Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - Alan Alda

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

Artist Alan Alda

  • Release Date: 2005-09-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 61 Ratings


He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six,” begins Alda’s irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession.

Yet Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow.

It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them.

From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them.

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Impressive!

    By Burgertop
    Mr. Alda's book allows the reader to gain in site into his background, experiences, and trials. Opening a chapter into a well educated, quiet, respectful gentleman. Thank you for sharing your mental information respectfully and comically which is often forgotten. To the memories of mental difficulties always remember to try and laugh.
  • Very good read

    By Ceogary
    Alda is a skilled writer too! He writes about his interestingly awkward childhood traveling with his father who was in the entertainment business and how confusing it was to be raised by his Mother who suffered from mental illness.
  • Loved It!

    By melodyve
    I felt like I was listening to books on tape. I could hear Akan Alda telling me his incredible life story.
  • Delightful!

    By Katkerst64
    What an amusing and insightful book this is! Alan Alda's charisma and energetic joy of life shines through in this entertaining book. Once done with the book, you will not only love the man, but you will most certainly have a new perspective on life, itself.
  • A great read from a great actor!

    By draw123z4
    I couldn't put this one down...his candor brought me closer to the man and boy behind Hawkeye Pierce...recommended!
  • Love it!!!!

    By RetpalHalston
    This book is a great read, at times I laughed so dared my eyes watered!!!!