An intimate memoir by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved actresses. "Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she'd collaged. I even found a pamphlet ...
An intimate memoir by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved actresses. "Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she'd collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK." So begins Diane Keaton's unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall. To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. And so, in a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Throughout her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals--literally thousands of pages--in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, about herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane's grandparents. Diane has sorted through all these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother -- a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy struggling to find an outlet for her talents -- as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years. More than just the autobiography of a legendary actress, Then Again is a book about a very American family with very American dreams. Diane will remind you of yourself, and her bonds with her family will remind you of your own relationships with those you love the most.
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I was looking forward to reading this because I have always loved Diane Keaton as an actress and from what I knew about her, a sane and thoughtful human being. Her life story, however, is just not that interesting, at least what was written about in this book. The book is really a love letter to her mother and family. I still admire her but the family story is ho hum.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-02-27 This audio production of Keaton's memoir delivers something you won't get in the print edition: Diane Keaton herself. As a narrator, Keaton's personality, talent, and vulnerability shine through-whether she is describing heartbreak (take that, Al Pacino), revealing a never-before-disclosed struggle with an eating disorder, or acting goofy and showcasing her famously funny side. Keaton's delivery is conversational throughout, and listeners will feel as if they're sitting around the kitchen table swapping stories with the Hollywood legend. Most significantly, the performance captures the tenderness of Keaton's relationship with her mother, Dorothy Keaton Hall. This audio weaves Hall's journal entries, by turns joyous and painful, with Keaton's memories from her childhood and adult life. Entertaining and a must for fans. A Random House hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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