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Then Again | [Diane Keaton]

Then Again

“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.
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“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

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    Pat 01-16-12
    Pat 01-16-12 Member Since 2014

    A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.

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    "Not your typical celeb bio"
    What did you love best about Then Again?

    Fine writing; lovely performance. Surprisingly wise, reflective and poignant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little of both.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect a gossipy reliving of her

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie NOVATO, CA, United States 01-11-12
    Julie NOVATO, CA, United States 01-11-12

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    "This book is torture!"
    What would have made Then Again better?

    The book is scattered, moving from person to person, period to period...full of details that are uninteresting to anyone but the writer herself.


    What was most disappointing about Diane Keaton’s story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The entire book- with a ghost writer more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Choose another bio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Animal friendly 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "couldn't get past her strange delivery"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. A. Gove København Ø Denmark 12-11-11
    K. A. Gove København Ø Denmark 12-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected reflection on the frailty of human life"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L'Ara 11-26-11
    L'Ara 11-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Laurie S. Sherman

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    "Great Actress, Interesting Person, OK Book"
    What did you like best about Then Again? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Spradlin San Luis Obispo, CA 12-09-11
    W. Spradlin San Luis Obispo, CA 12-09-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Adult reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Then Again to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time for reading, but I think I may have enjoyed the print version more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorothy Dean Keaton Hall because she was a truly exceptional person, just like my mom was.


    What does Diane Keaton bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice and emotion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Diane talked about how her mom was the most influential person in her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Not light reading. Sheds light on what it means to be human. Love. Family. Life. Loss.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Waterville, WA, United States 12-30-11
    Sandy Waterville, WA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Thank goodness I reached the end"
    What could Diane Keaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom, just wanted to try and find an interesting part. then I got to the end - thank goodness


    Any additional comments?

    I love Diane Keaton's movie performances, always have. hate herv writing style if this is an example of it.

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    Brycia 12-19-11
    Brycia 12-19-11
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    "Scattered But Interesting"

    The story seemed a bit scattered to me, as Diane jumped back and forth between narrative from herself and her mother's journals. It was a very personal and emotional story. Although it was interesting and gave much insight to Diane's psyche it was not nearly as upbeat or funny as I expected. If you are a Diane Keaton fan, I'd say it's surely worth the time, but it was not my favorite listen.

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    Linda San Francisco, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Linda San Francisco, CA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Coulda been better"
    Would you try another book from Diane Keaton and/or Diane Keaton?

    I liked some of the book, but found Diane Keaton's voice/narration distracting. I felt like she was doing too much performing and laughing at her own jokes. If she weren't a famous actress, I doubt the writing alone would have gotten the book published.


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    Douglas United States 11-29-11
    Douglas United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Boring"

    I appreciate the author's attempts at writing an artistic, non conformist autobiography. However, her story is still flat and boring. I learned nothing about what I thought would be an interesting life. Oh, she's bulimic. Woody Allen's funny. Zzzzz.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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