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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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    Lisa Altus, OK, United States 12-05-10
    Lisa Altus, OK, United States 12-05-10
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    "the Real Craig Ferguson!"

    Insightful to the comedic birth of Craig Ferguson while being funny and heartfelt at the same time. I Adore Craig Ferguson, he is REAL...not Holly-weird...He could be a neighbor, co-worker (if he didn't have an aversion to work ;-)) and i would imagine him to be a great & supportive friend and one of the odd ducks at the family gatherings...Great Book! The many F' bombs which may be appropriate to the story telling, are a bit harsh on the ears over time. (the ONLY reason this is NOT a 5 star rating)

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    Matt 11-14-10
    Matt 11-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a really well written book, and Craig does a great job of presenting it. You can hear the embarrassment in his voice during the telling of some particularly shameful tales. You can also hear his pride when he talks about getting his citizenship, his son, and conquering his demons.

    It truly is an incredibly enjoyable listen. I was sucked in to the tale from the beginning, and it made the better part of a 26 hour drive fly right by. I highly recommend this book!

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    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore 10-31-10 Member Since 2014

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    "enjoyed it very much~"

    chose this book, liking Ferguson's humor,and feeling that seeing the USA from the point of view of someone who is American by choice might be helpful during this election season. Ferguson is candid and funny~ many comedians' memoirs are not funny! Ferguson's humor is often self-deprecating; he avoids the narcissistic navel gazing that can plague memoirs of any sort. anything else i would say would be cliched~ suffice it to say it is an entertaining and thought provoking read. i respect the guy tremendously, in addition to enjoying his work.

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    Gregg 09-11-10
    Gregg 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 Listener 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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    John Kemp 03-15-10
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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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