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Then Again by Diane Keaton
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Feb 15, 2012

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As usual, Diane Keaton has more to her than just being a movie star. Her memoir, "Then Again" isn't a Hollywood memoir about her life in the film business, though it touches on some of that. It's more a memoir about her mother, Dorothy Deanne Keaton Hall, who was a photographer, writer, collage artist, and tireless journal keeper. She uses her examination of her mother's life to examine her own. It's also an examination of her mother's life with her father, Jack N. Hall, and an account of their lives and deaths, a look at memory, and the loss of memory due to Alzheimer's disease. Anyone wanting a breezy Hollywood gossip will be disappointed but I enjoyed the book because it's a truer reflection of who Diane Keaton is and what interests her, rather like her photography book of hotel lobbies or her documentary film on heaven. She's not an easy person to define and the book isn't either but you feel like you know her a bit better after reading it, which, I suppose, is the purpose of a memoir afterall, rather than to just be entertaining. I rather liked it. - BH.

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message 1: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Hamilton I saw a photo of her personal library, and it's absolutely beautiful. Made me like her a lot more.

Barry Hammond Was that in those "personal library porn" photos? I looked at them and liked them a lot but missed any reference to Diane Keaton.

message 3: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Hamilton I think it was on the same site, but here are a couple photos:

Barry Hammond It's cool. The writing above the shelves reminds me of her mother's collages.

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