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I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star | [Judy Greer]

I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2014 - I’m not the type of person who typically reads celebrity biographies. To be honest, I’ve only read these types of books out of need on long flights. I willingly picked up Judy Greer’s I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star because I happen to love the eclectic mix of television shows and movies in which she’s been. Her book is funny, interesting, and honest. She speaks of her childhood in Michigan, her college years in Chicago, and her time in L.A. The best part? It’s like listening to your best friend talk about her day. –Laura, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (best-selling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend.

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all. What it's like to have stepchildren. And how she really feels about her mother. Yes, it's all in there. But Judy Greer isn't just a regular friend - she's a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she's peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don't worry - that's included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you'll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she's one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: "This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I'm not that special, and we're probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious."

©2014 Judy Greer (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Walter EXTON, PA, United States 04-15-14
    Walter EXTON, PA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funniest book about Show Biz in A Long Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Bcause it's very funny.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The blind date with the man who would become her husband. Anyone who's been on a blind date can relate. She forgot what he looked like, after two hours of talking to him over dinner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting to know her step children and her husband's ex.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ashton Kutcher bought Judy's dad a serious Harley, just cause Ashton's a good guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd be surprised if she doesn't become a major comedy star,after this book. She's really funny and you can't help but wish her the best.

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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 04-10-14
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"

    This book was on par with my absolute, hands down favorite "BossyPants". Judy Greer's stories are touching, funny, interesting and well narrated. As another small town Michigan girl, her early essays on growing up outside Detroit during the "John Hughes" era made me feel like we were besties exchanging memories. Love this book!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 06-18-14
    Ann 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Needed More Stories!"
    What disappointed you about I Don't Know What You Know Me From?

    I think it was just too general - "I have a hard time with this, I really like that" … but lacking any specific details or stories to capture the listener's attention. (Aside from the motorcycle story, which was semi-interesting, but a little too gushy.) The entire chapter of reading emails about what a great friend she is was annoying. (Again, without specific stories or examples … just, "wow! you're really awesome!")


    Would you ever listen to anything by Judy Greer again?

    Probably not. I really enjoy Judy Greer as an actress, and because of the wide variety of characters she's played and people she's worked with, I was hoping to hear a collection of stories about her experiences. (Especially from Arrested Development! I would think that job alone would be full of interesting/funny tales!) Happily, she seems to have led a pretty charmed life - which is great - but makes for a bit of a tiresome read. Makes me really appreciate how difficult it is to be an engaging writer/storyteller. Not everyone can do it.


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    casey dudding 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Judy Greer and/or Judy Greer?

    Nope.


    Has I Don't Know What You Know Me From turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope.


    What didn’t you like about Judy Greer’s performance?

    Anecdotes about first cars (her's was a brand new shiny hot pink one with a vanity plate and she was very upset about this.) and the PAINS of living in the Hollywood hills. Ugh. Such a tough life. I get it, struggle is struggle, but this chick has worked with some of the most powerful people in show business. How is she still this boring??


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Don't Know What You Know Me From?

    The book was a work of vanity and some love was thrown in afterwards. (Said 'love' was Judy Greer's LOVE of her own voice.)


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    Candida Rodriguez 06-12-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Funny lady, unfunny writing."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy this book. The stories were unmoving and rambling.


    What could Judy Greer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I bought this book because I thought that there would be better stories, insider scoop stuff. Instead I had to listen to her talk about how she hated La traffic for 10 minutes.


    Did Judy Greer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no other characters really.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed I spent $20 on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money honey!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amy platte city, MO, United States 05-29-14
    amy platte city, MO, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about I Don't Know What You Know Me From?

    There is something endearing about Judy Greer that makes her almost instantly likable. There is nothing mind blowing about the book as far as content, except to say that it made me like her more. Listening to this book is like making a new friend: you get to hear all the past stories, thoughts, ideas, dreams, hopes, and gaffes. it's a one sided relationship at this point, but you know, she IS an actress (hee, hee). Very enjoyable listen.


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    Christine rogers dierker 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    I expected this book to be more of a look into Hollywood and the author's time there. It really wasnt about much of anything. There is no behind the scenes insight, no talk of her various shows or roles. Judy's story is one you would want for your friends but not that interesting as a book. No gossip, no scandal, just small town girl from a nice family goes to college and then to Hollywood and a husband.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trippychick Spokane, WA 07-21-14
    Trippychick Spokane, WA 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dear Judy, let's be BFFs."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes. In fact, I've already tweeted, Instagrammed, and Facebooked about it. I freaking loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Um hello, Judy.


    What about Judy Greer’s performance did you like?

    She's talking about herself in her own voice - what's not to like? She laughs at herself, shouts, it's like hanging out with her!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Tina Fey's "BossyPants" or Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" or Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" - you are going to LOVE this. She is pure magic. So many laugh out loud moments, sure she cusses now and again, but honestly, she's 100% hilarious, naturally talented, and is clearly someone I need to hang out with on a daily basis. I absolutely know what I know her from - she's in everything. And she should be - she's amazing. SO, SO, SO funny. Thanks for taking the time to write this, Judy. I absolutely loved it!

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    Rachael SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-17-14
    Rachael SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Like a funny friend telling you stories"
    Would you listen to I Don't Know What You Know Me From again? Why?

    Yes! Judy was just FUN to listen to. I loved hearing about her life as a actress, LA, her childhood, her marraige, her friendships. It was just like going to cocktails with that funny friend who just honest about what's happening in her life - and yours. Good comedy doesn't shy away from imperfections and the trials of life - it just helps us laugh at the absurdity of it. And I loved hearing it in Judy Greer's own wonderful voice.


    What other book might you compare I Don't Know What You Know Me From to and why?

    Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kahling


    Which character – as performed by Judy Greer – was your favorite?

    herself :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes - but since it's broken up into different ideas, i didn't have to! Perfect for my commute


    Any additional comments?

    try it! you'll like it!

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    Rene' GERMANTOWN, MD, United States 07-14-14
    Rene' GERMANTOWN, MD, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Charming Memoir"

    Judy Greer hits just the right notes with her autobiographical book "I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star", part introspective and self-revealing, part instructive and thoughtful, always warm and funny. I came to this book with a minority perspective - I knew who Judy was, having remembered her name from dozens of TV and movie "co-starring" credits. But her self-identified target audience is the great majority of TV and movies fans who might see her and say "Hey, I know you from somewhere. What have you done that I've seen?" That awkward moment (for the actress) is the jumping off point for a collection of essays (more-so than a linear narrative) that gives the reader an insider view to making it (sorta) big in a lot of little roles that are often over-looked, but have a strong impact on why we actually enjoy the more lauded performances of her co-stars. There's also a lot of "this is showbiz reality" information for anyone aspiring to be a star (or a co-star) . Not exactly a caution, but a sober dose of this-is-not-as-glam-as-it-looks Big Sister talk that is as potentially inspiring as it is revealing. The book was a quick, fun read, but the audio version is read by the author herself, in the self-described nasal tones that she finds annoying (but many of her fans find charming). If you've never heard of Judy Greer and honestly have never remembered her from any performance, I think you will still find this an entertaining listen. And if you ever wished that the Judy Greer from all those romantic comedies was your best friend, instead of Jennifer Garner's (13 Going on 30) or Kathryn Heigel's (27 Dresses), these few hours will be a pure delight. Judy is becoming more well known now, and the new roles are verging on leading lady status. Here's hoping when she writes her next book it will be sub-titled "Confessions of a Star".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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