Sunshine Girl, by Julianna Margulies ( Ballantine)

- C.S.

Margulies is so closely associated with the characters she played ( on ER and The Good Wife) that it can be jarring to encounter her distinctiv­e, personable voice as she describes her nomadic childhood bouncing between a hippie mother and a detached ad-exec father, waitressin­g at the “world’s most glamorous” restaurant, and the fateful audition (involving a surprise call from George Clooney) that led to her role as Nurse Hathaway. A celebrity memoir with a humble core, this is more about the process of becoming a beloved actress than the spoils such recognitio­n affords.—

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