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The days of my life
Carey, Macdonald.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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309 pages ; 25 cm
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PN2287.C268 A3 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. Ten million people hear Macdonald Carey, star of Days of Our Lives, say this every day--and have heard him say it for twenty-five years. This is a definitive personal account of TV soap opera intertwined with the real-life soap opera of Macdonald Carey's life. 16 pages of photographs.

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Booklist Review

The under-35 crowd will know Macdonald Carey as Dr. Tom Horton on a daytime soap opera, where he intones at the beginning of each show, "Like sands through an hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives." Older movie fans will remember him as a minor star of both stage and screen. Readers of this autobiography will be surprised to learn that Carey's life has been nearly as traumatic as his soap opera. An alcoholic, the father of a schizophrenic daughter, a man whose relationships with women have been uncomfortable at best, Carey has had his problems and is very forthright in outlining his faults. Actually, he comes across as rather too hard on himself. Sure, he drank and came up short on the interpersonal front, but he also remained involved in the world around him, was active in charity work, and is still a caring father. He also has surprisingly little to say about his success in overcoming alcoholism. Certainly, those who know him as the sturdy Dr. Horton will find this equally sturdy account of interest, but with its focus on the confusion of human relationships, it might even find an audience among those who don't watch daytime TV. ~--Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

A star of TV's Days of Our Lives soap opera since its inception in 1965, Carey, 77, here offers a combination of autobiography and ``life inventory,'' as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous. Until 1982, Carey had coped with such problems as a shaky marriage, his absentee fatherhood and doubts about his acting by drinking himself into oblivion. Besides detailing his long battle with the bottle, he gives an entertaining history of his career, which began in radio soap operas and progressed via the stage and Hollywood--where he worked with Paulette Goddard, William Holden, Teresa Wright and Hedy Lamarr, among others--to his current role as Dr. Tom Horton. Occasionally made confusing by a mix of past and present tenses, Carey's story is otherwise touching and, in the end, triumphant. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Best known as the longtime star of the popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives , Carey has had a long career in radio, film, theater, and television. He also is a recovering alcoholic. This autobiography, laced with his poems which illustrate or recount particular experiences, attempts to unite these two major aspects of his life. While it may have been a catharsis to write, the book suffers from repetition and Carey's odd style of slipping between past and present tenses at will. Ultimately, it is rather boring. A marginal purchase at best, this might hold some interest for fans of the show.-- Barbara E. Kemp, Columbia Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.