A Memoir

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"A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec Baldwin, gifted actor, familiar public figure, impressively thoughtful person, notorious pugilist? . . . Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving . . . . Baldwin writes with great knowledge about old films, the art of acting, what he has learned from other actors, and about the differences among television, film and theater. . . . He's a highly literate and fluent writer."--New York Times

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's irreverent series 30 Rock--for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards--and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he's both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

In Nevertheless, Baldwin transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir, he introduces us to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family's financial strains and his parents' unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student gearing up for a career in politics; the self-named "Love Taxi" who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict drawn to drugs and alcohol who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life.

Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062409706
Branch Call Number: B BALDWIN
Characteristics: x, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2018

Looking forward to more writing by Alec Baldwin. His writing voice is pitch perfect. Kudos!

Oct 11, 2017

An honest and valuable look into life. If you enjoy Alec Baldwin's podcast, "Here's the Thing", you'll most likely find this book a great companion.

Sep 29, 2017

Alec Baldwin is very complicated, like all human beings. He is funny, thoughtful, nasty and absolutely adorable. Anyone that has a child should be able to understand how angry you can be with that child. Fortunately, we are not subjected to the media like a famous person is. I enjoyed this read tremendously. Thank you Mr. Baldwin for your insights and your inspiration to move forward, whether we want to or not.

Cynthia_N Aug 11, 2017

Interesting read. He does mention the bad points in his life but he doesn't focus on them and keeps it positive.

May 31, 2017

A quick read, somewhat interesting. That is all.

May 22, 2017

You can't deny this is an extremely gifted and talented man.

I enjoyed this book and no doubt he has enough material for many more. And I look forward to them.

As much as I enjoy him, I was disappointed when the voicemail from him meant for his daughter Ireland became public. I know he has apologized to her but it was a difficult for me to understand how a father could speak to a daughter in that manner. He does address that in his book and there is a reason...but there's still no excuse.

Apr 26, 2017

Sinking into this book during a night of insomnia I found it eminently readable and enjoyable beginning with the premise that most of what Mr. Baldwin did, he did for money. As I moved further through the book on other nights - and ultimately through to the end - I found he and the stories far less engaging or interesting. In fact, 50% of the book was 4-star worthy; the remainder 3-star territory. Simply put: learning of his present state as a happily married, financially successful father held little interest for me.

Although Mr. Baldwin's SNL portrayal of Trump is the comedy of our times, I wasn't interested in what he had to say about politics or politicians despite him holding beliefs similar to my own. The final 25% of the book, as such, was difficult to finish though I did. A good read for 50%, an okay read for the next 25%, and an uninteresting read for the final push... that about sums it up.

Apr 23, 2017

This is really an engaging and delightful read. Alec Baldwin emerges as a thoughtful, honest, intelligent and caring human being. It can give us a glimpse of the fact that the media does not always give the true picture, and can caricature famous people. I found a lot of generosity of spirit in this book. I think it will give the reader a much clearer picture of Alec, and by the end you will be cheering for him and the happy family life he is now embracing. Highly recommended.


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