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Review: Ed Asner releases captivating autobiography ‘Son of a Junkman’ (Includes first-hand account)

Asner opens up about his childhood, being the son of a junkman, and being raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He learned about the value of hard work while working in the junkyard. He recalls growing up in the Great Depression and studying journalism and radio in high school.

He noted that theatre is his roots, and the training that he received in the theatre was the foundation for all the work that he did on television and film. He would later star in Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which propelled him to worldwide fame and earned him countless awards and accolades.

Above all of his achievements in his career, Asner acknowledged that his greatest accomplishment in life are his children, and rightfully so.

Without giving too much away, Ed Asner’s autobiography is a true literary experience that all readers can enjoy. His life story is an inspiration to all.

Son of a Junkman: My Life from the West Bottoms of Kansas City to the Bright Lights of Hollywood is available on Amazon by clicking here.

The Verdict

Overall, Ed Asner delights on his new autobiography, Son of a Junkman. He is able to sustain the reader’s attention for the entire 143 pages. It underscores the values of perseverance, hard work and persistence. Most importantly, it is a fitting homage to his late father. “I will always be that Kansas City Jew you raised,” Asner proclaims in the book. This autobiography is highly recommended for all fans of the acclaimed TV actor, and it garners an A rating.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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