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Publisher's Summary

“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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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

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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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.

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She Should Have Had A Scriptwriter

Would you try another book from Diane Keaton and/or Diane Keaton?

no

Has Then Again turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I love her in the movies and thought she might have had an interesting life. I was wrong.
I think actresses should leave their stories for biographers to write.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful