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
"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"