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How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs Hardcover – November 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076278055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762780556
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Pollak is one of those actors you instantly recognize, even if you don’t know his name. He’s been in A Few Good Men, Casino, Ricochet, The Usual Suspects, The Whole Nine Yards, and Grumpy Old Men (among many, many others). He got his start as a stand-up comedian, and his impressions—especially his Shatner—are legendary. Here he takes us back through his career: working with Robert DeNiro and Tom Cruise and Warren Beatty and Steve Martin and Rob Reiner and Martin Scorcese (not all at once); playing pranks on Paul Reiser and Alan Arkin; teaching Johnny Carson how to do a wicked Shatner impression; watching his mother hit on Jack Nicholson. The book is full of funny or surprising stories (sometimes they’re both) and plenty of self-deprecating humor. Pollak is a working actor, not a star, and his book is all the more likable for it. A genuinely entertaining movie memoir. --David Pitt

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"It’s great stuff. ... We love it. ... Pollak has packed his book with not only amazing stories from his life (and there are many) but with enough celebrity anecdotes that this could almost be shelved with the quotation books. This is a very funny, real insider look at the 'business.'"
—AmericasComedy.com

"The book is full of funny or surprising stories (sometimes they’re both) and plenty of self-deprecating humor. Pollak is a working actor, not a star, and his book is all the more likable for it. A genuinely entertaining movie memoir."
—Booklist

"Amusing ... Pollak is an engaging raconteur on the page. ... The most compelling passages concern the author's pre-fame days, including a legitimately riveting account of the teenage author, already in possession of a killer Peter Falk impersonation, hijacking a concert performance by Rich Little."
Kirkus Reviews

“If he writes as well as he imitates me, you’re in for a good time.”
—ALBERT BROOKS

“Kevin Pollak is a mastermind of smart and funny. He attacks my funny bone the way a pit bull attacks my anklebone.”
—STEVE MARTIN

“Kevin Pollak is one of those guys who shows up in every corner of the Business of Show—hit TV programs, award winning movies, radio shows of every kind, and benefit dinners for worthy charities. I once saw him in the parking lot at Cirque du Soleil and hollered, ‘Hey! Kevin!’ but he didn’t hear me. Like you, I wonder how he’s made it to the Big Time. This book brings that mystery to a close.”
—TOM HANKS

“Kevin Pollak does it all: He does impressions, he acts, he writes, he produces. He continues to impress with his unique and unabashed ability to use his friends’ names for his sole benefit. A true Renaissance man.”
—TOM CRUISE

“Unfortunately, as a personal favor, I allowed Leo Tolstoy a blurb calling War and Peace ‘my most fun read ever.’ That being the case, I am unable to say the same about How I Slept My Way to the Middle. Would that I had reserved that comment for Kevin Pollak, where the appraisal would be so much more deserved.”
—JAMES L. BROOKS

“Unfortunately, I did a little digging, and Kevin Pollak’s book was ghostwritten by a factory full of Chinese children hopped up on n-hexane. In spite of, or perhaps because of, that, I hear it’s a great read.”
—HARRY SHEARER

“Actor, writer, storyteller, stand up, chat-show host, man about town, the most wonderful company, and now memoirist. Is there no end to his deranged ambition? Clearly not. I did two pictures with him and count myself lucky I got off with just two. A book I just couldn’t wait to put down.”
—GABRIEL BYRNE

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob Mattheu on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Pollak's Kevin Pollak's Chat Show podcast is a treat as Kevin Pollak interviews celebrities in a freewheeling 2 or 3 hour chat about show business and their career. What makes Pollak's show so appealing is his enthusiasm for the business, his love of both the comedy and acting craft, and his seemingly endless enthusiasm to know more about others. What shines through behind Pollak's smart ass exterior is a genuinely nice guy who seems to be in awe of the fact that he gets to do something he loves among people more famous than he.

Kevin's goofiness and ease with a story transfers well to How I Slept My Way to the Middle, a mostly good natured celebrity tell-some about his Zelig-like (his comparison) journey through Hollywood. Pollak has worked with some of the best in the business and tells loving stories of working with the likes of Nicholson, DeNiro, Cruise, and Samm Levine. Like the best of these types of books, it's light, breezy, funny, and a little bitchy at times. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snarkstress on March 5, 2013
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I picked this up after seeing Mr. Pollak on G4 promoting his book. I enjoy Kevin's comedy, so I figured I'd enjoy his foray into writing. And all I can say is... meh. I mean, there are some funny parts to it, and it is definitely chock full of anecdotes about how he made it into the Hollywood lens.

But I walked away with the feeling that this was less about him and more about who he's rubbed elbows with. Which, don't get me wrong, isn't necessarily bad, but I was really hoping for more of Mr. Pollak's own humor to shine through. He clearly has quite an affection for Tom Cruise, and I have to admit, it was hilarious reading about his interactions with Jack Nicholson, but overall, I felt like I wanted more. It was just okay.
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By Kathee on June 17, 2014
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Really enjoyable book. Funny, inspiring & dare I say riveting? Yes. Riveting! Started it yesterday, finished today & truly enjoyed it.
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I found this book to be very funny and insightful. Kevin has always been a favorite comedian of mine and I look forward to his next book!
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By tparker24 on March 9, 2014
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Kevin Pollak is a delight. He's very funny and does great impressions. His reading of the book aloud is really nice because he really accentuates when needed, and of course, does his many voices. I'm not sure I'd listen to it over and over, but the first time was very entertaining.
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By J. Brown on March 4, 2014
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This book won't change your life, but it is a fun read. If you are even a casual Pollak fan, give this a try.
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By Egggman on February 3, 2014
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Loved the stories in this book, especially the ones I've sort of heard before but now enjoyed even more and in greater detail.
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Didn't realize this guy has been around so much. Great stories and fun to listen to while driving our Xmas holiday
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