INSIGHTS GAINED ALONG THE WAY

Thursday, April 30, 2009

BOOK REVIEW--HOW I GOT TO BE WHOEVER IT IS I AM BY CHARLES GRODIN


In this candid, moving, and laugh-out-loud book, Charles Grodin reminisces on the events and moments that have shaped his life. Grodin is one of the best storytellers around. His book is entertaining while offering insights he gained along the way.
You probably will not agree with Grodin on some things. But you may be surprised at how much you do agree on. I know I was. If you are one of those people who just can't tolerate somebody you disagree with or don't want to take time to listen to another point of view--then don't read this book. But I decided a long time ago that I will accept truth wherever I find it. I found a lot of truth in this interesting, humourus book.

Charles Grodin shares backstage stories from his performances in Same Time, Next Year and other plays, and movies like The Heartbreak Kid and Midnight Run. He also reveals what it was like to work with icons such as Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Johnny Carson, Orson Welles, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Gene Wilder and many other actors, directors, producers, and journalists.

As the host of his award-winning talk show and as a commentator for 60 Minutes ll he interviewed extraordinary and renowned men and women. In and through his relentless advocacy, he has been instrumental in the reform of New York drug laws and the granting of clemency to nearly one thousand people.

Grodin tells many interesting stories and makes you glad that he took you on his journey. I recommend this as a book to read on a plane trip, when waiting for an appointment or anytime that you just want to read for a while. The book is made up of about sixty short stories--all very interesting.

WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK
  • The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win.
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  • I'll close the comments May 7 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).

5 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I'd love to win a copy of this one. He's a funny man.

smilingsal55 AT yahoo DOT com

drey said...

I'd love a copy, too, please enter me! =)

dreyshouse at gmail dot com

Mevely317 said...

How can one not love that book's title!?!

Heretofore, I've been on the fence re. Mr. Grodin's "relentless advocacy" ~ but I'm really eager to read his backstage glimpses, and, hopefully, Learn something along the way.

Thank you for asking!

Myra
mwm387@cox.net

Vivian Deliz said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

Pam said...

Is it too late to enter this giveaway? I love Charles Grodin! Thanks.

pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net