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How I Get Through Life: A Wise and Witty Guide Paperback – May, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Quill (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688125786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688125783
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Actor and sometime author Grodin, droll to the brink of dull, presents some afterthoughts to his previous outing (It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here, 1989). In miniature essays, evidently written in airports and hotel rooms, Grodin offers his Philosophy of Life, step by pedestrian step. Judging from his vagrant musings, he's a nice guy in a tough world. The inspirational little pieces tend to sound like a peculiar blend of ``Dale Carnegie Goes to Hollywood (After His Bar Mitzvah)'' and sound bites from Dame Edna Everage. With his classic straight-faced delivery, Grodin, on the topic of ``being friendly,'' wonders: ``What must your average man and woman, who weren't in the movies, [have felt] if I, who was playing leading roles in movies, felt less than well treated?'' His notions are not likely to start controversy. On etiquette: ``I'd rather people just be nice and let it go at that.'' On criticism: ``If we could change half the things wrong with us, the world would be a noticeably better place.'' There are, to be sure, certain revelations befitting a celebrity's work. For example, Grodin tried writing for Michael Dukakis. And he gets all his clothes from the wardrobe department, either free or at half price (``It depends on how they feel about me when the movie's over''). Braggarts, litigation, and ``classical Muzak'' drive the author ``nuts.'' On the other hand, he is forthrightly in favor of honesty, understanding, and, generally speaking (which is his way), goodness. It's all quite affable, and one must have a genial regard for a writer who ingenuously declares that ``Nobody's perfect, especially me and you, so let's not sweat the small stuff.'' Likely to be charmingly promoted on the talk-show circuit, this performance by a fair-to-middling raconteur is what, in the old days of the movies, would have been called a ``programmer'': pleasant enough, but no Academy Award nominee. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charles Grodin is a recipient of the William Kuntsler Award for Racial Justice and has been honored by Habitat for Humanity for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the homeless. He is best known for his starring roles in "The Heartbreak Kid," "Midnight Run" and the "Beethoven" movies, among dozens of others. He has written seven books including the bestseller "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here." Charles Grodin was a commentator for 60 Minutes II and is currently a commentator for CBS News. he also writes a weekly op-ed column for the New York Daily News.

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By Theo Chamberlin on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an extremely fun and interesting book! I could barely put it down it was so fun! I suppose while it helps to be a fan of Mr. Grodin, this is still a book I'd recommend to anyone. Not only does it contain some really funny parts, but he does have some good insights on life (hence the title).

If you want to have an enjoyable read, read this book!
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