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The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Alex Trebek (Forfatter)

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Medlem:Mike_B
Titel:The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life
Forfattere:Alex Trebek (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 304 pages
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The Answer Is...Reflections on my Life, by Alex Trebek, is a quick read, and it was worth spending time on it. Alex reflects on his life in a series of short chapters about his childhood, his early career, and then his time on Jeopardy. I didn't know much about his personal life, and although he remains somewhat guarded with details, it was interesting to read about his first marriage and his keeping in touch with his ex-wife, his current wife, who is much younger than he is, and his adult children. I was glad to learn specific information about Alex Trebek's charity work, much of which was with World Vision. Yet, he has also supported many other charities, including the protection of the musk ox, a fascinating animal that happens to be his favorite. It was also poignant to realize which Jeopardy contestants he gave chapters in this memoir—Cindy Stowell, Eddie Timanus, James Holzhauer, and of course, Ken Jennings. ( )
  LindaLoretz | Mar 15, 2021 |
Although Alex Trebek wasn't the first Jeopardy host, being one for 37 years makes him the one I most connect to this show that has aired for almost half a century. Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early in 2019, battled it for two years, and died from it when he was 80 years old. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he decided to get his affairs in order. Part of this included writing this memoir with chapter titles formatted like Jeopardy clue answers. The entertaining chapters cover in short vignettes, his family, his career, and his philosophy of life, which he summarized in the last chapter:

"I would like to remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best. Because that was my job. That is what a host is supposed to do.".

That was what Alex's ministry was which he did well. ( )
  John_Warner | Mar 10, 2021 |
This is a must read for anyone who loves Jeopardy. Trebek shares anecdotes from his life and career along with advice and reflections on his dire cancer diagnosis. It’s told with his trademark dry sense of humor and this narrated both by him and by Ken Jennings. It was the perfect short read during a remote weekend get away. Very entertaining and interesting if you’re already a fan. He seems like such a down-to-earth individual, despite his fame. ( )
  bookworm12 | Feb 23, 2021 |
With a motivation to “stay ahead of the tabloids” and “to respond to [viewers’] outpouring of care, good wishes, and prayers,” George Alexander (“Alex”) Trebek assembles 82 short reminiscences into this memoir of his personal and professional life -- from childhood and family in Canada, through marriage and more than 30 years as host of Jeopardy! in the US, through good works worldwide, to the approach of his death last year. Accompanied by lots of photos. It is an interesting and entertaining memoir, and Alex seems a humble ordinary man, a good guy. ( )
  DetailMuse | Feb 21, 2021 |
Genuine, heartfelt reflections of Alex Trebek in his last days, which will leave you wanting more.

I probably read this book at the wrong time. I had it on my list to read and I had just finished Leave The World Behind, when Alex Trebek passed away. I was only a chapter or two in when, tragically, my close friend of many years passed away suddenly of a stroke. So, this should give you a good idea of where my head was at for this read.

This is a very quick, very easy read. There are about eighty chapters but pretty much all of them are only a page or two. Each chapter is a quick story from Alex's life that he felt moved to include. This book was written this year, and Alex talks at length about the Coronavirus and having to live through a pandemic. The stories provide little glimpses into the life of this man we have all seen for so many years on TV. Toward the end of the book Alex gets into deeper themes of facing death, what it means to have cancer, and his thoughts on what is to come next.

I was happy to have had this chance to feel closer to the man, but it really was a brief glimpse of him. For me, this is a 3 out of 5 star book, which means I like it and I would recommend it but it doesn't get 4 or 5 stars because there just isn't enough there to lift it to the higher ratings. What is does have, probably more so than any other book on Trebek's life, is a clear picture of his thoughts and feelings in his last days. Not a bad book by any means, but it will leave you wanting more (as Alex Trebek always did)!

3 out of 5 stars ( )
  Randy_Foster | Feb 13, 2021 |
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