A star of TV's Days of Our Lives soap opera since its inception in 1965, Carey, 77, here offers a combination of autobiography and ``life inventory,'' as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous. Until 1982, Carey had coped with such problems as a shaky marriage, his absentee fatherhood and doubts about his acting by drinking himself into oblivion. Besides detailing his long battle with the bottle, he gives an entertaining history of his career, which began in radio soap operas and progressed via the stage and Hollywood--where he worked with Paulette Goddard, William Holden, Teresa Wright and Hedy Lamarr, among others--to his current role as Dr. Tom Horton. Occasionally made confusing by a mix of past and present tenses, Carey's story is otherwise touching and, in the end, triumphant. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Best known as the longtime star of the popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives , Carey has had a long career in radio, film, theater, and television. He also is a recovering alcoholic. This autobiography, laced with his poems which illustrate or recount particular experiences, attempts to unite these two major aspects of his life. While it may have been a catharsis to write, the book suffers from repetition and Carey's odd style of slipping between past and present tenses at will. Ultimately, it is rather boring. A marginal purchase at best, this might hold some interest for fans of the show.-- Barbara E. Kemp, Columbia Univ. Lib.