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Despite those legendary auricles, when it came to being a father, Leonard Nimoy wasn’t all ears. In fact, he was seldom around. That’s the message in his son’s “anti-memoir.” In the years prior to Star Trek, the elder Nimoy, a tough kid born to Russian immigrant parents, was always hustling for work. His son relished the rare moments they spent together, though dad was often distant and drenched in booze. Nimoy’s tale recounts the dissolution of his own marriage, his marijuana and alcohol addictions, and his moderately successful career as a television director. He’s at his best describing efforts to stay connected with his two children (his discussions with teenage daughter Maddy are especially poignant). Less interesting are his trials and tribulations as a newly single dad in Los Angeles. In the end, the author’s reefer madness seems mild compared to the dysfunctional displays documented in more memorable memoirs like Burroughs’ Dry. This is tame stuff but sure to appeal to readers seeking a glimpse of life with a pop icon pop. --Allison Block

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"Mr. Spock's soul-searching son struggles with a classic midlife crisis and emerges from his iconic dad's shadow... a touching, humorous, and in the end wise account of how a Hollywood brat transcended lifelong resent of his father by learning to accept without blame."-- "Kirkus Review"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Printing edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416572570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416572572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His attitude seems to be more like, "Here's my story, the way I want to tell it. If you don't like it, tough."
H. F. Gibbard
The failure of his marriage, which he seems to blame for most of the relationship problems with his children, is not discussed in any detail at all.
nobodyleaves
Even the pictures that are inserted throughout this book don't match with the point in time that he's writing about.
Sheryl Spencer

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By D. Summerfield on September 21, 2008
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Adam Nimoy, son of legendary television star Leonard Nimoy, is one angry guy. His new book, labeled an "Anti-Memoir" is ostensibly about the recovery from a down-hill slide of a long-time drug and alcohol addict who just happens to be the son of the actor who played "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock. Unfortunately in his attempt to convey the stylish angst of Augusten Burroughs( Running with Scissors: A Memoir; Dry: A Memoir) or David Sedaris( Naked; Me Talk Pretty One Day), he falls far short of their twisted, jaundiced and always hilarious views of the surreal side of life.

As an author, Nimoy just doesn't have Burroughs' or Sedaris' sense of the ridiculous, nor their gift of wit. He takes himself so seriously that even when he seems to be poking fun at his own foibles, he comes across as whiny. The vibe that he gives off is one of a man who feels like life has handed him a rotten deal and that other people -- his father, his mother, his ex-wife, his children and even his friends and potential date-mates -- are really to blame.

In deciding to read a memoir by the child of a famous person, the reader wants to get some idea of what that celebrity is like. Who better to tell us than someone who lived intimately for many years with the celeb?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Spencer on November 2, 2008
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I use to love watching Star Trek and was a fan of Leonard Nimoy's, so I had high hopes to start reading this book by his son, Adam Nimoy.

The book sounded interesting enough, since Adam had recounted his troubled life with a humorous aspect and gave the reader a glimpse at what it was like to grow up in a famous household. But, my expectations were too high. I can't say that this book completely dashed my hopes of being interesting, but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting either.

When I'm reading a book about a persons life, I expect it to be written in somewhat of a chronological order, but this book is far from it. How it seems to me that Adam wrote this book, was that he sat down and simply wrote about whichever event came into his thoughts at the moment.

This book starts off with Adam humorously recounting what he went through to get this book published, but then the chapters that follow are just random excerpts of his life. He does talk about his growing up years, his special moments with his children, his marriage and divorce, his drug addiction and his trials and tribulations, but it's hard to follow since he goes back and forth between the years. Even the pictures that are inserted throughout this book don't match with the point in time that he's writing about.

I give Adam credit for wanting to write a book about his own life and not simply write about his "life with Leonard", but I think if he would have taken the time to arrange this book a little bit better, this book would be a lot better to read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nobodyleaves on September 13, 2009
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This book was therapy, plain and simple, for the author who is dealing with a lifelong substance abuse problem. It is not a biography or even a memoir and should not be read with that expectation in mind. As therapy, it's well written and I hope, and sense, that Mr. Nimoy got something out of it. However, as an earlier reviewer pointed out, Mr. Nimoy deftly avoids speaking about the things in his life that any subjective reader would be interested in learning more about. The directing career that he professes to love isn't discussed in any detail. The failure of his marriage, which he seems to blame for most of the relationship problems with his children, is not discussed in any detail at all. I have a problem with authors who publish personal memoirs and yet jealously guard the information they wish to share. Mr. Nimoy isn't the first and he certainly won't be the last, however I wish publishers would simply reject the life-edited material and ask the authors to simply talk to their friends or therapists instead of attempting a book. Both they and the reader would be better served.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morrigan Alexandros VINE VOICE on November 12, 2008
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This is a wonderfully honest and heartwarming book. Adam Nimoy is the son of Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Spock). But this book is not about growing up as his father son; rather, it is about being a father and maintaining a good relationship with his children while going through a divorce, battling a marijuana and alcohol addiction, his own relationship with his father (there are few and vague mentions of this) and finding a job.

The book is never dark or gritty or filled with lurid and scandalous details, it is simply the author learning to be honest with himself. The book is comprised a anecdotes (sort of chapters) lived by the writer whose main theme is that of accepting to move on with his life. The book is a bit self-absorbed but it is honest in its writing and feelings. It is obvious that the writer has not worked out through all of his "angst", even at the end, but it is something he is trying to do.

The style of writing does seem young (adorned with Nimoy seeming to have the mind of an adolescent in terms of women) and like that of a starting writer. It is disjointed and without any clear timeline, which I did not mind that much. The book reads like a journal and it may be just that: a series of anecdotes Adam Nimoy wrote for himself and decided to publish. I was not expecting much when I got this book. I chose it because of the title (it was a bit ingenious). Still, I enjoyed the book. It was easy and fast to read.
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