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After actor Alda (Never Have Your Dog Stuffed) recovered from a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction, he decided to live as if he'd been given a second life. To make his new life as meaningful as possible, he wanted to remember those rare moments when a special stillness had come over him, the kind that hits you when you hear something that goes to the core of who you think you are. These were moments when he'd had some understanding about the meaning of his life, his reason for living—the central questions that Alda grapples with, as he looks back over his life. While poking good-natured fun at some of his earlier rhetoric (the ravings of a naïve Hollywood liberal) he shares highlights of the various commencement speeches and keynote addresses he's given to future doctors and physicists, or even to the odd group of Jefferson scholars. He phrases it differently for each audience, but the message is consistent: It's not what you do in life, but how you do it. Notice everything. Always be open to new ideas, new experiences. Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes. (Sept.)
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Alan Alda is the author of Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. He is the winner of numerous awards, including six Emmys and six Golden Globes, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He played Hawkeye Pierce for eleven years on the television series M*A*S*H, has acted in, written, and directed many feature films, and has appeared often on Broadway. His avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He is married to the children’s book author and photographer Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
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One of the best books ..... would highly recommend it to allPublished 1 month ago by carol sullivan
The book was interesting. Alda wrote introductions to commencement addresses he's been invited to give over the years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo Scott
I'm a HUGE M*A*S*H fan and Hawkeye was one of my favorite characters. If you're looking for a book about M*A*S*H, this is not it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Midwest Gal
I always thought I'd like Alan Alda if I met him. I loved his Hawkeyes in MASH, I enjoyed all the films he was in, and I especially enjoyed being there with him when his curiosity... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. Gjerstad