Review of Being Henry: The Fonz...and Beyond by Henry Winkler
Winkler is candid, charming, self-deprecating, and delighted by life and his experiences. I loved listening to him read the audiobook of Being Henry.
I listened to Henry Winkler read his irresistibly candid, funny, and poignant memoir.
Winkler explores his childhood and his critical, yelling, stressed parents, survivors of the Holocaust who were later concerned with wealthy appearances and often in terrible debt. He credits their appreciation for his fame but not for him as a person for his lifetime of insecurity, difficulty opening up emotionally, and need for ongoing therapy.
He also shares his lifelong joy in putting on other personas and his professional ups and downs, including the luck, grit, and adventures of starring in Happy Days, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and Barry.
Winkler dives into endearingly frank discussions of his perceived shortcomings and mistakes, as well as his many delights and blessings. All of this is intermingled with his clear adoration and admiration for his family--his wife chimes in with her perspective at some key points--and his family's natural inclination for activism.
His dyslexia, which was undiagnosed until he was well into adulthood, and its myriad challenges led to his eventual emergence as the children's book author of the successful Hank Zipzer series, about a boy with learning differences.
Winkler brings heart and honesty to the story of his life, and I loved it.
I received a prepublication audiobook version of this title courtesy of NetGalley and Macmillan Audio.
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Henry Winkler is the author of the Hank Zipzer series (Niagara Falls, Or Does It? is the first) and the Ghost Buddy series.