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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 h...more
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Published November 15th 2011 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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J.H.  Gordon
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
Roxanne
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,...more
Jennifer
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
Ray Campbell
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...more
Lindsay
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...more
Elizabeth
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
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
Sarah Fay
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
Jenny Brown
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...more
Mediaman
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...more
Kathleen
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
Jennie
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
Kristi
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...more
Ellyn Oaksmith
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
Pooch
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
Janice
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
Judy
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...more
Gail
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
Amy Bond
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
Kristen
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
Cheryl
THEN AGAIN, a dual memoir of Diane Keaton and her beloved mother, is insightful, profound and selfless. Diane's perspectives on the essential questions of life are courageously addressed and truthfully answered making this read a treasure.

Sharing pages with her mother, Diane shows a willingness to value others before herself. She generously praises Woody Allen for her role as Annie Hall, to Warren Beatty for confidence, and Al Pacino for love.

But none so passionately felt and forever realized a...more
Elizabeth
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
Emily Hochhalter
I once heard someone say, while talking about Nelson Mandela, I think it was, "Listen, don't get to know your heroes." Meaning, of course, that people, even extraordinary ones, are never what they seem. With those words in mind, it occurred to me that I might not be pleasantly surprised by what Diane Keaton shares in her memoir.

Before reading Then Again, Diane Keaton was, to me, an endearing actress with a distinct style who had made the maverick decision to never marry. I was endlessly inspire...more
Bev
This is not your usual Hollywood memoir. It is as much (if not more) a tribute to Diane's mother, Dorothy Hall, who loomed very large in her life, as it is the story about how shy, insecure Diane Hall became a celebrated movie star, lover to Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino, and triumphed over her persistent insecurities and went on to give us memorable performances in movies such as the Godfather series, Annie Hall (which Woody Allen based on Diane's own family), First Wives Club and ma...more
Colleen O'Neill Conlan
A sweet diversion, but not a lot of insight here, and not many of celebrity tidbits, either. It reads pretty much as Diane Keaton speaks: a little rambling, with tangents that go off here and there. A neat thing is that it's as much about her mother Dorothy Keaton Hall as it is about herself. There are letters, phone messages, and transcripts from Dorothy's journals. A really wonderful inclusion is mom's artistic journals, fabulous collages with magazine images, family photos, found texts, and p...more
Arti
It's interesting to read Diane Keaton's memoir after Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending. In contrast to Tony's hazy past in Barnes's novel, here we have memories strung together with clarity and adequate documentation. Take a look at these insert photos. I admit, they were the very reasons the second I opened the library copy that I decided I must get my own to keep.

These are journals belonging to Diane's mother Dorothy Keaton. She first started with a series of letters she wrote from her Cal...more
Jo
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
Rebecca
This was a sweet and soulful memoir from a movie star who actually has a life -- and an inner life -- worth reading about. Keaton's focus on her mother, Dorothy, and Dorothy's voluminous, richly imaged journals kept over decades introduces the theme of 'collage.' This allows Keaton to paste bits of her own life together and have them take on a deeper meaning and form a more coherent pattern. She doesn't indulge in gossip about her former lovers, but they are important influences, looming large i...more
Lucy
I actually got this book for my Mum for her birthday, but secretly hoped that once she had finish it she would pass it on to me.

Diane Keaton is one of those actresses that has featured in some of the best films of the last (I don't want to age her here :-) lets say 40 years...

I remember my brother and I watching 'Play it again Sam' with tears literally streaming down our cheeks, such a brilliant film! and of course 'The First Wives club' that I actually took my parents to see.... together!!! The...more
S'hi
With the careful clipping and placement that is collage underlying the presentation of life for Keaton through her mother, as well as the pastiche of life as an actress, Diane Keaton allows us some understanding of herself through this most poignant of relationships. Humour can be diversionary as well as incisive, and here we catch the glint of light off the edge of the scissors at every cut. It cannot have been an easy task writing such a memoir. It has certainly been a worthwhile one, for whic...more
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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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