Life Itself

Life Itself

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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The film critic best known for his "Chicago Sun-Times" reviews and his thirty years as co-host of "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies" describes his life and career, including his recovery from alcoholism and the complications from thyroid cancer treatment.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446584975
0446584975
Branch Call Number: 92 Eb39L 2011
Characteristics: ix, 436 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm

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reedstevens
Nov 15, 2016

Ebert's story shows how a highschool lad became a successful critic. Fascinating; made me jealous that I, a small-town aspiring writer girl, never had such opportunities. Tinged, however, with the sadness of his painful illness which ended an admirable life.

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beckythecat1
May 12, 2015

written by a self absorbed male who believes he is incredible. now I will NOT see the film. yuk!

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 29, 2014

In his autobiography, Ebert comes across as the life of a lifelong party. Tales from childhood, interviews with film stars and directors, funny and touching stories about colleagues, and essays about trips unwind before the reader in a series of loosely organized, beautifully written essays. In light of his recent struggles with thyroid cancer and surgeries resulting in loss of speech and ability to eat, he comments “I may seem tragic to you, but I seem fortunate to myself.” Two thumbs up!

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 24, 2014

The late Roger Ebert is a good writer, and I have always enjoyed his film reviews. This book is probably his last work. Many interesting period pieces, but I skipped some of those on his family as I find them repetitive. The final several articles are particularly interesting - from a man of no religious belief facing imminent death. A good read overall.

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Ellington4
Oct 07, 2012

A terrific read! Ebert is funny, moving, intensely honest and ultimately an extremely heroic character. His story is very colorful, and in his life he has displayed extraordinary courage.

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GummiGirl
Nov 07, 2011

An entertaining memoir, if somewhat repetitious. I would have preferred reading more about his career and less about his friends and family, but he does evoke childhood in mid-20th century Urbana, Illinois, very well.

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ORLstaff
Oct 24, 2011

Great memoir about movies and much more -- indeed, the title says it all: this is about life itself. Ebert talks about his professional life but also talks about his childhood, his struggles with addiction, his friendships and his illness and disability. Highly recommended.

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okbookgirl
Oct 13, 2011

This candid, poignant and funny memoir wanders around a fair bit --- but that is not a criticism. Ebert writes about his early life, and his work relationships with fellow journalists, t.v. co-hosts, movie stars and directors. But, this is also an exploration of his former addiction and his very public illness and subsequent disability. Look online for Ebert's TED talk - "Remaking My Voice" - that is a fascinating account of how he is using technology to remain connected and active in the world.

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ronandlynda
Oct 12, 2011

If you read one non-fiction book this year pick this one, you will not be disappointed.

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