Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Up Till Now: The Autobiography

Up Till Now: The Autobiography
William Shatner
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2008. 358 pgs. Biography

In this entertaining and engaging memoir Shatner recalls many events from his professional and personal life from his beginnings in Shakespearean theater to spokesman for Priceline. Shatner’s most famous roles have been as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, “old school” cop T.J. Hooker, and as Attorney Denny Craig on Boston Legal. During his notable and exuberant career, Shatner has never shrunk from risks or challenges and has undertaken a number stunts both on screen and off.

This memoir is broader than Shatner’s other two memoirs that focus on Star Trek, and it does deal with tender subjects such as the loss of his wife by accidental drowning. Despite this, this memoir gives a narrow and shallow view of William Shatner. This is a light read, frequently funny (a few groaners), and will likely be of interest to Trekkies and lovers of celebrity biographies.


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