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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Keaton Narrator: Diane Keaton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.
 
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. 
 
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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For anyone looking to join one woman’s—albeit a famous woman’s—touching and funny journey into the vortex that is the parent-child relationship, Then Again features an especially honest tour guide. USA Today

  • [A] rich and ruminative autobiographical journey. The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
  • Although peek-behind-the-curtain moments are delicious—Woody Allen! Warren Beatty! Jack Nicholson! . . . this is a [memoir] about a mother and a daughter, with insights and confessions and lessons to which all readers can relate. The Wall Street Journal
  • Both heartbreaking and joyful, [Then Again] covers the gamut of life experiences facing all women. Chicago Sun-Times
  • A poem about women living in one another’s not uncomplicated memories. . . . Part of what makes Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, truly amazing is that she does away with the star’s ‘me’ and replaces it with a daughter’s ‘I.’ Hilton Als, The New Yorker
     
  • This book feels like Diane Keaton. Which means it’s lovable. Entertainment Weekly
  • As warm, funny, and self-deprecating as Keaton’s onscreen persona—[Then Again] traces a profound dramatic arc: that of a young woman coming into her own as an artist, and of a daughter becoming a mother. Vogue
  • Then Again reads like the diary of an ordinary woman who suddenly became a movie star, who doesn’t quite believe any of it happened, but it did. Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathie | 2/20/2014

    " I'm not a huge fan of Diane Keaton's although I've really enjoyed several of her later movies. Andthis autobiography didn't change my mind much. More autobiography and not as much about her relationship with her mother as I would have liked. Surprised to be reminded of her big role as Kay, Al Pacino's wife, in all the Godfather movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mindy | 1/31/2014

    " Easy to read, enjoyable, poignant at times - glad I read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christy | 1/29/2014

    " I thought it was an interesting take on a memoir to juxtapose her deceased mother's story with her own. I found her to be a bit high-strung and self-centered because the world of her mother's life revolved around how she felt about it. Some of her interpretations of her mother's writings did not seem plausible...so either she didn't put in enough context to understand from her perspective or she really didn't understand what her mother was saying. Sometimes the narrative was really stream-of-consciousness which can be a bit hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonni | 1/19/2014

    " I really should read the books I have actually been wanting to read instead of picking up what's available. It was OK, but probably a waste of my time. "

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