Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.51 × 5.77 × 0.97 in
Published: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812994264
ISBN - 13: 9780812994261
Read from the Book
Prisoners on My Wall As I throw my coat on the chair, I see Alexander Gardner’s 1865 portrait of Abraham Lincoln hanging on my living room wall. My first impression of President Lincoln came from a book I checked out of the Bushnell Way Elementary School library, Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House, by Sterling North. In it President Lincoln fought to free the slaves. He was a great man who paid the ultimate price. Mr. North described Pres-ident Lincoln as unsightly, even homely. To a ten-year-old girl, that meant President Lincoln was ugly. I didn’t understand how an ugly man could become the president of the United States. Gardner’s photograph, taken just days before Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre, contradicts North’s description of a man who got shortchanged in the looks department. Dominated by a pair of eyes set in darkness, Lincoln’s face is magnificent. His left eye, engaged by what it sees, looks out with endless empathy, while his right eye tells a story that is harder to comprehend. The bottom half of his face, framed by two deep lines, singles out his prominent nose, but it’s those eyes, particularly the left eye, the caring eye, the engaged eye, that is so compelling. Or is it? As my own eyes drift across Lincoln’s wide forehead, I look back into the right eye, the one drawn toward reflection, and you know what I see? I see the darkness of a great calling.
From the Publisher
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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
"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
"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
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.
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 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 Tim es “A poem about women living in one another’s not uncomplic