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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Alda Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six,” begins Alda’s irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession. 

Yet Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. 

It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is—if only he could survive them.

From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them.

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carole | 2/16/2014

    " Loved it! I purchased this on my Kindle for a fun vacation read. I'm glad I own this book because as soon as I finished it, I was ready to read it again! It had me from the first sentence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Travis | 2/16/2014

    " The first of two books by Alan Alda. Most people ask me, why I've read both autobiographies by Alda? Well, when I was just a boy my Dad watched what were the re-runs of the show MASH and I would sit and watch it with him. I was under the impression at the time the show was a serious medical drama but then I learned what sarcasm was. So, I read this book in a way to reconnect with my Dad; it turns out in the process Alda is a really interesting guy. The book is not only hilarious it also has the down to earth practical advice everyone is searching to give in a memoir like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/11/2014

    " Very disappointed in his book. Was not impressed. Guess I expected him to be as he was in Mash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Claire | 1/25/2014

    " I liked it. This book helped me correctly answer a question at trivia last night. "

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