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The Dangerous Animals Club

Format:  Hardcover,

338 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9781451633153

ISBN-10: 1451633157

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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 not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective.
To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451633153
ISBN-10: 1451633157
Format: Hardcover
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

Chapter outline

The Dangerous Animals Clubp. 1
FAQp. 17
Local Herop. 27
Land of Enchantmentp. 39
The Alchemistp. 51
The Middle Chaptersp. 65
The Flight of the Bumblebeep. 75
The Price of Nothingp. 83
Once in a Lifetimep. 97
A Wager with Freddiep. 109
Listen to the Dogp. 125
Miss Hard to Getp. 131
Chaos Theoryp. 145
The Sound of Surprisep. 157
Conference Hourp. 169
Lost in Act Onep. 183
The Politics of Romancep. 199
Dating Tips for Actorsp. 213
The Uncertainty Principlep. 223
Without a Handlep. 239
A Season of Misdirectionp. 253
The World's Not What it Used to bep. 269
Heart. Broken.p. 285
The Light of the First Dayp. 299
It's Not My Dogp. 313
Dont Argue with the Roadp. 325
Acknowledgmentsp. 337

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-06-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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