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Are You Anybody?
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2017
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Bookending actor Tambor's career is a question first posed by an autograph hound: "Are you anybody?" His answer: "No." This is not your average autobiography; instead, it is a series of emotional essays on formative events in the author's life. Years of work in repertoire theater led to Tambor's first film, And Justice for All, and later fame for television roles. He believes his most significant accomplishment is his building a home for himself that is better than his troubled upbringing. Now his answer to the titular question lies in fatherhood. "This is who I am. It's really tough.and I love it." Tambor writes with the conversational ease of a friend. Anecdotes abound of his professional contacts, often ending a chapter with a shout-out such as "Hi, Al!" to Al Pacino. Particularly poignant is a chapter relating his close friendship with costar Garry Shandling. When it is revealed that he finished this book the week Shandling died, readers, too, will mourn the death of their relationship. The volume concludes with essays by Tambor in character as George Bluth Sr. (Arrested Development) and Maura Pfefferman (Transparent). Verdict An insightful meditation on adversity and how it intrinsically shapes us all, this essential read will have broad appeal.-Jessica Bushore, Xenia, OH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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You know him from his breakout role as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show , his outrageous turn as George and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, and his Emmy Award-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. A Broadway star, a television legend, an accomplished screen actor whose singular wit and heartrending performances have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades, but the question remains: Who the hell is Jeffrey Tambor?<br> <br> In his illuminating, often hilarious, and always honest memoir, Tambor looks back at the key moments in his life that taught him about creativity and play and pain and fear. The son of what you might call "eccentric" Russian and Hungarian Jewish parents, Tambor grew up in San Francisco a husy kid with a lisp, who suffered in his "otherness" and found salvation in the theater.<br> <br> While he learned his art from the best of the best--Al Pacino, George C. Scott, Garry Shandling, Mitch Hurwitz, Jill Soloway--he also introduces his many unexpected teachers, from the nameless man in a Detroit bookstore who gave him the love of reading, to his young children who (at this ridiculously late stage in his life) have reintroduced him to play, bravery, and the simple joy of not giving a shit.<br> <br> Tambor shares the triumph of landing his first Broadway role, but not before experiencing the humbling that is commercial work (and how even saying "my socks don't cling" can prove a challenge). He invites you behind the scenes of his wildly successful television shows, but he doesn't leave out the pit stops he made at addiction, Scientology, and what it feels like to get fourth billing after Sylvia the Seal on The Love Boat.<br> <br> At last, Tambor answers the question "Are you anybody?" with a promise that success doesn't mean perfection and failure most definitely is an option.
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