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Nevertheless: A Memoir
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Nevertheless: A Memoir

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“A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec Baldwin, gifted actor, familiar public figure, impressively thoughtful person, notorious pugilist? . . . Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving . . . . Baldwin writes with great knowledge about old films, the art of acting, what he has learned from other actors, and about the differences among television, film and theater. . . . He’s a highly literate and fluent writer.”New York Times

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey’s irreverent series 30 Rock—for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards—and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he’s both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

In Nevertheless, Baldwin transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir, he introduces us to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family’s financial strains and his parents’ unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student gearing up for a career in politics; the self-named "Love Taxi" who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict drawn to drugs and alcohol who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin’s life.

Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.

Title:Nevertheless: A Memoir
ISBN:0062409700
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    Nevertheless: A Memoir Reviews

  • Diane
    May 06, 2017

    If the value of a celebrity memoir is determined by its frankness, then Alec Baldwin's book is highly valuable.I've long been a fan of Alec's acting -- I think he brings a lot energy, charm and wit to...

  • Luke Narlee
    May 01, 2017

    I'd probably give this one 3.5 stars. I've been a casual fan of Alec Baldwin since I saw him in Beatlejuice at a young age. And, being a movie buff, I always enjoy reading actor memoirs. So I figured ...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 06, 2017

    No further explanation for why I gave this 5. Particularly when read in his voice....

  • Toni
    Apr 08, 2017

    I both read and listened to the audio of Alec Baldwin's memoir. Considering Alec's well trained voice talent, the audio is excellent. I've always been a fan, even when he was acting less than the gent...

  • Heather Fineisen
    May 07, 2017

    The audio version of this book was appealing as it is narrated by the author and Baldwin has a great story telling voice. Whether he is talking about his grandfather fondly or his ex wife not so fondl...

  • Lori
    Apr 16, 2017

    I would give this a 4.5. Alec Baldwin writes and honest memoir of his life so far.He grew up on Long Island New York second of six children. His childhood could be tough at times. Went on to college a...

  • Ariel
    May 01, 2017

    I was never really a fan of Alec Baldwin, he always seems angry and after reading his memoir I can't really say my unfavorable opinion has been changed. I love a juicy Hollywood memoir and I can sum a...

  • Jim Cullison
    Apr 10, 2017

    A mixed bag. The early sections are the best, most compelling, and worthy of your time. A genuinely gifted writer with fascinating insights about filmmaking as well as the darker recesses of his spiri...

  • Brian Joynt
    Apr 11, 2017

    Fans of Alec Baldwin (me, obviously) could find some level of enjoyment in listening to him narrate a phone book, thanks to his stark, instantly recognizable, no-nonsense delivery. The fact that he na...

  • Janice
    Apr 17, 2017

    Wanted to love this book but it was painful to even finish. He comes across as so entitled and self-absorbed....while simultaneously calling out others for the same thing. It felt flat emotionally. Th...