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“Gracefully Gone” review by Carl Marsh/newsignedbooks

Carl Marsh from recently wrote a beautiful review of “Gracefully Gone”

Gracefully Gone


Alicia Coppola

Please read this book.

I was fortunate enough to make contact with Alicia Coppola through social media, and it was on mentioning her book to me, that got me really intrigued to read it. I know that most of the time when you see or hear that an accomplished actor has written a book, you just think “Here we go again, autobiography time is it?” This book turns that thought/notion upside down. What Alicia has done is open her heart by combining her journals, and those of her late father’s, Matthew. Her father Matthew was diagnosed with brain cancer, he was not even 40. Alicia was 12 years old, and not even a teenager when she had to deal with this! She had to grow up almost overnight and skip teenage years completely. This book is a no-holds barred description of at times, a real loving family enjoying Christmas, enjoying life, it’s ups, and it’s downs. Alicia (and Matthew) leave nothing out. What they thought at the time, what they were thinking/feeling, it was all written down, in these journals.

Please read this book.

The book is set around the period of Matthew’s initial diagnosis, Alicia’s dealing with all of this, and then the time during/after the operations/treatments, and then the slow demise and eventual death of Matthew. It is about a life that we can all hope to never experience like Alicia and her family did. Alicia is an actress. Yes she is. She is also a real person. She is one who had to endure such heartache and growing up. One who hated the school she was at. One who despised the neighbours who, not once, showed compassion when her father was ill. One who eventually fell in love. One who was committed to her acting. One who was and very much is, committed to her loving husband and 3 perfect daughters. She is one who had to be the mother to her mother. She is one who had to be the parent to her brother. Yet through all this tragedy, she was just the one we all knew from the TV. Without knowing though, that she was the one going through all of this, alone.

Please read this book.

Alicia opens up in this novel like no-one, and I mean no-one I have read a true life story about, has opened up like she has. For any book publisher or agent to not have wanted to have taken this book and released it, it baffles me still. Alicia had to self-publish this. Good for her that she did. This book should be read by everyone and anyone. We all shall experience sadness, heartache, depression, love, good times, bad times. No-one is immune to any of these things. Forget that Alicia Coppola is an actress. See her as just like you and I. She is just like you and I. She may be on the TV more than you and I but… she is, like you and I. Although Alicia has had to endure such difficulties that (hopefully) none of us have or will experience, by losing a parent at such a young age.

Please read this book.

It would be criminal if it was not published by a main stream publisher.
Absolutely criminal.

Please read this book.

Alicia Coppola is a talented writer. She really is. Everyone that reads this book will see what a masterpiece it is, and for what it stands for. For me it stands for sadness, loss and wanting to never lose a father, mother, child, sister, brother. It also made me understand that I was/am not the only one who had to experience such a loss. I can connect with this book. I can connect with the message Alicia has put down into words. I can connect with how she dealt with things. I can connect with how she ends the book. I can connect.

Please read this book.

Her skill as a writer is breathtaking. This is one of those books that should be read by every single person that is born. This book deals with real life. I know as an actress she will portray fictional characters. This book is no fiction. Her expressiveness into words is, so moving, you would think the journals written, were done by you the reader. Alicia puts you in her shoes in this book. I cannot say anymore than that. You really are immersed in this story, albeit a shockingly sad true story.


Please read this book.

10 out of 10


So, if you still haven’t read the book, you should! 🙂


Radio shows / interviews

Hi there, long time no see.

Since Alicia was guest on quite a few radio shows since she has published “Gracefully Gone”, I added a new page with information on the date and – if available – a link to the site where you can download / listed to it: Radio shows / Interviews. (TV & Radio appearances –> Radio shows/Interviews)

I’ll try to keep it updated!

PS: You might have noticed that the “roles” pages had disappeared for a while. They’re going through a makeover. The pages for Ally McBeal, 3/8 American Dreams, Blind Justice, Blood Money, Bones and Castle are back online, but it’ll take a while to edit all of them, so please be patient. 🙂

“Gracefully Gone” review

You think, „memoir“ equals either boring or so extraordinary that no mortal could identify him/herself with that person? Well, think again, or rather read Alicia Coppola’s book „Gracefully Gone“. It’s the fusion of two journals: her father’s, Matthew L. Coppola Sr. and her own, linked by his fight against brain cancer.

It’s a situation almost everybody can relate to. Lucky people, who haven’t lost a loved one to a disease, be it cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other life-changing and -taking illness! But even then, it is possible to feel for the 12 year old girl who tries to belong while her emotional vulnerability – having to deal with the fear of losing her father – makes her “a gazelle with a twisted ankle lying just outside a lion’s den” (p. 37). Or with the teenager who is desperately trying to find an anchor. Or, of course, the young woman of 22 years, who tends to her father in the final five months of his life, torn between nerve-wracking dreams and most precious moments like a father’s smile, that keep one going in such a situation which would consume everybody, let alone a young adult who already lost her childhood to the impending loss. As Alicia puts it: “Today was a hard one: A good one because I got to spend all day with my father but a hard one because I got to spend all day with my father.” (p. 121).

“Gracefully Gone” is split in four parts, the memories of her father, which are interspersed throughout the book, her own recalling the years from 1980 (when he was diagnosed with brain cancer) to August 1990, her journal from August 1990 to January 1991, and an epilogue 2013.

While reading this book, I partly felt like watching a movie, or reading a novel and I had to remind myself that it is in fact a true story. Not because it’s so unreal – it isn’t, as I stated above – but because it’s written in such a nonchalant, direct, non-artificial way, that it was as easy and entertaining to read as a novel should be. It made me not want to lay the book aside until I finished it. Although the whole situation is, of course, sad and partly tragic – you probably will cry, at least once! – , this book is far from being a tragedy. Be prepared to burst out laughing because of a funny turn you weren’t expecting, a phrasing that puts sassy teenage Alicia right in front of your mind’s eye, or because of dry wit shining forth. Something will make you laugh or smile even in the chapters about the gravest and most sorrowful times (to pick just one cue: nickname; p. 130).

One cannot possible miss that Alicia has written this book from her heart. Her love for her father shines out of and stands strongly behind every page.  The honesty and depth of emotion in “Gracefully Gone” will certainly touch your heart.

So if you don’t own the book yet, you should get it immediately – btw: it’s Christmas soon, so if you’re still looking for a gift for a friend or for something to put onto your wish list, here’s a suggestion ;))

Brandon’s Buzz

Here’s good news from Brandon (Brandon’s Buzz):

@brandonsbuzz: All of 3 days in, my chat w/ @alicia_coppola is now officially the most downloaded episode in Brandon's Buzz history.

I listed all recent interviews and radio shows Alicia did, on a new subpage, with links to these shows:

Soap Opera Digest & Jericho chat transcript

Hi folks, here you can find the Jericho newsletter the transcript of the chat with Alicia last Thursday (or here directly), very well moderated by Gwen and Matt.

Also, here is a small glimpse of the Soap Opera Digest article about Gracefully Gone:

Soap Opera Digest
You see, you should get your hands on it 🙂

TV appearances March

Speaking of watching (in my last post)… There are several opportunities to see Alicia on TV in the next weeks.
For the USA:

Double Down (Zigs): March 6th, 3:05pm and 6:05pm on Showtime Extreme and Showtime Extreme Pacific respectively, the same on March 15th, 5:10am and 8:10am

Law and Order – Criminal Intent 3×04: March 7th, 5:00pm, and March 8th, 12:00am on Cloo

Two and a Half Men 2×17: March 9th, 11:00am on FX

Dark Beauty: March 9th, 4:00pm on Lifetime Movie Network

Monk 3×03: March 10th, 8:00pm on ION

Sin: March 11th, 10:00pm and March 13th, 4:35pm, and March 17th, 2:00am on Cine Sony Television


And for Germany:

Sin: March 9th, 2.55am and March 12th, 2.40am on KabelEins

Blind Justice 1×10: March 13th, 3.20am on KabelEins

Star Trek Voyager 1×01: March 14th, 19.10 and March 15th, 1.00am on Tele5

Two and a Half Men 10×17 – gallery

Hey guys! I just uploaded the gallery with screenshots of Alicia’s most recent TV appearance, the 2 1/2 Men episode “Throgwarten Middle School Mysteries”.

It was a very short appearance, but funny! So if you haven’t watched it yet, you should.


Two and a Half Men – 10×17 – Throgwarten Middle School Mysteries

The link to the other 2 1/2 Men episode changed now (since it’s no longer the only one. Here’s the link to 2×17 – Woo-Hoo, a Hernia-Exam!

And this link should lead to the main 2 1/2 Men page.

American Dreams 2×12 and 2×15 galleries

I just realized I didn’t upload the screen caps of the last two American Dreams episodes, so I did that now.

American Dreams – 2×12 – Real to Reel

American Dreams – 2×15 – Shoot the Moon

Have fun 🙂

PS: you can find the caps of the other AD episodes here.

Common Law 1×11 “Hot for Teacher” gallery

Hi there,
USA network finally uploaded the episode and I got to make screen captures now. So, I present you the gallery of Alicia’s 5th Common Law episode:

Common Law – 1×11 – Hot for Teacher

Have fun 🙂

And in case you missed the news last time: Look who joined Twitter:

Common Law 1×06, 1×07 (and announcement 1×11)

Hello there, finally I got around to making screen caps of Common Law 1×06 “Performance Anxiety” and 1×07 “Role Play”. Right on time for the episode 1×11 “Hot for Teacher” that airs today, which is Alicia’s last episode for this season.

Enjoy the galleries:

1×06 – Performance Anxiety

1×07 – Role Play

🙂 And don’t miss the episode today on USA Network!