There Was a Little Girl

There Was a Little Girl

The Real Story of My Mother and Me

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780525954842
  • 416 Pages
  • Dutton
  • Adult


Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke’s iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri’s skills as both Brooke’s mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke’s own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri’s side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.

Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.
There Was a Little Girl

There Was a Little Girl

Brooke Shields


Praise for There Was a Little Girl

“Shields writes with considerable reflection; she’s done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she’s learned.” – Kirkus Reviews

“[A] well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end…a thoughtful poignant and provoking story about a girl and her mom…a remarkably clear-eyed examination.” — Associated Press

“This story of Brooke’s career as a model and actress unfolds from the perspective of an adult child of an alcoholic. Her voice in this memoir is unguarded and raw and deals head-on with the damage alcohol causes in intimate relationships. For a celebrity of her stature to write so honestly and intelligently about emotion wounds is a refreshing change. The book will appeal not only to Shields fans, but also to readers who seek out memoirs about surviving dysfunctional families. Brooke Shields is still our sister, just more real and imperfect.” — BookPage

“A raw, honest tale of a mother and daughter that will appeal not only to celebrity watchers but mothers and daughters.” – Library Journal



  There Was A Little Girl by actress and bestselling author Brooke Shields hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists the first week of publication. The memoir launched with… Read more >

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