My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life : An Anti-Memoir

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-09
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Live long and prosper? Ha.Last week, Adam Nimoy woke up in his beautiful house with his wife and kids in West Los Angeles. Today, he's waking up in a sleeping bag on an air mattress in a two-bedroom apartment with no furniture thinking, "How the hell did I get here?"A thirty-year battle with drug addiction, three career changes, one divorce, a major mid-life crisis, and countless AA meetings later, he tells his cautionary -- and very funny -- tale.In this frankly humble and hilarious anti-memoir, Adam Nimoy shares the incredibly wonderful, miserable truth about life as a newly divorced father, a forty-something on the L.A. dating scene, a recovering user, and a former lawyer turned director turned substitute teacher...in search of his true self. And, oh yeah, the wonderful, miserable truth about growing up the son of a pop culture icon.In a city where appearing perfect is a way of life, Adam Nimoy doesn't mince words. He's been rushed by crazed Star Trek fans at a carnival, propositioned by his father's leading ladies, promised by his own teenage daughter that she never wants to see him again, and fired by famous television producers for his temper.Wonderful? Sometimes. Miserable? Occasionally. Survivable? Stay tuned...

Author Biography

Adam Nimoy
has directed both NYPD Blue and The Gilmore Girls. With previous appearances on NPR, he welcomes the opportunity to speak about his life and career.


Telephone Call to My Mother

It started several months ago when I called my mother with the good news.

"Mom, I'm thinking about writing a book."

"Really? What are you going to write about?"

"Me and my wonderful life."

"That's a great idea. You can write about all the people you met and how you used to go to the set with your father and about the time they put the ears on you."

"Mom, I'm not going to write about that."

"What? Why not?"

"Because nobody wants to hear about that crap. I'm going to write about the dark times, about the times when I was down and out, about the times when I could barely survive, like when you and Dad were out of town on some Star Trek press junket and I was strung out on the floor of that men's room downtown, when I almost OD'd and was passed out in my own vomit in that stinking men's room with the toilets overflooded and shit everywhere and the glaring lights and the bums and the flies and me on the floor passed out with a needle in my arm." My mother's about to have a heart attack over the phone.

"Tha...that...that never happened to you!"

"No, Ma, I know. But that's what people want to hear."

Copyright © 2008 by Adam Nimoy

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