Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear
Add Even This I Get to Experience to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear
Paperback $18.00
Oct 27, 2015 | ISBN 9780143127963

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • $18.00

    Oct 27, 2015 | ISBN 9780143127963

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Oct 14, 2014 | ISBN 9781101635384

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Oct 14, 2014 | ISBN 9780698179684

    1140 Minutes

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Even This I Get to Experience

Product Details


“Charming, candid, and copious . . . There is still a lot of zest, passion, and whimsy in the man who taught Americans to laugh at their failings.”The New York Times

“The Norman Lear who emerges from Even This I Get to Experience is engaging and unpompous, an amusing storyteller who pokes fun at himself and writes with brutal honesty about his life, especially his childhood. And what a story!” Wall Street Journal

“An entertaining, penetrating celebration of a richly lived life.” Associated Press

“Immensely likeable…[Lear] isn’t always a mensch in Even This I Get to Experience (italics, characteristically, his), but at least he can write like one…. In this city, Norman Lear and his post-coaxial contemporaries built a mass medium with their bare hands. On good days — as Lear well recalls, and recalls well — they made it sing. If only more with their talent had lived so long; if only more who live so long had his talent.” Los Angeles Times

“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure.” Booklist, starred review

“A TV titan on his memorable life and storied career. Lear, best known as the creative mind behind such classic comedies as All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons and Good Times, recounts his extraordinarily eventful life with his signature wit and irreverence. The result is not just a vividly observed and evocative portrait of a long life, but also a fascinating backstage look at the evolution of the American entertainment industry… Lear writes movingly of his service in World War II, his difficult upbringing and subsequent troubled marriages, and his commitment to liberal causes, evidenced by his founding of the advocacy organization People for the American Way and his purchase of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. That he makes these subjects as engrossing and entertaining as his Hollywood reminiscences speaks to Lear’s mastery of storytelling and humor. A big-hearted, richly detailed chronicle of comedy, commitment and a long life lived fully.” Kirkus Review, starred review

“[A] feisty, thoughtful autobiography… Lear pens sharply observed studies of the creative process on his many iconic productions and bares plenty of raucous, sometimes bawdy anecdotes—readers get to experience a nude and lewd Jerry Lewis…  [I]n keeping with the bigoted, mouthy, complex and loveable characters he created, Lear’s knack for sizing up a flawed humanity makes for an absorbing read.” Publishers Weekly

“That Norman Lear can find humor in life’s darkest moments is no surprise—it’s the reason he’s been so successful throughout his more than nine decades on earth, and why Americans have relied on his wit and wisdom for more than six. It’s also why Even This I Get to Experience is such a great read.” —President William J. Clinton

“Lear is one of the great storytellers of our time…This book should be required reading for everyone working in Hollywood.” —James Patterson

“Norman Lear could never write a more dramatic, touching, or funnier tale of his life than he’s done here in Even This I Get to Experience.—Carl Reiner

“Many have known the Man behind the stories. Now all of us can know the stories behind the Man. Archie, Edith, Gloria, and Meathead couldn’t have told them better!” —Bill Moyers

Even This I Get to Experience is not just the brilliant, moving story of a man who has lived an amazing number of lives—from making it onto Richard Nixon’s ‘Enemies List’ to changing the face of television—but also a life manual on how to live a life of depth, purpose, and meaning.” —Arianna Huffington

“Norman Lear is a hero and a friend . . . he experienced so much in his life . . . sometimes I just want to sit down and ask him questions about life and his perspective . . . to do it right it would take years of interviews . . . but now that he wrote this book I can experience his journey and wisdom over and over again.” —

“Fantastic stories from one of the wisest, most subversive, and most beautiful human beings the comedy world has ever known. Like the man himself, this book is charming, awe-inspiring, and hilarious.” —Trey Parker

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top