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Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Lu par : Diane Keaton
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From Academy Award winner and best-selling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself - no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write - a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.

In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who’s ever dreamed of kicking back against the "should"s and "supposed to"s that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye.

For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style - and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life - including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard - shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all.

Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions - and encourages us to like what we see.

©2014 Diane Keaton (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critiques

"A far-reaching, heartbreaking, absolutely lucid book about mothers, daughters, childhood, aging, mortality, joyfulness, love, work and the search for self-knowledge." ( The New York Times)
"A poem about women living in one another’s not uncomplicated memories... Part of what makes Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, truly amazing is that she does away with the star’s ‘me’ and replaces it with a daughter’s ‘I.’" (Hilton Als, The New Yorker)

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  • Mel
  • 03/05/2014

Comfortable in her skin

To the point: I don't dislike Keaton, I'm just not a fan -- I'm indifferent about Keaton. I didn't think Annie Hall was absolutely adorkable, and I didn't care for the much emulated fashion either. When friends started wearing gloves and turtlenecks in warm weather, I sincerely wondered if they had psoriasis, until another friend clued me in that it was a "Diane Keaton thing."

Every time I have seen Keaton interviewed, she seems to be an older extension of the Annie Hall character, still uncomfortable, self conscious, and awkward, now because she is aware that she is an older woman in an industry that devours anything female beyond 30. She comes on stage, is lovable and a little off-center, with that characteristic la-di-da body language. But looking beyond those high collars and bowler hats, and listening to what she has to say, is a study of intelligent contradiction. The actress is hardly a one dimensional goof-ball. She is observant, confident, self aware, and unapologetic about being passed middle-age in an unforgiving profession. Those un-botoxed eyes seem to look into the camera and declare, "Here I am, and I am beautiful, crow's feet and all!" It was this appreciation, and understanding of the value of earned beauty that drew me to this book.

Listening was like thumbing through Diane's journals. Each entry is its own story or experience, independent from the previous or the following. At times, it might seem a little disjointed, or extraneous, not unlike a meandering conversation between two people. She recalls memories, moments of gratitude, an epiphany here, a regret once in a while, lyrics that elicited vivid reactions (from The Shadow of Your Smile to Blurred Lines), old neighbors or friends. Many of her vignettes are shared moments between her and her two children. The most significant pieces deal with a young girl becoming a woman and trying to define herself through beauty product advertisements and *suggestions* about 'what to do with that bulbous nose' from film casting agents, or makeup artists, in a culture that valued beauty above all else. Fans expecting Keaton to dish on some of Hollywood's most beautiful leading men, or reveal any tongue wagging fodder will be disappointed. Those that admire her originality and conviction will enjoy sharing these little personal treasures from a woman that has gracefully endured in an industry that thinks 30 is old, age spots are unforgivable, and a sagging keester is the cold kiss of death.

Bottom line: It was OK, short, at times poetic and insightful, and it's always nice to read something that stays positive. But, if I had it to do over, I'd just sit down and re-watch Something's Gotta Give.



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  • RedSunflower
  • 26/07/2014

Enjoyable, Interesting, Validating!

Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty?

Oh boy! You're making this tough. There are many, many memorable moments. Just for starters…Diane carrying a folded up picture of Warren Beatty (during their brake-up), and using it for her emotional scenes during the shooting of a film she was making.

Which scene was your favorite?

Diane writes about a jerk make-up man who was making her feel less than beautiful during her make-over for a screen test for "MacMillan and Wife".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

You don't have to love Diane Keaton (although I do) to enjoy this book. Her talents are many and she gives testimony to the idea of living your dream as she has. Mostly she is an inspiration to anyone who wants to live life to the fullest and lends humor to the inevitable end…death.

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  • Gwendolyn L. Gerardi
  • 17/05/2014

Diane Keaton

If you could sum up Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty in three words, what would they be?

"Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" was a reflection of how altered the public's perception of both fame and beauty have become. With the advent of reality shows and tabloid journalism,
that which is genuinely beautiful is portrayed as ordinary, and those who've been made "famous" are individuals who've done nothing for the improvement of the human race.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought Diane Keaton expressed quite accurately how distorted the concept of beauty has become, both in in the milieu of Hollywood, and in society in general. There are far too many people in Hollywood who are given reality shows and thereby made famous for nothing more than their own abhorrent behavior.

What about Diane Keaton’s performance did you like?

She depicted the the simplicity of days gone by in her youth when the world was a much different place in which to grow up.

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  • debra e ellis
  • 06/03/2016

Love the person, but not her book.

I love Diane Keaton, her movies, her style. & personality....But I didn't like her book. She talked more about other people than herself. I had to skip through parts of the book because I simply found it uninteresting. Disappointing!

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  • Catherine
  • 02/06/2015

Good but not what I had expected

Not quite what I had expected. But good. I had a hard time following a time line. I felt like she jumped around a bit. But still enjoyable.

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  • Kathleen Pupel
  • 29/05/2015

LOVE her - not so much the book

What did you like best about Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty? What did you like least?

I very much liked Diane's tone and ability to portray an emotion, a situation or a vision. She is an excellent storyteller - too bad the story was a bit boring.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

May - but only because I'm a huge fan of hers.

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  • Rae
  • 04/01/2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. Maybe because I am the same age as Diane. Maybe because I related so much with what she experienced, what she felt. I love the way that she tells a story. Her honesty and frankness is refreshing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/10/2014

Always Liked Diane Keaton

She's such an original — funny, self deprecating, smart. Has known lots of interesting people and tells interesting stories about them. Did I get all the details I have no right to know? No, but that's a reflection of her loyalty and good taste.

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  • Cherman
  • 02/07/2014

Love Keaton

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was so so with this book, I kept wanting to know Diane and felt like she was giving me what she wanted me to know. not the real Diane

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I am not into the child experience's made me this way thing so I was over that part

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I love Keaton so I was ok with this book

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  • Paul
  • 23/05/2014

HUH??!!

Would you try another book from Diane Keaton and/or Diane Keaton?

If she were reading a book she didn't write

Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Keaton again?

Maybe

Which scene was your favorite?

NONE

Was Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty worth the listening time?

Not REALLY

Any additional comments?

Diane Keaton is a wonderful reader and narrator, not sure what this book was about, being beautiful, not being beautiful, insecurities. Trust me I don't want to hear my best friends endless insecurities much less from someone, who's a talented lovely lady, made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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