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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
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Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family... show more
Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father. When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared into the Far East after WWII. Alan's mother knew very little about him - he had been a courier, carrying information between battalions on his motorbike. The last time she saw her father, Alan's mother was eight years old. When she was 13, the family was informed that he had died by his own hand, an accidental shooting. But this was not the only mystery laid before Alan's feet. His father, whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, reconnected just before filming for Who Do You Think You Are? began. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set into motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever. With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.
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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B00MOUZ8H4
Publisher: HarperAudio
Edition language: English
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My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
4.0 Not My Father's Son - audio
I listened to this book on audio and I felt overwhelmed at times at how emotional this story was. I am not familiar with this actor but his story was an emotional one and I was glad that he had his brother with him for the most part, for Alan dealt with some heavy issues. This book uncovers some pow...
Ani's Book Abyss
Ani's Book Abyss rated it
0.0 Packaged Thoughts Christmas 2018: More Books Lined Up In A Row!
It's that time of year again! Happy Holidays to everyone! Or rather, a belated Merry Christmas, as this review came out a few days later than I'd planned. Of course, it also gave me a chance to include my 100th read book this year, Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets. This is a feature I've been hop...
TeaStitchRead
TeaStitchRead rated it
4.5 Review: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
Content Warning: involves scenes of child physical abuse Alan Cumming's memoir is an unflinching look at the physical, mental, and emotional toll that child physical abuse takes on the child later in life and how one man went about healing from the abuse. I really liked how the book was structured...
Mirkat Always Reading
Mirkat Always Reading rated it
4.0 Not My Father's Son
I mostly knew Alan Cumming from his role as Eli Gold on The Good Wife, though also from assorted other roles, such as Sandy Frink in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. Listening to his self-narrated audiobook, I realized I didn't remember ever hearing him speak in his native Scottish accent. ...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 Not My Father's Son: A Memoir (Audio)
Very well written and interesting, though not a sparkling and fun as one might expect from this actor, as the topic is so serious. I really like how he wound together the plots of his relationship to his father in childhood and in present day with his search for his grandfather's history.The level o...
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