Biographies & Memoirs

Life Itself

Life Itself

Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies.

In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer. And now, for the first time, he tells the full, dramatic story of his life and career.

Chapter 1: 410 East Washington

Chapter 2: My People

Chapter 3: My Old Man

Chapter 4: My Mother

Chapter 5: St. Mary’s

Chapter 6: Dan-Dan the Yo-Yo Man

Chapter 7: Summer

Chapter 8: Car, Table, Counter, or TakHomaSak

Chapter 9: Blackie

Chapter 10: My Vocation

Chapter 11: Newspaper Days

Chapter 12: High School

Chapter 13: University

Chapter 14: The Daily Illini

Chapter 15: My Trip To Hollywood

Chapter 16: Cape Town

Chapter 17: London Perambulating

Chapter 18: Eyrie Mansion

Chapter 19: All by Myself Alone

Chapter 20: Sun-Times

Chapter 21: My New Job

Chapter 22: Zonka

Chapter 23: McHugh

Chapter 24: O’Rourke’s

Chapter 25: Leisure of the Theory Class

Chapter 26: Alcoholism

Chapter 27: Books Do Furnish a Room

Chapter 28: Russ Meyer

Chapter 29: The Interviewer

Chapter 30: Lee Marvin

Chapter 31: Robert Mitchum

Chapter 32: Big John Wayne

Chapter 33: “Irving! Brang ’em on!”

Chapter 34: Ingmar Bergman

Chapter 35: Martin Scorsese

Chapter 36: “Fiddle on the corner where the quarters are”

Chapter 37: “I wasn’t popular when people thought I was popular”

Chapter 38: Werner Herzog

Chapter 39: Bill Nack

Chapter 40: The Sweetest Set of Wheels in Town

Chapter 41: Gene Siskel

Chapter 42: Jugular

Chapter 43: The Talk Shows

Chapter 44: When I Laughed in Study Hall

Chapter 45: My Romances

Chapter 46: Chaz

Chapter 47: Good News and Bad News

Chapter 48: Nil by Mouth

Chapter 49: Musing My Mind

Chapter 50: Putting a New Face on Things

Chapter 51: High School Reunion

Chapter 52: Studs

Chapter 53: My Last Words

Chapter 54: How I Believe in God

Chapter 55: Go Gently