“Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.”
So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall. To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. And so, in a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Throughout her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals - literally thousands of pages - in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, about herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through all these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother - a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy struggling to find an outlet for her talents - as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.
More than just the autobiography of a legendary actress, Then Again is a book about a very American family with very American dreams. Diane will remind you of yourself, and her bonds with her family will remind you of your own relationships with those you love the most.
From the Hardcover edition.
Diane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.
©2011 Diane Keaton (P)2011 Random House Audio
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 can't imagine anyone enjoying this book. It is an excruciating listen. Self pity is the theme.
Loved the movies, hated this book.
Love Keaton but this book is just all over the place, story wise... using her mother's writings to hide behind her own life story is not appealing to me... I want more Diane and see how she ticks and not this jerky... 'oh, I'm getting too personal so I'll talk about Mom and HER problems" kind of memoir
Talk about herself and not he Mother's problems... She did not even know of her mother's problems until after her death...yet we hear the story as if she lived her live knowing all along...
love to hear her speak..
Her parents... more about her
guess this is all we are going to get when it comes to learning about the career and life of Diane. About 70 pages about her...the rest...her mother and her problems....she knew anything about at the time.
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 a wonderful son! PhD Rhetoric/Composition; retired AF Captain, retired writing professor. Happy f/t RV traveler.
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.
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