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A Life in Parts - Bryan Cranston

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A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir - both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft - from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, BREAKING BAD.

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a commercial. Soon, Bryan was haunting the local movie theatre, reenacting scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly his destiny - until one day his father disappeared. As a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, he found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face with his original calling. Suddenly he thought: this was what he would do with the rest of his life. Act.

In his riveting memoir, A Life In Parts, Cranston traces his journey from chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany, to mega-stardom and a cult-like following, by revisiting the many parts he's played, on camera (astronaut, dentist, candy bar spokesperson, President of the US, etc.) and off (paperboy, farmhand, dating consultant, murder suspect, son, brother, lover, husband, father). With great humour and humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular to a recurring spot on SEINFELD.

He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm In The Middle and he gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared for a tour de force that would win him a Tony to accompany his four Emmys. And of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most riveting performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin in Breaking Bad.

Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life In Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.

About the Author

Bryan Cranston is an Emmy and Tony award-winning actor and is most famous for playing Walter White in the TV programme Breaking Bad. Born in California, the actor, screenwriter and film producer has appeared in numerous films and TV programmes.

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There are alot of carefully chosen amusing anecdotes in this book. Mr Cranston picked out the best bits and neatly crafted them into a thank you letter to all those people who played a part in his journey.

 
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      This is a good account of what it is like to have a dream to be an actor, how tough the road can be for actors, how the breakthrough can be as much a case of luck as skill and what comes after that. It is well written and does it's job well. Not the best auto biography you will read but there are plenty worse out there.

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        Bryan Cranston has created a cinematic record of how an actor shapes a career and an identity and a legacy all at the same time. -- Tom Hanks I loved this book. It's just the right mixture of funny, sad and heartfelt. If I'd known Bryan could tell stories this well, I would have had him writing episodes of Breaking Bad. -- Vince Gilligan The highs here -and there are many -are meth-less but addictive. KIRKUS REVIEWS This splendid, moving, heartbreaking memoir is doubly triumphant. It regales and entertains while at the same time providing inspiration and practical wisdom. A truly gifted storyteller, Cranston captures the reader's imagination and emotions from beginning to end. -- Doris Kearns Goodwin By turns gritty,funny, and sad, this fiercely intelligent book from the Breaking Bad star defies celebrity memoir tropes. -- Entertainment Weekly [A] substantial memoir from one of Hollywood's most introspective stars...anyone interested in acting will devour Cranston's savvy advice about honing one's craft and building one's career. -- Booklist It's an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors and I couldn't put it down. -- Phil Simon HUFFINGTON POST Fans of Breaking Bad will be glued to this riveting memoir, which looks at how he worked to create such a dark and legendary character. But long before Walter White, Bryan Cranston's life story was fascinating and dramatic. IRISH COUNTRY MAGAZINE His memoir, A Life in Parts, shows him as a superb anecdotalist with an honest take on how he dealt with fame found later in life." -- Jonathan Dean SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE a fascinating read and a satisfying look into Cranston's life -- Pip Ellwood ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS A great guy reading his great book to you like you're both just downing session IPAs in some crack-in-the-wall bar no one else has found. Cranston's widely acclaimed memoir has been winning praise for its earnest account of a good man fighting to be the actor he always dreamed of, and his gentle, confessional honesty shines through all the more when spoken in his loveable folksy tones. MR HYDE I loved this book. It's just the right mixture of funny, sad and heartfelt. If I'd known Bryan could tell stories this well, I would have had him writing episodes of Breaking Bad. -- Vince Gilligan

        ISBN: 9781409156581
        ISBN-10: 1409156583
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 288
        Published: 18th October 2016
        Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0  x 2.2
        Weight (kg): 0.38
        Edition Number: 1