Room to Dream

Room to Dream

Book - 2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family

"Insightful . . . an impressively industrious and comprehensive account of Lynch's career."-- The New York Times Book Review

In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision, and the many heartaches and struggles he's faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition. Lynch's lyrical, intimate, and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections written by close collaborator Kristine McKenna and based on more than one hundred new interviews with surprisingly candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians, and colleagues in various fields who all have their own takes on what happened.

Room to Dream is a landmark book that offers a onetime all-access pass into the life and mind of one of our most enigmatic and utterly original living artists.

With insights into . . .
The Elephant Man
Blue Velvet
Wild at Heart
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Lost Highway
The Straight Story
Mulholland Drive
Twin Peaks: The Return

Praise for Room to Dream

"A memorable portrait of one of cinema's great auteurs . . . provides a remarkable insight into [David] Lynch's intense commitment to the 'art life.' " -- The Guardian

"This is the best book by and about a movie director since Elia Kazan's A Life (1988) and Michael Powell's A Life in Movies (1986). But Room to Dream is more enchanting or appealing than those classics. . . . What makes this book endearing is its chatty, calm account of how genius in America can be a matter-of-fact defiance of reality that won't alarm your dog or save mankind. It's the only way to dream in so disturbed a country." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399589195
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 LYNCH D
Characteristics: xii, 577 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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My wife and I had a baby this spring, so reading time is precious and generally right before bed these days. Here are a few books I've been drifting off to sleep with in the past few months. Room to Dream I have been reading the new David Lynch biography/memoir on and off for a few months. I'm up to the mid-90s right now (between Fire Walk With Me and Lost Highway). For any Lynch fan, this… (more)

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LPL_DirectorBrad Nov 27, 2018

Finally finished this book after months of sporadic reading. Luckily, this book lends itself to that type of reading. Holy cow, entering the world if David Lynch is such a pleasure. I've been a casual fan of his movies and Twin Peaks for decades but this book was a revelation about his life. The ... Read More »

To say David Lynch is an enigma feels like an understatement, however, with his latest book he offers some clarity. Written as one part biography, one part memoir, Room to Dream, is a journey through Lynch's early days as a child in Missoula, Montana through 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return limited ... Read More »

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Tigard_AdrianneD Feb 11, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and I found it delightful to listen to David Lynch tell his own stories. Sometimes you would get information about his film and directing process, sometimes you would get a story about Marlon Brando eating a banana and tomato at his house with extreme relish. Filled with little treasures about all the films he could have directed as well, many of which were a surprise to me. For indepth discussion on the meaning of his films, look elsewhere, but if you're curious about how Lynch sees the world and how he describes things and enjoys the mundane, this is the ticket.

Hillsboro_BrianS Sep 11, 2019


Listening to David Lynch tell stories in his own voice is a wonderful, magical thing, which is why you should LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION. The tales from his childhood and early years, up through the making of Eraserhead are just the best, and I wish they'd go on forever.
Once we hit Blue Velvet, though --and not coincidentally-- his storytelling and conversational manner become more guarded and circumspect. Still, it's David Lynch!

Sep 06, 2019

Half biography by Kristine McKenna, half memoir by David Lynch himself, Room to Dream is a sprawling masterpiece sure to satisfy Lynch fanatics that may also be a good springboard for newbies looking to discover Lynch's works without blindly diving into the deep ocean of surrealism the esteemed director is best known for. Although film is the format Lynch is most closely associated with, he is actually a masterful multimedia artist of the highest order; a constant creator and avid daydreamer, Lynch is able to build his own set pieces, assist in sound design, act, paint, and sculpt. He is a creative dynamo with a distinct vision, a combination that makes him one of the most singular artists in modern times. The only real drawbacks to this book are the many discussions about Lynch and his team's difficulty in securing funding for his strange films and minute details about his musical and gallery art excursions that won't interest every fan. There is also a puff piece element that glosses over a certain selfishness that makes him out to be a rather aloof partner to his many wives and girlfriends, and a pretty absentee father. All-in-all, though, Room to Dream is a riveting experience, and the photography that punctuates the chapters is exquisite.

LPL_DirectorBrad Nov 27, 2018

Finally finished this book after months of sporadic reading. Luckily, this book lends itself to that type of reading. Holy cow, entering the world if David Lynch is such a pleasure. I've been a casual fan of his movies and Twin Peaks for decades but this book was a revelation about his life. The back and forth of biography (written superbly by Kristin McKenna) is a unique and effective style. Highly recommended to anyone with a passing interest in David Lynch.

Sep 08, 2018

If you are a Lynch fan you will enjoy this book. Interesting stuff

Aug 08, 2018

Its is as if you lived a greater life and were able to write your autobiography real well. This is it. Explains the stronger mindset of 'the boomer' How simple and precise the details can be.

Jul 24, 2018

Good book- it alternates between friends and family telling stories about David Lynch, and then switched to Lynch's own point of view. Some interesting yarns .


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