If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir

Macmillan Audio. Oct. 2023. 8:44 hrs. ISBN 9781250911155. $19.99. MEMOIR
Emmy Award–nominated television, film, and theater actor and producer Stamos brings wit and charm to the narration of his debut memoir. Stamos was cast in General Hospital at 18 and later landed a part on Full House; he also performed with the Beach Boys for more than 30 years. Following a foreword narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, Stamos warmly reflects on his life, from his humble beginnings working in his family restaurant to getting his first break in the entertainment industry. He shares his grief over the death of his close friend Bob Saget and relives the hills and valleys of his life, including his journey toward sobriety. He candidly dwells on relatable experiences, including his parents’ deaths, falling in love, having his heart broken, and his desire for a family. He is in his element as a narrator, adding a layer of intimacy as he allows a range of emotions—awe, sorrow, nostalgia, and humility—to show.
VERDICT Stamos shares the shiny and not-so-shiny memories of his past, reflecting on the importance of experiencing the good times and the bad. An excellent choice for those who enjoy memoirs and pop culture or are avid John Stamos fans.
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