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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - And Other Things I've Learned

Alan Alda

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:43