Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Large Print - 2014
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself--no matter what anyone else thinks.
 
Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty , she shares the wisdom she's accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write--a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.
 
In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who's ever dreamed of kicking back against the "should"s and "supposed to"s that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria's Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye.
 
For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she's made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style--and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life--including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard--shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all.
 
Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions--and encourages us to like what we see.

Praise for Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

"Behind the sterling movie credits and tomboyish wardrobe, we see a soulful and deep woman contemplating the narrative arc of her own life." -- Newsweek
 
"Delicious writing . . . This book is like a dishy lunch with the movie star you thought you'd never be lucky enough to meet. . . . Diane Keaton is in a class by herself and this book is good for the soul." --Liz Smith, Chicago Tribune
 
"She's talented, iconic, quirky . . . and wonderfully blunt. This is just a small sampling of the reasons we love Diane Keaton, and they all permeate the pages of her new memoir." --Elle
 
"As disarming and personable as the actress herself." --The Huffington Post
 
"Wise, witty, thoughtful, uplifting, the truth, unvarnished--and very funny." -- Toronto Star


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Lrge Print, c2014.
Edition: 1st large print ed.
ISBN: 9780804194433
Characteristics: xxi, 201 p. ; 22 cm.

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hildee
Mar 10, 2016

I don't usually add any comment to a book, though this was so pathetic. I kept reading, expecting it to get better, hoping for it to get better - it never got better. Keaton is wrapped up in beauty, and her belief she has none. It read to be a psychological assignment for her to deal with her insecurity of beauty. This is not worth a read.

multcolib_susannel Sep 14, 2015

Diane Keaton uses personal anctidotes and her classic sense of humor to explore the meaning of beauty.

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writermala
Apr 28, 2015

I didn't like this book; but that does not reflect on the book. I'm just not a movie person so I didn't appreciate the references.

The one chapter I liked was, "What is beauty," where Keaton says for her, beauty is a collection of images, and objects, and thoughts and feelings she's gathered over the course of her life.

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RODNEY F SLOSS
Jan 19, 2015

Well written. Lively and fun to read. But no substance. A troubled lady struggling with her neurotic preoccupation with external appearance which if her fears were true, she would be a circus act not a movie star. Don't bother.

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HopeButterfly
Sep 02, 2014

Tried to keep on keeping on with this book, but finally closed it in disgust...and disappointment...can't believe such silliness was published....

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jeanie123
Jun 17, 2014

A book supposedly about beauty and authenticity by a woman who hates her nose, suffers extreme angst on any occasion where she cannot wear a hat because her hair is thinning, wears a turtleneck, overcoat and Prada boots to the beach and hides her self-loathed eyes behind dark shadow and tinted glasses. Also a woman who can't string together two coherent sentences. There is so much more I could say about this book but I will just leave my advice, for what it's worth, to anyone thinking about checking it out: SKIP IT.

Raynpetal Jun 16, 2014

Although I've enjoyed Diane Keaton in a few roles- Baby Boom mostly, I was unimpressed with this book which she talked mostly about the issues she had with esthetics, such as the way her eyes look like her father's, and how she had issues her dad as a child. Kinda boring. I expected more.

maryrello Jun 11, 2014

read a few pages of this worthless drivel...pure cr ap. i can't believe it was published.

debwalker Apr 25, 2014

Should be funny - Diane Keaton's take on (late) motherhood.

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