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Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother


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Barry Sonnenfeld is a filmmaker and writer who broke into the film industry as the cinematographer on the Coen Brothers' first three films: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and Miller's Crossing. He also was the director of photography on Throw Mamma from the Train, Big, When Harry Met Sally, and Misery. Sonnenfeld made his directorial debut with The Addams Family in 1991, and has gone on to direct a number of films including Addams Family Values, Get Shorty, and the first three Men in Blacks. His television credits include Pushing Daisies, for which he won an Emmy, and most recently Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.


"Amazing."--Peter Sagal, NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me"

"Sonnenfeld leavens his many struggles with a substantial dose of humor. He might have endured much, but Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker reveals Sonnenfeld to be a survivor. It's also a testament to how the rivers of fate can push you in unexpected directions....Sonnenfeld comes up with a wealth of entertaining stories....Revel in the ruminations of a man whose youthful traumas seared but didn't scar him."--Book & Film Globe

"Very funny...Told in his unmistakable voice."--WAMC
"A very engaging read."--Everyday Decisions with Jo Firestone

"His powers of exposition are impressive....This is both a serious and a comical book--sort of like Sophie's Choice, only funnier."--The East Hampton Star
"The voice of Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother is one for this moment...chock full of humor and pathos."--The Jewish News

"Hilarious."--Atlanta Jewish Times

"His utter lack of sentiment when it comes to his achievements makes for a tonic against the typical showbiz-dreamer's success story. It is also a very, very funny book....Sonnenfeld is a portraitist with an ironic sense of humour some would call quintessentially Jewish, and he can't help but find the humanity and hilarity in the horrorshows...uniquely insightful."--Film Freak Central

"I couldn't put it down."
--Marc Maron

"An extremely Jewy memoir."--Jewish Telegraphic Agency
"Outrageous and hilarious...written with poignant insight and real-life irony."--KATU AM Northwest
"A neurotic, revelatory treat...[Sonnenfeld] spins eye-opening yarns....It's brutally honest...memorable and hilarious."
"Writing a book this sharp, [Sonnenfeld is] puncturing the myth of the Director as God....A wild account of his life and times....Here we have not only a new entrant in the movie-director memoir genre but an even rarer beast: a book by someone in the entertainment industry who is neither self-aggrandizing nor self-important but uniquely, and painfully, candid."--The Wall Street Journal

"[Sonnenfeld's] moments of self-effacement...make him an ideal tour guide through the vagaries and hypocrisies of the entertainment industry.... He catalogs his own anxieties at length, sometimes to exorcise them and sometimes to fetishize them.... It is thrilling to ride shotgun."--David Itzkoff, The New York Times

"Barry Sonnenfeld's new book is all the feels. Can't recommend it enough.....He's... an absolutely remarkable storyteller."--Neil Patrick Harris

"Exactly everything a good memoir should be."--Audible Editorial

"Hilarious."--Ryan Seacrest, "Live with Kelly and Ryan"
"Sonnenfeld's autobiography is laced with funny, sometimes absurd, moments.--WBUR
"A candid, sometimes dark, entertaining, anecdotal trip down memory lane from a Hollywood icon."--Booklist
"The most purely enjoyable memoir I've ever read. The content of this neurotic genius's life is fascinating, complimented by his rare gift of storytelling."
--Patrick Warburton
"Funny, wry, and thoroughly entertaining memoir. Sonnenfeld is, above all, a storyteller."--Bookpage

"Hilarious, full of heart, and there are no typos."
--Max Greenfield

"Barry Sonnenfeld's memoir is not unlike many of his films. It's an incredible story about an unlikely hero. There is action, adventure, comedy, horror-and just a little bit of porn."--Kelly Ripa

"Anyone who has encountered Barry for any length of time has wondered how he came to be the way he is. The answer is hilariously, poignantly, and forthrightly told through various stories that resulted in me feeling nauseous, laughing out loud, blushing, and repeatedly saying under my breath, 'Oh my God, Barry.' Sometimes all of those things at once."--Allison Williams
"If I went to prison, and I saw that Barry Sonnenfeld was going to be my cellmate, I would think, 'Oh, this will be a breeze.'"--Jerry Seinfeld
"Barry's memoir is amazingly honest and brazenly hilarious. Now excuse me, I need to take a shower and try to get some of those images out of my head."--Cheryl Hines
"Sonnenfeld makes his debut as a memoirist with a brisk, funny recounting of his improbable rise to fame in the movie world...Zesty anecdotes about family, marriage, and fatherhood combine with Hollywood gossip to make for an entertaining romp."--Kirkus Reviews

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