There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brooke Shields

Narrated By: Brooke Shields

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: November 2014

Duration: 12 hours 56 minutes


The 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 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and her manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drank 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.


  • Joanna J

    Brooke did such an amazing job telling a story that was full of sad stories and unfortunate events in the life of someone who had to appear so “perfect”, it was impossible to feel sorry for her. Her strength and resiliency combined with her humorous writing and narration made for a truly insightful and entertaining autobiography. There was no pretense or self-pity, and yet there was honesty and it was refreshing and I genuinely enjoyed the entire book. Her ability to narrate was much better than I anticipated and her personality added so much to the contents of the book itself.