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So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall. To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. And so, in a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Throughout her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals - literally thousands of pages - in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, about herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through all these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother - a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy struggling to find an outlet for her talents - as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.
More than just the autobiography of a legendary actress, Then Again is a book about a very American family with very American dreams. Diane will remind you of yourself, and her bonds with her family will remind you of your own relationships with those you love the most.
From the Hardcover edition.
Diane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.
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By philippe on 11-18-11
Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful.
Such a heartfelt biography I have never previously had the pleasure to listen to. Diane Keaton comes across as a beautiful caring soul, as does her mother, who suffered from depression (as well as many of life's frustration as a woman of her era. ) Diane's story is interwoven with her mother's story from both of their many journals. This is not a name dropping type of book, but a book of much introspection, both on Diane's part, and her mother's own struggles to find her "voice" Diane Keaton doesn't hold herself back, and one realizes, that however famous one is, or not, life's struggles, heartaches, and passions remain the same for all.
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By Robert H on 06-11-12
I really looked forward to listening to Diane's book. She is a wonderful actress and I've really enjoyed watching her in films, but her writing and reading did not inspire me to stay with the audio book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By gro bennett on 08-11-16
Diane Keaton's mother's diary
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I was very disappointed as this book is about Diane Keaton's mothers slide into dementia. This is a sad event that many families suffer. However I bought the book wanting to read about Diane Keaton as she is an interesting personality and actress. She says very little about her own life and only a few lines about her relationships other than with her two children.
What could Diane Keaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Written a memoir with more about her acting life and her relationships.
Which character – as performed by Diane Keaton – was your favourite?
I didn't have one
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes some refreshing honesty but overall quite a gloomy story of her mothers depressive illness and dementia and death
Any additional comments?
Most people will have bought this book expecting to learn more about Diane Keaton. I know everything about her mother's life but nothing about her own life.
By Kindle Kid on 10-30-14
Annie Hall Reprised
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, I liked finding out about Diane's family especially her mother and her struggle with the forgetting disease.
Would you be willing to try another book from Diane Keaton? Why or why not?
Sure, big fan.
What aspect of Diane Keaton’s performance might you have changed?
Nothing really I don't think.
Did Then Again inspire you to do anything?
To keep joirnaling and maybe attempt colllaging