Indeed, by stepping back and letting Hepburn tell her own story, Chandler allows us into her world with an intimacy that few other biographers can capture. One of Hepburn's interviews was given in the presence of famed director and close friend George Cukor -- and the verbal interplay between the pair gives the reader a real sense of their relationship.
Chandler organizes the book chronologically, starting with Hepburn's idiosyncratic progressive Connecticut WASP upbringing. The book starts with her describing the discovery of her brother Tom's suicide, a defining moment in her life. She assumed his November 8th birthday after that in an attempt to live a full life for the both of them.
Later, Chandler chronicles Hepburn's complete filmography, from her breakthrough role in A Bill of Divorcement to her final cameo in Love Affair. She quips that director John Huston and Humphrey Bogart were the only people not to fall ill on the set of The African Queen because, "They never drank the water, only alcohol."
Chandler gives equal time to Hepburn's later years, holding dinner parties and going to the theater with Barbara Walters and Liz Smith. The book also examines Hepburn's love life, which included romances with billionaire Howard Hughes, who purchased the film rights for The Philadelphia Story as a gift when their romance was still front-page news, and actor and frequent co-star Spencer Tracy.
An easy read with real warmth behind it, I Know Where I'm Going lives up to its subtitle, "A personal biography."