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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned - Alan Alda
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
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He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as... show more
He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six,” begins Alda’s irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession. Yet Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them.From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them.Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812974409 (0812974409)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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A Few Thoughts
A Few Thoughts rated it
5.0 Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
Alan Alda provided me with one of the great comic insights when I saw him in an interview one late night in a hotel room somewhere I can't even recall. I find it's affected every form of performed comedy I've seen since. He said that there are two kinds of funny people: People who say funny thing...
Barks At Everything
Barks At Everything rated it
4.0
My dad use to watch M*A*S*H when I was a kid but I would usually leave the room or pick up a book to block it out, war stuff scared me and was never my thing. Those little snippets were all I knew about Alan Alda but the title of this one called my name.This isn’t one of those gossipy tell-alls and...
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it
2.0 Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
It was okay, and very much not what one thinks of when one thinks of celebrity memoirs. Alda's open, ingenuous, vulnerable and the personification of Sensitive New Age Kinda Guy, and therein lies my issue. He makes me tired, he's so good and sweet and caring. His stories are interesting and the narr...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
4.0 Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
The paperback edition of this autobiography looks slim, but don't be fooled: its 235 pages are packed with striking anecdotes and the philosophical musings of a highly intelligent and sensitive man with very much his own unique outlook on life. The quick tongue and passionate humanism of Hawkeye in ...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
2.0
This book was a huge disappointment. I really like Alda, and I thought this would be more interesting and entertaining. A lot of it is dreadfully boring, with a few interesting parts thrown in.
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