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The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente)by Kirstie Alley
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John Travolta. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Parker Stevenson. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ted Danson. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Maksim Chmerkovskiy. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Kelsey Grammer. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Patrick Swayze. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Woody Allen. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Woody Harrelson. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;And many others. . . . In three decades in Hollywood, Kirstie Alley has lived with, worked with, loved, or lost all of these men, and in this revealing memoir, she peels back the layers (and sometimes the sheets) on her relationships with all of them. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the early days of her childhood in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by her loving father, her inquisitive and doting grandfather, and a younger brother she fiercely protected when she wasnand#8217;t selling tickets to see him naked, Kirstie Alleyand#8217;s life has been shaped and molded by men. and#8220;Men, men, glorious men!and#8221; gave her her first big break in Hollywood and her awardwinning role on andlt;Iandgt;Cheersandlt;/Iandgt;, and through two marriages, a debilitating cocaine addiction, the death of her mother, roles in some of the biggest comedies of the last twenty years, and a surprising stint on andlt;Iandgt;Dancing with the Starsandlt;/Iandgt;, men proved to be the inspiration for multitudes of the decisions and dramas in Kirstie Alleyand#8217;s life. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this collection of linked essays thatand#8217;s both hilarious and poignant in turns, Kirstie chronicles all the good, the bad, and the ugly men who have influenced and guided her. She demonstrates how men can be the air that women breathe or the source of all of their frustrations. But for better or worse, Kirstie shows that a life well lived is a life lived in the company of men, especially if they andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;remember to put the lid down. andlt;Iandgt;The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) andlt;/Iandgt;is a hilarious excursion into love, joy, motherhood, loss, sex, and self-discovery from one of Hollywoodand#8217;s most enduring stars.
"Written in a highly accessible, unpretentious, and often funny manner, noted film and TV actress Alley reminisces about the many men in her life, describing the ways in which she was influenced both professionally and personally by them. Where her father seemed a caring, moral authority with 'the purest, most simplistic truths ever uttered,' her own trajectory lead her through a failed first marriage at age 20, a later entanglement with a borderline abusive lover who was into sadomasochism, the temptation of eloping with John Travolta while both were already married, and a never quite fulfilled flirtation with her Dancing with the Stars partner, the much younger student, Sergey. Most compelling, however, are the lessons learned from men who were never her lovers, for example the importance of being ego-less in ensemble performance from Cheers co-star Ted Danson, and the ability to bring personal beliefs to the service of a comedic role from Woody Allen. In offering a glimpse into the workings of her mind, Alley successfully balances deeply personal revelations with entertaining and often absurd asides. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley’s candid and audacious memoir about her life and the men she has shared it with—for better and for worse.
Known for her irreverent, no-holds-barred, hilarious opinions and observations, beloved actress and spokesperson Kirstie Alley now channels her media-savvy wit into a mashup of Chelsea Handler and Nora Ephron that delivers a down-and-dirty account of all the men she’s slept with, danced with, drank with, and the ones she’s loved and hated during her sixty years on the planet.
From her award-winning turn as the neurotic Rebecca Howe on Cheers to her well-publicized splash on Dancing with the Stars, through all her weight losses and gains, her unabashed Oprah appearances, and whether she’s playing a fat actress or a sexy Vulcan, Kirstie Alley is a true original. And yet she claims that so much of her inspiration (and self-deprecating wit) has come from the good, the bad, and the ugly men she’s loved and lost throughout her tumultuous life.
In this full-disclosure account, Kirstie frames her life story with all the men she’s been shaped, molded, and motivated by, from Woody Harrelson to L. Ron Hubbard to her partner Maks on Dancing with the Stars. In the end, readers will find a part of themselves in this hilarious excursion into love, sex, and self-discovery from one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Kirstie Alley andlt;/Bandgt;is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and popular product spokesperson. She currently has her own line of natural supplements on QVC. She lives in Los Angeles.
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