Live Long and . . .: What I Might Have Learned Along the Way

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  • Hardcover
  • 236 pages
  • Live Long and . . .: What I Might Have Learned Along the Way
  • William Shatner
  • 09 November 2018
  • 1432859552

About the Author: William Shatner

William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life and I m Working on That In addition to his role as Captain James T Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E Kelley, Boston Legal a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.


Live Long and . . .: What I Might Have Learned Along the WayStar Trek Legend And Veteran Author William Shatner Discusses The Meaning Of Life, Finding Value In Work, And Living Well Whatever Your Age I Have Always Felt, William Shatner Says Early In His Newest Memoir, That Like The Great Comedian George Burns, Who Lived To , I Couldn T Die As Long As I Was Booked And Shatner Is Always BookedStill, A Brief Health Scare In Forced Him To Take Stock After Mulling Over The Lessons He S Learned, The Places He S Been, And All The Miracles And Strange Occurrences He S Witnessed Over The Course Of An Enduring Career In Hollywood And On The Stage, He Arrived At One Simple Rule For Living A Long And Good Life Don T DieIt S The Only One Size Fits All Advice, Shatner Argues In Live Long And What I Learned Along The Way, Because Everyone Has A Unique Life But, To Help Us All Out, He S Than Willing To Share Stories From His Unique Life With A Combination Of Pithy Humor And Thoughtful Vulnerability, Shatner Lays Out His Journey From Childhood To Peak Stardom And All The Bumps In The Road Sometimes The Literal Road, As In The Case Of His , Mile Motorcycle Trip Across The Country With A Bike That Didn T Function William Shatner Is One Of Our Most Beloved Entertainers, And He Intends Never To Stop Entertaining His Funny, Provocative, And Poignant Reflections Offer An Unforgettable Read About A Remarkable Man

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10 thoughts on “Live Long and . . .: What I Might Have Learned Along the Way

  1. *TUDOR^QUEEN* says:

    Thank you to the publisher St Martin s Press for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I am an original Trekkie I fondly recall watching repeats of Star Trek with my Mom on a nightly basis that ended at one in the morning I also remember helping my older brother dress up like Spock for a Halloween party, diligently creating the golden Enterprise symbol that I sewed upon his shirt To this day, I still make the iconic symbol with my hand, separating my four long fingers and saying, Thank you to the publisher St Martin s Press for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I am an original Trekkie I fondly recall watching repeats of Star Trek with my Mom on a nightly basis that ended at one in the morning I also remember helping my older brother dress up like Spock for a Halloween party, diligently creating the golden Enterprise symbol that I sewed upon his shirt To this day, I still make the iconic symbol with my hand, separating my four long fingers and saying, Live long and Prosper , engendering either a humorous and knowing response, or they just think I m weird Nonetheless, I love biographies and I like William Shatner, so naturally I wanted to read this book.I ve always marveled at the fact that Shatner is the author of so many Star Trek fictional books, and he has written earlier autobiographies Perhaps for that reason, this offering seemed like a fairly quick read, and he doesn t delve too deeply into his experiences on the Star Trek set or his relationships with his fellow cast members The one fact he makes clear is that Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr Spock, was his best friend but for some unknown reason was not talking to him at the time of his death He honestly has no idea why, and it was made clear that he was not welcome at Nimoy s funeral he instead participated in a Red Cross fundraising event that day William Shatner, 86 years old at the writing of this book, discusses his strong work ethic, shares some interesting and funny stories, explores relationships, religion, and the mystery of death I expectedof a hollywood tell all, but this wasphilosophical than anything else I could almost imagine him speaking to me, which I really enjoy when a celebrity achieves that writing style It adds that special authenticity My biggest takeaway from this book was the man s incessant drive to work, and his credo to live each day as a gift He has a great positivity and common sense about life, and it was quite refreshing to read

  2. Barbara says:

    3.5 starsMost people know that William Shatner played Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek television series and the movies it inspired Shatner also starred in many other TV series acted in movies and stage plays directed films and television shows did video games and soundtracks made albums wrote books andIn fact Shatner has an extraordinary work ethic, exemplified by the fact that he s still taking on new projects at the age of 87 William Shatner as Captain James T 3.5 starsMost people know that William Shatner played Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek television series and the movies it inspired Shatner also starred in many other TV series acted in movies and stage plays directed films and television shows did video games and soundtracks made albums wrote books andIn fact Shatner has an extraordinary work ethic, exemplified by the fact that he s still taking on new projects at the age of 87 William Shatner as Captain James T KirkShatner s compulsion to have a job was spawned partly from his struggles to put food on the table when he was a young man with a family and no steady income Shatner sometimes found it hard to get acting jobs so he grabbed every opportunity that came his way with almost no regrets An exception might be a movie he made in Esperanto the universal language which was a foreign film in every country in the world By the time the movie was released Shatner had forgotten the language and couldn t understand what the film was about but he worked as hard on it as anything else he s ever done And Shatner s done a lot, because he almost never says no to a job offer.William Shatner in the Esperanto film Incubus I ve read other books Shatner wrote, but this one seems the most personal Shatner acknowledges that many of the things he s done were driven by loneliness, by a desire to be wanted..a feeling he apparently didn t get from his mother Young Bill found it hard to make friends, and in grade school sent valentines to himself so he wouldn t be humiliated by getting none Shatner notes that he spent his life seeking love , which probably contributed to his reputation for philandering..and his multiple marriages He s been married to his current wife Elizabeth for many years, and speaks of her with great respect and affection.William Shatner and his wife ElizabethShatner also mentions his close friendship with his Star Trek co star Leonard Nimoy, which ended for unexplained reasons a few years before Nimoy died This estrangement seems to be one of the great regrets of Shatner s life William Shatner as Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock in Star TrekWilliam Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both raised as Orthodox Jews were close friendsShatner acknowledges that many of his most affectionate relationships have been with his dogs and his horses, companions he s had for almost all his life Shatner is an excellent horseman and finds his most restful moments atop a steed, an activity that requires complete concentration William Shatner with one of his dogsWilliam Shatner with one of his horsesShatner writes a touching story about paying a visit to fellow equestrian Christopher Reeve, who s perhaps best known for playing Superman Reeve became a quadriplegic after falling from a horse, and needed a specially equipped chair to provide life support Shatner was worried about the visit being awkward, but the two men had a pleasant hour long conversation about their passion for horses Christopher Reeve as SupermanChristopher Reeve after his accidentShatner relates many compelling and often humorous stories about his life, endeavors, family, friends, horses, dogs, motorcycles, paramotoring, aspirations, career, and so on He admits that he was a bow and arrow hunter many decades ago an activity he now deeply regrets Much of the book, however, is devoted to Shatner s personal reflections and philosophical observations thoughts he wants to share as the end of life approaches..an end that Shatner would stave off forever if he could.Young William Shatner with his familyWilliam Shatner with one of his motorcyclesShatner s success leads many individuals to ask him for advice, and he tells them Don t follow my advice..I am not a font of wisdom As a general suggestion, Shatner tells people to gather knowledge and from that huge pile use those things that make sense in your own lives Shatner then reminisces about what he s learned during his long and fruitful life what worked or didn t work for him In summary, Shatner found that it s important to Be passionate yearn for things, pursue them, and if you obtain them savor them Understand your emotions they make life richer Preserve your health Be open to new experiences have adventures Find happiness in your life Form relationships Try to leavegood in your wake than bad Have principles, but be flexible Compromise if you have to Invite people over to watch Monday Night Football Just keep going.Toward the end of the book Shatner laments the realization that he will expire someday, saying I find it very difficult to grasp the reality that I am going to die..Whatever else there might be, this beautiful present will be gone, and I am loving every second I can hold on to my life I m sure many people feel the same way about their own lives I enjoyed the book, which has entertaining stories and interesting philosophical musings I think fans of William Shatner would like the book, and I recommend it to them LIVE LONG AND PROSPER, WILLIAM SHATNER Thanks to Netgalley, the authors William Shatner and David Fisher and the publisher Thomas Dunne Books for a copy of the book.Your can follow my reviews at

  3. Carol says:

    As a fan of Star Trek, it was interesting to find out about the life of the now 86 year old William Shatner, but somewhat disappointing too as there was so little about his relationship with the cast of the Starship Enterprise and friendship with Leonard Nimoy. One thing is for sure though, this man is a hard worker and talented guy.no free rides for him, and it doesn t sound like he s planning to stop anytime soon He has a great passion for living.and taking chances.with many interest As a fan of Star Trek, it was interesting to find out about the life of the now 86 year old William Shatner, but somewhat disappointing too as there was so little about his relationship with the cast of the Starship Enterprise and friendship with Leonard Nimoy. One thing is for sure though, this man is a hard worker and talented guy.no free rides for him, and it doesn t sound like he s planning to stop anytime soon He has a great passion for living.and taking chances.with many interests including a deep love for dogs, horses and motorcycles.that he still rides. From Montreal and married four times, Shatner tries to live in the moment, isn t preachy, but shares thoughts about how he s stayed healthy and lived this long.the only sure thing to count on being change and oh yeah.don t die Shatner also shares some sad memories.as a child and adult.of how an alien once saved his life and how he made a great deal on a coffin. LIVE LONG AND wasn t exactly what I expected and was a bit repetitious, but I have and always will be a fan of this Star Trek legend who loves life. Many thanks to Thomas Dunn Books via NetGalley for the arc coming September 4, 2018.

  4. Moonkiszt says:

    This was my spontaneous pick for last week and am so glad I did No long review if you love Star Trek, or Mr Bill Shatner, or an easy read with a happy message this is the book for you.Probably deserves a 3 star, but I adopted him as family long ago, so that s at least 4 stars from me.

  5. Jim says:

    Another autobiography by Shatner I ve listened to 2 others, so there was some repetition there This was good, focusingon what he had learned over the years even if he did continually say not to take his advice I liked his outlook a lot, but he beat the points into the ground several times Still, anyone who likes horses dobermans is worth listening to.For an obviously well educated thoughtful man, he has some really big holes in his reasoning The whole life after death thing was ri Another autobiography by Shatner I ve listened to 2 others, so there was some repetition there This was good, focusingon what he had learned over the years even if he did continually say not to take his advice I liked his outlook a lot, but he beat the points into the ground several times Still, anyone who likes horses dobermans is worth listening to.For an obviously well educated thoughtful man, he has some really big holes in his reasoning The whole life after death thing was ridiculous he also thinks Dr Oz is a good doctor Sheesh If you ve read his other books, I wouldn t rush out to get this one It s short, but not short enough even when narrated by him Still, it had its moments 2.5 stars rounded up

  6. Margaret says:

    Another interesting little book from Bill Shatner This one looking at what he has learned throughout is long life.Interesting, entertaining, whimsical, and also though provoking.Highly recommended.

  7. ellis says:

    i like conversational, but even this was too much for me i m glad i listened.or am i, because honestly, this book did not appeal it s definitely a good insight into how depressed and self absorbed he is and yet, kind he is all over the place. it baffles me that he can t see why nimoy stopped talking to him, and while i would like to say it s nice to hear his side of the story, all he did was lament 2 stars instead of 1 bc i didn t hate it, and found it oddly fascinating, if poorly written a i like conversational, but even this was too much for me i m glad i listened.or am i, because honestly, this book did not appeal it s definitely a good insight into how depressed and self absorbed he is and yet, kind he is all over the place. it baffles me that he can t see why nimoy stopped talking to him, and while i would like to say it s nice to hear his side of the story, all he did was lament 2 stars instead of 1 bc i didn t hate it, and found it oddly fascinating, if poorly written and cringe worthy

  8. Regina Mastrogiacomo says:

    An absolutely wonderful autobiography from a person I have watched on Television for years It is an uplifting and encouraging view of the world and is right on, at least for me in how I see the world too.I like that he continues to say through the book that this is his opinion and that those who read this book should make up their own minds I love that he loves to work and enjoy his life and he describes how he does it.Congratulations on a great personal story.This deserves a 10 star

  9. Karen R says:

    Hard to believe that William Shatner is now in his mid 80 s Love his style, sense of humor, passion and the ability to reinvent himself He has lived an interesting life and I would love to be able to adopt his philosophy of just saying YES That small word has opened so many doors for him Shatner is an inspiration Thanks to St Martin s Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I ve now read a few books by William Shatner, and here, as ever, I am impressed I am impressed with his style and his down to earth attitude I am impressed by his honesty and his openness, even on topics that are deeply personal He seems to be a very positive man in general, and that shines through in this memoir.This book is much darker than the other ones I ve read Here, Shatner is 87, and he has already lost many loved ones In this memoir, he reflects on his own death He ponders his own I ve now read a few books by William Shatner, and here, as ever, I am impressed I am impressed with his style and his down to earth attitude I am impressed by his honesty and his openness, even on topics that are deeply personal He seems to be a very positive man in general, and that shines through in this memoir.This book is much darker than the other ones I ve read Here, Shatner is 87, and he has already lost many loved ones In this memoir, he reflects on his own death He ponders his own mortality, and he recalls the many struggles he s had over the years He has had a great deal of sadness, even in childhood, and these experiences have shaped him He writes of pain, and of his regrets.There is much less humor here than I would have expected, although he does describe plenty of bizarre experiences, such as a party for a motorcycle that wouldn t work, a co worker who d sabotage the production, and a hallucinogenic drug trip described in detail These tales are the kind of inane anecdote I d expect from Mr Shatner.I was also impressed with his outright refusal to give advice He has tremendous respect for every person as a unique individual, and he often makes the point that he can t advise anyone He can only say what did or didn t work for him He seems very open minded, and even though he has strong opinions, he seems very accepting of people with different opinions.The best part of this memoir, for me anyway, is when he talks about animals Years from now, I think the parts of this book that describe his dogs and his horses will stand outstrongly in my mind than anything else he wrote William Shatner is an animal lover He describes the way that time with his animals will help him cope with other aspects of his life, and he tells of the joy he feels when he welcomes new foals and new puppies into the world These passages are beautiful, full of warmth and hope Live Long and What I Learned Along the Way is by far the most poignant book I ve read by William Shatner It s less focused than some of his others, but that fits This is a record of his thoughts as he takes stock of his long life It s an intimate look at his private fears, as well as at his joys It s moving and raw and definitely worthwhile I highly recommend it