The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky

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From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.

The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book's beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen's unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms.

Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.
 

About Stephen Tobolowsky

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The quintessential character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows in his career (USA TODAY recently noted that he was the ninth most frequently seen actor in film today). Along the way his roles have spanned almost all aspects of being a working actor, from the big-budget and Oscar Award-worthy (as head of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi Burning), to the cult phenomenon (Groundhog Day), to the buzzworthy (Glee). But despite a lifetime devotion to the craft of acting that also includes a classical theater training and a Tony Award nomination, you probably wouldn't recognize him if you saw him on the street. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Tobolowsky contributes intriguing insights into the absurdities of TV and film production (his description of acting against a green screen is particularly amusing), the politics of graduate school life and the perils of pet ownership, endowing both the most mundane and rarified endeavors with eq...

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Whether he is remembering simple pleasures like the joys of chasing snakes as a kid or repeatedly getting kneed in “the nuts” by Bridget Fonda in the film Single White Female, Tobolowsky always ends on an educational or uplifting message—don’t lie on a first date, “one should never unde...

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So, I thought, why don’t I combine the fact that I can’t work with the fact that I am writing and start writing stories so that my sons will know who their father was?

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A local man, an extra in the movie, listens to Tobolowsky play then asks whether there is a recording of the song.

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