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I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir Audio CD – Audiobook, May 5, 2020
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About the Author
Mare Winningham has appeared in more than fifty film and television projects, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Georgia and Emmy Awards for the telefilms George Wallace and Amber Waves. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.
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Kilmer does not elaborate on any of his many excellent movie performances but rather talks about his life: his ambitious but negligent father, his beautiful but distant mother, his brothers, his childhood and adolescent years, the women in his life, the loyal friends, his children.
The reader becomes part of that story, following Val from California to New Mexico, chasing his dreams, the ones he cherished and the ones he brought to life. There is success and failure, tragedy and comedy, love lost and love found, finding the meaning and purpose of life.
I have enjoyed a great many of his movies, including watching "Tombstone" enough times to risk being labeled as obsessed. But there was so much talent in that cast that you can't absorb it in one viewing.
So Val Kilmer goes from saying "I'm your huckleberry" in "Tombstone" to becoming Mark Twain, the creator of Huckleberry Finn, with great success.
I seldom bother to read celebrity memoirs, but I am glad I read this one.
Recieved my book today, excited to read it, as I am a big fan of Val Kilmer. I even have a Pop Doc painting of his :) I am, however, disappointed, because I did not receive a signed copy. I preordered and uploaded the receipt of payment as required, but did not receive a signed copy. Can this be remedied?
If you want a great bio on a actor- please read Demi Moore “inside out.” At least she was totally honest and more revealing than Val Kilmer!
Don’t waste your money on this Val Kilmer book because you will be let down.
Top international reviews
The book itself is nicely presented. Under the red dust jacket, the hardcover edition is nicely finished in white with embossed lettering in gold.
Kilmer’s story starts off with a health scare while he is living at Cher’s guesthouse. Here, we get a sense of how his illness has impacted his life as well as changed his outlook. It then chronicles his early family life, influences and theatrical training, recounts his experiences on stage and film, details his romantic life, friendships and love for his children, before taking us back to present day and his current situation. The book gives us an update on his recent projects, and the realization of a long-held dream.
There are many interesting revelations along the way, most notably regarding Marlon Brando and The Doors’ producer Paul Rothschild.
What’s most surprising, and ultimately rewarding about the book, is that it’s a deeply spiritual and artistic account of Kilmer’s life. It’s more than just a memoir.
If I was to be critical at all, there could have been more detail about his experiences on set and possibly less about his romantic encounters, but that’s a personal preference of mine rather than a fault of the author. The photos being presented in black and white, rather than colour is another very minor drawback, but doesn’t detract from the overall experience of reading it.
All in, I found the book to be very entertaining, with Kilmer’s good humour throughout.