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Then Again

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  8,404 Ratings  ·  1,181 Reviews
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 h
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published (first published November 15th 2011)
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Will Byrnes
Diane Keaton has had a career that was a mixed success. She has been a small player in some of the larger artistic events in the USA, appearing in the Broadway production of Hair, playing a mob wife in The Godfather series. She was a regular cast member in Woody Allen films such as Play it Again, Sam, Sleeper, and Love and Death. She had starring roles in Looking for Mister Goodbar a how-not-to-date guide, that paired her with Richard Gere, in Warren Beatty’s Reds and, of course, she starred in ...more
J.H.  Gordon
Dec 18, 2011 J.H. Gordon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Wow, I was surprised by the tone of this memoir. I have always admired Diane Keaton for her refusal to conform to the Hollywood ideal of female beauty, and I saw her single status as a symbol of her fierce independence. This memoir shattered this illusion: Keaton is insecure, needy, and self-critical. She comes off as a teenage girl, lamenting boyfriends who left her -- Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Warren Beaty. She continually doubts her acting ability, critizes her lack of "prettiness" and "beauty" ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, memoir
I'm a big fan of Ms. Keaton, so I was really excited to dive into this memoir. When it began, I thought to myself: "I think I'm really going to like this". Let me preface that I'm usually not a huge fan of memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, or anything that's like reading a timeline from a history textbook. However, when I started "Then Again", I got the impression that Diane was going to tell her life story through the perspective of her mother's life; a concept that I was interested to wat ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Roxanne rated it liked it
Then Again is a memoir by Diane Keaton. The book confirmed to me that even though she is extremely accomplished in so many ways, and 65 years old, she has little self-esteem and is very self-loathing. I guess my rating reflects a little of my disappointment in her.

I felt a tone of saddness throughout this book. Perhaps it is the process of losing both parents. I experienced something very similar.

Referencing a recent commercial of Keatons, she is portrayed in black and white, very chic clothing,
Ray Campbell
Feb 10, 2012 Ray Campbell rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Several years ago I read a memoir by Mia Farrow and for the next several years, felt guilty to be a Woody Allen fan. Eventually I decided it was OK to love the art and not let the artist's problems obscure my enjoyment. Eventually, after re-reading all of his prose, another biography and watching Wild Man Blue, I decided I didn’t care if he had a problem. I am a Woody Allen fan. It is refreshing to read Diane Keaton who also unabashedly loves him.

The book is a sentimental journey through the fam
Dec 24, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I identify with Diane and her mother, Dorothy. I'm one part Diane-or as many might think-Annie Hall-and one part Dorothy. I found Keaton's memoir to be a very interesting journey. I loved finding out how she became who she is, the films and relationships that were turning points and what makes her tick. She doesn't hold back with her own self criticisms, but they are delivered in manner that makes it endearing vs annoying.

I found myself understanding Diane even better-and falling deeper in love
Sarah Fay
Dec 26, 2011 Sarah Fay rated it it was ok
I read this book because I have always loved Diane Keaton in all her parts and have also admired the person she seems to be in real life. That all still holds true, but I was pretty disappointed with the book, which was amateurishly written at best; wandering and boring at worst. While it is full of deeply personal confessions - of for instance, her bulemia, her lack of self esteem, her family dynamics ...she completely skips over the good stuff and fails to fill in any details of her famed rela ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Mediaman rated it really liked it
This is a better book than reviewers state if you get rid of any high expectations of Keaton revealing bedroom secrets with her famous loves or behind-the-scenes insights into her films. I read the negative reviews and hesitated to pick this book up (and I'm not a huge Keaton fan, just someone who likes celebrity autobiographies)--but I am glad I did because she opens herself up to analyze herself and her family, particularly her mother's impact on her life.

Keaton does go through most of the imp
Susan Weidener
As an author of two memoirs, what I most appreciated about this book was Diane Keaton's honesty. From start to finish she pulls no punches about who she is, her strengths and weaknesses, her eccentricities and philosophy of life.

She fashions a love story to her mother, yet she is not so kind to herself. Perhaps, this is the fate of the memoirist that they tend to be harder on themselves than others. In any case, we like and appreciate Diane from start to finish. The three loves in her life - Woo
Jenny Brown
Apr 23, 2012 Jenny Brown rated it really liked it
I was very impressed with the high quality of this memoir and came away from it with a heightened respect for Keaton as a person.

I read it shortly after reading Judy Collins' memoir, and that reinforced my surprise at finding that Keaton is another luminously beautiful woman who went through much of her life oppressed by feelings of inadequacy, like Collins.

What a shame. I would have killed to look like Keaton when I was growing up, and the way she looks now, in her mid-60s is enough to make t
Ellyn Oaksmith
May 29, 2013 Ellyn Oaksmith rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The missing star is probably because it isn't a novel. Diane Keaton has written the most un movie-star autobiography with style and humility and inner reflection. It probably shares more than her mother and her exes would be happy with (does Al Pacino know that she writes down the 6 notes he sent her? They aren't too personal but still....) and sometimes I think she perhaps went a bit too far but the details do lend a reality and poignancy that is rare. This isn't really about ...more
A bit torn on how to review/rate this often frustrating, but sometimes elegantly beautiful "collage" of a memoir. It started well, and ended terrifically, but there was a large chunk in the middle that made me despair of finishing. I was frustrated by the superficial snippets offered regarding important events and phases of Keaton's life. No, I don't need details of her romances, but I wasn't getting much sense of self-awareness, of having learned from her life. And maybe that's because it reall ...more
Una Tiers
Mar 02, 2015 Una Tiers rated it liked it
Diane Keaton reads her own book, but doesn't speak or write in sentences. Much of the material is taken from her late mother's journals, but this gets mixed in with her thoughts and reflections. In a word the book is random.
Jan 05, 2012 Kathleen rated it liked it
This purchase was a guilty pleasure for me. For whatever reason --we're almost the same age? she was living in NYC circa my college years when my now-husband was a student there? she became that teacher ( my profession once) in that nightmarish Goodbar?, that woman in The Good Mother ( both books which I loved)? or simply because she was/is Annie Hall? or, even more timely, because she and Jack Nicholson loved each other in that spectacular setting out on the tip of Long Island which I love to v ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Then Again, by Diane Keaton found me at the library, where I tucked in for a minute between picking up sons from different activities. There it was sitting in the new arrivals section. I love Diane Keaton and her funny, quirky, womany ways. Her memoir was just as loveable.

Then Again, travels through Diane’s life and Dorothy’s (her Mom). The format is engaging; fun snippets, diary entries from Diane and Dorothy during the same time period, and photos. The format is similar to the collages she say
Jan 28, 2017 Sterlingcindysu rated it liked it
My last book read was Big Little Lies. I wanted to read it before HBO aired it. Looking through my stack, I saw this memoir of Keaton (and her mother), and she is also appearing in The Young Pope on HBO.

I really didn't know much about Diane Keaton and now I perhaps know too much. She needed to add much more background and details to her activities, such as being in Hair. I assumed she took off her clothes, but when I googgled her, it turns out that she was the only cast member that didn't, and
Nov 20, 2011 Pooch rated it it was amazing
This is a book of deeply felt emotion, of good-byes, of sadness at the passing of parents and the reality of one's own mortality. Some of us have been there. Some of us know this searing experience. For Diane Keaton, who adopted her first child at age 50, then another, there is the brightness of children to propel her into activity and light amidst her sorrow. Children provoke deep, almost painful emotions of deepest love that blends with the sadness of losing our own parents. It is a whirl pool ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Jennie rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read autobirgraphies or memoirs because I generally find that I have nothing in common with the authors and reading this genre seems voyueristic. Howver, reading Diane Keaton's memoir has touched me in a way that left me crying by the end of the book. I have long felt a sort of kindred spiritness with Ms. Keaton because I feel we share an eccentric nature; I didn't realize how allike we are until I read this book. I was originally attracted to this book because she wrote it afte ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I listened to the audio version of “Then Again”. It was read/performed by the author, Diane Keaton. While I don’t always like it when authors read their own work, in this case it added to the book in a raw and touching way. This is not your usual Hollywood memoir. It is not a tell-all Hollywood gossip tome about movies, stars, lovers, and enemies. If you’re looking for that, this isn’t the book for you. It is more a tribute to Ms. Keaton’s mother. She makes it clear right from the start, "I've w ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here I thought I was getting myself into a memoir that might read as funny as the Diane Keaton I love onscreen! Instead, "Then Again" is Keaton's mash-up of her life story (with entries as diverse as battling an eating disorder to dating Al Pacino) intermixed with chapters devoted to her mother, Dorothy Hall. I was conflicted while reading because Diane uses Dorothy's journals——unread by Diane until her death-—to share so much of her mother's stories. Some of the entries felt so private and raw ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
„Винаги казвам, че моят живот е семейството, и това е истината“ – така започва тази вълнуваща мемоарна творба, подписана от филмовата легенда Даян Кийтън. Книгата излиза на български език на 27 октомври. „Някога пак“ се чете като дневник на обикновена жена, която ненадейно е станала кинозвезда. Тя сякаш не вярва особено на това, което й се е случило, но то е факт“, отбелязва „Лос Анжелис Таймс“. Обявена за една от най-добрите книги на 2012 г., „Някога пак“ е нещо повече от автобиография на забел ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
In this memoir Diane Keaton talks about growing up in a large family in California, her career, her romances, her adopted children, and especially her mother. She calls this a story about her mother and herself.

Diane grew up in a loving home, with an especially warm and creative mother and a father who - though somewhat distant - tried to do right by his family. Diane's mother, Dorothy Hall, was addicted to documenting her life, and left behind a large number of journals that are excerpted in th
Jul 07, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
My preferred reading material is memoirs, which is why I picked up this book at the library. Plus, I like the Diane Keaton persona and a couple of her movies are on my top 10 favorites list, namely Manhattan Murder Mystery and Something's Gotta Give. Despite a fickle public, she's kept her movie career going for 40 years without descending into alcoholism, drugs, or slasher movies. This is a substantive accomplishment and makes me want to know more about her.

In this book Keaton doesn't give the
Sep 13, 2013 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: wonderful-book
Excellent memoir by Keaton. Much more than a celebrity biography. She found journals by her adored Mother, who lived the mirro life of Keaton. Her Mother was a frustrated Artist and writer, who made collages and yearned for fame, but instead had 4 children and tried to make heralded content as a 50's wife, Mother and housewife Diane, on the other hand, was a fulfilled artist, a celebrity, but never married, adopted 2 kids at age 50 and never fleshed out thr relationship part of her life. Mirror ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was ok
I went on Amazon to see the reviews on this and was astonished by the glowing reviews: one of the best books of the year by major newspapers, etc.. I listened to it and the charm of her reading it worked on me for a while. Keaton comes across as the sweet, warm person I've always thought her to be. And she loves her mother. A lot. I doubt she wanted us to take away the picture of her mother as a lost, dying Alzheimer patient, but that's what I got. I had a better sense of David Sedaris' mother f ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Carole rated it did not like it
Did the publisher who offered Diane Keaton a contract think that because she can act, therefore she can write? Well then, they should have offered her the services of a ghost writer, or at least an editor! This book was plodding, confusing, and filled with trivial, uninteresting information. The only chapter that had any redeeming quality was the one in which she described the now well-publicized secret of her bulimia. This is a woman who dated three of the most interesting men in Hollywood (Woo ...more
Amy Bond
Jun 09, 2012 Amy Bond rated it liked it
I always thought Diane Keaton must have an incredibly interesting life story...and she does...but the young starving actress in NYC (with an eating disorder) is relatively cliched. I found myself getting bored with her early years. The idea of interweaving her and her mother's life together and telling the stories side by side is also not well executed. It is not until the story of her later years, on the set of Something's Gotta Give, and when she adopts her children, that I began to get really ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
I was very touched by this book, but I think it was especially relevant for me because of the loss of her parents. With regard to whether I would recommend it to friends - I'm not sure if other readers who have not experienced that loss would enjoy it as much, unless they are avid Diane Keaton fans and have an interest in her life. It is an entertaining read though. I especially related to the search for who your parents really were as people, not just your parents, and what their hopes and drea ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
It's hard to pull off a memoir as honest and unflinching as Then Again but so lacking in detail and depth. I don't mind, as so many other reviewers seem to, Diane Keaton's lack of self-esteem and concerns that she's not pretty enough. It's that we only get wisps and bare outlines of her relationships (with Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino). Many events are conveyed in the form of letters or lists of objects. It's just not enough, and in a way it's dishonest, amid so much detail about her mo ...more
Kieran Scott
Feb 25, 2012 Kieran Scott rated it it was amazing
I wish that if I wrote a letter to Diane Keaton she would actually read it, because this book meant so much to me in the wake of my mother's death. So much about her experience at the end of her mother's life was like mine, it was unnerving, but also gratifying and self-affirming. I was crying at the end. I know I'm raw, but it's been a while since a book made me cry. Anyway, if you're reading this and you know Diane Keaton, tell her thanks from me. :)
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Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress. Her first major film role was Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather movies. She starred with director and co-star Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam," "Sleeper," "Love and Death," "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan." She has starred in many other films and worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter.

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