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My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
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Jun 20, 2011

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Read in July, 2011

This is a conversational-styled autobiography one would expect from the octogenarian actor. The fun writing style sounds genuine. He hits all the highlights of his career, taking pains not to insult anyone else, to give credit to others for making him look good and not patting himself on the back for all his talent. Van Dyke addresses the pain in his life, his long-term alcoholism and his midlife adulterous affair. He says he quit attending church and teaching Sunday school after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It's odd that such a defender of family values spent 35 years living with a woman after his divorce. The book could have used more material on the 1960s TV show named after the comedian, which is what he will be remembered for the most.

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