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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? Hardcover – Abridged, September 10, 2013
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Instead, the author presented us with the 21 short stories that start with celebration party of his 65th birthday.
Crystal who is both known as great comedian but also, at least in my opinion, as best Oscar host with his book tried and managed to laugh the reader even with an unusual topic, humiliation that people begin to experience when they're becoming old.
He always managed to laugh us, most of the time with only one short sentence.
Starting with his first story, in a situation when in same time when his birthday party is taking place his grandchild will be born, Billy completely seriously said "...but you know kids, they never listen" this sentence will immediately bring a smile to your face.
Billy Crystal had lead interesting and happy life in movie business but also together with his family, and now when he's 65 he says that is still happy "...having only one wife and house, real name and nose and almost all of his teeth."
His stories covered time from his twenties when he was a teacher to these days, managing to tell reader lots of interesting anecdotes about the movies (the good one was about When Harry Met Sally) and events in which he was participating, including Oscar shows.
His literary style is a mix of movie screenplay, stand-up comedy with several sentimental overtones when he speaks about his youth.
But unlike in most other memoirs it seem that he doesn't have any regrets, but still enjoys the fullest in his life and rich memories.Read more ›
Crystal gives us plenty of tips in a wide-ranging memoir from his early days growing up in New York to his 65th birthday in March of this year. He catalogues his worries in chapter two, compares the sexual events of a fictional couple in 1973 with similar events in 2013, and ruminates about clearing the crap out of his house before passing away. He gets rid of objects that he's not attached to, like 70 percent of guys in show business do with their first wife. He also relates the experience of shopping for a burial plot for himself and wife Janice. (Spoiler alert: he postpones it.)
I laughed out loud many times while reading this book. He takes deadly aim at our do-nothing Congress and manages to find the humor in both the triumphs and setbacks of everyday life. Sometimes, however, a joke or quip falls with a thud. Like the one comparing an elderly woman's toothless grin with a horizontal vagina.
There's something in this book for everyone. Being a grandfather many times over, I liked and identified with him in the chapter about his grandchildren. One chapter I could have done without is called "Conservatives." Crystal gives us seven pages of rants about the annoyances of modern life: people who deny global warming, athletes who use steroids and overzealous TSA inspectors at the airport. I'm in the same camp as he is on many of these irritations but just living with them every day is enough for me.
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After hearing about this book, I put it on my Kindle. Billy Crystal is a warm, funny, down to earth man. He writes like he sees it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Alyce L. Aspler
This book reads just as Billy Crystal speaks. It has a timing to it that is impeccable. Loved it and him.Published 4 days ago by BKelly
This is the story of Billy's life. Parts of it are laugh out loud downright funny. He had many hardships along the way. Knew what he wanted to do and went after it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by T Toms
A strong self narrative about a life well lived. This book will make you laugh and cry but most importantly, remember.Published 16 days ago by R. Puppa
Billy Crystal is one of a kind. This book had me laughing out loud!Published 17 days ago by Justin Ridenhour
I was completely entertained throughout the whole book and it was nice to have some behind the scenes peeks at his relationships with people both in the acting and sports worlds. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Barbara Naslund
Great book. Well-written. Warm, funny and very human. Loved the chapter on being a grandparent and the anecdotes about the Yankees team and players.Published 22 days ago by J.L. Munn
Don't you hate when you read a book on a flight and can't stop laughing out loud! Read this while flying and everyone kept looking at me like I was nuts! I loved this book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Gary
Loved the book. I am a big fan of Billy Crystal. Thought the stories about Mickey Mantle, Ali were great.Published 24 days ago by Wendy C