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From The CriticsPlaywright and screenwriter Horton Foote never hurries his stories. His plays reveal their secrets slowly. Even the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, for which Foote wrote the screenplay, features a series of graceful, lingering scenes. So it should come as no surprise that Foote takes his sweet time with this memoir. Beginnings, which starts where 2000's Farewell ends, recounts Foote's move in the middle of the Depression to Pasedena, California, where he was an acting student at the Pasedena Playhouse. Foote tells dozens of absorbing anecdotes about his life, including his struggles to drop his Texan accent and his first years as a starving actor in New York. Some readers may find the languid pace frustrating, but those willing to exercise patience will find this memoir enthralling.