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A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father cast him in a United Way commercial. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny, until one day his father disappeared. Destiny suddenly took a backseat to survival.

Now, in his riveting memoir, Cranston maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life—paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap-opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, “a sadist with newer magazines,” and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities. He also gives an inspiring account of how he prepared, physically and mentally, for the challenging role of President Lyndon Johnson, a tour de force that won him a Tony to go along with his four Emmy Awards.

Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The narration is pitch-perfect, profound, and room-filling, thanks to Cranston’s sonorous timbre and expert inflections. Audio fidelity and production values are exceptionally strong, and Cranston’s performance is on par with any of his award-winning TV roles…This is a winner—a great listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A cinematic record of how an actor shapes a career and an identity and a legacy all at the same time.”

    Tom Hanks, Academy Award–winning actor

  • “An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche, as he opens up about his time as Walter White on the show and the fine line he walked playing that character—while looking into himself.”

    People

  • “By turns gritty, funny, and sad, this fiercely intelligent book from the Breaking Bad star defies celebrity memoir tropes.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Genial…funny…a book about ambition and persistence.”

    Washington Post

  • “Superb.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Cranston fuses his personal and professional life in a way that’s nothing short of riveting.”

    Huffington Post

  • "[Cranston] traces his on- and off-screen life with witty, absorbing candor.”

    Denver Post

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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