One of America's most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold 100,000 units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year - a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the openhearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
©2016 Tig Notaro (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Brian's Book Blog
If you are thinking about reading or listening to this book, I would hope that you know of Tig Notaro. If you don't do yourself a favor and check out her amazing, deep, and real live album: "Live" first.
It's amazing what one person can be forced to endure. Tig's life seemed to be on the normal arc of a stand-up comedian. She was performing, making money from gigs, and touring. She then suffered from one of the worst streaks of health and bad news that you could imagine. Pneumonia, C-DIFF, her mother dying in a freak accident, going through a breakup with her girlfriend, then finding out she had stage 2 invasive breast cancer. Yes, you read all of that right.
Just an upfront warning: this book will make you feel. It might not make you cry (I have no way of knowing what will and won't make people cry) but it did make me sob quietly a few times on my way to or from work.
I knew a lot of this story from different forms: her documentary on Netflix, her live album "Live", and her show on Amazon Prime: One Mississippi. But hearing her tell all of these stories in such detail is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. I feel like I personally know Tig after listening to this audiobook. I'm so happy that she took the time to tell her story. I know that this book will help others get through dark parts of their life... and it it doesn't they can go to hell.
I'm Just A Person is as real as an audiobook memoir can get. Tig's ability to tell this extremely hard collection of stories make you like her even more than you already did.
Tig, I think that we all have a percentage of life left. You may have a 93 percent chance of life, and I'm glad to hear that you are living it. I hope that others will do the same. Even without knowing this number.
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I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. As a fan of Tig Notaro's comedy, I chose this book expecting some laughs along with interesting anecdotes of her life and struggles. I was moved to tears, both sad and happy, so many times listening to Tig tell her story. She writes about dark, frightening, tragic times with such care and honesty. What a fantastic book.
This was one of the most honest and inspiring pieces I have ever read. Tig's way of describing experiencing trauma hit my heart hard. It was graphic and unapologetic and beautiful. The last chapter is going to be historically inspirational-- so many words to live by and incredible discoveries. I will cherish this read as I cherish works from Paulo Cuelho and Kerouac. I'll reread this and study the things she is teaching us through her story.
Thank you, Tig for doing this.. For taking the time to share this.
Tig is dark , interesting, and funny. Everything I have heard from her has been intelligent. She makes me
laugh and sometimes think in new ways.
If you're at all familiar with the public Tig Notaro, this reading will feel like the glimpse of her last couple of years of life, as if you're sitting with her at a long fireside chat. She's telling the details she wants to share at her pace and with her words. I'm thankful that she decided to open up a little more and share with those of us that have felt a kinship to her. I'm glad she seems to be walking on air, and I hope she gets to enjoys the birdhouse of life, quietly, with her tiny suitcases and wranglers. Blastronaut out.
I loved the book and am a fan of Tig. Going thru similar life crushing circumstances in a short period of time, I relate. I do wish Tig would have included a bit more about how she and Stephanie grew to love eachother but I do understand some things need to be kept inside ourselves because they are so precious.
I may go to hell for saying this , but . . .Tig's story is heroic but this audiobook didn't come close to conveying what makes her so interesting and witty.
I loved hearing Tig's story. We've seen her live, and this was a beautiful combination of honesty, self-reflection and humor.
This is one of those books you just don't want to end. Having Tig be the narrator makes you feel like you were sitting in a room with her while she takes you through the highs and lows of her life. Believe me, she has some very low lows, and some great highs. I've been a Tig fan for quite awhile, now I'm a Tig fan that really knows and loves her.
This is a great memoir, made even more enjoyable by Notaro's wry delivery.
At once devastating & hilarious, her story, as well as her attitude regarding the essential struggle of humanity is utterly refreshing in its universality.
Although the familial and personal nature of Tig's experience are more serious, fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling's books will likely enjoy this as well.
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