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Boldly go : reflections on a life of awe and wonder
2022
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Shatner (Live Long and…: What I Learned Along the Way) is a pop culture icon and celebrity who needs little introduction, particularly among Star Trek fans. At the age of 91, he, with the help of director/producer/writer Brandon (Friend Me), wrote this book in the form of a collection of reflective essays. Outside the celebrity bubble, his life is full of useful anecdotes that most readers will find relatable. Although he's achieved great things in acting, music recording, and writing, he has also suffered tragedy tinged with painful despair. His thoughts on overcoming suffering and dealing with the inevitable pain that life brings is both practical and inspirational. Shatner has used his life experiences to strive to learn more, to be better, and to fulfill the promise of his existence here on earth. He expresses his love of life on every page and reminds readers of the mathematical odds that each person has overcome in order to be born. Readers will really connect to these inspiring essays. VERDICT This is not just for dedicated Star Trek fans. Shatner is an inspiring figure with valuable life lessons to share.--Gary Medina
Publishers Weekly Review
The 91-year-old Hollywood legend returns with more diverting anecdotes and musings about his earthly life and beyond. In an assemblage of essays covering everything from his historic spaceflight in 2021 to his deep reverence for the natural world, Shatner's curiosity shines through as he leavens the seriousness of his lifelong quest for meaning with his signature self-effacing humor ("Some say I have... my own... style... of pausing"). He opens with a literal dive into the deep end, sharing his decision, at 90 years old, to go swimming with sharks in the Bahamas for Shark Week. He attributes his longevity and prosperity to activities such as this, noting that, at a minimum, allowing oneself to be open to being "awed by life" can facilitate finding happiness. There are ample confidences that will delight Trekkies--while on set with the late Leonard Nimoy, Shatner writes in "Pieces of Humanity," "a constant refrain was 'Spock wouldn't do that,' sometimes with a wink, sometimes not"--in addition to embarrassing moments, as when Shatner read poetry to a crowd of dismayed bikers at a performance that was mistakenly advertised as a heavy metal concert. The result is a refreshingly self-aware portrait of a man determined to live every moment to the fullest. (Oct.)
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