Review: Then Again by Diane Keaton





My sister mailed this book to me and it arrived on Wednesday, I began reading it that afternoon, and finished reading the book Thursday evening. It's a quick read. Interesting. A peek into the world of Diane Keaton both her life before acting, acting career, her mother's Alzheimer's, and current life raising children. It is not a gossip expose on any particular person that has been in Diane's life, I was grateful for that. She does mention those few men she'd had relationships with, but no horror stories, no tid-bits of inappropriate bashing. It is apparent from the book Diane is a up-beat, positive, hard-working, doesn't take her celebrity life seriously, manages her wealth maturely, is independent, and appreciative. I like her. Of course she placed in the book what she wanted the public to "know". I accept that. I don't need to "know" everything.

Diane was the eldest child born to Jack and Dorothy Hall. She and her younger siblings were raised in sunny southern California. Their home life was healthy. Diane to this day, values and appreciates her parents love and commitment for each other. Their marriage was a strong balance and foundation for her. After high school Diane moved to New York City to study acting. Her big break was in a Woody Allen movie.
The book covers Diane's various thoughts on memories: of childhood, religion, boyfriends, self-image, clothing, family, understanding her parents lives, mother's Alzheimer's, relationships, her choice to never marry, and children.
Diane wrote in the beginning of book her reason for writing this memoir was a way to try and understand her mother better, as well as her own life.
This book was also a way to create a lasting memory of her mother.

Positive Points:
  •  Fulfilled a curiosity in me about Diane Keaton. 
  •  I believe Diane was successful in achieving her goal of creating a lasting memory of her mother, as well as in understanding her life and her parents lives better. This book was a way to think aloud and to assimilate her life and their lives.
  •  Fulfilled a curiosity in me about Woody Allen.
  • Written candidly, but not uncomfortably intimate. 
  •  I can relate to having a mother with Alzheimer's, as well as the lengthy journey of the disease. Both our mother's were diagnosed about the same time, and died the same year.
  • Letters are included in the book which gives the memoir a feeling of tangibleness and believability. The book is not just the author speaking, but those others who are included in her memoir.
  • Life in New York City as an aspiring actor. The perseverance needed in the craft, and in being successful. 
Negative Points:
I loathe giving negative points in a memoir. After all it is "their" story. I felt the book is well-written, interesting. Though, not a profound read. I'm glad Diane included the story of her mother's Alzheimer's. Even if a reader cannot relate in any other way, the relating to a parent who is ill affects most of us.

Published by Random House May 2012
336 pages
Memoir/Biography/Mother Daughter Relationship/Alzheimer's/Actor

Link @ Publisher:
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/196460/then-again-by-diane-keaton

Link @ Barnes and Nobles:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/then-again-diane-keaton/1102169821?ean=9780812980950&isbsrc=Y&cm_mmc=Random+House-_-RandomHouse.com+Outbound+Link-_-RandomHouse.com+Outbound+Link-_-RandomHouse.com+Outbound+Link%2c+AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-VD9*lkiWNd8-_-10%3a1&
Paperback $12.98
Nook $11.99

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