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    Robin by Dave Itzkoff is a 2018 Henry Holt and Co Publication After Robin Williams passed away my daughter turned to me and said “I grew up with Robin Williams” After a moment I realized that in many ways so had I I was in my mid teens when Robin burst onto the scene in that iconic episode of ‘Happy Days’ which led to ‘Mork Mindy’ I loved that show and found Robin to be a fresh comedic talent who could pull off what appeared to be completely spontaneous dialogue and accompanied by high energy physical comedy From that time forward I was a huge fan I loved his stand up routines and his movies For my daughter it was ‘Hook then ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ then as she got older ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ and ‘Good Will Hunting' while I loved ‘Good Morning Vietnam' and 'The Fisher King'While I seldom over react to a celebrity death Robin’s hit me hard I was so shocked I’m not sure I ever really processed it outside of the grim aftermath as lurid details emerged and social media passed its harsh judgments Even though four years have passed and much has happened in that time I still feel a jolt of pain when I think of him I wouldn’t want to read just any old ‘rushed to publication’ book written about him and I’m sure there have been a few hastily thrown together ‘cash grabs” which uickly faded into obscurity This book however is professionally done well organized insightful informative often very entertaining and course poignant look back at the life and career of the one and only Robin Williams I personally had no knowledge of Robin’s upbringing and was surprised by his childhood I could relate in some ways as my father moved his family around nearly as freuently as Robin’s did I understood how isolating it can be no matter what your personality type to start over in a new town in a new school surrounded by unfamiliar faces and once again face the enormous task of making new friends and trying to fit in The beginning of Robin’s career was somewhat familiar to me but I had forgotten a lot of the ups and downs in those early days The drugs alcohol the sudden and intense success followed by career fits and starts with spurts of wide recognition followed by incredibly harsh critical bashingAs a regular follower of Robin’s career I began to recall much of the ground the author covered but as far as Robin’s personal life went I wasn’t all that knowledgeable I knew he had problems with drugs that Belushi’s death scared him straight that Robin had been married and divorced then remarried and had several children but I was mostly in the dark when about the details behind his marriages and relationships with colleagues and friends The thing about this biography that really stands out is that it gives the reader a clearer picture of the man behind the frenetic comedy Robin's fears his goals his hopes and the demons that plagued him how he made it all look spontaneous and easy But in reality it was much harder to pull off than anyone ever knew I was struck by how harsh the movie critics could be bordering on downright nastiness Still while Robin certainly made his share of sub par films overall his body of work is pretty solid and I have to say I thought that his improvisations often saved otherwise dull roles that may have fallen flat if not for Robin’s putting his personal stamp on it Of course it backfired on him than a few times rather spectacularly But as harsh as the critics could be the public often overrode their skepticism making Robin's movie box office gold time and time again I really enjoyed looking back on Robin’s career reminiscing about some of his great roles his hilarious jokes and his energy His personal life is fraught with as many ups and downs as his career suffering with health problems and substance abuse issues His battles with alcohol eventually broke up his long time marriage to a woman who stabilized him in a way most others never could The concerns about Robin’s third marriage didn’t feel one hundred percent balanced and may have been the only place in the book where the author’s personal opinion was made evident Nothing wrong with being independent or having a life which is not defined by your husband’s career The subseuent estate disputes also painted her in a bad light but I’m not sure the author approached these events in an entirely subjective manner The mystery surrounding Robin’s health in the last years of his life is just plain frustrating His diagnosis which may not have been the right one only makes his suffering poignant What he was thinking is hard to discern Some think he was very aware of what he was doing while others think he was under the influence of the illness which despite not knowing him personally I agree with the latter Looking at his life up that point the trials he faced and the odds he overcame I can’t help but think he was not himself at all at the time Reading about Robin’s struggles with his mind was utterly heartbreaking By the end of the book as we relived Robin’s final days once again I was struck by the tremendous loss of talent I swallowed down a huge and painful lump in my throat as the impact his death had on the world of entertainment finally sank in But that is nothing compared to the loss his family and friends endured the pain seeping through the pages as they coped not only with the loss the manner of death but with the court of public opinion The days after being no less stressful but with the help and support of friends and family the way to healing was launched Following the brave example of his children we can all look back on Robin’s life and career and remember him in the way he would want us to Remember his compassion the light he brought to those in need the endless laughter and hours of joy and entertainment he provided us with over the course of his life and oursPersonal note The audio version of this book is very well done If you have a chance to add it it is worth it


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    While there will probably be other Robin Williams biographies published I can’t imagine that any of them will be as comprehensive or well done as “Robin” by Dave Itzkoff Although the book is rather long 550 pages and uses footnotes extensively it never lagged Itzkoff did extensive research and conducted many interviews with Robin’s friends family and co stars in an attempt to understand this complex driven and extremely gifted man Combined with those interviews and research Itzkoff provided his own insightful analysis and the result is a fully fleshed out portrait of this comedic genius and troubled soul Williams’ first widely known role was as Mork in the television series “Mork and Mindy” In that role he was an actor like none I’d seen before with his amazing improvisations frenetic behavior and incredible comedic talent That talent carried over to movies such as “Mrs Doubtfire” and “Aladdin” William also became known for dramatic roles in the movies “Good Morning Vietnam” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting” His remarkable ability to perform both comedy and drama at such a high level made him a uniue and beloved actorIn one sense Williams was very open about his life his addictions depression marriage and financial problems but he was also a cypher to those who knew him wellAs Itzkoff writes in the Prologue “But who was he? Except for that one stray moment when he had spoken a few tentative words in his surprisingly stately voice and then metamorphosed into a French undersea explorer Robin had never let the audience see his true self Some part of him would be present in every role and stand up set he would play over the next thirty five years but in their totality these things did not add up to him The real Robin was a modest almost inconspicuous man who never fully believed he was worthy of the monumental fame adulation and accomplishments he would achieve He shared the authentic person at his core with considerable reluctance but he also felt obliged to give a sliver of himself to anyone he encountered even fleetingly It wounded him deeply to think that he had denied a memorable Robin Williams experience to anyone who wanted it yet the people who spent years by his side were left to feel that he had kept some fundamental part of himself concealed even from them Everyone felt as if they knew him even if they did not always admire the work he did Millions of people loved him for his generosity of spirit his uickness of mind and the hopefulness he inspired Some lost their affection for him in later years as the uality of his work declined even as they held out hope that he’d find the thing—the project the character the spark—that had made him great before as great as he was when he first burst into the cultural consciousness And when he was gone we all wished we’d had him just a little bit longer” It’s a tragic loss to his family friends and fans that he left too soon and in so much pain Readers don’t have to be a Robin Williams fan or even have any knowledge of him to appreciate this book Anyone who enjoys a well researched and well written biography of a one of a kind individual will find “Robin” very worthwhile reading Highly recommendedThank you to Henry Holt Company and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


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    PLEASE read my updated ABOUT ME profileThis is the last review I'm writing for the rest of 2018 This break has been brewing Its time Audiobookread by the Fred Berman who was perfect for the task Robinis as close to 'Robin Williams' as we're going to get Author Dave Itzkoff gave us a thorough all encompassing Robin I can't imagine anyone doing I loved the meditative listening feeling I fell into at times while soaking in my pooland or hanging out in our yard 'Everything' Robin was just really nice to listen to To think Robin's High School classmates voted him most likely not to succeed He wasn't just a well loved actor he was also popular with the local residents in Paradise Cay in Marin County California here in the Bay Area where he spent his final years We can now drive through the Robin Williams Tunnelwhich was formally called The Rainbow Tunnelvery fitting with Robin's rainbow suspenders Love the guyThe aroma of this Audiobook is delicious


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    4 stars to Robin a thorough and well written biography of the life of one of a kind Robin Williams ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This book came highly recommended by my friend Toni I’m so grateful I read it My earliest memory of Robin Williams includes my mom’s hysterical laughter mixed with my own while watching re runs of Mork and Mindy Robin’s silly humor even translated to small children My favorite memory of him is when he came to my college’s campus to film Patch Adams and I walked right by him and managed not to faint Patch Adams remains my favorite Robin Williams’ movie Robin is a biographical compendium of Robin Williams’ life This book is long on pages but it does not feel that way when reading Yes there are tons of footnotes but the author clearly did his job of interviewing and researching most every aspect of Williams’ full and varied life I did not know much about his early life or even his early career so I soaked in all the details and tried to put together the intricate pieces of the Robin puzzle Also included was information about his final diagnosis Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia which unfortunately was not a diagnosis Williams’ received when he was still alive One can only hope it would have offered him some understanding of what was going on physically with his body and cognitively with his thoughts Robin Williams was in a league of his own This biography is a must for any fan and even if you were not a fan this is a perfectly written biography full of heart Thank you to Dave Itzkoff Henry Holt and Co and Netgalley for the ARC Robin is available now All of my reviews can also be found on my shiny new blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


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    I still remember how stunned I was when I heard that Robin Williams had died and then even shocked when it came out that he had likely died by hanging himself with a belt It just seemed such a wretched ending for the beloved comedian who’d brought such a wonderful humor into our lives It broke my heart and I cried for what he must have been going through I highly enjoyed this extremely well researched book on him I feel it did a great job of covering his life including his family and career He became famous for Mork and Mindy in 1978 when I was 18 so I was uite aware of him and his show and he became one of my favorites comics This book shares some of what was going on behind the scenes during many important times in his life and career versus what was coming out publicly After his death I read about what authorities found and I watched a show that discussed what actually killed him and was found during his autopsy It seems he’d been misdiagnosed with Parkinsons and he was having all sorts of symptoms and health issues including the depression he’d been bothered by off and on his whole life at times I find the book an engrossing read as he was just so private even with those he seemed so close with and most people felt they didn’t really know him well An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley author Dave Itzkoff and the publisher for my honest review Henry Holt and CoPublication date May 15 2018


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    Every couple of months or so I think about Robin Williams and how he is no longer with us and I just feel so sad While he certainly made me laugh over the years and I thought he was a wonderful comedic and dramatic actor I don't think I fully appreciated how absolutely brilliant he was until he was gone This is probably the most comprehensive Robin Williams biography we will ever get It's not perfect as I personally thought it got off to a slow start but it does cover all the parts of his life including his childhood career and relationships with his wives children and friends However there are still parts of Robin that remain a mystery although that's no fault of the author as it doesn't sound like Robin revealed every single thing about himself to people even close friends The book delves into the subject of his death which was ruled a suicide I don't think we will ever know the exact reason why he killed himself It's possible he didn't want to live the rest of his days because he knew his mind was deteriorating due to what was originally diagnosed as Parkinson's but was determined after his death to be Lewy body dementia He also could have been experiencing an episode of paranoia which led to his death I guess it doesn't really much matter though as the end result is the same I recommend reading this book if you want a good look at his life but I also think some of the different tv specials including the HBO documentary Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind are worth watching as well What an amazing talent He is missed


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    Ever since the tragic death of the American entertainment legend Robin Williams I have been waiting to read the story of his life I have always been fascinated by Williams because he was a man of incredible professional range He was both a riffing force of nature as a stand up comic as well as a uiet and incredibly skilled dramatic actor I found those diverse talents to be extraordinarily intriguing as I watched Robin evolve from MORK MINDY to COMIC RELIEF to DEAD POET'S SOCIETY and even on to something like the film ONE HOUR PHOTO I'm not sure if we have witnessed any other entertainer with the skill set and range that Robin Williams possessed The only other comedian that comes close to his style would have been Jonathan Winters who was an idol and later a friend of Robin's Robin's personality was something of an enigma He could be an extroverted wild man as a stand up comic and then a completely pensive and shy introverted man in his private life In this book simply titled ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff I really believe that the author has written the definitive biography of Robin Williams This is a candid and engrossing look into the personal and professional life of this amazing man It provided such tremendous insight into Robin's world and how he perceived himself and others I will always admire Robin Williams and miss him greatly


  8. says:

    This was an entertaining biography of an incredible and unforgettable performer I grew up watching Robin Williams' movies and TV antics and found him endearing Recently I watched the documentary “Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind” which was a nice complement to this book because it showed footage of numerous scenes discussed in the text I also recommend listening to the audiobook for “Robin” which was wonderfully performed by Fred BermanHighly recommended for fans of the late great Robin Williams


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    Genre BiographyPublisher Henry Holt CompanyPub Date May 15 2018The author Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter who writes about film television and comedy for The New York Times Itzkoff writes this book as a combination of straight reporting and insightful analysis This is a bittersweet biography; the author portrays the artist Robin Williams not as a tormented soul who ends his own life but as a tender man desperate for talent validation We all know that Robin was a comic genius But not many including myself know that he had a great memory some would say photographic He could show up on sets late and hung over often in the same clothes from the night before to discover that the writers made major script changes while he was out partying While other actors struggled and fumbled to remember the new lines Robin would just glance it over once and proceed to nail it This skill flabbergasted many over the years From his breakthrough television role on “Mork and Mindy” to his long movie career his stage shenanigans fascinated his audiences especially when he switched characters on a dime He was the king of improvisation In the author’s and my opinion no other stand up comedian came close Just watching him perform the man could exhaust youLike most biographies the book begins when Williams was a child The son of a well to do executive who had two older half siblings who did not live with him growing up Robin had a somewhat isolated youth especially since his family freuently moved He spent hours alone creating imaginary characters in his mind It was in his teen years when the family moved to California that he found acting Over the decades he learned to harness his manic talents and became a household name to be endeared by all The author left me sadly wishing that Robin could absorb that his audience truly did love himAccording to the author Robin was actually a sweet and shy man known for his caring nature He was kind to people even while he fought his own darkness He met Christopher Reeve when they both were studying acting at Julliard Robin was politely asked to leave the school because there was nothing else that they could teach him His style of improv was simply too bizarre for his teachers to understand After Reeve’s accident Robin helped pay for his medical euipment He remained a loyal friend When the Reeve family went on their first vacation with Chris in a wheelchair Robin joined them just to keep his dear friend’s spirits from spiraling downwards as they often didRobin was also consistently honest about himself While most celebrities go into a hospital for “exhaustion” Robin was truthful about his demons Whether in his stand up acts or during interviews he openly discussed his troubles with depression and addiction He eventually conuered his addictions but his self esteem remained low throughout his life He thought of himself as an ugly man since he was not the epitome of a movie star Robin had hair tufts throughout his body He did indeed have a hairy body which embarrassed him I couldn’t help but think his insecurities over his looks were so adolescent But then again in ways the author shows that he never really grew up preferring the company of children to adults Off camera he could play with his child co stars endlessly If he was in the company of a five year old he became five years old I confess this reminds me of myself Personally I find it delightful to be able to connect with a child on their levelHe might not have seen himself as a handsome man but women sure did He wasn’t a faithful husband for two of his three wives There were too many female temptations around him He was a bit of a promiscuous player However he was an excellent father to his three children After Robin’s death it was his adult children who insisted that it couldn’t have been depression that caused their dad’s suicide They are confident of this since they knew that even at his lowest he would never hurt them in any way They were all in constant contact with him they adored him and he adored them What his fans learn via his family is that in the months before his death Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s He couldn’t remember his lines while filming his last movie Can you imagine how this must have felt for a man with a photogenic memory? However not until the coroner's report three months after his death did we learn that he was actually suffering from a little known but deadly brain disease Lewy Body Dementia LBD LBD is a neurological disease that is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson It was LBD that was causing his paranoia and confusionThe author’s best writing moments are when he describes LBD symptoms The last year of Robin’s life the actor suffered from tremors insomnia impaired senses and extreme anxiety He had difficulty reasoning and was often hallucinating When coherent he told many that he was losing his mind Sadly he was The disease was eating away at his brain Throughout all of this Robin remained clean and sober while searching for a possible cure Reading how this gentle and sensitive man suffered put tears in my eyes Itzkoff wrote an in depth impressively researched biography on the life of Robin Williams At times I felt the book is packed with too much detail on his career There are dozens of pages with footnote citations I feel that the author was torn between writing a scholarly research paper or a compassionate book on the actor He tried to do both and I believe that he mostly succeededI received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest reviewFind all my book reviews atGoodreads Me Alone I am Reading Reviewing Martie’s Book Reviews


  10. says:

    Goodness this is long I don't mean long as in lots of pages although there are indeed lots of pages I mean long as in goes on and on and on Certainly the author has done extensive research but it feels like a long form journalistic piece rather than a book There is a huge amount of superfluous information provided on distant family members on the making of and reviews of lots of movies not all of which had Robin in them on the lives and loves of other celebrities and so on There's a very lengthy list of references at the end uite a chunk of which consists of uotes from interviews conducted by the author which would be fine except that the uotes themselves were already used verbatim within the text I wasn't convinced by the armchair psychology and was irritated by the hint with a verbal meaningful look style Williams was exceptional and wonderful and deserving of 5 This book not so much


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Ntense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talentItzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew Drawing on than a hundred original interviews with family friends and colleagues as well as extensive archival research Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many liv Genre BiographyPublisher Henry Holt CompanyPub Date May 15 2018The author Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter who writes about film television and comedy for The New York Times Itzkoff writes this book as a combination of straight reporting and insightful analysis This is a bittersweet biography; the author portrays the artist Robin Williams not as a tormented soul who ends his own life but as a tender man desperate for talent validation We all know that Robin was a comic genius But not many including myself know that he had a great memory some would say photographic He could show up on sets late and hung over often in the same clothes from the night before to discover that the writers made major script changes while he was out partying While other actors struggled and fumbled to remember the new lines Robin would just glance it over once and proceed to nail it This skill flabbergasted many over the years From his breakthrough television role on “Mork and Mindy” to his long movie career his stage shenanigans fascinated his audiences especially when he switched characters on a dime He was the king of improvisation In the author’s and my opinion no other stand up comedian came close Just watching him perform the man could exhaust youLike most biographies the book begins when Williams was a child The son of a well to do executive who had two older half siblings who did not live with him growing up Robin had a somewhat isolated youth especially since his family freuently moved He spent hours alone creating imaginary characters in his mind It was in his teen years when the family moved to California that he found acting Over the decades he learned to harness his manic talents and became a household name to be endeared by all The author left me sadly wishing that Robin could absorb that his audience truly did love himAccording to the author Robin was actually a sweet and shy man known for his caring nature He was kind to people even while he fought his own darkness He met Christopher Reeve when they both were studying acting at Julliard Robin was politely asked to leave the school because there was nothing else that they could teach him His style of improv was simply too bizarre for his teachers to understand After Reeve’s accident Robin helped pay for his medical euipment He remained a loyal friend When the Reeve family went on their first vacation with Chris in a wheelchair Robin joined them just to keep his dear friend’s spirits from spiraling downwards as they often didRobin was also consistently honest about himself While most celebrities go into a hospital for “exhaustion” Robin was truthful about his demons Whether in his stand up acts or during interviews he openly discussed his troubles with depression and addiction He eventually conuered his addictions but his self esteem remained low throughout his life He thought of himself as an ugly man since he was not the epitome of a movie star Robin had hair tufts throughout his body He did indeed have a hairy body which embarrassed him I couldn’t help but think his insecurities over his looks were so adolescent But then again in ways the author shows that he never really grew up preferring the company of children to adults Off camera he could play with his child co stars endlessly If he was in the company of a five year old he became five years old I confess this reminds me of myself Personally I find it delightful to be able to connect with a child on their levelHe might not have seen himself as a handsome man but women sure did He wasn’t a faithful husband for two of his three wives There were too many female temptations around him He was

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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainersFrom his rapid fire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork Mindy and his Academy Award winning performance in Good Will Hunting Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer He often came across as a man possessed holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial Robin by Dave Itzkoff is a 2018 Henry Holt and Co Publication After Robin Williams passed away my daughter turned to me and said “I grew up with Robin Williams” After a moment I realized that in many ways so had I I was in my mid teens when Robin burst onto the scene in that iconic episode of ‘Happy Days’ which led to ‘Mork Mindy’ I loved that show and found Robin to be a fresh comedic talent who could pull off what appeared to be completely spontaneous dialogue and accompanied by high energy physical comedy From that time forward I was a huge fan I loved his stand up routines and his movies For my daughter it was ‘Hook then ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ then as she got older ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ and ‘Good Will Hunting' while I loved ‘Good Morning Vietnam' and 'The Fisher King'While I seldom over react to a celebrity death Robin’s hit me hard I was so shocked I’m not sure I ever really processed it outside of the grim aftermath as lurid details emerged and social media passed its harsh judgments Even though four years have passed and much has happened in that time I still feel a jolt of pain when I think of him I wouldn’t want to read just any old ‘rushed to publication’ book written about him and I’m sure there have been a few hastily thrown together ‘cash grabs” which uickly faded into obscurity This book however is professionally done well organized insightful informative often very entertaining and course poignant look back at the life and career of the one and only Robin Williams I personally had no knowledge of Robin’s upbringing and was surprised by his childhood I could relate in some ways as my father moved his family around nearly as freuently as Robin’s did I understood how isolating it can be no matter what your personality type to start over in a new town in a new school surrounded by unfamiliar faces and once again face the enormous task of making new friends and trying to fit in The beginning of Robin’s career was somewhat familiar to me but I had forgotten a lot of the ups and downs in those early days The drugs alcohol the sudden and intense success followed by career fits and starts with spurts of wide recognition followed by incredibly harsh critical bashingAs a regular follower of Robin’s career I began to recall much of the ground the author covered but as far as Robin’s personal life went I wasn’t all that knowledgeable I knew he had problems with drugs that Belushi’s death scared him straight that Robin had been married and divorced then remarried and had several children but I was mostly in the dark when about the details behind his marriages and relationships with colleagues and friends The thing about this biography that really stands out is that it gives the reader a clearer picture of the man behind the frenetic comedy Robin's fears his goals his hopes and the demons that plagued him how he made it all look spontaneous and easy But in reality it was much harder to pull off than anyone ever knew I was struck by how harsh the movie critics could be bordering on downright nastiness Still while Robin certainly made his share of sub par films overall his body of work is pretty solid and I have to say I thought that his improvisations often saved otherwise dull roles that may have fallen flat if not for Robin’s putting his personal stamp on it Of course it backfired on him than a few times rather spectacularly But as harsh as the critics could be the public often overrode their skepticism making Robin's movie box office gold time and time again I really enjoyed looking back on Robin’s career reminiscing about some of his great roles

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Tongue twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speedBut as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self doubt which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs Doubtfire where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters And in Good Will Hunting he gave an i 4 stars to Robin a thorough and well written biography of the life of one of a kind Robin Williams ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This book came highly recommended by my friend Toni I’m so grateful I read it My earliest memory of Robin Williams includes my mom’s hysterical laughter mixed with my own while watching re runs of Mork and Mindy Robin’s silly humor even translated to small children My favorite memory of him is when he came to my college’s campus to film Patch Adams and I walked right by him and managed not to faint Patch Adams remains my favorite Robin Williams’ movie Robin is a biographical compendium of Robin Williams’ life This book is long on pages but it does not feel that way when reading Yes there are tons of footnotes but the author clearly did his job of interviewing and researching most every aspect of Williams’ full and varied life I did not know much about his early life or even his early career so I soaked in all the details and tried to put together the intricate pieces of the Robin puzzle Also included was information about his final diagnosis Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia which unfortunately was not a diagnosis Williams’ received when he was still alive One can only hope it would have offered him some understanding of what was going on physically with his body and cognitively with his thoughts Robin Williams was in a league of his own This biography is a must for any fan and even if you were not a fan this is a perfectly written biography full of heart Thank you to Dave Itzkoff Henry Holt and Co and Netgalley for the ARC Robin is available now All of my reviews can also be found on my shiny new blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


About the Author: Dave Itzkoff

Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter for The New York Times who writes freuently about film television and comedy He is the author of three books including most recently Mad As Hell The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies His fourth book Robin a biography of Robin Williams will be published in May