Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

by Alan Alda
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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned by Alan Alda

He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now 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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588364920
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2005
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 77,005
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce for eleven years in the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He has starred often on Broadway, and his avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 and has been nominated for thirty Emmy awards. He is married to the children’s book author/photographer Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.


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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
nprfan1 More than 1 year ago
.....but still a good read nevertheless.

Alda has always fascinated me with the unique roles he's taken - the political naif in "The Seduction of Joe Tynan", the host of "Scientific American Frontiers", and, of course, the role that made him a household name - Benjamin Franklin Pierce on "M*A*S*H*".

His book is, in some strange way, exactly like those roles - unique, entertaining, and filling. You only get a glimpse of the man but that glimpse leaves you satisfied and contented.

Before I started this book I imagined I was going to get a standard autobiography. Having just finished it I can say that this is the furthest thing from it - but from Alan Alda I wouldn't have expected anything less.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I read the book I could just imagine Alan Alda telling the story. Interesting, sad, entertaining, and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’re a fan of M*A*S*H, you will enjoy this book.
Euphrosyne4077 More than 1 year ago
This is a touching look at the life of Alan Alda. The writing flows and is so personal that you feel almost as if you are there, struggling and laughing with him. I strongly recomend this to anyone who is a fan of Alan Alda, or anyone who is in need of a pick me up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Never Have Your Dog Stuffed' has turned my way of thinking totally upside down. Alan Alda is an aspiring actor with a childhood like nobody else. Knowing that he directed and wrote a majority of the M*A*S*H episodes makes me appreciate them more. I recommend this book to ANYONE who is looking for an interesting read and a good laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was clearly written with earnest but I can¿t believe that a guy with as many experiences as Alan Alda chose these particular things to write about. Parts of the book were very interesting but I felt as though I had to plod through other parts. I also did not like the fact that he jumped around a bit in time. First he was married. Then he had just met his wife. I found that hard to follow. Most disappointing was that someone so well-known for one role, ¿Hawkeye¿, covered his 11 years on M*A*S*H in very few pages. However, I must say that I was moved by his talk about his parents and surprised by the fact that he was willing to share some very personal information about himself. The book is worth reading but all and all I have to say that I think that Alan Alda¿s book was not a real attention-grabber.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written, funny, sad.
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Interesting information about Alda's childhood. I could hear his voice telling the story all while I was reading. His life is truly unique.
love2readallday More than 1 year ago
Alan Alda's humor is in evidence throughout .. I'm glad I read his book.
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Typical actor auto bio is there ever a happy family? For the collector of theater movies and tv books. anyone still have the radio personalities and silent screen ones?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned some interesting things about Alan and it gave me more insight into who he is and why. I think he's an admirable person who is a good role model for anyone, especially those who like to whine about the fact their lives weren't perfect. Here is a man whose life makes many others seem idyllic yet he still is a success as a father, a husband and a man.
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A book worth reading over and over again
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Good, easy-to-read, insightful material. I learned some things about myself.
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