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Then Again by Diane Keaton
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Dec 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, memoir

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 watch unfold. The forward and the first few chapters followed suit. I liked how she tied entries from her mother's journal into her own life events so as to understand, explain, or give meaning to fragments of her life journey. Beyond the very beginning and very end, though, the memoir seemed scattered and without structure. She would toss in a line, here and there, about mom, but it seemed a little forced, or without the purpose that she told the reader it would have at the start. I enjoyed finding out more about the eclectic Diane Keaton, but unfortunately I felt like she fell short of following through with what she set out to accomplish - intertwining her story with her mom's.
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December 26, 2011 – Started Reading
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December 26, 2011 – Shelved
December 28, 2011 –
December 29, 2011 –
December 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
June 11, 2012 – Shelved as: memoir

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message 1: by Anne (new) - rated it 1 star

Anne Slater An avid reader of memoirs and autobiographies, I found your criticisms accurate. Keaton should have given her manuscript to an editor. It reads like a bunch of memories thrown into a bag and pulled out and set down. Only chronology holds them together and that's not enough.

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