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Then Again

Keaton, Diane (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Then Again

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The award-winning actress documents her rise from an everyday girl to an acclaimed performer while exploring her defining relationship with her mother and how their shared and separate dreams influenced their experiences.
Authors: Keaton, Diane
Title: Then again
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxvi, 265 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.
Summary: The award-winning actress documents her rise from an everyday girl to an acclaimed performer while exploring her defining relationship with her mother and how their shared and separate dreams influenced their experiences.
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ISBN: 1588369420
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"Actress Diane Keaton, perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning role as Annie Hall in the Woody Allen movie by that name, thoughtfully explores memories of her own life and that of her mother. Keaton alternates passages that portray her early life, her acting experiences and love affairs, and her adopted children, with excerpts from her mother's journals and descriptions of her aging mother's increasing dementia. Then Again weaves an engaging and colourful tapestry depicting Diane's family." January 2013 Biography and Memoir Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=591080

Report This Aug 18, 2012
  • MariaWally rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

She's an actress, clearly not a writer.

Report This Aug 15, 2012
  • cantilcm2008 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is could be considered a great read for someone who has recently lost a parent. I like the parallel between Keaton's entries and her mother's entries. The photographs of Keaton's family are quite candid. There were times where I wish she wasn't so vague about things that happened in her life.

Report This Aug 02, 2012
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Memoirs are a secret guilty pleasure of mine and this one is above average. It really is quite literary.This is not a linear telling of Keaton's life highlighting her career and love affairs although she touches on those things. Rather, this book is deep and thoughtful focusing on her creative mother and their relationship. I found it extremely moving and heart-wrenching. I think Keaton is a one-of-a-kind, a real artist and this is a very brave book.

Report This Jul 03, 2012
  • JEN3641 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good memoir but sad- If you like mother-daughter relationships you will like this. Her mother wrote many personal journals about her daily life that were never published.

Report This Jun 08, 2012
  • FlagrantMary rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this light read but wished for a little more substance about her life and her loves. The mother/daughter relationship was insightful and made me miss my mother. I went and stayed overnight with my mom the day I finished this. Keaton is one quirky woman and money didn't seem to change that-bravo!

Report This Apr 26, 2012
  • LittleLady2011 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is a great mother and daughter read. It gave me insight on DK and her Mother's lives. Touching.

Report This Mar 30, 2012
  • Drayjayeff rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Keaton's account of her family, the trajectory of her career, her love life and her relationship with her mother make for interesting reading. And I did get a sense of Dorothy Keaton Hall (her mom) as an unusual, remarkable and, ultimately, sad figure. Perhaps I'm cynical, but I can't help wondering if this is an exercise in self-promotion. Keaton describes her motivation for creating the volume at the beginning and the vast quantities of material (writings, photos, collages) Dorothy left behind. Yet, we learn a lot more about the daughter than we do about the parent. While I admire Keaton for not succumbing to the Hollywood marriage-go-round and for finally taking some control (most things just seemed to happen to her) of her destiny, in the last analysis she comes across as an aging flake. A question from one of Dorothy's journals struck me as both simple and profound. "Would we hurt each other less if we touched each other more?" THAT I'll remember. So, although it's a very light read and not especially satisfying, one quote worth treasuring means my time wasn't completely wasted.

Report This Feb 17, 2012
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've always liked/loved Diane Keaton in her acting roles and this book gives us a real version of the person inside those roles she's played in movies in that she's funny, naive, intelligent and witty as well as very loving and genuine. In this book, she parallels her life with the life of her mother in an effort to understand her mother better as well as to understand herself better. It's a really nice book and I'm going to be sorry to turn the final page.

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