Never Have your Dog Stuffed

Never Have your Dog Stuffed

And Other Things I've Learned

Book - 2005
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He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors--a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances. "My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six," begins Alda's irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession. YetNever Have Your Dog Stuffedis not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. It is the story of turning points in Alda's life, events that would make him what he is--if only he could survive them. From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist's shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can't be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2005.
ISBN: 9781400064090
Characteristics: viii, 224, [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 24, 2019

An entertaining autobiography. After viewing numerous episodes of "MASH," I have arrived at the conclusion that the television series was a case of art imitating life, or perhaps it might be life imitating art.

Oct 27, 2017

Lost steam (I thought) in the latter part, but the childhood anecdotes were wonderfully told!

Oct 07, 2013

Worth-while, interesting book! I recommend it!

JCLHopeH Apr 24, 2013

I’ve enjoyed Alan Alda as an actor, and after reading this book, I appreciate him more as a person, too. He recounts various major events in his life, both trials and tribulations, all with a dose of honest humor. His down-to-earth story is a reminder that behind the camera, celebrities still face real life challenges like the rest of us, and there are always lessons we can learn from each other, including – you guessed it – you probably shouldn’t have your beloved childhood pet stuffed.

Aug 04, 2011

Very interesting. A little slow, and strange at the beginning, but very interesting.

Caminodepaz Jun 05, 2010

I’ve heard that many talented comedians have overcome personal tragedies to be the funny people they are. In Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I’ve Learned, Alan Alda reveals some of the difficulties he has faced. “My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six” is the opening line of this sincere record of his life. Alan speaks to you as a friend and he is a friend you’ll enjoy getting to know. Alda has just written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, a new memoir in which you get to know more about the inner workings of his mind.

Oct 27, 2007

Alan Alda has a real way with words. He decided to write a different kind of Hollywood autobiography and his stories and life lessons are all delivered with is great sense of humour and his own particular outlook on life.

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