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Born with Teeth: 01/21/17

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew recounts her life, her career up through Star Trek: Voyager, and her struggle to find the daughter she gave up for adoption.

There is a lot of space in this book spent on her childhood. It's there, I suppose, to set the stage for the decision she made at twenty-two. It frames things within the context of an Irish Catholic upbringing. That said, the childhood section was by far the most uncomfortable portion to read. I will leave it at that, to avoid passing judgment as it's not my place.

The next big piece is her first pregnancy and the adoption and its consequences. Things she was promised didn't come to fruition. She was lied to and while her daughter did end up having a good life with loving parents, it wasn't the life (or parents) Kate had been promised for her.

I mostly, though, read the book for two parts in Kate Mulgrew's career: the short lived Mrs. Columbo and the later more successful Star Trek Voyager.

Kate Mulgrew's career is more varied than those two points in time, including work on stage. Her heart and soul is on stage, something I did not know about her until reading this memoir.

Like You're Never Weird on the Internet, this is another case of reading a memoir where despite my enthusiasm for some of an actor's work, I am not the intended audience. For this main reason, I can't give this book a fair review.

Three stars

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