“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
Very high due to the story and the narration.
The audible.com template for my review does not fit the book. Listen to this book. Keaton's narration enhances the experience. As one audible.com reviewer commented: it is like a personal conversation. This is not about a popular, well known star. It is about a slice of America from the 1950s to the present. Keaton brings true emotion to her narration. At times she snorts with candor, at other times her voice seems choked with emotion. It is a story of daughters, siblings, parents, lovers, children. I like Keaton as actress, but would not call myself a fan before the book. Her candor is uncommon. And the juxtaposition of her insights with her mother's journals will stay with me. See the print book, however, for pictures that illustrate the book. The book will stay with me and I felt lost when the recording ended. Like The Help, I felt as if I would have missed the nuances of the story if I had read the print edition. The recording enhanced the stories.
Possibly...... because I enjoy her movies and performances.
Less information about all the details regarding her mother and father, and more about herself.....especially about her movie career and details about other movie stars with whom she had contact. Information about movies she was in and interesting incidents that occurred while making them.
Diane Keaton's mother!
Very slow-was disappointed as Ms Keaton makes for a poor narrator.Was really expecting more.
A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.
Fine writing; lovely performance. Surprisingly wise, reflective and poignant.
A little of both.
Don't expect a gossipy reliving of her
The book is scattered, moving from person to person, period to period...full of details that are uninteresting to anyone but the writer herself.
This could have been anyones story. A truly great writer can make any life event captivating. Ms. Keaton apparently does not have this skill. I have always enjoyed Diane as an actress and celebrity personality, this unfortunately took most of her charm away for me.
The entire book- with a ghost writer more interesting.
Choose another bio.
Listening to this book was confusing because it was sometimes impossible to tell who was speaking, her mother or herself. I had a very hard time with the way Keaton reads her words, with breathless pauses all over the place, in between rushed-together phrases. And i had looked forward to hearing the author's voice, which can sometimes be a huge pleasure. I also wasn't very interested in Diane Keaton's mother's life, I'm sorry to say. The book just didn't grab me. it was easy to put down, and i didn't finish it.
What a delightful surprise. I like Diane Keaton and was open to reading this after seeing her interview on John Stewart. I expected a bio and sure, there's a bit of that. Her stories of her early years and subsequent breakthrough was interesting and engaging. What really surprised me (and really touched me) was the juxtapositioning of her mom's journals with her own. I think it's difficult for some of us (maybe just me....) to think of our own parents as human and just as prone to failure as we are, not to mention that they do get old and weak. This book really brought that home to me but in a kind way. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Laurie S. Sherman
Diane Keaton's voice is clear and honest. She shares her life with us, and some of her mother's life too. The search for self in a mother's life is a common experience for many women, and Keaton shares this search with us. However, at least in this audiobook, it was difficult to follow and in some ways, more of a personal exploration than it was of interest to the listener. The connection of her mother's diary entries to the story line seemed blurry at times. It seems like a great potential that wasn't well utilized.
Of course, in an autobiography, Diane Keaton is the best character, and she is very interesting. The real Annie Hall, an icon for that time and season, is found in Keaton's writing about herself, her life, her family. The character is much more like the actress than we might have guessed.
Keaton's story is definitely interesting. The convention of her mother's life through her diaries could have been better utilized. Keaton allows us into her life with generosity. All in all, it is a worthy read about an interesting actress.
I don't have time for reading, but I think I may have enjoyed the print version more.
Dorothy Dean Keaton Hall because she was a truly exceptional person, just like my mom was.
Voice and emotion.
When Diane talked about how her mom was the most influential person in her life.
Not light reading. Sheds light on what it means to be human. Love. Family. Life. Loss.
The dialogue was hard to distinguish between characters. Moved from more likeable sections - reflections on her relationships and family to very boring excerpts from journals, again and again - they dominated. should have stayed as an unpublished personal journal of her journey with her mother.
boredom, just wanted to try and find an interesting part. then I got to the end - thank goodness
I love Diane Keaton's movie performances, always have. hate herv writing style if this is an example of it.
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