A Life in Parts

A Life in Parts

eBook - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
A memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of "Breaking Bad" chronicles his theatrical childhood and recommitment to acting in the aftermath of his father's disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards.

Baker
& Taylor

A humorous coming-of-age memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of Breaking Bad chronicles his theatrical childhood and recommitment to acting in the aftermath of his father's disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards.

Simon and Schuster
“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling.

In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White.

“An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781476793887
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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pocolocopadre
Sep 18, 2017

This was an easy read with interesting anecdotes from Mr. Cranston's career. He seems very level headed and has escaped rather unscathed from a difficult childhood and a career that has more than its share of pitfalls. I do have a greater appreciation of the hard work actors put into their craft after reading this book.

AL_HOLLYR May 08, 2017

A great read for fans of his work or anyone interested in the business of acting, Cranston's memoir focuses heavily on the arc of his career and development as an actor. Tracing several of his major and minor roles, Cranston offers readers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the audition process, production work, and daily life as an actor. He is especially adept at describing the intense preparation that goes into character development each time he takes on a new role.

Fans of "Malcom in the Middle" and "Breaking Bad" will enjoy candid stories from each set. Equally interesting are Cranston's discussions of his smaller roles and his crooked path to eventual stardom. Interspersed throughout are snippets of Cranston's personal life.

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Book_worm_786
Mar 24, 2017

Hilarious, short, real life stories. Some were funny, some sad, some unbelievable, but always interesting. He made it seem like you were right there having an intimate conversation with him. Easy read when you're in the mood for a quick escape.

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VonHafenstaaad
Mar 23, 2017

I thought this was an interesting biography by Bryan Cranston. he's lived an interesting life and he doesn't hold back from some of the more harrowing aspects of it.

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daysleeper236
Mar 21, 2017

Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always fascinating. Highly recommended.

d2013 Mar 11, 2017

Wonderful actor and his memoir is quite good and interesting!

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Leslirn
Dec 29, 2016

A quite enjoyable and interesting insight into an actor I have always felt was underrated. This is less about himself, and more about the life, people and situations that shaped him. Quite a deft piece of storytelling...

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exie3
Dec 09, 2016

Almost as good a writer as an actor - A+

Cynthia_N Dec 03, 2016

Easy, interesting read. I feel like I sat down and had a great conversation with Cranston.

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