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Now in her mid-sixties, Diane Keaton reflects on her life and her family, especially her mother Dorothy. This is no shallow movie star memoir. Beautifully written, Diane's joy and sorrow are apparent as she uncovers the essence of her mother, whom she adored and misses after her recent death from Alzheimer's disease. In the CD, Diane reads from her mother's journals and intersperses those pages with her own musings on her career and life, including her relationships with Woody Allen, Al Pacino and Warren Beatty. Her adopted children Dexter and Duke play a significant part in this book (her first child was adopted when Diane was 50). Who knew adorable Annie Hall could write such an articulate memoir? — Kim B., Ridgedale Library
Not what I expected. I liked her description of motherhood but at the same time going through her own parents deaths and especially heartbreaking was her mother slipping into dementia. That is not easy for anyone-famous or not.
Keaton writes with candor and humor about her celebrity and motherhood, while recognizing and paying tribute to the most influential person in her life - her Mom.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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!
It is a great mother and daughter read. It gave me insight on DK and her Mother's lives. Touching.
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.
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.
This book was surprisingly more substantial and nuanced than I expected. Keaton weaves her life with her mother's and as a result we learn so much more about her thought process, her experiences and who she is as person. Her writing style is fluid and sassy and the relentless optimism in the face of grief is inspiring.
I found this a little disappointing, even though I admire Keaton's acting abilities very much. I had read reviews which talked about her mother's early life and really looked forward to this memoir, which weaves together Keaton's own stories with those of her mother (taken from the journals and collages that Dorothy produced all her adult life). But there was something contrived about it. And, I sometimes couldn't figure out if I was reading Keaton's words, or excerpts from her mother's journals. Maybe it was just the wrong book at the wrong time for me?