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How I Got To Be Whoever It Is I Am – Charles Grodin Book Review

Charles Grodin How I got to be whoever it is I amCome on, Charles Grodin? Yep, he has joined the ranks of those memoir writing celebrities. I really enjoyed this book because I have always enjoyed the dry wit of Charles Grodin.

In his candid and engaging new book HOW I GOT TO BE WHOEVER IT IS I AM, successful actor, author, and activist, Charles Grodin, looks back at the major events and private moments that have shaped his life. And, since Grodin is one of the best storytellers around, he can't help but entertain while offering insight gained from a wealth of experience.

The combination of being impeached as class president by his fifth grade teacher (and then winning many school elections thereafter) with being thrown out of Hebrew School for asking too many questions (only to find a much better teacher as a result) informed Grodin's view of himself and made him adept at dealing with rejection–an important skill for an actor. Grodin's success in plays in high school and adventures in college theater led him to a career in acting, studying with the great teachers like Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg.

Grodin's greatest work isn't limited to stage and screen, however. He has been an award winning talk show host and commentator on Sixty Minutes II, and he reveals insights about the political and personal side of journalism and some of the larger-than-life characters he's interviewed.

Grodin shares behind-the-scenes tales of working on plays like Same Time Next Year and movies like The Heartbreak Kid and Midnight Run–even how close he came to playing the lead in The Graduate. His stories feature the many actors, directors, writers, and producers, with whom he's worked, such as Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Johnny Carson, Orson Welles, Warren Beatty, and other colorful characters.

But it is Grodin's tales of the lives he's helped save with his relentless advocacy work that make you realize what a great guy Charles Grodin really is. We are lucky that the nice guy his friends call, “Chuck” brings us along to share a little of his journey of how he got to be who he really is!

Something super cool about Charles Grodin: The author is donating 100 percent of his royalties from sales of this book to Mentoring USA, a New York City based nonprofit that forges powerful, transformative connections for young people through the advocacy and involvement of mentors.

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  1. tina reynolds

    I would like to write one so my great great grandkids would know me and a little bit about where they came from thanks

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  3. bridget3420

    I would love for Angelina Jolie to write a memoir

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  9. sandy vaughan

    taylor caulwell because she wrote in so many different voices and styles, michelle obama because she facinates me.

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    1. Read Together!
    2. Share the Experience.
    3. Ask Questions.
    4. Designate a Reading Spot. Create a summer reading nook or spot in your home where your child can read.
    5. Use Resources.
    6. Find Reading Opportunities Everywhere.
    7. Leverage Pop Culture.
    8. Plan an Outcome Activity.
    9. Write Letters to Your Children.
    10. Mix it up. Don’t just focus on storybooks.

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    1. Read Together!
    2. Share the Experience.
    3. Ask Questions.
    4. Designate a Reading Spot. Create a summer reading nook or spot in your home where your child can read.
    5. Use Resources.
    6. Find Reading Opportunities Everywhere.
    7. Leverage Pop Culture.
    8. Plan an Outcome Activity.
    9. Write Letters to Your Children.
    10. Mix it up. Don’t just focus on storybooks.

  13. sandy vaughan

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    1. Read Together!
    2. Share the Experience.
    3. Ask Questions.
    4. Designate a Reading Spot. Create a summer reading nook or spot in your home where your child can read.
    5. Use Resources.
    6. Find Reading Opportunities Everywhere.
    7. Leverage Pop Culture.
    8. Plan an Outcome Activity.
    9. Write Letters to Your Children.
    10. Mix it up. Don’t just focus on storybooks.

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    1. Read Together!
    2. Share the Experience.
    3. Ask Questions.
    4. Designate a Reading Spot. Create a summer reading nook or spot in your home where your child can read.
    5. Use Resources.
    6. Find Reading Opportunities Everywhere.
    7. Leverage Pop Culture.
    8. Plan an Outcome Activity.
    9. Write Letters to Your Children.
    10. Mix it up. Don’t just focus on storybooks.

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  21. I would love for Ted Kennedy to write a TRUE memoir – I know there are books about him, but nothing that I know that was written by HIM.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Mary Ward

    I think I’d like to read something by Betty White. She’s had such a long career in show business.

  23. Robyn L Norris

    I would like my mom to write a memoir.

    Thank you! 🙂

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