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October 27, 2023

Being Henry: The Fonz...and Beyond by Henry Winkler ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

From Emmy-award winning actor, author, comedian, producer, and director Henry Winkler, a deeply thoughtful memoir of the lifelong effects of stardom and the struggle to become whole.

Amazon affiliate links are used on this site. A free audiobook was provided for an honest review.

book cover of memoir audiobook Being Henry: The Fonz and Beyond by Henry Winkler
October 2023; Macmillan Audio; 9781250889829
audio (9h 22m), ebook, print; memoir

I never read celebrity memoirs. I love the actors and actresses because of the characters they play and I don't want to learn something about them that might make me love those characters a little less. But I just couldn't pass up the audiobook for Henry Winkler's memoir. I mean he's the Fonz - I had to listen to it.

And what a wonderful surprise (because I didn't look at who was reading it before I started it) to find out that Henry Winkler himself was reading the book. 

I probably watched most of Happy Days in re-runs because it had already been on for at least a couple of seasons when I was born, but I think Fonzie was my first infatuation - probably more in wishing he was my older brother (Chachi was my first TV crush). 

I always figured Henry was a nice guy and now I think he is really a nice guy. (I hope it's okay that I call him Henry as I feel like he's a friend now.)

I loved everything about this memoir. But I think what I was really impressed by was his honesty. He was just so real. By the time I finished the 9+ hours of listening to the memoir (which I did in 2 days), I felt like I could call him up and tell him how much I appreciated his story. I listened to the last 30 or so minutes with tears in my eyes because it was just so moving.

His struggles both professionally and personally and how he dealt with these challenges were so encouraging to me, I may even say it was inspiring.

I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. I felt like Henry was sitting in the room with me and talking directly to me. 

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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