An insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions Alan Alda has asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)
Picking up where his bestselling memoir left off–having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile–Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he’s heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life–from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.”
In a book that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his unique and hilarious meditations on questions great and small. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself is another superb Alan Alda performance, as inspiring and entertaining as the man himself.
Praise for Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
“Engagingly thoughtful and thought-provoking . . . [Alan Alda] candidly shares many stories of his life, so easily and wittily you can hear him speak as you read.”
–Sydney Sun Herald
“Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Smart, engaged, funny and observant.”
–San Antonio Express-News
Entertaining, but not as good as I expected from Alda
This book could have been more accurately titled "A Recap of Commencement Addresses I Have Delivered". If you're looking for a verbal chuck in the shoulder and a "you can do it, kid", I highly recommend this book, as these are the themes of his speeches. There are probably 6-8 commencement addresses embedded in the text, with just enough background and perspective in between to make the book flow from one to the next.
Witty and Well worth it
He brought us laughs on MASH and led us on travels around the world in his documentaries, Alan is funny, sincere, witty, smart, and a caring individual. This is a guy you would sit down and have a beer and a brat with and enjoy the evening talking current events and life together. Whether your a Dem or a REP, sad I have to mention the two parties, but that's how the country is divided now, like the old North/South. But you'll enjoy this simple and sincere audiobook that's just perfect for that rainy day. Great Man that has done great things..
I read this book and his last
I LOVE Alan Alda, I am a 29 year old woman who has never seen a full episode of MASH, but I love him. He is like the uncle I never knew I always wanted! Both books are witty, comical, and heartfelt. Fantastic!