A Life in Parts

By Bryan Cranston

A Life in Parts by [Cranston, Bryan]

4 out of 5 stars

This is probably going to sound like a love letter to Bryan Cranston. It pretty much is. I loved him before I started reading this book and I love him even more after finishing it. I felt like he was sitting on my couch with me, just shooting the breeze and talking about life. He talked about his childhood. His father always had big dreams and how his mother drank. Somehow he pulled himself out of it.He has such a strong work ethic (you can see that in his performances) but he has worked a lot of other jobs along the way, from paper routes to egg gathering to waiting tables. (The story of killing the chef is hysterical!) All this has brought him to who he is today.

It was very interesting to read about his process, how he never stops learning. I loved his appreciation for being a soap actor. You don’t get a lot of people who think that it’s a good thing and look down on their past as one. And who didn’t love Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. He never failed to make me laugh. Then of course, there is Walter White. Wow. I look forward to whatever he does next.

But the heart of this book is his love for his wife Robyn, so apparent in everything he writes, and his daughter Taylor. He says you need to have a solid foundation at home and he is so right. You can see that is where his heart is.

Pick this one up, my friends. You won’t be disappointed. And like I say whenever I read a memoir, I wish I had the audio book. Even though in my mind, I heard his voice loud and clear while I was reading, hearing him read it would be wonderful.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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