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Alan Alda writing another book

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 15th 2007 12:01PM

alan alda bookThat's what Starpulse is saying, and based on a search of Google News, it's the only site saying it. However, a quick scan of Random House's site revealed the book does in fact exist, and will be out on September 4. The book is titled Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself and will be Alda's second book after Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. His first book is one of very few non-fiction books I've read in my lifetime, and it's quite interesting. Even if we didn't know Alda as that guy from M*A*S*H, The West Wing and Scientific American Frontiers, the stories of his childhood --his mentally unstable mother, living above a burlesque house-- are more than engaging enough.

This new book will apparently feature highlights from various speeches Alda has given over the years, a kind of guide on how to enjoy life and get the most out of it. I would say Alda did enough heavy-handed proselytizing when he started writing M*A*S*H episodes, but apparently Alda even pokes fun at his early rhetoric in this book.

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July 15 2007 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alda was on a panel about a month ago on CSPAN-2 BookTV from BookExpo 2007, where he spoke for a short time about his upcoming book. I suggest you get the audio version--that's how I enjoyed "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed." There's nothing like hearing the author himself tell you his story, especially someone with as expressive a voice as Alda.

July 15 2007 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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