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Life Itself - Roger Ebert
Life Itself
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Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the... show more
Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies.In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer. And now, for the first time, he tells the full, dramatic story of his life and career.Roger Ebert's journalism carried him on a path far from his nearly idyllic childhood in Urbana, Illinois. It is a journey that began as a reporter for his local daily, and took him to Chicago, where he was unexpectedly given the job of film critic for the Sun-Times, launching a lifetime's adventures.In this candid, personal history, Ebert chronicles it all: his loves, losses, and obsessions; his struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs. He writes about his years at the Sun-Times, his colorful newspaper friends, and his life-changing collaboration with Gene Siskel. He remembers his friendships with Studs Terkel, Mike Royko, Oprah Winfrey, and Russ Meyer (for whom he wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and an ill-fated Sex Pistols movie). He shares his insights into movie stars and directors like John Wayne, Werner Herzog, and Martin Scorsese.This is a story that only Roger Ebert could tell. Filled with the same deep insight, dry wit, and sharp observations that his readers have long cherished, this is more than a memoir-it is a singular, warm-hearted, inspiring look at life itself."I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."-from LIFE ITSELF
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780446584975 (0446584975)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 436
Edition language: English
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florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
Roger Ebert began working on his memoirs during the years of his illness, and Life Itself is a volume of “memoirs” in the old-fashioned sense--an individual sharing his lifetime of personal stories, but not necessarily following the chronological structure of autobiography--rather than the more limi...
popsiclesinbed
popsiclesinbed rated it
This is the first traditional type of memoir I have ever read, and I really enjoyed it. It was like getting to know Roger Ebert.
Anya's Books
Anya's Books rated it
4.0 Life Itself: A Memoir
This book was an impulse buy and I'm ever so glad I followed my impulse in this case. I used to watch Siskel & Ebert religiously when I was a teen and though I often found myself disagreeing with one of these men I enjoyed their debates immensely. However here I got a good look at not Ebert of Siske...
sandin954
sandin954 rated it
3.0 Life Itself: A Memoir
For the most part, an interesting look at the film critic and TV personality's life. The beginning was very slow since his boyhood was pretty uneventful but after he started work at the Sun-Times my interest perked up. Listened to the audio version which was read by Edward Herrmann who is always a...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Gotta love Roger Ebert.
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