Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author A. E. Hotchner's intimate account of his 53-year friendship with his pal Paul Newman.
A. E. Hotchner first met Paul Newman in 1955 when the virtually unknown actor assumed the lead role in Hotchner’s first television play, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. The project elevated both men from relative obscurity to recognition and began a close and trusted friendship that lasted until Newman’s death in 2008.
In Paul and Me, Hotchner depicts a complicated, unpredictable, fun-loving, talented man, and takes the reader along on their adventures. The pair traveled extensively, skippered a succession of bizarre boats, confounded the business world, scored triumphs on the stage, and sustained their friendship through good times and bad. Most notably, they started Newman’s Own as a prank and watched it morph into a major enterprise that so far has donated all its $300 million in profit to charities including the Hole in the Wall Camps worldwide, dedicated to helping thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Paul and Me, complete with personal photographs, is the story of a freewheeling friendship and a tribute to the acclaimed actor who gave to the world as much as the world gave him.
"Author and playwright Hotchner (Papa Hemingway) met Paul Newman in 1955, when the unknown actor took over for James Dean in Hotchner's first teleplay, beginning a friendship that lasted until the legendary actor's 2008 death. Chronicling that friendship, Hotchner presents a meandering collection of stories about their times and projects, including the successful business they started together. Vignettes feature the two fishing, traveling, and developing the Newman's Own brand, spreading the familiar news of Newman's nice-guy reputation, rigorous preparation for specific roles, penchant for practical jokes, philanthropic efforts, political involvement and disdain for rules. Though there's no question that the relationship between them ran deep — one passage finds Newman confiding his guilt over the drug-related death of his son, Scott — the author places himself in the middle of every story, resorts to frequent namedropping, and quotes extensively from private conversations that took place decades ago, giving the proceedings a queasy current of self-regard that could rub fans the wrong way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The...portrait is drawn with a friend's care...revealing without ever feeling pulpy.... This warm, enlightening portrait will be a delight to Newman's many fans." Library Journal
"Hotchner's memoir is...an inspirational portrait of an extraordinary man. An intimate, uplifting account of a profound friendship and a boyish lark that grew into a spectacularly successful enterprise." Kirkus Reviews
"Hotchner introduces us to the Newman we probably don’t know, and he turns out to be a man we wish we could have called our friend. Beautifully written..." Booklist
Bestselling author Hotchner offers this intimate account of his 52-year friendship with his pal Paul Newman. Paul and Me tells the story of an unusual bond and offers a tribute to the acclaimed actor who gave to the world as much as the world gave him.
About the Author
A. E. Hotchner is the author of the international bestsellers Papa Hemingway, Doris Day: Her Own Story, Sophia, and his own memoir, King of the Hill. He has adapted many of Hemingway's works for the screen.