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In Spite of Myself by Christopher Plummer
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May 01, 2012 | ISBN 9780345803221

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“For anyone who loves, loves, loves the theater…a finely observed, deeply felt (and deeply dishy) time-traveling escape. . . . Just grab a quilt and a stack of pillows. No need for a delectable assortment of bonbons. They’re in the book.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Splendid, lively. . . . An immensely satisfying memoir, of rare grace, good humor, and unapologetic self-honesty. . . . In tact and generosity of spirit, it is the very model of what a memoir should be.” —The Daily Beast

“A staggering parade of theater-world luminaries struts, swaggers, and yes, occasionally staggers through this compulsively readable memoir. . . . [Plummer] has a tasty anecdote about onstage, backstage, or drinking-hole doings about every single one of them.” —The New York Times

“Rich and riotous. . . . He seems to have been everywhere—including inside almost every room of the Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera—and known everyone.” —Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times
“The veteran actor’s delightfully sprawling account of his life and career.” —USA Today

“[A] fascinating memoir. . . . The book records so many trysts, pratfalls, drunken evenings—and afternoons—that it’s amazing he has survived. . . . Amply shows how Mr. Plummer has managed a long, successful career in spite of himself.” —The Wall Street Journal
“In spite of himself–his relentlessly high artistic principles; his penchant for playing the underdog, even when he was the star; his keen ear equally attuned to the precision of Elizabethan verse and to what passes as truth across a whiskey at 5 a.m. . . . this man has experienced a life rich in textures, and he is able to give most of them glorious voice. His is a life in the theater lived hard and true, in the grand tradition of those distinguished players who went before, whom he surely made proud. Good sir! I raise my glass to you.” —Alex Witchel, The New York Times Book Review

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