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Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I went from Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair Hardcover – February 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307394182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307394187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Goldberg, a TV scriptwriter and producer, fondly recalls his rocky, improbable route to Hollywood success, including the people who helped him along the way. Funny, dry and self-deprecating, Goldberg cuts swiftly through the years, from the mid-1950s growing up in a loving extended Jewish family in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to his scruffy vagabonding in 1972 in Europe with his pregnant girlfriend, Diana, and their canny Labrador dog, Ubu. He sold his first scripts to TV shows in the 1970s, prompting his move from New York to California with Diana, who opened a day-care center. Goldberg took a class with scriptwriter Nate Monaster, who motivated him and helped submit his work to Los Angeles producers. Soon enough, Goldberg's scripts for the Bob Newhart Show, the Tony Randall Show and the MTM empire gave him the clout to start his own company, UBU (named for the beloved dog he eventually gave away, by the by), launching such pilots as Family Ties for the networks. Indeed, Goldberg's memoir is a kind of love letter to longtime partner Diana as well as to Michael J. Fox, with whom he later worked on Spin City. His professed guilt for making fistfuls of money while making people laugh renders this work effortlessly likable. (Feb.)
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“Very funny. Very touching . . . and not a lot of big words. Gary is many things: a great boss, a smart writer, a very good basketball player . . . and now an even better author.”
—George Clooney

Sit, Ubu, Sit is a poignant, hilarious, humble book—but at its heart a true love story. I couldn’t put it down.”—Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Gary David Goldberg has a heart the size of Brooklyn, and you’ll feel it beating on each and every page of this sweet, beautifully written love story.”
—Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs and Life’s a Beach

“Full of love and laughter . . . Reading Sit, Ubu, Sit is like the best walk in the park on the most beautiful day of the year with your best dog, friend, or lover. You never want the experience to end.”
—Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media

“Funny, dry, and self-deprecating...A love letter to longtime partner Diana as well as Michael J. Fox....Effortlessly likable.”
Publishers Weekly

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Thank you for giving voice to many good characters.
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Strange how a man of obvious great wit and talent should make shows that were not.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Berner VINE VOICE on February 9, 2008
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Gary David Goldberg is the creator/co-creator of three major television series. Two of them were smash hits; the third was one of the best shows ever on and thus, almost by definition (alas), a flop. For the record they were/are "Family Ties", "Spin City", and the brilliant "Brooklyn Bridge". This memoir is on a par with any/all of them and will bring a smile and a tear to any sentient reader. Having said that, one must follow up with: "What's wrong with you people at Harmony Books?!?! Don't you have any respect for a (minor) classic?" The binding on, at least my copy of, the book seems "tenuous" at best; and where's the photo section the book cries out for? (Yes, the are photos on the end-papers... unidentified and uncaptioned). This is a fine reading experience. One can only wish that the publishing attained even half the level of the writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ava Arden on September 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are essentially two problems with this book. It is so engrossing it's hard to put down and you will get nothing else done. Two if you read it in public, as I did the first time, you will alter between laughing and crying so much that people will think you're a manic-depressive. Other than that you are good to go.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I was never a big fan of Gary Goldberg's TV shows -- "Family Ties," "Spin City" -- only because I haven't been too big of a TV fan in general. I am, however, a huge fan of funny, compelling, compassionate writing, and I couldn't read Goldberg's book fast enough. This is a clever, laugh-out-loud book that also can double as a primer on the insider's world of writing for network TV. I loved the way Goldberg played with chronology, switching back and forth in time, creating separate storylines that are each fascinating in its own way. My one fear was that, in the early chapters, Goldberg seems to live a charmed existence. Everything he touches turns to gold. Of course, outside of Donald Trump's wigmaker, no one escapes bad news for long, and the second half of the book finds Goldberg, his family, and his best TV friend, Michael J. Fox, all being severly tested. Throughout, Goldberg maintains his sense of humor as if that charmed existence of his had never been shaken to its core. Of course, the problem with racing through such a delightfully humane memoir is that I'm left without the pleasure of its company all too soon. Sigh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A Varkentine on February 4, 2009
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By which I mean that it's possible the book's flashback, then-flash-flashback, then flash-flash-flashback, then flash-forward structure was a mistake.

The story's ending is certain--we already know it ends up with Goldberg rich and successful. So the telling of it might've had more pleasures to offer if we'd gone step-by-step along the way with him.

This is not to say the book has no pleasures. It's very much what you would expect from the creator of "Family Ties," (and-co-creator of "Spin City").

It's tender and affectionate in feel, with a relish for a funny story, and it tells some very funny ones indeed. (One such is the story of how he became a television producer after all of 18 months in the business. It's like someone touched him with a wand.)

But it's also, kind of, ultimately...without a point. This Gary David Goldberg fellow seems like a nice guy to whom more good things have happened than most...but when his story is over, you wonder where the Diet Coke commercial is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Donegan on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gary David Golberg had a successful career as a TV writer/producer, but his life story's just as entertaining as the shows he created...you'll particularly enjoy the story of how he met his wife Diana, their experiences trekking across Europe w/their dog Ubu (the namesake for Goldberg's production company), and getting back home to set up a home-based day care center and get Goldberg's TV career started, which leads to some interesting stories, such as:

- How Goldberg's much-beloved Brooklyn childhood served as the basis for his early 90s series, "Brooklyn Bridge" (and the factors that led to its cancellation after only a short run)
- How their aforementioned home day care center inspired his short-lived late 80s sitcom, "Day By Day"
- Michael J. Fox almost being passed over for the role of Alex Keaton on "Family Ties"
- The feud between Goldberg and Fox while working on "Spin City" that almost destroyed their longtime friendship

A great read for classic TV fans that's amusing, poignant, and intriguing...highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyndajean23 on March 7, 2008
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This is a warm, funny, book that starts when he was out on his own, with his wife, and dog, UBU, and needed to give blood for money and his wife held up a $10.00 bill that he got (in Europe) reviving him after he passed out and woke up in an alley. There were many funny comments, and Gary's wife seems sweet, and it just basically tells about his life and how he got going in show business.
It is an entertaining book. You have to read it and see. It's definitely worth reading! There's so much more to talk about, but I do want to say that certain parts make you laugh out loud!! He's great!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Sym on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sit Ubu Sit is a heart warming,entertaining and thoroughly engaging memoir. The life experiences of Gary David Goldberg are interesting in and of themselves and the lessons learned from his life's path are invaluable to just about everyone.The book is like a Philosophy 101 course putting into perspective the priorities of life using Hollywood and Brooklyn as two polar opposites of life's spectrum. Gary Goldberg is the friend we all want...........the father we all crave........the husband we all dream of......His warmth, sense of humor, family devotion,intelligence and uniqueness all interplay to make this a fabulous read.
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