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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

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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.

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.

Review:

"Avoiding the trappings — excess schmaltz, laundry list of famous friends, boozy party log — of so many celebrity memoirs, Crystal delivers a funny and genuinely moving chronicle of his life inside and outside Hollywood….(and) manages the extremely difficult feat of making his prose as vibrant and funny as his stand-up. He'll always be a hard act to follow." Publishers Weekly

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"Massively laugh-out-loud funny....Hollywood memoirs don't come much more entertaining than this one." Booklist (starred)

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"A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystals legions of fans...the always affable author proves yet again his ability to translate his comedic chops from the screen to the page." Kirkus

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A hilarious and heartfelt look at aging, by one of America's biggest movie stars on the eve of his 65th birthday.

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 out with half your meal on your shirt. In humorously titled chapters like "Drugs We Did Then, Drugs We Do Now" and "Sex at 65," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a roadmap to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him, urging them to "celebrate the fact that you made it around the sun one more time" and that "the ancient Mayans were wrong." He looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from his final conversation with his father, which would haunt him, to the birthday ritual he shared with his mother. 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 first brush with the afterlife. 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"), death, and the things he wishes he had known as a younger man. As wise and poignant as it is funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

About the Author

Billy Crystal has starred in many hit films, among them When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Princess Bride, and Analyze This. He is the author of the Tony award-winning play 700 Sundays, about his relationship with his late father, which was later adapted into a book, and the childrens book, I Already Know I Love You. Crystal was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, is a six time Emmy winner, and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Janice.

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Garylovestoread, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
My dog died last week after 16 years of being my friend and pal. I immediately went into depression and sadness. I couldn't watch the junk on tv so I decided to read something to perk myself up. I chose this wonderful book which traces the life of Billy Crystal from his days performing at home in front of relatives, to his hilarious one-man show, 700 Sundays. This book made me laugh. Billy spoke about being on SNL, Johnny Carson, doing HBO specials with Muhammad Ali, movies with DeNiro and Palance, and bringing laughter and happiness to millions of people. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys life, who enjoys being amused, or is feeling sadness because of what life brings you. Thank you Billy Crystal. I miss my dog tremendously but because of you, there are smiles on my face.
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Garylovestoread, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
My dog died last week after 16 years of being my friend and pal. I immediately went into depression and sadness. I couldn't watch the junk on tv so I decided to read something to perk myself up. I chose this wonderful book which traces the life of Billy Crystal from his days performing at home in front of relatives, to his hilarious one-man show, 700 Sundays. This book made me laugh. Billy spoke about being on SNL, Johnny Carson, doing HBO specials with Muhammad Ali, movies with DeNiro and Palance, and bringing laughter and happiness to millions of people. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys life, who enjoys being amused, or is feeling sadness because of what life brings you. Thank you Billy Crystal. I miss my dog tremendously but because of you, there are smiles on my face.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805098204
Author:
Crystal, Billy
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Review" by , "Avoiding the trappings — excess schmaltz, laundry list of famous friends, boozy party log — of so many celebrity memoirs, Crystal delivers a funny and genuinely moving chronicle of his life inside and outside Hollywood….(and) manages the extremely difficult feat of making his prose as vibrant and funny as his stand-up. He'll always be a hard act to follow."
"Review" by , "Massively laugh-out-loud funny....Hollywood memoirs don't come much more entertaining than this one."
"Review" by , "A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystals legions of fans...the always affable author proves yet again his ability to translate his comedic chops from the screen to the page."
"Synopsis" by , A hilarious and heartfelt look at aging, by one of America's biggest movie stars on the eve of his 65th birthday.

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 out with half your meal on your shirt. In humorously titled chapters like "Drugs We Did Then, Drugs We Do Now" and "Sex at 65," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a roadmap to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him, urging them to "celebrate the fact that you made it around the sun one more time" and that "the ancient Mayans were wrong." He looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from his final conversation with his father, which would haunt him, to the birthday ritual he shared with his mother. 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 first brush with the afterlife. 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"), death, and the things he wishes he had known as a younger man. As wise and poignant as it is funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

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