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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
Alan Alda

the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.

And Other Things I've Learned
Random House
September 2005
On Sale: September 7, 2006
Featuring: Alan Alda
240 pages
ISBN: 1400064090
EAN: 9781400064090
Hardcover
$24.95
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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.

Media Buzz

Live with Regis and Kelly - September 7, 2006
Fresh Air - NPR - May 12, 2006
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - January 2, 2006
Conan O'Brien - December 27, 2005
Tony Danza - December 2, 2005
Conan O'Brien - December 1, 2005
Live with Regis and Kelly - December 1, 2005
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 29, 2005
The Insider - October 27, 2005
Today - October 1, 2005
20 / 20 - September 30, 2005
Late Late Show - September 28, 2005
The View - September 22, 2005
Fresh Air - NPR - September 21, 2005
Good Morning America - September 20, 2005
Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central - September 20, 2005

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