Brother & Sister

Brother & Sister

From the beloved film star and best-selling author of Then Again: a heartfelt memoir about her relationship with her younger brother, and a poignant exploration of the divergent paths siblings' lives can take.

When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane Keaton and her younger brother, Randy, were best friends and companions: they shared stories at night in their bunk beds; they swam, laughed, dressed up for Halloween. Their mother captured their American-dream childhoods in her diaries, and on camera. But as they grew up, Randy became troubled, then reclusive. By the time he reached adulthood, he was divorced, an alcoholic, a man who couldn't hold on to full-time work--his life a world away from his sister's, and from the rest of their family.

Now Diane is delving into the nuances of their shared, and separate, pasts to confront the difficult question of why and how Randy ended up living his life on "the other side of normal." In beautiful and fearless prose that's intertwined with photographs, journal entries, letters, and poetry--many of them Randy's own writing and art--this insightful memoir contemplates the inner workings of a family, the ties that hold it together, and the special bond between siblings even when they are pulled far apart. Here is a story about love and responsibility: about how, when we choose to reach out to the people we feel closest to--in moments of difficulty and loss--surprising things can happen. A story with universal echoes, Brother & Sister will speak across generations to families whose lives have been touched by the fragility and "otherness" of loved ones--and to brothers and sisters everywhere.

Title:Brother & Sister
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451494504
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    Brother & Sister Reviews

  • Krista

    I wanted to write Randy's story, and my story of being his sister, because there are so many people who live through the sorrow and pain of not knowing how to manage a family member who has a singu...

  • Chaitra

    I wasn’t feeling much of anything within 10 pages of this book, but it was short so I read on anyway. It’s fine to write a book about your troubled brother if you’re Diane Keaton and you find yo...

  • Marika

    Actress Diane Keaton writes a transparent memoir about growing up in the 1950's and the closeness between her and her younger brother Randy. Randy was her best friend growing up, which is evidenced by...

  • Susan Coster

    This is a very tearful book about the relationship between Diane Keaton and her younger brother, John Randolph Hall, known as Randy. I am still choked up after finishing this beautiful memoir tonight....

  • Debbie Boucher

    I just celebrated a birthday, and one of the pleasures is receiving all kinds of books from friends and family. Brother and Sister, by Diane Keaton, hits close to home. I also have a brother who suffe...

  • Joshie Nicole (readwithjoshie)

    I received this book in a Goodreads contest. This was a short, easy read with many honest and reflective passages. It is a book about Keaton’s relationship with her brother, sprinkled with some anec...

  • Kelly

    You know, I would have picked up this book regardless of the author because I find sibling interaction endlessly fascinating. The fact that Diane Keaton is an interesting person herself was a fortuito...

  • Katie Ninivaggi

    To be perfectly candid, if the author wasn’t a celebrity, I doubt this book would be getting any attention- or possibly even published. It has its moments, like near the end when Keaton describes he...

  • Lynn

    A sister with a mentally ill brother who haunted the family for decades in the background, unable to work and annoying everyone. I have several friends like this. The 70s, kept people from being insti...

  • Greta (botanyandbookends) Sutherland

    We know her as spunky, eccentric, quirky and free-spirited. We love her fashion sense and decorating expertise and admire her longevity in film.⠀
Her newest book, BROTHER AND SISTER, gives a rare,...