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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot | [Craig Ferguson]

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.
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Publisher's Summary

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show.

By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

©2009 Craig Ferguson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Katrina Munich, Germany 03-19-12
    Katrina Munich, Germany 03-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Ferguson seems charming, but this is too long."
    What else would you have wanted to know about Craig Ferguson’s life?

    I wanted more about the practicalities of hosting a late night show, and less about his childhood and drunken antics.


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    katrina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 03-19-12
    katrina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    What else would you have wanted to know about Craig Ferguson???s life?

    I wanted more about the practicalities of hosting a late night show, and less about his childhood and drunken antics.


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    Gregory 03-13-12
    Gregory 03-13-12
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you listen to American on Purpose again? Why?

    Craig's story is very inspiring. The title says it all! Really enjoyed Craig's journey.


    What about Craig Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    Inspired.


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    Ingrid 02-14-12
    Ingrid 02-14-12
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    What made the experience of listening to American on Purpose the most enjoyable?

    Ferguson himself was the perfect choice for narrator. He exudes charm, humor and, most importantly, humanity. Never backing away from admitting his mistakes, and never blaming others, he's easy to like and easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the classic, beloved


    What does Craig Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ferguson embraces both his Scottish background and his American citizenship with goodwill, grace and gratitude, doing so in such an open and self effacing manner you never doubt the truth and depth of his feelings.


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    Ann 02-13-12
    Ann 02-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A cautionary tale of of an America-loving-Scot"
    What made the experience of listening to American on Purpose the most enjoyable?

    I have always thought of Craig as a funny entertainer with a generic drug and alcohol-riddled past. Hearing about his journey of moving past that pain was really interesting. I expected it to be more funny and less serious, but I have a new appreciation for the person and not just the entertainer.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Condensed the


    Which character – as performed by Craig Ferguson – was your favorite?

    His impersonations of less-than-suave American entertainers is great.


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

    When his mother was ill and he was trying to determine if he should stay in the States and work or return home.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a very interesting story about a now-American entertainer. His unique seems of patriotism is really moving for a born and bred American.

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    Ramona SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-08-12
    Ramona SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-08-12

    I'm a social worker who needed a big-time stress reducer and Diana Gabaldon provided it in spades. Davina Porter is the perfect Claire.

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    Where does American on Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second to Davina Porter's Outlander series book recordings. That's high praise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gritty honesty of a kid from Glasgow. This Scot lives the American 'gags to riches' story.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No, I listen on my commute to and from work. I need distraction and stress reduction. I work with homeless veterans (getting them into rehab) and so Craig's story was not too different from what I hear every day at work. Just a much happier result.....and I would listen to him read the phone book with that accent.


    Any additional comments?

    That accent! I went to Scotland for a few days last month to hear that accent because of reading and listening to the Diana Gabaldon books (Davina Porter does a great job reading those books). I did not get enough of the sound of the Scots so downloaded Ferguson's wee book. Love, love, loved the story, his telling of it, and of course.....that accent.
    You don't want to know how many times I have listened to Bill Forsythe movies, Local Hero, Gregory's Girl, etc. Good on you Craig for sharing your story.

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    Adrian Peterson 01-30-12
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    Craig Ferguson is a stand-up comic who moves seamlessly between political critique and bawdy, senseless humor. This will give you an idea of where his humor comes from and the source of his "It's a Great Day for America!" slogan. The end of the book is worth reading, as it will stir the patriot in everyone. Growing up outside of the U.S. is one thing that can help you clearly see the beauty and opportunity our country presents.

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    Dana Silverthorne, CO, United States 01-30-12
    Dana Silverthorne, CO, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked this book, not quite finished with it yet. Great story, especially for anyone on the edge of trying to quit drinking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Craig is likeable. His story about alcoholism is sad.


    What three words best describe Craig Ferguson’s voice?

    Genuine, scottish, rolling.


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    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 01-27-12
    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Well worth the cost"
    Would you listen to American on Purpose again? Why?

    This is a amazing story of a journey taken by my favorite late nite talk show host. It was made even better since Craig Ferguson read it himself. I am recommending this book to my friends.


    What about Craig Ferguson???s performance did you like?

    He was great. This book would not have been as much fun to read if it had been read by anyone else.


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    John Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-26-12
    John Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-26-12
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    Where does American on Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American on Purpose?

    When Craig was describing his growing up in Glasgow.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed my butt off! I grew up in the same area twenty years before he was born.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listening and very funny. Brought back memories about prople and places I thought I had forgotten.

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