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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: November 2011 ISBN: 9780307934024
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 1/15/2014

    " I loved everything about this book: the voice, the gossip, the advice. And she has this amazing way of making you as a reader feel like everything is going to be ok--even if the book is not about you at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 12/31/2013

    " This is a sweet and touching memoir about her and her relationship with her mother. I am a huge Diane Keaton fan so I just had to read it. If you are looking for a true autobiography of her life, this is not it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 12/31/2013

    " I was expecting more somehow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keds | 12/25/2013

    " Love Diane Keaton! This is a memoir of her and her mother. I loved her mother and felt a kindred connection to her! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Remy Kothe | 11/25/2013

    " I wanted to like this book but I just didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linden | 10/31/2013

    " She has compared the highlights of her life with those of her mother, who kept many journals. She talks about the influences and loves of her life. Sounds like a very down to earth person who values family highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Hg | 10/22/2013

    " Interesting read. Got a bit long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 10/19/2013

    " I'm a big fan of Diane Keaton but I didn't really love this book. Not sure why. Maybe it was because I wanted more details from the parts of her life that she didn't talk about... and the parts of her life that she DID talk about, I wasn't into. But I think it might just be me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 10/17/2013

    " My perseverance with books is truly suffering - again - I just couldn't get into this one. I had such high expectations but I gave up after the first few chapters. For those of you who have or will make it through this one - let me know if I should give it another try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 8/4/2013

    " Disjointed! I liked it, but found the writing really scattered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/29/2013

    " Not an easy read due to some tough life experiences, but a very well done memoir. Love the connection to her mother and her mom's journals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arica | 11/6/2012

    " I was lookin' for some Hollywood scoop and there isn't much in here. Instead, it's a pretty sad story as a whole. It's as much Diane's mother's memoir as it is her's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Rawls | 10/29/2012

    " I'm surprised at how much I enjoy this book. It feels like a taste of all humanity through one family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 9/20/2012

    " It was interesting. A memoir of her life as well as her mother's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 8/2/2012

    " It was an interesting read. I loved the flashbacks to her mother and the insights into her life, as well as Diane's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss | 4/26/2012

    " I loved it. Loved it loved it. She's fabulous and articulate and INTERESTING. If you've ever been a fan of her acting or just good storytelling, read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candy | 4/16/2012

    " I tried several times to get thru this book. Somehow, I just couldnt do it and didn't make it past part two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 3/14/2012

    " Interesting structure and insight into Diane's personality, but a but superficial for a memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn Ouchida | 10/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this boon as I really enjoy her! Interesting read about her life "

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About the Author
Author Diane KeatonDiane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.