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

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

Alan Alda / Oct 25, 2020

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed And Other Things I ve Learned 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

  • Title: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
  • Author: Alan Alda
  • ISBN: 9781400064090
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sHe 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 filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.

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      • Alan Alda

        Full name Alphonso Joseph D AbruzzoSon of actor Robert AldaHusband of children s book author Arlene AldaBest known from role of Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce from M A S H TV series


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    1. When I was a kid I would sit in our playroom and watch M*A*S*H* on my black and white TV while everyone else was busy doing their thing. I remember Little House on the Prairie being on at the same time, so my sister and Mom must have been watching the Ingalls. And my Dadwell he wasn't interested in M*A*S*H*. He hated Alan Alda. According to my Dad, Hawkeye, and Alan Alda by extension, was a bleeding heart liberal, and the only things worse than bleeding heart liberals in our house were "fags" or [...]


    2. My dad use to watch M*A*S*H when I was a kid but I would usually leave the room or pick up a book to block it out, war stuff scared me and was never my thing. Those little snippets were all I knew about Alan Alda but the title of this one called my name.This isn’t one of those gossipy tell-alls and the book barely touches on Alda’s time on M*A*S*H. It’s a memoir about his entire life and I found it fascinating and quietly funny. Alda grew up surrounded by performers and parents who were me [...]


    3. If you're going to read something by Alan Alda, get the audio version and have it read to you by Alan Alda.I knew nothing about his life and I am so glad I picked this up. He grew up in the world of vaudeville, learning the theater from the wings. For anyone interested in acting, this is a good look of what to do and what not to do.It's not a study of acting though, but you can't have Alan Alda's autobio without information on acting.The most powerful moments for me involve his mother. She suffe [...]



    4. A while back, mr czuk and I had a driveway moment- one of those times when what is on the radio is so interesting, you don't want to get out of the car to go inside. What was so interesting? One of our favorite NPR shows, "What do you know" with Michael Feldman was on with Alan Alda as the guest for the first segment. Alda was so great in telling stories from his childhood that I turned to mr czuk and said, "I'll have to try and find his book. It sounds great." I was gifted this copy by my frien [...]


    5. This was really lovely to read. Above all, it confirmed my notion of Alan Alda as a kind man and I loved getting to know him a little better amid his strange and fascinating life stories. Recommended for fans and for those interested in acting, show business, mental illness, family dynamics and even physics.


    6. I've always loved Alan Alda as an actor. This book makes be love the man he is just as much. On film his sincerety humanity shine through. The book also shows his insecurities, joys, and integrity. He had a pretty tough and unusual childhood. His experiences teach him many lessons. His mother is mentally ill, and his father is a good man but always on the road performing. Alda learns that he loves to makes people laugh and especially loves improvisation. He loves books and learning. He learns th [...]


    7. WARM AND WITTY, BUT (PERHAPS) NOT AS WISE.“My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.” ― Alan Alda, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've LearnedNEVER HAVE YOUR DOG STUFFED: AND OTHER THINGS I’VE LEARNED, by Alan Alda was not quite as easy, or enjoyable, a listen as was Alda’s other memoir, THINGS I OVERHEARD WHILE TALKING TO MYSELF, perhaps, in part, because the audiobook of THING I OVERHEARD was narrated by Alan, himself, and NEVER HAVE YOUR DOG STUFFED wasn [...]


    8. I've always liked Alan Alda, especially from his MASH days. This book is humorous, but also gives great insight into Alda's childhood and his parents. I really enjoyed it.


    9. Before reading this book I knew little about Alan Alda. Of course I was one of the millions who welcomed him into my living room each week as he portrayed Hawkeye on M.A.S.H. Later, went the lights went off and Alda went on to other things, I’d see his warm face from time to time, but never paid much attention to his career. Our book group chose this, a bit different than most memoirs we have read before. Memoirs in themselves can be sketchy, just giving a bit of a life but not the whole pictu [...]


    10. It is reassuring to learn that the actor that I have loved and admired is the "real" person I have always assumed he must be. Had to be. He couldn't possibly be some limp dick like so many other movie stars that we love in film but are so disgusting about their real life (think Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, and okay maybe even Johnny Depp).This is quite a departure memoir, as in the remembrances that are are so revealing, poignant, the grim side of his life and living with/dying with his literally cr [...]


    11. I gave this four stars instead of five as it seemed to be somewhat disjointed. At times it seems the book is going in chronological order pursuant to Mr. Alda's life and then suddenly you jump back or forward in time. as to the content, this is not a tell-all book or an exploration into Mr. Alda's fantastic life. rather, this is a compilation of stories that have lead Mr. Alda to come to certain realizations about life and why we do what we do. that is not to say it is a self-help book, either. [...]


    12. I've liked Alan Alda since I was a kid watching "M*A*S*H" with my parents. This look inside his life was eye-opening, to say the least, but he tackles even the roughest subjects with his trademark humor. I only wish there had been more about "M*A*S*H" in the book, though I realize the series was just a snippet of his overall life story. A must read for any fan.


    13. Alan Alda is pretty witty, smart, and introspective and this just reassured me that I'd enjoy a conversation with him in real life as well!


    14. Though not at all what I expected (ie. a very funny read), this memoir was engaging and fascinating in revealing a side of Alan Alda I had no idea existed. From his unconventional childhood as the son of burlesque performers to his current stage career, Alda has a deep story to tell and he tells it well in this book: his mother's mental illness, his own stint in the military, his priority on family life, his insistence on making his acting roles more than mere entertainment. If you're looking fo [...]


    15. As a longtime M*A*S*H fan, I was elated when I found this book. I grew up loving Alan Alda's character, Hawkeye, on M*A*S*H. He seemed so very cool, and the rest of the cast was awesome. So when I picked up the book, I was hoping for a lively autobiography complete with numerous M*A*S*H stories. BTW, it surprised me to see, while reading through reviews, just how many people did NOT want that! It confirmed for me the fact that I'm a very different reader than most people. I like what most don't [...]


    16. I have no great connection to Alan Alda, just a vague sense of really liking the guy and enjoying what he's been in so I thought I'd pick this up for some laughs. Whoa, he's has had a tremendous, and bizarre, amount of life experience! Who knew!? This was a very interesting look at his life, from his early years waiting in the wings of his parents' burlesque troupe, to really having his dog stuffed, to his mother's mental illness (possibly schizophrenia, but back then that just wasn't talked abo [...]


    17. This isn’t one of those gossipy tell-alls and the book barely touches on Alda’s time on M*A*S*H. It’s a memoir about his entire life and I found it fascinating and quietly funny. Alda grew up surrounded by performers and parents who were merely children in grown up bodies. His mother was mentally unstable and grew increasingly worse as she aged. His dad was a somewhat famous, handsome actor but he was never paid well so Alda grew up on the edge of broke and remains pretty humble even when [...]


    18. I'm not certain what possessed me to pick this up, other than a vague childhood fondness for MASH and a general sense that Alan Alda is a thoroughly good sort. On the latter point, I was absolutely right: he manages to write with a complete lack of ego, whilst describing himself as the sort of person who craves attention and the need to perform. He also manages to write about his mother's psychosis in a way that is moving yet wholly removed from any sense of this being a 'misery memoir'. Indeed, [...]


    19. I've always loved Alan Alda. I loved him as Hawkeye in M*A*S*H and I've admired him for his activism for issues that were important to me. He's always seemed to be a kind and compassionate person, and I like that about him, too. This book explained a lot. It was fascinating to learn about his dysfunctional childhood, and to realize that he overcame what could have scarred him for life. I'm amazed he is as normal as he is, considering his less than normal upbringing. This book followed his slow t [...]


    20. This was an interesting look into the life of Alan Alda. He was very candid about his relationship with his parents and his mother's mental illness. He was also very candid about his acting experiences (both stage and screen). The stories were blunt and had elements of humor. My main problem is that the audio version was supposed to have been narrated by Alda himself, but it was narrated by another reader, Mark Kashman. This was disappointing because Alda has a nuance to his voice that enhances [...]


    21. A thoughtful, intelligent, and humorous look at a thoughtful, intelligent, and humorous man.In one of my earlier updates I mentioned how nice it was that Alda didn't make himself out to be someone who had never made a mistake. And that observation stayed true to the end. Ultimately, this wasn't the biography of a famous actor who was brilliant from birth, but the path taken by someone who is intent to learn what makes the world tick.From his attempts to figure out what makes an actor a good acto [...]


    22. Per another reviewer's suggestion, I listened to the audio of this book rather than reading it. (Does it still count toward my reading challenge? Whatever, I'm counting it.) I'd never listened to an audiobook before, but once I learned how to make my million-thoughts-a-second brain all but shut off and listen, I loved it. Alda's writing is humorous and, of course, his delivery is perfect. Hearing the man responsible for making me fall in love with Hawkeye Pierce tell his story made me admire him [...]



    23. I had no big expectations at the beginning but I really enjoyed reading this memoir. He is one of those people who was born to act, write and create! And a beautiful soul!


    24. An engaging and interesting memoir by one of my favorite actors. While I knew he had a done a fair amount of directing, I had neglected to notice how much writing he has done. This latter seems to be his true love, albeit a challenge for him, especially when he started. It was also fun to learn a little more about Robert Alda and his days as a singer/actor in burlesque.


    25. I defy any person who might read this article to present to me another nineteen-year-old girl of today's generation who knows exactly who Alan Alda is, everything that he has done, and some of the more intimate particulars of his life. The second and third, of course, are direct results of reading this revealing, enchanting, humorous, inspiring, thoughtful autobiography, although to be fair, I have been watching reruns of MASH since I was seven years old. To me, there has always been something a [...]


    26. I was a tad bit nervous to read Alan Alda’s life story worrying it would change my feelings towards him but it didn’t. The book is captivating and shamefully the first autobiography I have finished. It confirmed what I felt all along, Mr. Alda you are brilliant! I hope our paths cross one day.


    27. Let me start this review off with a little disclosure. I am a complete and utter Alan Alda fangirl. My grandmother was a Robert Alda fan and I remember comparing notes with her during those few M*A*S*H episodes where the two acted together. So when I heard Alda on the radio back when Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned I've wanted the book. Mom got me a copy for last Christmas and my inner fangirl squeed with delight.Was the book worth the wait? Yes! I tore through my copy [...]


    28. Alan Alda is one of the most engaging actors I’ve seen; it was no surprise to learn that the outward twinkle is driven, in part, by an inward need to have, to control, and to please, an audience… he’s driven by other things, too, and his ability to break these factors down and present them to the reader makes this an honest and charming memoir. As sad as some parts of his personal history are, he doesn’t flinch in presenting them to the reader for mutual examination, and even laces them [...]


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