Never Have your Dog Stuffed

Never Have your Dog Stuffed

And Other Things I've Learned

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
5
Rate this:
Random House, Inc.
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.


Baker & Taylor
A memoir by the award-winning actor and director describes growing up with a schizophrenic mother and renowned actor father, looking at the various turning points in his life.

Baker
& Taylor

A dramatic and entertaining memoir by the award-winning actor and director describes growing up with a schizophrenic mother and renowned actor father, looking at the various turning points in his life and exploring the world around him with humor, adventure, love, and curiosity. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [2005]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781400064090
1400064090
Branch Call Number: 792.028 ALDA ALDA
Characteristics: viii, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

i
ilovewhippets
Oct 07, 2013

Worth-while, interesting book! I recommend it!

JCLHopeH Apr 24, 2013

I’ve enjoyed Alan Alda as an actor, and after reading this book, I appreciate him more as a person, too. He recounts various major events in his life, both trials and tribulations, all with a dose of honest humor. His down-to-earth story is a reminder that behind the camera, celebrities still face real life challenges like the rest of us, and there are always lessons we can learn from each other, including – you guessed it – you probably shouldn’t have your beloved childhood pet stuffed.

m
mhungerford
Aug 04, 2011

Very interesting. A little slow, and strange at the beginning, but very interesting.

Caminodepaz Jun 05, 2010

I’ve heard that many talented comedians have overcome personal tragedies to be the funny people they are. In Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I’ve Learned, Alan Alda reveals some of the difficulties he has faced. “My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six” is the opening line of this sincere record of his life. Alan speaks to you as a friend and he is a friend you’ll enjoy getting to know. Alda has just written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, a new memoir in which you get to know more about the inner workings of his mind.

a
AnamCara
Oct 27, 2007

Alan Alda has a real way with words. He decided to write a different kind of Hollywood autobiography and his stories and life lessons are all delivered with is great sense of humour and his own particular outlook on life.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at GL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top