ham (noun) [hæm]
Just when you thought you knew everything about ham, you discover that ham is also:
In 16 brilliantly observed true stories, Sam Harris emerges as a natural humorist in league with David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Carrie Fisher, and Steve Martin, but with a voice uniquely his own. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for his "manic, witty commentary", and with a storytelling talent the New York Times calls "New Yorker - worthy," he puts a comedic spin on full-disclosure episodes from his own colorful life. What better place to find painfully funny material than in growing up gay, gifted, and ambitious in the heart of the Bible belt? And that's just the first cut: From partying to parenting, from Sunday school to getting sober, these slices of Ham will have you laughing and wiping away salty tears in equal measure with their universal and down-to-earth appeal. After all, there's a little ham in all of us.
©2013 Sam Harris (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I almost stopped listening to this title after just a few chapters in. I don't care for Sam Harris' singing or his Broadway career. I don't care about Liza Minnelli or Over the Rainbow. I gave it one more chapter which happened to the very first one touching on Sam's son Cooper and Sam's many pets. That hooked me and I happily finished the book. Yes, in the end, Sam wants to share snippets of celebrity sightings and experiences, but he also wants to share his journey as a gay boy and teen and then about a single gay man who falls in love and marries his lover and then raises a family. That's what I cared about, the journey from a homophobic Oklahoma to a normal family in California. The book is technically superb and Sam makes a very good narrator. One last thing, God Bless all of the "Mr. McDowells" in the world.
I love hearing Sam read the book. His stories came to life because he read it and provided the emotion to make the stories come to life.
I enjoyed the book bouncing around his life and it not played out chronologically. That kept the stories fresh and interesting.
I loved the story about Liza's wedding and the assembly of all the different people. Sam wrote the story in a humorous way and to hear him read it was hilarious.
I laughed and cried because Sam not only provided humor, he provided deep emotions into the deepest parts of his life.
Thank for your honesty in writing this, Sam
I thought I was buying a book by Sam Harris the religion writer. But this Sam Harris turns out to be an actor/singer, it is not so much a story as much as a collection of memories that are not really connected in any way except that they are about him. I really enjoyed it but Mr Harris ought to be aware that the people (particularly taxi drivers) who wear turbans are Sikhs not Muslims and the accent he uses as "middle eastern" is, in fact, Indian.
Yes, I bought both
The stories were very relatable and told in funny, but honest way.
Liza, of course.
My favorite audio book this year.
I found many of the stories funny, some touching, others brutally honest and almost awkwardly intimate. Overall, I enjoyed every one of them.
There were moments where Sam Harris just seemed to recite names of famous people he knew, but for the most part I enjoyed the sneak peak into the life of the neurotic celebrities and kind of feel like I'm best friends with Liza Minnelli too.
Fun and interesting
Tough to say, in that is autobiographical, but not a linear memoir (it's a collection of stories and experiences that are related, but don't flow in order). Once you get the hang of it though, it's very good. IUt's not all fun and games though - there are tough subjects discussed (which are handled honestly and very well).
No, this is the first one and I would definitely listen to more
His conversation with one of high school teachers (during a tough time in Sam's life). What an inspiration - the situation could have gone so many (negative) ways
Give this one a try - it's an unusual arrangement, but made me think and reflect on things.
Not being written, Clearly a smart man but so un focused on what could be that he posses interesting.
It was like people magazine while checking out at the market. But I can see the trash pictures before I pick it up.
Not being read
It was just a host of people who are icons of foolishness excess and sadness.
Im sorry I bought this audible
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