Much more moving and engaging than I expected. Diane juxtaposes her own diary entries and reminiscences of a very interesting life as an actress alongside the journal entries of her mother, a California housewife, a normal, but in her own way, quite extraordinary woman.
If you are a woman of around Keaton's age, who remembers growing up in the 60s and 70s, if you are a mother, or an adult child who is caring for elderly and dying parents, Keaton's words and experiences (and those of her mom) are warm, emotional, funny, resonant and affirming. At times, it is not an easy listen (Keaton is obviously moved to tears during some of it) but it is very rewarding.
I truly wanted to love this book, but it couldn't really hold my attention, which wasn't helped by the fact that I couldn't easily differentiate between her talking or her reading excerpts from her mothers letters or journals. So often when I tried to pick up where I left off I found it hard to tell if what I was listening to was Diane or her mother. She should have done a different voice or have someone else read her mother's parts.
Mom of one 27 year old, PhD in Rhetoric, Retired AF Captain, Avid Kayaker, Hiker, Biker, Sailor, & Dog Lover
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to get to know this extraordinary woman, her gentle world view, and the love she has for her family. I enjoyed this as much as I did the memoirs of Penny Marshal and Carol Burnett. All three women inspire me with their honesty, humor and kindness.
I was so inspired and touched by this book that I teared up at the end of most of the chapters. It is simply poetic. That's the best way to put it. And at the last chapter, I hugged my little dachshund and wept like a baby. It was just so well said and read with such heartfelt sincerity. If I could, I would thank Ms. Keaton personally. Read this book everyone. It is outstanding.
I just downloaded "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" and can't wait to listen.
Yes! I played hooky a bit so that I could continue listening. In fact, I'll do so again very soon. The reason I wanted to continue is that Ms. Keaton reminded and taught me the importance of loving my family with acceptance and compassion. Not preachy in any way whatsoever, just a good example of how to embrace all of one's family with both realism and gratitude.....
Buy Duke a surfboard. Purchase this book.
It's so down to earth and true to life. Probably wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much if Diane Keaton herself wasn't narrating.
Yes. Couldn't wait to get back to it.
This was a disappointing book for me in many ways. Unfortunately it was also fairly lacking in highlights or even low low points, making its most outstanding feature being like a featureless landscape, a one note sonata that can pretty much be summed up with the opening Hi, my name is Diane, I love Woody Allen, to, Bye, my name is Diane, isn't Woody the best?! PS, I never was a WA fan, it could have been a prejudicial reaction on my part.
Not for film buffs! Not enough attention to her film career or professional experiences. She is fixated on the death of her parents. File under death, dying, hospice.
Insiders view of filmakers and filmmaking; professional anecdotes.
hard to say. I'm wondering whether the skipping back and forth between the mother's diary entries, letters and notes as well as letters and notes from former lovers and friends - not to mention from Keaton herself - and Keaton's present account, was made harder to follow without any layout hints. maybe different background sounds or something could have been added to help the listener?... or maybe it was just that some bits just weren't all that captivating?
very honest and touching
Reads and yarns, chocolate and naps!
I liked Diane Keaton's reading of her memoir. It was more personable than just reading her words.
Keaton weaves her memories together with journal entries from her mother, so the stories are told from multiple perspectives. It adds a quirky layer to this memoir.
Keaton's performance is outstanding.
When Keaton talks about her children and what life is like, I was particularly moved.