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By Bryan Cranston

A poignant, intimate, humorous, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age tale and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, liked and acclaimed megastar of 1 of history’s such a lot winning television exhibits, Breaking undesirable.

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Once caring and present, now she was sullen and melancholy and remote. She began to drink. Slowly at first, and then not slowly. She started with wine. Boxed wine. Wine in jugs with the little finger hole. I saw a lot of those empty jugs. She would perch at the kitchen table draining her glass and complain to my brother and me: Your father. Ugh, your father. He needed to be a star. And he wasn舗t a star. And that舗s what drove him crazy. She舗d sometimes turn to me and say, with a sneer of bitterness and pain: You look just like him.

To thank him, and as a bonus for our labor, Danny gave him chickens whose best laying days were behind them. Grandpa took them with delight. We舗d monitor the hens to see which still had it in them to lay with some consistency. The old, the feeble, the infertile: they weren舗t so lucky. There is a correct way to kill a chicken. Otto taught us. Grab it by the legs with one hand, collapse the wings with the other. Then secure the legs and wings with one firm hand. Next, lay the chicken on the block of a tree stump.

A lot of gutters. 舠Goddamn it, kid,舡 Leroy grumbled. 舡 I don舗t think he ever knew our names. We舗d come to a stop, and I舗d run out and put the paper where it belonged. It didn舗t take long for Leroy to reconsider my role. 舠Just keep a steady supply of papers for me to grab when I舗m ready,舡 he舗d say with a sigh. Just feed the beast. Housepainter When the beast-feeding finally got to me, my friend Jeff suggested I work for his dad, a housepainter who needed help on the weekends. I舗d met Jeff in the West Valley Division of the Los Angeles Police Department Explorers, a branch of the Boy Scouts.

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