|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2012|
|Number of Pages:||338|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0|
|The Dangerous Animals Club||p. 1|
|Local Hero||p. 27|
|Land of Enchantment||p. 39|
|The Alchemist||p. 51|
|The Middle Chapters||p. 65|
|The Flight of the Bumblebee||p. 75|
|The Price of Nothing||p. 83|
|Once in a Lifetime||p. 97|
|A Wager with Freddie||p. 109|
|Listen to the Dog||p. 125|
|Miss Hard to Get||p. 131|
|Chaos Theory||p. 145|
|The Sound of Surprise||p. 157|
|Conference Hour||p. 169|
|Lost in Act One||p. 183|
|The Politics of Romance||p. 199|
|Dating Tips for Actors||p. 213|
|The Uncertainty Principle||p. 223|
|Without a Handle||p. 239|
|A Season of Misdirection||p. 253|
|The World's Not What it Used to be||p. 269|
|Heart. Broken.||p. 285|
|The Light of the First Day||p. 299|
|It's Not My Dog||p. 313|
|Dont Argue with the Road||p. 325|
Tobolowsky has appeared in hundreds of film and television roles (e.g., in Groundhog Day; Deadwood; Glee); however, instead of being recognized as a movie star, he writes that he is often mistaken for an insurance salesman or former science teacher. Perhaps it's this everyman quality that elevates his debut collection of essays. Rather than presenting a mere compilation of anecdotes, Tobolowsky tells each story for a reason, creating a tapestry encompassing catching tarantulas, broken hearts, Davy Crockett, the biblical story of Joseph, and dying twice on Heroes.
Verdict: Tobolowsky guides the reader along a hilarious, poignant, and haunting path. The end result is that most magical of memoirs-one that illuminates the reader's life as much as the author's. Ignore the celebrity aspect and put this book in the hands of your memoir readers. Lovers of good writing will welcome this powerful, compelling voice.
-Terry Bosky, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL
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From celebrated character actor and talented storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky comes this biographical collection of stories about life's great mysteries: "A copiously examined life rendered with humor and heart"( Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you've seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day.
But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. The Dangerous Animals Club is a beguiling series of stories combining biography and essay, with a tone both hilarious and introspective. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters ranging from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen's unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, and hospital rooms.
Told in a voice that is "wry, discursive, and full of generous spirit and curiosity" ( Kirkus Reviews), Tobolowsky renders the majestic out of the mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. The Dangerous Animals Club marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.
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