Alan Alda, author of the New York Times bestseller autobiographies, and advocate for science communicationAlan Alda, author of the New York Times bestseller autobiographies, and advocate for science communication
 
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
and Other Things I've Learned

NY Times bestselling book by Alan Alda

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The publisher, Random House, describes the book as follows:

"...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.

Yet Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is 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."


Paperback| 272 pages | Random House | Biography & Autobiography
978-0812974409 (0812974409)
Reprint edition September 12, 2006
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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
And Other Things I've Learned

by Alan Alda

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
by Alan Alda