Along The Way (2012) Reading a celebrity memoir can be like taking a tour of the Oscar Mayer factory: All the interesting areas have been cordoned off, and you… 2012-05-08 Memoir Free Press
Book Review

Along The Way (2012)

FAMILY FORAY Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez pen their own celebrity memoir based on their experiences as father and son
FAMILY FORAY Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez pen their own celebrity memoir based on their experiences as father and son
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 08, 2012; Writers: Hope Edelman, Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Free Press

Reading a celebrity memoir can be like taking a tour of the Oscar Mayer factory: All the interesting areas have been cordoned off, and you never see how the sausage is made. Father-son duo Sheen and Estevez's tag-team memoir isn't remarkably different in that regard — for example, very little is said about Charlie Sheen's quasi-estrangement, and 20 years are glossed over in a few chapters. However, it is significantly better written (thanks partly to coauthor Edelman) and more insightful than your average chronicle of actorly self-regard and faux humility. Part travelogue, part familial bonding session, and for Sheen, two-thirds of a pretty good autobiography, Along the Way may not reveal all the secrets of the Hollywood meat grinder, but it doesn't toss in a lot of filler, either. B+

Originally posted May 11, 2012 Published in issue #1206 May 11, 2012 Order article reprints