Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career in this New York Times bestseller.
Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like "Buying the Plot" and "Nodding Off," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever "test positive for Maalox"), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.
Great read by an outstanding comedian, actor, director and family man.55
I read this book in just a couple days on my iPhone, then learned from my son that he has a hard copy of the book! I loved the book! Occasionally I burst out laughing, but more often I’d chuckle, and I think I had a smile on my face reading every page. Now I have to see all of the movies; some of them, for the second time, and some for the first. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!55
If you liked 700 Sunday's (I loved it) you'll really enjoy this book. Sweet,sentimental, laced with wit and humor...pure Crystal! I'm a similar age so maybe it homes more for me. Also, I grew up in N.Y.. All the best Mr. Crystal, thanks for sharing your story.55
I love this book! I laughed out loud and didn't want to put the book down. Mr. Crystal gives you a wonderful glimpse into his life. Thank you!55
Excellent! Made me laugh and cry.55
I laughed, I cried, I remembered, I died, this incredible book took me through my emotions about my family and how much they mean to me and how much they drive me nuts! Thanks Billy for everything you've given. I'll never be able to repay you. Read this book!55
I found myself laughing out loud at parts of this book. I've always liked Billy Crystal and after reading this I find him to be really relatable too. He's lived an amazing life and has shared it with friends and family throughout seven decades. I enjoyed the stories about the making of his movies and the bonds he shared with lost family members. Not too mention his wife, kids, and grandkids. Read this book if you're a fan or just looking for a touching memoir.45
Great reading, lots of laughs and occasions for reminiscing. Did not think I would enjoy the book so much.55
What a great book. Once I started reading it, it was hard to put it down. Saw billy on the jimmy Fallon show and that's how I was turned on to this book. Touching and funny at the same time. You'll enjoy the humor and wonderful stories about his career and life. Thanks for sharing Billy.55
About half of this book was a great read as the author told about an amazing life and career. These are stories only the author could write and his voice was that of the actor and comic genius that I came to know over the years. Great stuff. Interspersed are stories about the author's family life and outlook on society and politics today. Much is said about old age and death. These bits, up against the other part of book where the author speaks of great deeds and amazing people, do not stand a chance. I felt that putting these two story lines in one book was a brave move but they don't belong together. Too bad, I loved the inspiring part.25