Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning [NOOK Book]

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He was one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard-charging actor whose intensity on the screen was mirrored in his personal life. As Kirk Douglas has grown older - he turned ninety in December 2006 - he has become less impetuous and more reflective. In this poignant and inspiring new memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current events from his present frame of mind while summoning the passions of his younger days. A born storyteller, he shares wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and ...
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Overview

He was one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard-charging actor whose intensity on the screen was mirrored in his personal life. As Kirk Douglas has grown older - he turned ninety in December 2006 - he has become less impetuous and more reflective. In this poignant and inspiring new memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current events from his present frame of mind while summoning the passions of his younger days. A born storyteller, he shares wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights.
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On December 9, 2006, Kirk Douglas turned 90. Viewers revere him, of course, as the sharp-chinned, gravel-voiced star of dozens of Hollywood films and also as the father of actor/producer Michael Douglas. But the man who gained our attention by playing "sons of bitches" is also the author of four sensitive memoirs: The Ragman's Son, Climbing the Mountain, My Stroke of Luck, and now Let's Face It. In this fond look back, he reflects on his first 89 years, his resilient marriage, his career, his near-fatal helicopter crash, his stroke, and his ongoing recovery. Autumnal memories for the soul.
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* At 90 years old, recovered from a stroke and a near-fatal helicopter crash, acting legend Douglas is in a reflective mood: “now is the time to have an audit of my life,” he writes, and he does not disappoint. Douglas recalls his childhood and his own children, 50-plus years of marriage to wife Anne and the deaths of his son and many of his famous friends. He tackles a wide range of topics, with chapter names like, “Three Thoughts About Two Races,” “I Love Dogs” and “Does God Laugh?” He’s also unafraid to take a few swings at the young ‘uns, most notably at Mel Gibson, Michael Moore and even the whippersnappers at NASA. Douglas's assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering; when he heard, in a recent documentary, what some family members had to say about him, he notes, “It’s difficult to see ourselves as others see us.” Nevertheless, Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations, such as his simple epitaph, “I tried, dammit, I tried.” (Apr.) (PW.com, April 16, 2007)

For the record, this is Douglas's fourth memoir. His first, The Ragman's Son (1988), tells of his hardscrabble early years as Issur Danielovitch and his rise to fame. But a brush with death in a helicopter crash and a stroke led him to reevaluate his life and renew his Jewish faith, which he describes in Climbing the Mountain (2000). In his third book, My Stroke of Luck (2003), he shares his near recovery from the stroke. All of the books are liberally sprinkled with anecdotes, including this latest narrative. Now 90, Douglas weighs in on everything from Terri Schiavo to racism. He contemplates the meaning of life, gives tips on a happy marriage (he and his wife have been married for over 50 years), shares his sorrow over the death of his son Eric, and relates what it's like to outlive all of your friends. There is less pomposity here and perhaps even more truth as the actor rethinks things he wrote earlier. At his age, what do you have to lose? Fans of Douglas and those who enjoyed the previous memoirs will want to read this one.
—Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA (Library Journal, April 1, 2007)

easily his most compelling [book]…written in deftly lucid prose as a series of insights into the mind of a man reflecting on the past and facing the inevitable." (The Times  (Knowledge Supplement), 14th April 2007)

“…a brilliant read and something you can’t put down…you want to close your eyes and be taken into the world of Douglas. And what a world and life he has lived… (SomethingJewish.co.uk, 12th April 2007)

"...this self-deprecating, wise and witty book is not a vanity project - it's a genuinely moving account of a great figure's later years." (Empire, August 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458662
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 240,847
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Kirk Douglas has been a household name for six decades, appearing in more than eighty films. A three-time Academy Award nominee, Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, a special Oscar in 1996, and the National Medal of the Arts in 2001. He is also the author of the bestselling The Ragman's Son, Climbing the Mountain, and My Stroke of Luck.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Jack Valenti     11
Acknowledgments     13
Introduction     15
My Birthday     19
Two Heads Are Better Than One     24
A Day in My Life     34
Hoops of Steel     40
Amsterdam, New York     51
Children     59
My Sons     63
Eric     68
Dealing with Death     74
Harry's Haven     80
Don't Put Your Daughter (or Son) on the Stage!     83
Fans     91
Inside of Me     99
Romance Begins at Eighty     102
Never Forget     110
Be the Person Your Dogs Think You Are     117
Cemeteries     126
A Whale of a Tale     134
I Love Dogs     139
Trying Our Best     144
Some of My Best Friends Are Actors     148
Can We Talk?     156
Anne in Orbit     161
Decisions     165
Almost Dying     174
Mama's Boy     183
The Dangers of Celebrity     189
Thinking about Death     193
Passion Plays     202
SecondWedding     213
Hate     222
Real Heroes     228
Reading Obituaries     235
Laugh, Clown, Laugh     245
Knees     253
Put Your House in Order     261
Both Semites     268
Writing     275
Technology     278
Does God Laugh?     282
Greed Is Not Good     287
Stones and Flowers     293
Am I a Good Father?     300
Don't Be Too Religious     305
Hold the Gefilte Fish     311
Who's Minding the Store?     318
Israel     326
Sunset     337
Epilogue     340
Credits     343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Funny and Intelligent -- could not put it down.

    Kirk's writing is superb -- funny and intelligent. With the instincts of an accomplished storyteller, 'tough guy' Kirk wonders outloud about all the things that each one of us is concerned with regardless of age, from the aches and pains of daily life to questions of humanity's present and future state and questions like who is God? What is death? Who are we? Kirk is quite evidently on a spiritual journey that's taken him to question every notion about himself and life around him and across the world. His opinions are brave, whether Kirk takes on Hollywood legends or American Presidents. This is not a 90-year old ready to depart the world. Kirk still has more spank in him than all of us combined. For us, forty-somethings, his hindsight and opinions are worth a lot -- no excuse not to live our life well! Empathetic and beautiful writing, could easily garner a Pulitzer Prize. I thoroughly enjoyed his book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    Open your eyes America He's Right

    Perfect for the world we're living in. Read and understand thru the eyes of a man that has seen it all and lived it. We take many things for granted, Mr Douglas brings us to a reality check. Thanks for the truth, Mr. Douglas, humility sometimes is not an easy trait to come by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    Definitely Worth the Read

    Kirk excells in honesty and in his welcome expressions of love -- for family, friends and life. We all can learn from him here. He does less well in his handwringing over the present state of the world, as if he discovered only very late what we almost all do know -- that the world has problems, as it's always had and unfortunately always will. Go ahead and pass the torch, Kirk - the world'll be O.K. We love you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN

    This book says it all. Kirk Douglas has a natural genius for expressing himself with pen and paper. I loved 'Ragman's Son' and 'A Stroke Of Luck,' and this book ranks right up there. Now all I can think about is re-reading the previous books and catching as many Kirk Douglas movies as possible. Read this book -- you'll love it!!

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