The Garner Files by James Garner
A Memoir

83%

14 Critic Reviews

...it still resembles a conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful stories
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Told in the charming and self-deprecating style that has made him one of America’s most beloved celebrities—the real story behind Hollywood legend James Garner, from his Depression-era childhood to his colorful career.

His incredible story, in his own words.

One of Hollywood’s all-time great leading men, James Garner enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades, and whether you know him as Bret Maverick or Jim Rockford, his appeal bridges generations. Few know the real story, now told in this intimate memoir of growing up in Depression-era Oklahoma and triumphing in Hollywood.

After physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He was Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War, receiving two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Back in Los Angeles in need of a job, Garner reluctantly tried acting and was surprised to find his career taking off. Working with such luminaries as Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and Clint Eastwood, he became a star in his own right. He threw himself into his work, and despite stage fright and bouts of depression, constant physical pain and epic battles with the Hollywood establishment, he became the acting equivalent of a national monument.

Written with Jon Winokur, The Garner Files is a wry, engaging self-portrait chronicling the vagaries of a screen career along with the cast of personal and professional characters that helped shape a great American life.
 

About James Garner

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Jon Winokur is the author of various nonfiction books, including The Portable Curmudgeon, Zen to Go, and Advice to Writers. He lives in Los Angeles.James Garner has starred in numerous television shows and films, from Maverick and The Rockford Files to The Great Escape with Steve McQueen and Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Oct 15 2011

...Garner comes across as likable on the page as he does on screen.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 31 2011

...it still resembles a conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful stories

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Book Reporter

Good
on Nov 17 2011

He says who he is and proclaims that one value he holds for himself is that his word is his bond. This philosophy comes across throughout the book, creating a bond with the audience through his words.

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LA Times

Good
on Nov 01 2011

...Garner follows his own heroic dictum: Plenty of self-deprecating, humor, a general air of live-and-let-live, but when it comes down to it, no pulled punches.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Nov 01 2011

“The Garner Files” is a classic tale of making it in Hollywood fueled, write reviewers, with Garner’s good lucks, fortune, charm, and sense of humor.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on Oct 25 2011

James Garner's childhood, war stories, acting career, friendships, temper, and good humor are all laid out in this wonderful autobiography, and any fan of this superb actor will enjoy every chapter.

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USA Today

Above average
on Nov 02 2011

James Garner's memoir is as easygoing and plain-spoken as his acting persona.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
on Nov 19 2011

They don't make 'em like Jim anymore, that's for sure. And they don't write 'em like his new memoir much anymore, either.

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Look At OKC

Good
on Feb 22 2012

There's a red-dirt grittiness in the voice of James Garner that marks him an unmistakable son of Oklahoma, and it comes through with honest if at times pugnacious clarity in the actor's tell-all autobiography...

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Huntington News

Good
on Nov 05 2011

Winokur and Garner have managed to capture what most people would visualize as the real Jim Garner.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
on Jan 30 2012

Garner sets everyone straight on who he is, how he got there and the fact that he wants to be remembered "with a smile."

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The New Republic

Excellent
on Nov 01 2011

You can see almost any of Garner’s memorable characters tipping their hat to this mix of the roguish and the clever.

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Mass Live

Good
on Oct 31 2011

Full of funny stories and observations, "The Garner Files" offers the kind of clubhouse banter you might expect from a hardworking, successful guy who doesn't take himself too seriously — and doesn't want you to, either.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
on Oct 24 2011

If you are fan of James Garner, you'll enjoy getting to know him better through The Garner Files. Garner's memoir will also appeal to anyone interested in what it was like to grow up during the 1930s and 1940s and/or in Hollywood in the early days of television.

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