Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned, by Alan Alda
Alda's humility is remarkable in light of the success he's achieved and the recognition he's been given. His example of laughing at his mistakes and finding humor in what others might view as tragedy is what keeps this book entertaining. Each of his experiences becomes a lesson from which he learns something about himself or his world. Rather than seeming preachy, though, his attitude motivates the listener to adopt a similar response to everyday occurrences. His honest descriptions of his mother's episodes of madness and his continued fear of his own genetic susceptibility humanize him. He becomes not the privileged, elitist TV and Hollywood star, but a warm, witty, hardworking man who would probably make a good friend.
This audio book is a perfect road trip book for
the solo traveler or for a group of commuters, friends, or
family members. Alda's humorous observations about life will
trigger conversation among a car full of riders and introspection
and reflection by a single driver. As I listened to him recount
his life's adventures, it seemed as if Hawkeye Pierce were
riding beside me, telling jokes and making droll comments
about the absurdities of life. I highly recommend this audio
book and think it would make an ideal gift for anyone with
access to a CD player and a sense of humor.