'Honest, touching and very funny - like Mr Alda himself' - David Mamet, author of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Alan Alda played 'Hawkeye' Pierce for eleven years in the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He has starred often on Broadway and his avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS's Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 and has been nominated for thirty EMMY awards. He is married to children's book author/photographer, Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
While listening to Alda's colorful and often poignant recollections, it becomes clear that, in addition to being a consummate actor, he is an introspective storyteller who isn't constrained by memory. Indeed, Alda's tales are sometimes surreally vivid, particularly those from when he was a toddler. "From my earliest days, I was standing off to the side watching, trying to understand a world that fascinated me," he recalls. Alda's autobiography is equally fascinating. With a touch of wonderment in his voice, he tells of weeks spent traveling with his father's burlesque company, of time spent with his dog Rhapsody (before he was stuffed), of a lifetime spent coping with his mother's mental illness and of the highs and lows of his acting career. Though the organization of these musings can feel disjointed, Alda's intimate, dynamic narration makes one feel as if you're sitting across from a wise and entertaining friend, the kind you could listen to for hours. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 5). (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Life's little lessons, from an Emmy Award-winning actor/director who grew up with a schizophrenic mother and famed actor father. With a six-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"'I couldn't put it down and I couldn't stop laughing'" -- Brian
Greene, author of The Elegant Universe
"'Alda dips and weaves through his life story with bracing unpredictability, dwelling with wry humour on the ups and downs.'" * Mail on Sunday *
"Alda's account is affecting and amusing ... An infinitely more profound and stimulating study than the standard luvvie's autobiography" * Spectator *
"'[An] entertaining autobiography tempered with humility and a depth rarely found in celebrity memoirs'" * Publishers Weekly *
"'An entertaining and profound read with a strong sense of the ridiculous'" * Ireland on Sunday *