You Never Know

A Memoir

by Tom Selleck, Ellis Henican

On Sale: 05/07/2024

You Never Know

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You Never Know

A Memoir

by Tom Selleck, Ellis Henican

On Sale: 05/07/2024


About the Book


There are many miles from the business school and basketball court at the University of Southern California to 50 million viewers for the final episode of a TV show called Magnum P.I. Tom Selleck has lived every one of those miles in his own iconoclastic and joyful way.

Frank, funny and open-hearted, You Never Know is an intimate memoir from one of the most beloved actors of our time, the highly personal story of a remarkable life and thoroughly accidental career. In his own voice and uniquely unpretentious style, the famed actor brings readers on his uncharted but serendipitous journey to the top in Hollywood, his temptations and distractions, his misfires and mistakes and, over time, his well-earned success. Along the way, he clears up an armload of misconceptions and shares dozens of never-told stories from all corners of his personal and professional life. His rambunctious California childhood. His clueless arrival as a good-looking college jock in Hollywood (from the Dating Game to the Fox New Talent Program to co-starring with Mae West and escorting her to black-tie social functions). What it was like to emerge as a mega-star in his mid-thirties and remain so for decades to come, an actor whose authenticity and ease in front of the camera connected with audiences worldwide while embodying and also redefining the clichés of onscreen manhood.

In You Never Know, Selleck recounts his personal friendships with a vivid army of A-listers, everyone from Frank Sinatra to Carol Burnett to Sam Elliott, paying special tribute to his mentor James Garner of The Rockford Files, who believed, like Selleck, that TV protagonists are far more interesting when they have rough edges. He also more than tips his hat to the American western and the scruffy band of actors, directors and other ruffians who helped define that classic genre, where Selleck has repeatedly found a happy home. Magnum fans will be fascinated to learn how Selleck put his career on the line to make Thomas Magnum a more imperfect hero and explains why he walked away from a show that could easily have gone on for years longer.

Hollywood is never easy, even for stars who make it look that way. In You Never Know, Selleck explains how he’s struggled to balance his personal and professional lives, frequently adjusting his career to protect his family’s privacy and normalcy. His journey offers a truly fresh perspective on a changing industry and a changing world. Beneath all the charm and talent and self-deprecating humor, Selleck’s memoir reveals an American icon who has reached remarkable heights by always insisting on being himself.

Critical Praise

"Even if readers have never seen a single episode of the show that made his career, Selleck’s style entertains, edifies, and effectively bridges the bookends of his career. Selleck has a knack for maintaining interest in the nuts and bolts of writing and producing Magnum, his own thoughts and actions in the evolution of the character and the show itself, and the difficult decisions he made along the way. Those in search of salacious confessions or anecdotes should look elsewhere--text is like the man himself: witty, charming, and honest... A celebrity memoir worth reading." — Kirkus Reviews

“Selleck’s earnestness and self-deprecating folksy style will satisfy celebrity watchers, especially Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods fans." — Library Journal

“A candid memoir. Fans of the iconic actor, will revel in his warmth, integrity, humor, and charm. Selleck is a TV star who keeps on shining, and his countless fans will be thrilled to be able to spend more time with him.” — Booklist

"Selleck delivers a breezy autobiography that covers his path from college basketball player to Hollywood heartthrob, describes his guest roles on shows including The Rockford Files and The Sacketts; his breakthrough on Magnum, PI; and his run-ins with showbiz royalty including Mae West and Frank Sinatra. [G]litzy recollections from a Hollywood stalwart…for the actor’s fans, it’s an ideal beach read." — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062945761
  • ISBN 10: 0062945769
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 05/07/2024
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:36.99 CAD
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts

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