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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
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In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in... show more
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in show business” (Time magazine)—Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood.When television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.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 a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father’s Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780062225078 (0062225073)
ASIN: 0062225073
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Pages no: 288
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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