Robin

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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 entertainers.From 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, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But 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 intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.Itzkoff 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 more 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 lives.

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An Amazon Finest E-book of Could 2018: David Itzkoff’s monument of a biography is an intimate and thorough examination of Robin Williams as each man and performer. From his years as a reclusive child taking part in up in his attic bed room, to his early days of standup, to the runaway success of Mork and Mindy, to films, dependancy, restoration, and fame, his want for affirmation was the thread that drew him ahead. He sought that affirmation by working tirelessly, and Itzkoff chronicles the actor’s successes and failures, in addition to his shut friendships out and in of present enterprise, to create a deep psychological portrait. Robin Williams possessed an earnestness and a yearning for honesty that made him shine brighter even because it threatened to destroy him. It is a bittersweet learn, with highs and lows, however the Robin Williams who emerges is as compelling as his best performances. — Chris Schluep

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A New York Occasions Bestseller

Named a Finest E-book of the 12 months by Vulture, San Francisco Chronicle, AARP The Journal, Psychological Floss, The Sunday Occasions, and Author’s Bone

“A must-read.”―Vogue

“Dave Itzkoff permits readers a uncommon intimate look at Robin Williams on this trustworthy and emotional biography of the late entertainer. . . . Robin is a contemporary take a look at a person liked by many however actually understood by few.”―Time

“Will make you weep in lacking him simply as a lot as you snigger in remembering him.”―Leisure Weekly

Immersive, intimate and extremely detailed. . . . A revealing, warts-and-all portrait of a person of nice expertise making an attempt to design a profession and a life whereas being buffeted round by a cacophony of contradictory voices and impulses. . . . The results of exhaustive analysis and fan-like devotion.”―Merrill Markoe, Washington Put up

“A breathtakingly good biography, exhilarating numerous the time, but disturbing, too, and among the best books ever written about anybody who sees no method out of life besides by making an attempt to make individuals snigger. Or is it weeping? Who can inform in a storm?”―David Thomson, San Francisco Chronicle

“A beneficiant, appreciative biography of Robin Williams by a New York Occasions tradition reporter. The creator, who had entry to Williams and members of the comic’s household, is an unabashed fan however doesn’t shrink back from the considerable messiness in his topic’s private life.”―The New York Occasions E-book Evaluation (editor’s selection)

“Terrific. . . . Itzkoff captures the ebb and movement of Williams’s profession fantastically, with respect and with honesty. . . . [Here is] a life that was each miraculous and troubled, informed in an artfully formed, fact-filled guide that honors the reality of his life.”―Boston Globe

“There’ll by no means be anybody fairly like Robin Williams, and there might by no means be one other superstar profile or biography fairly like this once more both. It’s not hyperbole to say that New York Occasions correspondent Dave Itzkoff’s engrossing and all-encompassing biography of probably the most beloved actors of the second half of the 20th century will change you.“―Fortune

The biography we have been ready for. . . . [A] meaty, well-researched, transferring story of a person who may by no means fairly come to phrases along with his personal brilliance.”―Booklist

“This well-written page-turner is the definitive biography of the genius of Robin Williams, whose life redefines the highs and lows of the American dream.”―Steve Martin

“[A] page-turner. . . . [Itzkoff keeps] us clued into so many points of Williams’ life, with finesse and foreboding, however no showy sentiment. His writing is just imbued with Williams’ particular intimate connection.”―Newsday

“[Williams’] life was one in every of compulsive creativity and real kindness and perpetual insecurity and frequent infidelity and uniquely electrical creativeness. Dave Itzkoff’s biography ‘Robin’ will get its palms round as a lot of that life as potential. It is an incisive, complete, very positive guide. . . and the creator captures it with grace and evenhanded notion.“―Chicago Tribune

Reveals the guts and soul of an icon.”―Christian Science Monitor

“In Robin, Dave Itzkoff manages to straddle the person and the parable of Robin Williams, all of the whereas serving to us see why we fell in love with each. He has written a guide concerning the fact and ache that lies in comedy, and the worth paid by a delicate soul.”―Amy Poehler

“[A] actually nice guide – a residing chronicle & secret historical past of 50 years of American popular culture – and it is best to decide it up!”―Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize- and Nationwide E-book Award-winning creator of The Underground Railroad

“Dave Itzkoff’s Robin is very like the person himself―heat, humorous, frenetic, with a core of darkness and empathy. It will get at that darkness, and reveals the way it fueled, fantastically, the manic mind and kinetic physique of the person himself. An incredible learn.”―Patton Oswalt

“Considerate and devoted. . . .a must-read.”―Harper’s Bazaar

“This guide must be on everybody’s summer time studying record. It is definitely on mine.”―James Corden

“Many who by no means knew [Robin Williams] had been hit onerous by the loss ― how may somebody so dizzyingly humorous embody such darkness? Dave Itzkoff’s well-researched, considerate biography fills in a few of these shadows. . . . Itzkoff, a New York Occasions reporter, writes with a clear-eyed fondness for his topic (together with a transferring epilogue wherein he discusses his private encounters with Williams).”―Seattle Occasions

“Captures the magic and the disappointment of Robin Williams’ life … a well-researched and solidly written biography.”―Dallas Morning Information

“A revealing portrait of the motivations of a quiet comedian genius whose explosive persona moved tens of millions.”―Kirkus

“Meticulously sourced and complete in scope, Itzkoff’s work offers Williams’s many followers a uncommon glimpse of the person behind the superstar.”―Publishers Weekly

“That is the whole portrait of Robin Williams, from the boyhood inception of his genius to the complexity of his loss of life. Williams might be a type of people who find themselves unimaginable to completely perceive, however this guide is as shut as anybody will ever come.”―Chuck Klosterman, creator of However What If We’re Unsuitable?

“Dave Itzkoff has produced a exceptional and empathetic portrait, filled with satisfying element, of a comic book whirligig who may break your coronary heart. He reveals Robin Williams the person with readability and poignancy.”―Julie Salamon, creator of The Satan’s Sweet and Wendy and the Misplaced Boys

“For somebody who typically appeared to put on his coronary heart on his sleeve, Robin Williams was additionally surprisingly elusive. In his probing and compassionate biography, Dave Itzkoff does justice to each the blazing mild and the darkish corners in his work and life. Robin is deeply reported, finely attuned to the ebb and movement of a protracted and singular profession, and finally very transferring.”―Mark Harris, creator of Photos at a Revolution and 5 Got here Again

“Everybody Dave Itzkoff interviewed for his account of Robin Williams’s life and profession appears uncertain in the event that they absolutely knew who Williams was and why he did all of the issues he did, however Itzkoff items him collectively in his entirety. This engrossing guide paints a stunningly full image of each the person and the comic. A triumph, and a tragedy.”―Alan Sepinwall, coauthor of TV (The E-book) and creator of The Revolution Was Televised

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From New York Occasions tradition reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one in every of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout position in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning efficiency in Good Will Looking, Robin Williams was a singularly progressive and beloved entertainer. He typically got here throughout as a person possessed, holding forth on tradition and politics whereas mixing in private revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting depth as he inhabited and shed one character after one other with lightning pace. However as Dave Itzkoff reveals on this revelatory biography, Williams’s comedian brilliance masked a deep effectively of conflicting feelings and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated movies like Lifeless Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, the place he showcased his limitless present for improvisation to deliver to life a variety of characters. And in Good Will Looking he gave an intense and managed efficiency that exposed the true vary of his expertise.Itzkoff additionally reveals how Williams struggled mightily with dependancy and melancholy – matters he mentioned brazenly whereas performing and through interviews – and with a debilitating situation on the finish of his life that affected him in methods his followers by no means knew. Drawing on greater than 100 unique interviews with household, associates, and colleagues, in addition to intensive archival analysis, Robin is a contemporary and unique take a look at a person whose work touched so many lives.

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