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Then Again by Diane Keaton

Then Again

by Diane Keaton

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Actress Diane Keaton is much beloved for her quirky characters. She is also known for her ability to move into older roles both on and off screen as she ages. Her memoir, “Then Again”, is much in the same vein. It captures her youth, ambivalence over her looks, and her entry into acting with a few juicy personal details thrown in for good measure. Most importantly to Keaton is a running conversation with her Mother, particularly her mother found in the pages of old journals found after her death. While interaction with and understanding one’s parents is a universal endeavor, it takes on much more freight, pathos and empathy once one has died. For trying to meet her mother across that great divide, Keaton is to be commended. Mine was an audio version narrated by Ms. Keaton herself. Heard in that lilting familiar cadence, the book had particular resonance for me. ( )
  michigantrumpet | Jun 8, 2015 |
Only read to page 12. Maybe try again some day. ( )
  amywan71 | Nov 22, 2014 |
While Then Again includes autobiographical detail and, for the most part, follows a roughly chronological structure, Keaton does play a lot with the form. Pulling in excerpts from her mother’s volumes of personal journals and setting them alongside her own narrative, she looks for their similarities, notes their differences, and works through the ways in which her close, complicated family shaped the person she became. Letters, lists, and dramatic scenes are also part of Then Again, and the whole is a reflective, deeply personal, surprisingly engaging document.

MORE: http://www.3rsblog.com/2013/09/audiobook-talk-then-again-diane-keaton.html ( )
  Florinda | Sep 24, 2013 |
I don't think I know Keaton any better, but the book gave me a lot to think about concerning Mothers/Daughters/Aging Gracefully. ( )
  Elpaca | May 1, 2013 |
hard to say why she loved her mom so much. don't know why i couldn't give this more stars. ( )
  mahallett | Dec 9, 2012 |
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I always say my life is this familiy, and that's the truth. Dorothy Deanne Keaton Hall
To my City of Women: Stephanie Heaton, Sandra Shadic, Lindsay Dwelley. Plus two men: David Ebershoff and Bill Clegg. They know why.
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The award-winning actress documents her rise from an everyday girl to an acclaimed performer while exploring her defining relationship with her mother and how their shared and separate dreams influenced their experiences.

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