Home and Alone

Viva Editions. May 2024. 314p. ISBN 9781632280930. pap. $23.95. MEMOIR
Actor, director, and artist Stern shares amusing and insightful stories about his life and his many years working in show business. Readers will be grabbed immediately by his nostalgic descriptions of growing up in 1960s suburbia. He learned he was dyslexic when he was a child. His accounts of moving to New York City (alone and as a teenager) to begin an acting career are gritty. Stern is known for his roles in Home Alone, Breaking Away, and City Slickers; his long career has provided opportunities to work with many famous people on various productions. His work in movies, plays, and TV supplies the backdrop for many anecdotes, written in an engaging and friendly tone. His collection of good, bad, and usually comical encounters with a laundry list of celebrities, including Joe Pesci, Robert Redford, Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand, and more, will entertain readers.
VERDICT Stern’s life, from a dyslexic child to a successful movie actor, is fascinating. Mixing behind-the-scenes insights from iconic movies with witty accounts of interactions with Hollywood A-listers creates a top-notch celebrity memoir.
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