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by Kirstie Alley

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Title:The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente)
Authors:Kirstie Alley
Info:Atria Books (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:read in 2012, borrowed, memoir, Hollywood, love, mentors, acting, advice

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The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) by Kirstie Alley




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I've always thought Kirstie Alley was a good actress - I have enjoyed the films and tv shows she has done. It wasn't until I watched her shows Fat Actress and Kirsties Big Fat Life that I really understood how funny she is. Kind of crazy and spacey but, funny. I started following her on Twitter - she tweets a lot! I watched her on DWTS and just loved her and Maks and their relationship on that show - we all know it takes a special person to get along with Maks!

I enjoyed this book - I had heard reveiws that it was funny but, I did not find it all that funny although there are some funny moments in Kirstie's tales of her life. Mostly it is about Kirstie's life and the men that influenced her. It's not all pretty, not really glamorous and yes, she does skim over things a bit but, this is not a autobiography so much as it is just talking about the men that made differences in her life. She lays it all out there without being too graphic, she takes responsibility for her choices and she makes no excuses for her mistakes.

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  Daiseyb | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is not just a book about the guys that Kirstie Alley has slept with - in fact, she's probably slept with fewer than you might suspect. It is a book about the men in her life who have had some kind of influence on her life, so it includes her dad, son, directors and fellow actors who have helped her along her career, and, of course, the husbands and lovers (most by name, but some not). I found most of the stories to be amusing and heartfelt - she recounts lessons from both the good relationships and the bad. She talks about her drug use (although she doesn't really dwell on it), Scientology, dealing with a miscarriage - but she does it in relationship to whomever the focus of that chapter is. And, it's probably important to note that she isn't preachy about Scientology, but you'll learn a little about it...skip the chapter on L. Ron Hubbard if you want to avoid most of that, although I found it interesting.

If you've seen her on talk shows, you've probably heard some of these stories before, but I found it an easy read and quite enjoyable. Many of the chapters are only a few pages long. It did occasionally feel like she wrote the chapters separately and then an editor stuck them together (mostly in chronological order) as things would be repeated or stated in a way that didn't acknowledge that you'd just read about it in the previous chapter. It's not a deal breaker, though - the book is overall a fun read if you like Kirstie. She does use the f-word a good deal, even when not talking about sex, so if that kind of language bothers you, skip this book. Otherwise, if you're even a little bit of a fan, read it. ( )
  horomnizon | Dec 29, 2012 |
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Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley's candid and audacious memoir about her life and the men she has shared it with--for better and for worse.

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