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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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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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    Gregg Newark, NJ, United States 09-11-10
    Gregg Newark, NJ, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "An inspiration to the rest of us!"

    Craig Ferguson is beyond inspiring in his tale about hitting rock bottom more times that you think possible and still being able to pull yourself out of the gutter. Only he could have narrated his book, he puts emotion and his own unique comedic timing into every sentence. Its the first book I have listened to that was always serious yet almost always funny. He was able to tell funny drinking stories while showing how those stories almost ruined his life. It is a very unique book. Craig Ferguson knows what it means to be an American and shows his struggles in becoming one.

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    robert los angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10
    robert los angeles, CA, United States 08-24-10
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    "Best book i've read/listened to this year!"

    Such a fascinating and no holds barred story. As someone who experienced some of the same bumps in life as Craig and was also able to come out relatively unscathed, it was very inspiring and brought back many emotions throughout listening.

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    Halle Scott 06-02-10
    Halle Scott 06-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny, self-deprecating humor with deeper meaning"

    So far, I have not liked when authors read their own books, but Craig does a great job. He's such a genuine and funny person. It is nice to see someone who does not take his life (as an American) and success for granted.

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    Simone Binghamton, NY, USA 04-25-10
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    Craig's book was fabulous! I very much enjoyed the fact that he read it himself! This added a depth to the book that would not have been there if someone else had read it. The humor that came through with Craig's reading had me laughing out loud much to the dismay of my children!
    Highly recommended!

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    Peter Q.Tomich Honokaa, HI USA 03-27-10
    Peter Q.Tomich Honokaa, HI USA 03-27-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "I laughed, I cried..."

    Craig's a great writer, and a fantastic storyteller. Telling his own story, he highlights the missteps, triumphs, and tragedies that brought him to US shores and how he made it his. It is both an "outsider's" look at our amazing country, and a deeply personal look into the life of a genuinely funny, caring and honest human. Get it.

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    "American born to be!"

    I came from the same streets, and have had very similar experiences. This book is Honest, and tells a tale of what it takes to truly succeed is hard work, making sure you're in the right place at the right time, not being afraid to look like a fool, and the guts to try anything!

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    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 02-19-10
    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "EXCELLENT!"

    A great book-it is possible to make it even under the worst situations. Well written and I enjoyed his own narration. Hope to see other books on audio.

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    Katie Kennesaw, GA, USA 01-29-10
    Katie Kennesaw, GA, USA 01-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "loved it"

    Listened to this right after watching his stand up show Wee Bit of Revolution. I enjoyed that it was Craig narrating and hearing the more serious parts of his life. Giant fan of his humor!

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    Hal Sugar Land, Texas, United States 01-26-10
    Hal Sugar Land, Texas, United States 01-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "so what!"

    a great funny guy tells mundane details of his life that are really irrelvant to most unless you are an alcholic or recovering

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    Clifford Penn Laird, VA, USA 01-14-10
    Clifford Penn Laird, VA, USA 01-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Brutally honest."

    A great listen from beginning to end. He doesn't leave out the ugly stuff. Since "reading" the book I have become a fan of his show.

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