Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday's media madness...

I recently finished the Autobiography Up Till Now by William Shatner.  I really love to read autobiographies of people I find interesting, its even better when I find an audio of their book narrated by the author.  What I love about an autobiography is that it really gives you a feel for the person, since its the story about their life told from their perspective, they are going to skew it in a way that flatters them....usually.  Some come across as vain, some tragic and martyr like, some are just plain fun and are well worth hanging onto to read again.  The latter is the case with Up Till Now.  William Shatner has enjoyed his life and it comes through on the pages of his book, even the loss of his wife does not overshadow the rest of the book.  He is able to look at the highs and the lows and put them all together in a way that ultimately will leave the reader enlightened and smiling. 

At the start of the book we learn of a very funny love story between Mr. Shatner and the famous gorilla Coco, from there travel through his career of Shakespeare, various rolls in movies, some he took, but shouldn't have and some he should have taken but didn't, his work with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show which raises money for children's causes and Nerine Shatner's Friendly House which he set up after the death of his wife to help women overcome Alcohol and drug abuse.  We also learn in the book that, unbeknownst to him, no one on the set of Star Trek with the exception of Leonard Nimoy liked Mr. Shatner, and there is in fact one or two entertainment venues he will NOT work, you will have to read the book to see if your child's birthday party is one of them.

I was able to find a new hardcover copy of the book at for $2.99 with $1.99 shipping, there is a coupon you can click on right on the book page that will give you 42% off bringing the book cost down to $1.73 so the total with shipping will be $3.72.  The lowest price for a new copy of the abridged audio book was on eBay for $6.62 plus shipping, the unabridged version is on sale at Amazon for $23.95, you get free shipping on orders over $25.00, you can also find it at Amazon for your Kindle for $9.99.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!



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  1. Thanks for sharing your opinion. I also love reading auto-biographies. Actually, I love reading ALL biographies!

    Shatner is definitely a quirky man, and I'd be interested to give this one a try...

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  2. I remember you telling me how much you enjoyed this book. Glad you did a post on it so others can enjoy it as well.

  3. Seeing as I am a Trekkie (original and TNG), a Shatner fan (LOVED T.J. Hooker!) and love to read, I think you have convinced me to try the book out.

    Here from FTLOB's Comment Love hop. I hope your Sunday is peaceful.

  4. Oh my, I love William Shatner! I am a bit of a closet nerd (although I let the nerd flags fly when I find like-minded folks) so Mr. Star Trek always has me in a tizzy of excitement (not to mention the fact that there is finally someone who is quirkier than myself). Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I love to read autobiographies, too, and I love William Shatner. Thanks for the tip on the book, I'm going to read it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  6. Thank you so much for coming over from Bernie's blog and joining mine. You're reading all my posts, too! That is just incredible :) Thank you so much. I'm really looking forward to getting to know both of you better!


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