Then Again by Diane Keaton

85%

27 Critic Reviews

Entertaining and a must for fans.
-Publishers Weekly

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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Janet Maslin, The New York Times • People • Vogue
 
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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The Independent •
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Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.
 
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. In a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Over the course of her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals—literally thousands of pages—in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through 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 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.
 
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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.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Random House. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 17 2011

Instead it is a far-reaching, heartbreaking, absolutely lucid book about mothers, daughters, childhood, aging, mortality, joyfulness, love, work and the search for self-knowledge.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila Weller on Nov 02 2011

And so we have this book, rich and ruminative, provocatively honest, jumbled and jittery and textured.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Catherine Shoard on Dec 14 2011

Then Again is a charming book – a testimony to kindheartedness... But it's also at times a troublingly raw reaction to recent bereavement.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Entertaining and a must for fans.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on Dec 05 2011

Through these stories --- some poignant, some difficult --- Keaton shines a light on the humanity and humor in life’s follies...

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The Economist

Below average
Nov 24 2011

The present-day passages ring slightly hollow, padded out with mundane detail

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Dec 09 2011

A humble suggestion: skip ahead to Part Two in Diane Keaton’s beautiful ramble of a memoir, Then Again.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary McNamara on Nov 19 2011

...she has just enough chutzpah to believe that you might find it interesting enough to read.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Nov 07 2011

This book feels like Diane Keaton... Which means it's lovable.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Frances Wilson on Nov 02 2011

So how does a woman whose fame rests on being inarticulate write an interesting book?

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Marco della Cava on Nov 14 2011

Together, their joint reflections give the memoir a three-dimensional depth, a distinguishing advantage considering the reams of Baby Boomer tell-alls flooding the market.

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North Jersey

Excellent
Reviewed by Douglass Daniel on Nov 19 2011

"Then Again" is like one of her quirky, lovable, eye-catching outfits, put together with a little of this and a bit of that... In other words, it's unique — and just right for Diane Keaton.

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AARP

Excellent
Reviewed by Allan Fallow on Nov 14 2011

Loving and longing, sentimental but unsparing, it is Keaton’s unguarded effort to comprehend her own life by examining her mother’s... she has succeeded movingly.

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EDGE Boston

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Bliss on May 17 2012

"Then Again" is also a book that although best read cover to cover... there are moments that you have to stop and reflect on the universal emotions presented so real and vibrantly felt.

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Vogue

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan O'Grady on Oct 20 2011

The result—as warm, funny, and self-deprecating as Keaton’s onscreen persona—traces a profound dramatic arc

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Herald de Paris

Excellent
Reviewed by Hubert O'Hearn on Nov 17 2011

In reading Keaton and love in brilliant words, you’ll fall in love with her.

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The Women's Eye

Excellent
Reviewed by Sue Podbielski on Dec 03 2011

...her tribute to Dorothy in Then Again will make audiences love her even more.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Dec 09 2011

Funny/sad, incidentally, shrouds the tone of this memoir, as a recent review in The Economist picked up on, too. A prisoner of Annie Hall, forever “hindered by the young inventions that audiences prefer to remember her as,” Keaton — a true polymath, not just an actress — touches on the theme herself...

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Book Chatter

Good
Reviewed by Tina on Feb 21 2012

...anyone who enjoys her work, loves hearing about mother/daughter relationships or anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s, will enjoy and find comfort in this book.

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At Home With Books

Good
Reviewed by Alyce on May 22 2012

It really is an unusual and strangely different memoir, but if her own descriptions of her personality are true to life, then it is a good reflection of her quirkiness and originality.

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Ripple Effects

Good
Reviewed by Arti on Nov 30 2011

Diane has poignantly interwoven her own thoughts and memories with her mother Dorothy’s, a daughter’s attempt to capture life that was THEN in order to relive the moments AGAIN.

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A Crowded Bookshelf Blog

Below average
Nov 21 2011

And her willingness to be opaque about certain things is probably the most frustrating part of this book.

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Satia's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Satia on Aug 13 2012

Then Again by Diane Keaton is everything one would expect from a memoir by a woman who embraces her quirkiness.

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The Girl from the Ghetto

Below average
May 15 2012

Reading this book can only be described like listening to two ADHD adults free flow and rant on a variety of topics in an unsteady stream of verbal assault that leaves you light-headed and confused.

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Agnes Mack's Books

Good
Reviewed by Agnes Mack on Apr 09 2012

While I’m sure this book only covers 1% of who Diane Keaton really is as a person, I was struck with the intimacy in this book and felt when it was all over that I’d been invited to witness a truly tremendous journey.

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Women's Memoirs

Good
Reviewed by Matilda Butler on Mar 14 2012

In the self-effacing, breezy manner of Keaton’s most famous Academy-Award- winning character Annie Hall, Keaton explains the artistic and personal decisions by which she has drawn her life.

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The Culture Mom

Good
Dec 18 2011

I read her book laughing and nodding my head, just as I knew I would.

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