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Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty [Kindle Edition]

Diane Keaton
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Book Description


From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.
In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who’s ever dreamed of kicking back against the “should”s and “supposed to”s that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye.
For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style—and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life—including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard—shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all.
Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions—and encourages us to like what we see.

Praise for Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

“Relaxing and charming . . . like a dishy lunch with the movie star you thought you’d never be lucky enough to meet. . . . This is delicious writing and is full of a positive point of view, exclamations of the beauty of ordinary things and helped turn me from sour to sweet in the few hours that I was reading her book. . . . Diane Keaton is in a class by herself and this book is good for the soul.”—Chicago Tribune
“Wise, witty, thoughtful, uplifting, the truth, unvarnished—and very funny.”—Toronto Star

“She’s talented, iconic, quirky . . . and wonderfully blunt. This is just a small sampling of the reasons we love Diane Keaton, and they all permeate the pages of her new memoir. . . . Keaton sticks to her guns and keeps it totally honest. And it is beyond refreshing.”—Elle
“A breezy little volume by an actress facing old age with aplomb. . . . [Keaton] sprinkles memories of her long career, including her friendships and more with certain leading men . . . [and] drops plenty of names.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Praise for Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

“Relaxing and charming . . . like a dishy lunch with the movie star you thought you’d never be lucky enough to meet. . . . This is delicious writing and is full of a positive point of view, exclamations of the beauty of ordinary things and helped turn me from sour to sweet in the few hours that I was reading her book. . . . Diane Keaton is in a class by herself and this book is good for the soul.”—Chicago Tribune
“Wise, witty, thoughtful, uplifting, the truth, unvarnished—and very funny.”—Toronto Star

Praise for Diane Keaton’s Then Again

“A far-reaching, heartbreaking, absolutely lucid book about mothers, daughters, childhood, aging, mortality, joyfulness, love, work and the search for self-knowledge.”The New York Times
“A poem about women living in one another’s not uncomplicated memories . . . Part of what makes Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, truly amazing is that she does away with the star’s ‘me’ and replaces it with a daughter’s ‘I.’ ”—Hilton Als, The New Yorker
“As warm, funny, and self-deprecating as Keaton’s onscreen persona—[Then Again] traces a profound dramatic arc: that of a young woman coming into her own as an artist, and of a daughter becoming a mother.”Vogue
“Both heartbreaking and joyful, [Then Again] covers the gamut of life experiences facing all women.”Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Diane Keaton is the New York Times bestselling author of Then Again, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times, People, and Vogue. She has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1885 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812994264
  • Publisher: Random House (April 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEYN1T8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Look Back...And Ahead April 25, 2014
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Diane Keaton follows up her book, "Then Again," which was a look back at her own life, but especially viewed through the eyes of her parents' marriage and family life in southern California. She returns with "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty," a book ostensibly about the difficulties of aging, compounded by her career (actress). This book doesn't stop at surface observations or pity one-liners, it is a complex and deep book about the life we think we should have versus the life we actually have, and is a celebration and examination of beauty in all its definitions and the struggles girls face beginning with the understanding of "beautiful" versus "pretty." From stories about Diana Vreeland to a philosophical jaunt to Victoria's Secret with her teenage daughter who has a $200 gift certificate burning in her pocket, this book is full of thought-provoking inspiration and humor.

What I also find the book to be is a free-form, artistic offering of reminiscences and realizations, regrets and observations of a life filled with challenges, disappointments, and some joy (thankfully). This is a melancholy book, of a woman with loss (her parents, lovers) but also a steely determination to Be Herself, an extraordinary accomplishment in itself, but particularly in the milieu of Hollywood. What I love best about this book is Keaton's bravery at showing her vulnerability from youth to today, which can be viewed in the world as a liability but at its essence is the secret to her enduring success and connection with audiences the world over. A thoughtfully wrought, creative, and illuminating view of an artist and a woman.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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"Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" will be released tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see how well it's received by fans of Keaton and readers in general. I came of age watching her onscreen. Loved her in a few of her roles. Admired her quirkiness, which seemed to make her more approachable/relate-able than other celebrities. When my pre-publication copy of her newest autobiography arrived, I truly wanted to love it. It's not surprising, though, that a few reviewers have already given it a 1 star rating.

Reading the introduction, this book almost seems to have been sparked by an online article titled 'Top 10 Female Celebrities Who Are Ugly No Matter What Hollywood Says', in which Keaton was number five. The writer refers to Keaton as being as old as dirt and ugly when she was younger. Which is unarguably a cruel, demeaning public opinion. Keaton seems to have taken it too much to heart; the 189 pages of "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" read like a cross between personal diaries and tabloid fodder. Most of the chapters meander. It's an *editor's* job to make a final draft flow with cohesiveness, so I won't fault Keaton there.

What I will say is she sometimes puts the capital M in TMI, and appears to be a walking, breathing contradiction in terms. For a mature, accomplished woman who admires (even embraces) individuality and advises women to be themselves proudly, she has a lot of dissatisfaction with just about every aspect of herself. There's humorous, mild, self-depreciation, and then there's ripping yourself to shreds unnecessarily... even painfully for the audience. Why? What's to be gained from it? And while her personal fashion style covers everything up, she lays her life and soul bare in this book. Or at least seems to.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Real May 3, 2014
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I adore Diane Keaton. When she started doing beauty commercials/ads – I remember thinking how beautiful she was and that “I want to be like her when I grow up”. (I’m in my forties.) She just looks radiant, comfortable in her own skin, and someone who is beautiful in an unconventional and fabulous way.

Turns out? She has the same worries and insecurities about her looks that I do – that we all do. At one point in “Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty” – she recounts a “bad hair day” she had when she ran into someone she knows. “I left my car with the valet, walked into the elevator, and immediately ran into Nancy. Just my luck. Just my **** luck. And of course she was chipper and tall and attractive. “You look good,” she said. I smiled, knowing she didn’t mean it. She hated my hair.”

And later, still worried about her hair as she watched her daughter Dexter in a swim competition, “Dex was in the water with 299 other people who weren’t thinking about their hair.”

At times, this book gets a little bit rambly and freestyle and I started to lose the thread of Keaton’s thoughts. But most of it was fascinating. I never expected, for example, to find out that one of the walls in her house is covered with pictures of men. She has Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Paul Newman, Morgan Freeman, Adrien Brody, Jeremy Renner… “In the end, there are two ways of seeing male beauty. Real or imagined. There’s the looking-in way and the being-seen way. There’s the man himself and the man I’ve made up. I’m guilty of one, and proud of the other.”

She admits to, despairs of and also relishes the anxiety she has about her outward appearance – which is refreshing from a movie star. “I am a sorry example of the truth that women, as well as men, are losing their hair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Diane Keaton so very funny
Easy reading, Diane Keaton is a really good writer/author! She's funny and truthful. I really enjoyed this book and found out she had written an earlier book and read that. Read more
Published 5 days ago by antdoe
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Diane...
I love this lady, who has given me moments of pure pleasure. Her story is amazing.
Published 5 days ago by Erin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What a boring, go nowhere title!
Published 5 days ago by Marvin L. Bittinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Could have been better, but I think Diane Keaton is a great actress & photographer.
Published 5 days ago by Deanna S Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine actress, fine author. Can't ask for more.
Not only a fine actress, but a very, very good author.
Published 6 days ago by Audrey Moss
3.0 out of 5 stars An individual thing
Not fond of her writing style - I am only 1/4 of the way through. Writing style preference is such an individual thing, everyone is different. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tilley
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Published 7 days ago by Ann Eber
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book but if I had her talents I ...
This book was written by at least 3 people, which I believe Ms. Keaton is. She questions and answers then wonders. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kay D. Matherly
2.0 out of 5 stars The book seemed like a lot of random thoughts
The book seemed like a lot of random thoughts. Nothing really to walk away with. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless someone loaned you the book.
Published 9 days ago by Deborah Waters
3.0 out of 5 stars Love
She is such an observationist, entertaining! Quick read. Love diane
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