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Life Itself by Roger Ebert.. One of the duo that gave us the now ubiquitous two thumbs up deals honestly and even cheerfully with the ravages that have visited him in his own life. Ebert’s writing glows.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"This 69-year-old Chicago movie critic tells the harrowing story of his jaw, thyroid and salivary gland cancers, and the failed corrective surgeries that ravaged his face, plastering on a permanent Joker’s smile, and ransacked his body for spare parts, making him look, as he cinematically puts it, like “the thing that jumps out of that guy’s intestines in ‘Alien.’ ” He was, at last, stripped of his ability to talk, eat, drink, walk or stand easily and do what made him famous — appear on TV. It’s a cautionary tale about the danger of ignoring your spouse and doctors and trolling the Internet to find experimental shortcut treatments."

The New York Times

"For more than 20 years, film critic and historian Roger Ebert was an omnipresent presence on television, as much a part of the fabric of American life as Johnny Carson’s famous golf swing. With his lanky adversary and sometimes partner-in-crime Gene Siskel, Ebert guided moviegoers through the great highs and dismal lows of the world’s cinema, giving a big “Thumbs Up” to the movies he championed."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The American Film Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have awarded him honorary degrees and the Online Film Critics Society named his Web site ( the best online movie review site. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (436 pp. Cinematic: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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