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A Life in Parts Hardcover – Oct. 11 2016

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"Boy, you think you know a guy!  I worked six solid years with Bryan Cranston and figured there weren’t any secrets left between us.  All those hours I spent watching him wander the desert in his underpants?  That alone should make me an expert on the man.

But now, along comes A Life In Parts – and suddenly I’m reading about a whole other Bryan, one who performs weddings in airplanes and camps out at mortuaries.  This Bryan bathes in the blood of chickens and stuffs mackerels in air vents.  He even accosts poor Alfred Hitchcock.

Yes, it’s all in here.  Better still, there’s an exceedingly honest discussion of his craft, which will be a godsend to struggling thespians everywhere.  Think your job waiting tables sucks?  One of the world’s greatest actors had it worse (what with being under suspicion for murder and all).

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

“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

 

“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

"The highs here—and there are many—are meth-less but addictive."--Kirkus Reviews

"[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

"By turns gritty,funny, and sad, this fiercely intelligent book from the Breaking Bad star defies celebrity memoir tropes."--Entertainment Weekly

"Cranston fuses his personal and professional life in a way that’s nothing short of riveting....an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors."--Huffington Post

"[A] must-read memoir."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"A literary cup that runneth over: A candid portrait of a great actor."--Newsday

"Deeply personal...the way in which Cranston's simple, staccato prose invites readers to empathize with every 'character' he's played elevates this autobiography to more than just a look behind the scenes--it's a look behind a life."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards, to receive three consecutive wins. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle. He is the author of A Life in Parts.

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