Then Again

Then Again

Book - 2011
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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Janet Maslin, The New York Times * People * Vogue
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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
-- Financial Times * Chicago Sun-Times
The Independent * Bookreporter
The Sunday Business Post

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.
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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. In a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Over the course of her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals--literally thousands of pages--in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane's grandparents. Diane has sorted through 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.
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More than 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.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400068784
Branch Call Number: 791. 43028 KEA K
Characteristics: xxvi, 265 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 22 cm.

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MplsTA
Jul 01, 2017

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.

ChristchurchLib Jan 15, 2013

"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

MariaWally Aug 18, 2012

She's an actress, clearly not a writer.

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cantilcm2008
Aug 15, 2012

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.

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ThelmaPickles
Aug 02, 2012

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.

JEN3641 Jul 03, 2012

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.

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FlagrantMary
Jun 08, 2012

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!

LittleLady2011 Apr 26, 2012

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

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Drayjayeff
Mar 30, 2012

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.

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