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Drama by John Lithgow
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Oct 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, giveaways
Read from October 12 to November 06, 2011

If I were rating this based solely on how well this book reflects its title, it would be a 5. In each chapter, which ranges from a few pages to sprawling anecdotes, Lithgow usually succinctly ends by describing how the experience relates to his development as an actor. If you recognize Lithgow as an extraordinary actor, then you're sure to love these glimpses into his pseudo-bohemian childhood, his early strides in both directing and acting, and his eventual race to stardom.

Although I was a fan of Lithgow's acting, I wasn't sure I would take to his writing. However, he proves himself a gifted storyteller (which I think probably has something to do with his time spent with children, which he alludes to in the book). Even if his memories of childhood do start to run together, the book takes off around college. I don't read many memoirs, but this one can be counted among the most entertaining.

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