussycats.”) Recently, she played Dr. Smith in “Lost in Space,” an interesting take on a classic tv character. Her part in “Columbus” with John Cho was subtle and nuanced in a quiet film about relationships in the middle of Indiana. This isn’t a typical memoir. The premise is that you’re on a plane with Parker Posey listening to her talk. I recommend the audiobook for the full experience, complete with the sound effects of the plane engine, seat belt sign “ding,” and the serving of drinks. This memoir also has recipes, which I love. This book contains stories told topically, not chronologically, but touches on her big moments and explores her life outside of film. I think anyone could enjoy this book, but it’s a must read for fans. Follow her on Instagram for many photos and videos of her adorable dog, Gracie. • Audiobook • Nonfiction - Memoir • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • Purchased on Audible.▪️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I love Parker Posey but just couldn't get into this book, despite my initial enthusiasm when it was released. I appreciate that she tried a novel approach: the entire book is written as if she's your seatmate on a flight. It feels like something that might work as an improv sketch, but as a book I found it clumsy. Guess I'll have to wait for a biography of her rather than her me-moir. As it stands, I abandoned this one after a mere two chapters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    I listened to this book on audio and it was read by the author and that's why I love reading a memoir in audio form. The added bonus to listening to this one on audio was that Parker Posey has written this as if she is chatting to the reader on an aeroplane and so we have added audio features such as the sound of the trolley, the sound of her dog and her speaking to us as if we are her seat mate-it was great fun! One of the other things I love about reading memoirs of actors is the love they have I listened to this book on audio and it was read by the author and that's why I love reading a memoir in audio form. The added bonus to listening to this one on audio was that Parker Posey has written this as if she is chatting to the reader on an aeroplane and so we have added audio features such as the sound of the trolley, the sound of her dog and her speaking to us as if we are her seat mate-it was great fun! One of the other things I love about reading memoirs of actors is the love they have for the film industry and other actors in their field. Parker has some great stories about spending time with actors and directors and also has some great stories about her love of films and actresses from the past. It is great to find out the kind of films that she enjoyed both making and watching. While she does go into the different films she has made and the TV shows she has starred in, she also talks a lot about her personal life, her childhood and her decision to adopt a dog and become vegan. She also includes things like breathing exercises she does, yoga poses and recipes and talks you through them so you could realistically make the recipe or follow the breathing, I thought this was a real added gem! Some of the ideas and beliefs she shares are fairly 'unconventional' and that's also what makes this book stand out from other memoirs I have read recently and I liked how open and honest she was about her opinions and ideas on how things should be and what's wrong with the way they are. She also explains why she chose the cover image which really was appreciated. I think even if you haven't seen this actress in a lot of things, this memoir stands up on its own as something to read and enjoy and I really recommend the audiobook!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kris Hill

    A memoir doesn't need to be entirely accurate to be truthful. I can't decide if this memoir rings true or not, it's titled "self-mythologizing" which leads me to believe that it's probably not as truthful as it could be, but I can't believe anyone would pretend to be this person if given the opportunity to let the world believe that they were anyone else. Parker Posey comes across as pretentious, condescending, and kind of boring in this memoir. If that is the type of person she has to be to prov A memoir doesn't need to be entirely accurate to be truthful. I can't decide if this memoir rings true or not, it's titled "self-mythologizing" which leads me to believe that it's probably not as truthful as it could be, but I can't believe anyone would pretend to be this person if given the opportunity to let the world believe that they were anyone else. Parker Posey comes across as pretentious, condescending, and kind of boring in this memoir. If that is the type of person she has to be to provide us with the work she has in her acting career, I think it is worth it, but I wouldn't recommend reading this if you want to stay an unreserved fan of hers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Courtenay

    I think her quirkiness shines through even more by listening to the audiobook. Don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without her personality coming through the speakers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I've always admired Parker Posey as a woman who managed to free herself from many of society's expectations and live by her own rules. The parts of this book I enjoyed were her stories that illustrated the difficulty of that life and how lonely, but also fun, it is to be an outsider. Unfortunately, she dedicates 2 entire chapters to her experiences working with Louis CK and Woody Allen. She barely mentions their highly publicized accusations. Instead, she admires Allen's love for Soon Yi and eve I've always admired Parker Posey as a woman who managed to free herself from many of society's expectations and live by her own rules. The parts of this book I enjoyed were her stories that illustrated the difficulty of that life and how lonely, but also fun, it is to be an outsider. Unfortunately, she dedicates 2 entire chapters to her experiences working with Louis CK and Woody Allen. She barely mentions their highly publicized accusations. Instead, she admires Allen's love for Soon Yi and even sympathetically cites his childhood as his reasons for his troubled choices as an adult! I found this deeply disappointing and inexcusable. It's disturbing to see someone who seems to march to the beat of her own drum blindly following and idolizing these sexual predators.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    I've found Parker Posey's film roles to be weird and random (and usually brilliant), so I've always imagined her to be a weird and random individual. Turns out I was right. You're on an Airplane is Posey's memoir, written as if she finds herself bored on a long flight and decides to spend her time telling stories about her life to the person seated next to her on the airplane. The stories she chooses to share are told in no particular order, spanning childhood and near present day throughout the bo I've found Parker Posey's film roles to be weird and random (and usually brilliant), so I've always imagined her to be a weird and random individual. Turns out I was right. You're on an Airplane is Posey's memoir, written as if she finds herself bored on a long flight and decides to spend her time telling stories about her life to the person seated next to her on the airplane. The stories she chooses to share are told in no particular order, spanning childhood and near present day throughout the book.  (I mention this first because it may be a bookish peeve for some readers who need chronological order or at least a theme.) She tells us some stories of her childhood, with obvious love and adoration for her parents and her twin brother.  These stories were my favorite because I could tell that the love and support of her family made her bold and confident in her abilities as an entertainer. Posey never discusses how exactly she broke into show business or offers much insight into the industry itself; we go in with the understanding that she had a passion for acting that she followed doggedly.  She shares brief stories of some of her most notable films and the actors/directors she's worked with.  A favorite of mine was her reaction to meeting Matthew McConaughey on the set of Dazed and Confused:  she called her agent to say he was going to be a huge star and they should represent him immediately, which the agent ignored (and Posey still pointedly reminds them about to this day). She goes in to some detail on working with Woody Allen, whom she considers to be "the greatest living director", and the anxiety over preparing for her role in his film.   She seemed most open about her role on the Louis CK show Louie, discussing her obvious admiration of him and his work. I love that she didn't use her memoir as a way to drop bombshell information or gossip.  She doesn't speak negatively of anyone or give personal details about relationships as so many celebrities choose to do. There are some curious tales of pet psychics and visits to a New Age type therapist that had me wondering if they were jokes thrown in to amp up her eccentricities. Posey includes two incredibly detailed descriptions (each several pages long) of yoga poses and creating pottery.  She obviously enjoys both yoga and pottery but I couldn't help but skip these sections because I wanted to read about her life, not get an in-depth lesson on her hobbies. By the end of this odd memoir, I realized Posey has crafted a pretty interesting monologue (showcasing once again what a great actress she is), choosing to share some of her life with readers while making fun of and playing up the impression the public has of her based on her film roles.   I don't believe this book will work for everyone because the humor can be so subtle or just plain weird.  I would've appreciated more about her life, especially her teen years which she seemed to skip over entirely, and more insight into her personal thoughts on the roles she's chosen. I think this would've been even more enjoyable if I'd listened to the audiobook (which is narrated by Posey herself) because I felt by the end of the book that she'd created this as an actor's monologue. Flaky celebrity memoir or the personal monologue of an intelligent comedic actress?  Readers seem divided.   I feel slightly disappointed that there wasn't more insight into her early years, but I still had fun on this flight with the eccentric Ms. Posey. For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    I think I should just give up on memoirs; they almost never satisfy me. I did appreciate the setup--with airplane sounds and truly as if on an airplane conversing with a seat mate and hearing her dog snoring. Interesting vignette from life and work. She's a natural storyteller, so the audio is a great way to appreciate the book. She reads at a brisk pace but never neglects emphasis, emotion, or humor. I was hoping for more about the Christopher Guest movies, since that's really how I know her. M I think I should just give up on memoirs; they almost never satisfy me. I did appreciate the setup--with airplane sounds and truly as if on an airplane conversing with a seat mate and hearing her dog snoring. Interesting vignette from life and work. She's a natural storyteller, so the audio is a great way to appreciate the book. She reads at a brisk pace but never neglects emphasis, emotion, or humor. I was hoping for more about the Christopher Guest movies, since that's really how I know her. My problem, not hers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bert Zee

    Oh, Parker Posey, you gem of an actress you. This is far from your usual celebrity memoir, Parker isn’t the kind to get bogged down in all the misery of life and complain about how hard it is to be a famous actress that’s loved the world over. No, Parker is far more lighthearted and funny in her approach to telling her life story. Some of this book is completely ridiculous, the chapter which goes into extremely deep detail about the life of her dog is kind of pointless, as is the chapter about po Oh, Parker Posey, you gem of an actress you. This is far from your usual celebrity memoir, Parker isn’t the kind to get bogged down in all the misery of life and complain about how hard it is to be a famous actress that’s loved the world over. No, Parker is far more lighthearted and funny in her approach to telling her life story. Some of this book is completely ridiculous, the chapter which goes into extremely deep detail about the life of her dog is kind of pointless, as is the chapter about pottery, but at the same time I’d expect nothing less from a person like Parker. She even acknowledges how silly the pottery chapter is in the acknowledgements, it’s this kind of self-awareness that makes me love Parker so much. There are nuggets of shade thrown at a few Hollywood types but it’s done in classic Parker Posey way, it’s not mean-spirited or in any way reputation destroying the way you see in so many other celeb bios, Parker is classy about it. Parker will always be Party Girl to me. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I was so tempted to not finish listening to this but I thought at least it makes good background noise for driving and maybe there will be some interesting parts. It didn't and there weren't.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Not a page turner but I liked it for the insights it gave me into what it's like to be her in the movie business. Also, I'll always love her for her role in Party Girl, the best librarian movie ever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynx

    This book was pretty much exactly how I always imagined Parker would be. A lot of fun, extremely quirky and completely open and unapologetic. Very light, easy reading though not for everyone.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The amount of sucking up to Woody Allen and Louis C.K. that's done here is a...bad choice. Her dog is cute. This book definitely needed more Christopher Guest anecdotes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam Crews

    She is a gem. Original style, fantastic storytelling, and just plain heartwarming. I loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    After watching many films of Parker Posey, this memoir was exactly what I expected from her. It was quirky, charming, self-effacing, smart and nonlinear. The premise is that you are sitting next to her on a plane and she is sharing snippets from her acting career, family, dog, yoga, friendships, pottery, home remodeling and needlepoint. A current through the memoir is her desire to maintain an acting career in an industry in which she does not fit neatly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This is a book that illustrates the manic style of Parker Posey. If you thought the pouty, flighty, loud, odd, smart, spoiled, changeable and often annoying characters she plays were just parts that were written for her, it seems from this memoir that that’s the real her, not just acting. The book is written as if it is one side of a conversation between Posey and an unnamed traveler sitting next to her on an airplane flight. Posey meanders throughout her life, telling stories about growing up, This is a book that illustrates the manic style of Parker Posey. If you thought the pouty, flighty, loud, odd, smart, spoiled, changeable and often annoying characters she plays were just parts that were written for her, it seems from this memoir that that’s the real her, not just acting. The book is written as if it is one side of a conversation between Posey and an unnamed traveler sitting next to her on an airplane flight. Posey meanders throughout her life, telling stories about growing up, pets, apartments, and occasionally movies. Interspersed throughout the book are grainy, staged black and white pictures of the actress and her dog and props, more arty than enlightening. I expected to read a lot about her movies, but was disappointed. Not much about the Hal Hartley movies, not much about “You’ve Got Mail”. She does talk about how little money she’s made focusing on independent films, though. Interesting life, and you do learn a bit about what makes Posey tick, but a little Parker Posey goes a long way. From now on, I think I’ll stick to her films.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian Carlin

    I got the book thinking, she’s an interesting actress, quirky, enervating. she’ll have something to say in an interesting way. I’ve now finished reading the book, inside twenty four hours of getting it. This however was not a good thing. I kept reading to get it over and done with. It’s all over the place , apparently random reminiscences which don’t really help you get to the core of her or her family or co-workers. I keep wondering who the book was aimed at, as she continually tells me things I got the book thinking, she’s an interesting actress, quirky, enervating. she’ll have something to say in an interesting way. I’ve now finished reading the book, inside twenty four hours of getting it. This however was not a good thing. I kept reading to get it over and done with. It’s all over the place , apparently random reminiscences which don’t really help you get to the core of her or her family or co-workers. I keep wondering who the book was aimed at, as she continually tells me things I already know. So-and-so directed this film , someone else was famous for this or that. If it’s aimed at younger readers (under 20) maybe forgivable but a books worth of it became tedious. And a full chapter, badly written on her pottery class and how to throw clay? I also wonder if the chapters on Woody Allen and Louis CK were flushed and fleshed out at the behest of the publishing company. It amounts to three hundred pages of skimming the surface of her life and never sits still long enough to dig under her skin. There were a couple of pages of writing about her experience as a twin and near the end the description of an encounter with a schizophrenia sufferer in England which hinted at the missed opportunities of a better read but it was never sustained. Strangely though, I get the feeling that with all its flaws it is a close representation of the current psyche of Parker Posey.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Spiller

    Have you ever been to a family reunion where you spend extended time with the aunt who has a reputation as being eccentric or a bit of a "free spirit"? While she comes off as a bit dotty, you realize that underneath she's lot a smarter than she lets on. Well, Parker Posey is that aunt. "You're on an Airplane" begins with the conceit that Parker Posey has just sat next to you on an airplane and begins unspooling a circumloctory account of her family, her childhood, her acting career, yoga, potter Have you ever been to a family reunion where you spend extended time with the aunt who has a reputation as being eccentric or a bit of a "free spirit"? While she comes off as a bit dotty, you realize that underneath she's lot a smarter than she lets on. Well, Parker Posey is that aunt. "You're on an Airplane" begins with the conceit that Parker Posey has just sat next to you on an airplane and begins unspooling a circumloctory account of her family, her childhood, her acting career, yoga, pottery, and "live pie," among other things. I found her stories about her family and her childhood delightful. I would have preferred more stories about her acting career in lieu of chapters on yoga poses and making pottery. Some have criticized this book as not being sufficiently biographical; we don't learn enough about what makes Parker Posey tick. Well, look at the book title. If you are looking for a conventional biographical memoir, you will be disappointed. If you enjoyed Illena Douglas's "I Blame Dennis Hopper," then you will likely enjoy "You're on an Airplane".

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry C

    Non-linear babbling from the person sitting next to you on a plane and she won’t shut up. Disappointed in this “me”moir. Just awful.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barry Hammond

    Parker Posey, known by Time Magazine as "the Queen Of The Independent Film, actress in all of Christopher Guest's comedies and a star of such Hollywood fair as "Dazed And Confused," "Blade:Trinity," "Party Girl," and the current Netflix version of "Lost In Space," is definitely her own person. While extremely eccentric, her memoir is also engaging, very funny in places, human, and endearing. A very enjoyable read. - BH.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Georgette

    I have read so many conflicted reviews of this here on GR and on Shamazon. I don't get it. I think to REALLY get into and enjoy this book, you have to be like Parker. There is no discernible order and she doesn't wax overload on the movies, the parts, the private life. She glosses over it, but she doesn't piss on anyone. Which is nice. I've read a fair amount of bios this year where dirt flinging was a supporting character. I admire this more because she tries to maintain a modicum of privacy. T I have read so many conflicted reviews of this here on GR and on Shamazon. I don't get it. I think to REALLY get into and enjoy this book, you have to be like Parker. There is no discernible order and she doesn't wax overload on the movies, the parts, the private life. She glosses over it, but she doesn't piss on anyone. Which is nice. I've read a fair amount of bios this year where dirt flinging was a supporting character. I admire this more because she tries to maintain a modicum of privacy. Those complaining that there isn't more about the craft of acting....nowhere in the title does it say "art of the craft". Here is the deal...she is all over the place...going from one topic to another. I think if I sat down and conversed with her, we would get along famously. She's quirky, easily distracted, and yes, I loved it. Because her style of writing like this is VERY reminiscent of the book I am working on. Which may not be good, if the reviews here can be taken seriously. Normally I could care less....anyway, I loved the lackadaisical style of her writing. I think a lot of people missed the point. She's doing it on her own terms, this memoir thing, and she is who she is. I thought it was exactly the sort of book I needed to read right now. Anyone looking for a serious memoir or behind the scenes at an actor's studio are going to be disappointed, but there's plenty of fun left in the rest of the book.

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