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The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes

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Former Eagle Scout and lifetime audio freak Dale Cooper brings us his autobiography, culled from his private collection of personal tape recordings beginning with his thirteenth birthday. Discover the secrets, never before seen on television, of Twin Peaks' most-wanted man, who scored a perfect 100 on his marksmanship test and once let a gentle, beautiful woman lead him as ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published 1991 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reading an interview with Kyle MacLachlan recently, I remembered about this book and the Twin Peaks series I used to watch with my whole family on Saturday nights, eating home-made pizza. And I didn't mind cleaning the table because I imagined I was Shelly, the cute waitress. :)

As for the book, as far as I remember, focuses on Dale Cooper's life before he arrives in Twin Peaks, where the TV series begins. I guess the 90's weren't so bad after all! :))
Jordan West
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2013
Surprisingly entertaining and well-written, although will probably only be of interest to Twin Peaks nerds like myself. Written by the brother of show co-creator Mark Frost, this prequel is rich in detail, and provides a backstory that ties in superbly with the overarching TP mythos, and suggests that the occupants of the Black Lodge have been interested in and influencing Cooper's life long before he ever came to that little town in Washington.
Bryce Wilson
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Peaks Freaks none other need apply
Shelves: misc
Diane I have just finished reading My Life My Tapes The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

As a rule I don't read EU fiction as I see it as a silly waste of time at best, and corpse raping at the worst (I'm looking at you spawn of Herbert). However, as I am a Twin Peaks superfan, the book was only 200 pages long, and it cost me a grand total of 25 cents at the garage sale I bought it at, I figured there wasn't a whole lot to lose.

Over all it was a pleasant experience and went well
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
My birthday is in NOVEMBER! That's only a little over 2 months away!! Who LOVES ME?

Христо Блажев
Лора Палмър и Дейл Купър – двамата, които никога не се срещнаха:

Корицата на старото издание на “Тайният дневник на Лора Палмър” е една от мистериите на моето детство – стоеше си на библиотеката редом с останалите книги, но ме ужасяваше толкова, че така и не посегнах към нея. Преди да изгледам сериала наново, нямах спомени вън от спускащи се червени завеси и изстрела в края на първи сезон – но пък угнетяващото усещане за тъмни гори и някакви ужаси в тях п
Richard Gray
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Diane, I've just completed a book that has the complete title of The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes. The title page attributes authorship to one Scott Frost, brother of the Hollywood writer Mark Frost. Please make a note of the name and see what you can find about him. He appears to be well informed.

What we have here is a story in three parts, Diane. My early life, including the profound impact of several deaths, and my sexual misadventures laid bare. But as
Sean Kennedy
The last addition to the Twin Peaks book universe is more successful at capturing the voice of the series than The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, although it also takes a lot of liberties with the condensing of time like the former (instead of pages being ripped out, certain tapes have gone 'missing').

It will still hold interest for Twin Peaks fans, eager to have anything to do with the small town, and there are times when Frost pretty much nails the voice of Agent Cooper. There are also a few sc
Adriana Scarpin
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: americana, tv
Ah, o Coop! Desde a adolescência ele é muito fofo e inteligente, aliás, ao ler este livro dá até um aperto no coração de tudo que o que aconteceu depois que ele entrou no lodge. Enfim, eu não diria que este seja especialmente um bom livro, mas é o Coop e o Coop sempre vale a pena.
Димитър Цолов
Лековато четиво, запознаващо ни с детството на чешита от добилия култов статут сериал. Харесах, особено на фона на куцата Кунцова Фалшива памет ;)
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny, moving, disturbing - this book was even better than I expected. If you're a fan of Dale Cooper, you'll probably love him even more after this.
Sezín Koehler
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twin-peaks
What a fascinating look under the hood of Dale Cooper. It was surprising, creepy, and revealed many things that turn out to be relevant for the new hours of the show airing now. A must-read for any serious Peakie.
Петър Панчев
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Бард
Мистериозните герои агент Купър и Лора Палмър
(Цялото ревю е тук:

Колкото и време да минава, емблематичните герои на сериала „Туин Пийкс“ все още са ярки и напомнят за щурите години, когато на хората им се виеше свят от неразгадаемите картини на Дейвид Линч. Всички сядахме пред телевизора и доброволно се подлагахме на хипноза, защото онова, които виждахме на екрана, не подлежеше на обяснение. Тогава бях хлапе, но никой не се и опита да ми забрани да гледам
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Neither amazing or awful. After reading The Secret History and The Final Dossier, this was more or less another chapter rather than a well-rounded piece of work. While I enjoyed the perspective of a young Dale Cooper, the latter portion of the book that covered his time with the FBI was lackluster. Of course, if I had been able to read this in 1991, I would have much better feelings about it all.
The Library Ladies
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This “Twin Peaks” train keeps on chugging along!!! And while the revival of the show has been both wonderful and absolutely confounding, I have also been turning to the books that came before it. This time instead of focusing on poor dead Laura Palmer, we are getting to know a little bit more about the always optimistic, super enthusiastic, but also ultimately a bit tragic, Dale Cooper, the main protagonist of the show. Dale Cooper is one of my favorite characters of all time, his bubbly earnest ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am now prepared to watch the return, having read as many of the tie-in books as I could find on the internet, and ordering the secret history which now is proudly displayed on the top of my bookshelf. did I have to read any of them? absolutely not, but I'm on a gap year so I have the time, and I have invested myself so completely in the world of twin peaks that I feel more comfortable being in on everything.

this in particular was fantastic. though I question how much of this can be considered
Nick Traynor
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable walk down memory lane after having read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer prior to this. I read this in about 1992 and loved it. It was less mysterious than The Secret Diary, but I thought Scott Frost captured the character of Dale Cooper even better than Jennifer Lynch did with Laura Palmer.

One problem was Cooper's investigation of Teresa Banks's murder in Deer Meadows, which we know didn't happen in Fire Walk With Me, where he was replaced by Chester Desmond because Kyle MacLa
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auth-m, y-2017, haiku
Zen and cassette tapes
a small slice of Cooper pie
soon, all hell breaks loose.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twin-peaks
Never review yourself. That's one of the basic rules of semi-professional criticism. But a wise man once said to us, approximately 27 years ago,
Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.

The Autobiography of Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, seemed to have only one printing, in
Barry Crone
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
If you like Twin Peaks and David Lynch, you will enjoy this book, which gives more insight into the character of Dale Cooper. Not as 'important' canonically as "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" but important nonetheless, to get a better picture of Dale's personality and his past adventures, which he alludes to in Seasons 1&2. Important to note: There are a few small continuity errors (plus one BIG one with Fire Walk With Me.)

If you are going to watch the series and read the books, it would
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lot of movie/t.v. tie-in novels are quick bids to cash in on a trend. This book doesn't feel like one of them. That's probably because it was written by Scott Frost, an actual writer for the "Twin Peaks" series.
The Autobiography follows Dale Cooper from the age of 13, when he gets his first reel-to-reel tape recorder through the time he gets called to Twin Peaks. We see the cultural events of the sixties and seventies and how they effect Dale's life. Plus, we gain insight into how he was raise
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a far better Twin Peaks tie in than the patchy Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. While the latter never really convinced the reader of its association with its in-show character, The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper cannot be read without hearing Dale's dictaphone voice.

There's really not much interest here for anyone who's not a fan of the Twin Peaks show. It probably doesn't stand on its own very well for the uninitiated - but for fans it provides a charming amount of depth
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
With the return of Twin Peaks to the screen I could help picking this one off the shelf. Ranging from the weird to the hilarious. How can we not be interested in how Dale Cooper came to find his strong mental powers, when he first discovered coffee and pie, the letter he received from J. Edgar Hoover, how he lost his cherry or how he met Windom Earle?

Some of the stuff on the Teresa Banks murder conflicts with what happens in Fire Walk With Me, but small beef.

Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pri príležitosti Twin Peaksu som si spomenula, že to bolo kedysi must-read a zistila, že som na ňu medzi prečítanými zabudla. Nepamätám si ale myslím že to bolo dokonca pred filmom a na slovenskú obálku Tatranu z r. 1993 v pamätnom socialistickom vizuáli si dodnes spomínam. Nakoľko film dodnes môžem, dávam 4*, možno dám re-reading a uvidím, ale toto ma bavilo.
Jeffrey Bumiller
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Obviously, this is required reading for any Twin Peaks fan! You gain all kinds of insight into Coop's life prior to his arrival in Twin Peaks. Find out all about his early encounters with Windham Earl, Diane, Gordon Cole, etc. Also, you get to witness that first sip of damn good coffee! This book is so cool!
Jemiah Jefferson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Not as good as I had hoped it would be - nor as weird. I have hopes for a potential sequel. A gal can dream!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a list of favorite TV characters of all time. You got Jackie Burkhart from THAT 70s SHOW, Spike from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, the entire cast of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, and both Mulder and Scully from THE X-FILES. And from my favorite show, TWIN PEAKS, you have Audrey Horne and Special Agent Dale Cooper. Though Audrey doesn't have her own TWIN PEAKS book (it's a crime, I tell ya!), when I found out that, much like THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER, Dale Cooper had his own epistolary ta ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv-tie-ins
Frost has written a pretty decent 'autobiography' of Dale Cooper, a central character from the cult TV series 'Twin Peaks'. Extrapolated from how Cooper was depicted in the television show (prior to the recent third series), the book follows the FBI agent through his life and I would argue the narrative is mostly in harmony with what is shown on TV. The best aspects of the book are those where Cooper's personality if established through his childhood and young adult years. This is due to the man ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a few months searching for a copy in every used book store I could find. Eventually it dawned on me that since it was out of print, and very expensive, someone had probably uploaded it online. I was right. I've got to extend a major thanks to for sharing this delightfully fulfilling book for those not willing to shell out $150 per copy.

Having read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (as teenager), The Secret History of Twin Peaks (last year) and listening to The Twin
Ava Witonsky
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
in the cold gray slog of academia sometimes i allow myself to engage with trashy books/films because they are fun & straightforward & not noam chomsky or jodorowsky. flash forward to my friend sending me a Mysterious 200 page pdf over text with nary but the inscription of 'Read This Lol'

.....That Being Said i did not hate my life my tapes!!! i am nothing if not a Dale Cooper stan & i thought that frost captured his voice with almost all of its curiosity, intelligence, and warmth. i p
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
As a tie-in with the superbly weird TV show Twin Peaks, this book goes over the life of Agent Cooper from his youth when he receives his first tape recorder for Christmas until he is called to Twin Peaks to investigate a murder. I love this character and feel like he was criminally underused in the prequel film Fire Walk With Me, so I fully enjoyed this. It’s so easy to hear the whole thing in Kyle MacLachlan’s voice (even the parts featuring young Dale). Like other Twin Peaks tie-in books, you ...more
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Scott Frost is an American screen writer and novelist. He is the son of actor Warren Frost and the brother of Mark Frost and actress Lindsay Frost. He worked with his brother and David Lynch on the Twin Peaks television series, writing two episodes. Among others, he has also written episodes of Babylon 5 and Andromeda. In the early 1990s, he wrote the script for the mystery/thriller TV movie Past ...more
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