Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 235 pages
He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six,” begins Alda’s irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession.

YetNever Have Your Dog Stuffedis not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow.

It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them.

From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them.

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.



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Unsurprising to find the writer version is different from any of the characters we’ve seen him play. The real Alda is an interesting character with a personal lifestory that includes an early life in ... Read full review

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A series of anecdotes about turning points in Alan Alda's life that made him who he is. Some are surprising (like wondering how he turned out so normal with the childhood he remembers) and others are witty. Read full review

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Contents

DonInoTIcFANYTHING
15
THROWING ROCKS
53
PARISISTHE CRUELEST MonTH
72
Fun AT THE RACES
96
conversations with The dead
109
YES To EveRYTHING
117
MYLIFEIn PRISON
136
MEANIDHECUBA
149
FAMOUSWOMENI HAVERISSED
166
chapter 16 The devil is in The Bedroom
173
Mirt Smith Goes on And on
175
dipping A to in nature 130
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chapter 20 down in chile
195
chapter 22 SIMPLE AFTER ALL
223
AFTERWoRD
225
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About the author (2006)

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 the children’s book author/photographer Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.


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