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The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.

The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book's beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen's unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms.

Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451633177 | 
  • September 2012
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5.

THE ALCHEMIST

WE DON’T CHOOSE our memories. Our memories choose us. Why certain thoughts rise to levels of importance and others vanish is not entirely obvious to me.

I will always remember the night in Boston when my father punched a bus. People could remember their fathers for lots of reasons. Dad taught me the alphabet. He would give me a different letter on a small chalkboard every day on his way to work. Then I would ask for something that became known as a “puffed cheek kiss.” He would fill his mouth with air and puff out his cheeks, and then I would... see more

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I picked up The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky unaware that he is the prolific character actor one might recognize as Tor Eckman (the holistic healer whose tea triggers an allergic reaction in George on Seinfeld), Ned from Groundhog...

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Stephen Tobolowsky
Photograph courtesy of the author.

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows in his career, including unforgettable roles in Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, and Glee. The Dangerous Animals Club is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and sons.

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