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by Lauren Bacall
 

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"CANDID AND HONEST...A philosophical looking-backward and forward—an inquiry into the question 'Is that all there is?' "
—Liz Smith New York Newsday
"FRANK AND AMUSING...[AND] BRIMMING WITH CONFESSIONS...Part career memoir and part meditation on what it's like to be a single woman of lingering glamour, enduring vitality and advancing

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"CANDID AND HONEST...A philosophical looking-backward and forward—an inquiry into the question 'Is that all there is?' "
—Liz Smith New York Newsday
"FRANK AND AMUSING...[AND] BRIMMING WITH CONFESSIONS...Part career memoir and part meditation on what it's like to be a single woman of lingering glamour, enduring vitality and advancing age...The book has the Bacall voice behind it. Her writing echoes her deep, sardonic, no-nonsense timbre and jazzy tempo....Bacall is at her best when talking about friends she has loved and watched die. Bernstein, she says, was more than a little seductive; Huston, more than a little remote; Olivier, a survivor to the end."
—Chicago Sun-Times
"HER PROSE IS SPARE AND HONEST....A kaleidoscope of thoughts and ideas on loneliness, aging, and above all, surviving...There are also poignant reminiscences of the golden years of Hollywood and many of its leading creators."
—The Washington Post Book World
"SHE REMINDS US OF SOME FAMILIAR TRUTHS WORTH ATTENDING TO. . . .What she's writing about, Ms. Bacall explains, is 'life' and indeed her musings about getting older, about intimations of mortality, about living solo, about letting go of one's children will resonate with women who, like her, are of a certain age."
—The New York Times Book Review
"ENGROSSING. . .POIGNANT."
—People

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's been 15 years since Bacall wrote By Myself, a rich, if necessarily incomplete, autobiography that contained immensely touching accounts of the life of her husband, Humphrey Bogart, and of his painful death in 1957. In her new memoir, she makes it clear that she still judges people and life by Bogart's standards-high ones. Her narrative is fragmentary, almost breathless, but full of raw personality and almost clumsy directness. Two topics weave in and out of the staccato story: motherhood and acting. Bacall's accounts of her theatrical triumphs (Cactus Flower, Applause) and failures (Franklin Street, Good-bye Charlie) are more engaging than her reports of the deep concern she has for her three children (a son and daughter from her marriage with Bogart, and the youngest, the son of Jason Robards). She tends to share details only a mother needs to know. But her dedication to acting-and she means the stage, not the screen-is engrossing: ``Acting requires boldness,'' she tells us. ``Laying your life on the line eight times a week is not for the meek and mild.'' Bacall is certainly not meek. She is brave enough to present her life without excuses. Photos not seen by PW. 200,000 first printing; BOMC selection. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A 16-city author tour will launch Bacall's autobiography.
Ilene Cooper
As Bacall tells readers right up front, this is not a chronological autobiography in the manner of her earlier "By Myself" (1985), nor is it a sequel. Rather, this smallish book offers an anecdotal look back at the last 15 years of Bacall's life, in which she is mostly concerned with work, friends, family, and home. Though Bacall is as frank and charming a raconteur as ever, she doesn't have that much material to work with here. Her stories about refurbishing a house or the ups and downs of life with her children are more noteworthy for the way she tells them than for what she's saying. Most interesting are Bacall's musings on what she wants life to be like for her now, and how, after so many years alone, she is once again ready for love. It is certainly refreshing to see an older woman portrayed (if only by herself) as seasoned yet vital, still questioning, and still questing. This is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection with a 200,000 printing, so expect plenty of demand.

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ISBN-13:
9780517170755
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/27/1994

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Now 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dayssi More than 1 year ago
Terrific book by Lauren Bacall... She is such a wonderful treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago