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"That Norman Lear can find humor in life’s darkest moments is no surprise – it’s the reason he’s been so successful throughout his more than nine decades on earth … It’s also why 'Even This I Get to Experience' is such a great read."
- President William J. Clinton
"This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure."
- David Pitt
"Fantastic stories from one of the wisest, most subversive, and most beautiful human beings the comedy world has ever known… This book is charming, awe-inspiring and hilarious."
- Trey Parker
"Norman Lear is a hero and a friend... Now that he wrote this book I can experience his journey and wisdom over and over again."
- will.i.am
"Norman Lear could never write a more dramatic, touching, or funnier tale of his life than he’s done here."
- Carl Reiner
"Many have known the Man behind the stories.  Now all of us can know the stories behind the Man.  Archie, Edith, Gloria and Meathead couldn't have told them better!"
- Bill Moyers
" 'Even This I Get To Experience' is not just the brilliant, moving story of a man who has lived an amazing number of lives … but also a life-manual on how to live a life of depth, purpose and meaning..."
- Arianna Huffington

Norman Lear


In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front- row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People for the American Way; was labeled the “No. 1 enemy of the American family” by Jerry Falwell; made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List”; was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing businesses; and reached a point where I was informed we might even have to sell our home.

Having heard that we’d fallen into such dire straits, my son-in-law phoned me and asked how I was feeling. My answer was, “Terrible, of course,” but then I added, “but I must be crazy, because despite all that’s happened, I keep hearing this inner voice saying, ‘Even this I get to experience.'”


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“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written. … An absolute treasure.”

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“Lear recounts his extraordinarily eventful life with his signature wit and irreverence. The result is not just a vividly observed and evocative portrait of a long life, but also a fascinating backstage look at the evolution of the American entertainment industry.”

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“The television producer whose controversial sit-com hits virtually defined the culture of the 1970s looks back on his triumphs and vexations in this feisty, thoughtful autobiography … Lear’s knack for sizing up a flawed humanity makes for an absorbing read.”

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“Over the course of 92 years, Lear has led as interesting a life as anyone in Hollywood. … [He] single-handedly pivoted network television away from the saccharine comedies of the ’60s and toward his brand of biting social and political humor.”

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“Lear is one of the great storytellers. … The book is a trove of great stories brilliantly told about the worlds of television, movies, entertainment, society — and a 92-year-old-man still unashamedly looking for love from a felonious father and a mother who somehow forgot to say ‘I’m proud of you.’”

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tour details

monday, october 13 – washington dc
politics and prose book event (interview and book signing)
6th and i
7 – 9 pm

tuesday, october 14 – new york, ny
92nd street y book event (whoopi goldberg interviews nl and book signing)
7:30 – 9:30 pm

wed, october 15 – huntington, long island
norman lear special screen tribute and book signing reception
cinema arts centre
7:30 pm

friday, october 17 – philadelphia, pa
philadelphia free library event
7 – 9 pm

thursday, october 23 – seattle, wa
university book store
7 pm

sunday, october 26 – austin, tx
austin book fair

wednesday, november 5 – los angeles, ca
la public library council foundation dinner at luxe hotel
6 – 9 pm

saturday, november 8 – los angeles, ca
kpcc book event with amy poehler
ucla royce hall
8 pm

thursday, november 20 – new york, ny
paley center story telling event
interview of norman by ted sarandos
daytime, time tbd

saturday, november 22 – miami, fl
miami book fair
2 PM

saturday, november 29 – manchester center, vt
northshire bookstore

more dates to come!


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