Then Again by Diane Keaton

Then Again

byDiane Keaton

Kobo ebook | November 15, 2011

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Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.
 
So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always-thinking Dorothy Hall. To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. In a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Over the course of her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals—literally thousands of pages—in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother—a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy, struggling to find an outlet for her talents—as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.
 
More than the autobiography of a legendary actress, Then Again is a book about a very American family with very American dreams. Diane will remind you of yourself, and her bonds with her family will remind you of your own relationships with those you love the most.




From the Hardcover edition.
Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall; January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, producer, and screenwriter. Keaton began her career on stage, and made her screen debut in 1970. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather (1972), but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-s...
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Title:Then AgainFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Your Usual Hollywood Bio When you first look at the title with Diane Keaton's playful pose, the title seems like an off-hand comedy line. It's not until the end of the memoir that she explains it: 'Now will soon be Then. Then can never become Now. We can't save the past or solve the riddle of love. But to me, it's worth trying.' This is not the usual Hollywood star memoir. Then Again is a poignant recollection of womanhood as exemplified by Diane's mother, herself, and her adopted daughter, Dexter. Using volumes of diaries she found in her mother's workroom and her own letters and diaries, Keaton weaves an interesting juxtaposition of her own experiences and the explorations of her mother in trying to find a place within a marriage which allows her to develop her own talents and interests against the norm in the sixties when women in a marriage generally focused on being wife and mother, peacemaker and nutritionist, tutor and chief-cook-and-bottle-washer. The story begins with Diane's earliest recollections of her parents, singly and as a couple, progresses through her own career beginnings, on through her successes and diversions into other areas (photography for one, like her mother), and finally into her father's illness and death and her mother's subsequent journey through Alzheimers. Some of the memories are unsettling, many are funny and touching, while some bring back memories to the reader of similar situations, movies enjoyed long ago, with some glimpses into that seemingly charmed world of stage and screen. Her mother's journals begin after Diane has left home at the time when she begins to find herself with more time on her hands and the desire to develop as an independent person apart from the role of wife and mother. Near the beginning of the memoir, Diane quotes from one of her mother's notebooks: 'I'm reading Tom Robbin's book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. The passage about marriage ties in with women's struggle for accomplishment. I'm writing this down for future THINKING . . . She followed with a Robbins quote: "For most poor dumb brainwashed women marriage is the climactic experience. For men, marriage is a matter of efficient logistics: the male gets his food, bed, laundry, TV. . . . offspring and creature comforts all under one roof. . . . But for a woman, marriage is surrender. Marriage is when a girl gives up the fight. . . . and from then on leaves the truly interesting and significant actions to her husband who has bargained to 'take care' of her. . . . Women live longer than men because they haven't been living."' In addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable read, Then Again is thought-provoking about a woman's role, how she chooses to live her life, how women support each other, and how woman perceive themselves and are perceived, and how these ideas have changed or seem to have changed through the decades of the late 20th century and into the 21st. A light, fast read despite the philosophical bent, and an interesting exploration of mother-daughter relationships. Makes you want to go back and watch some old movies (or some not so old), too. Perhaps with your mother or your daughter. Includes some "family album" photos.
Date published: 2016-09-22