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Official Book Club Selection | [Kathy Griffin]

Official Book Club Selection

Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)
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Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy's sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior - the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you've ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.

Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy's life have taught her the most valuable lessons - both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

Refreshingly candid and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments.

©2009 Kathy Griffin; (P)2009 Random House

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    Diane United States 11-27-09
    Diane United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous"

    I'm not a fan of industry gossip or reality television, but I LOVED this book! Thank you, Kathy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Ellison Austin, TX USA 10-31-09
    Lynn Ellison Austin, TX USA 10-31-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "like she's sitting next to you"

    I normally avoid abridged audiobooks like the plague, but this one is good. Kathy doesn't read the book, but tells the story - it's very much like she's just sitting there telling you about her life. It's very real and VERY compelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ami San Francisco, CA, USA 10-28-09
    Ami San Francisco, CA, USA 10-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny funny funny"

    Kathy Griffin always make me laugh out loud, and this book reading is no exception. If you are a fan of her stand-up or tv show, you will adore this book. Be warned though - it's not ALL funny. It also delves into some of the more challenging parts of her life, but somehow always keeps me giggling and smilling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca henderson, NV, USA 10-23-09
    Rebecca henderson, NV, USA 10-23-09
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    "Funnnnny"

    Really did not know a lot about kathy Griffin when I first downloaded this book. But felt like I needed a good laugh and she totally delivered. Looking forward to going out and renting Her D-List dvd's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Pall Mall, TN, USA 02-12-10
    Stephanie Pall Mall, TN, USA 02-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good"

    Very entertaining!

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    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10
    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Kept My Interest"

    The biggest challenge I have is finding a book that keeps my interest the whole time. This one did. I'm still looking for books that I loved as much as "The Glass Castle" and "The Help" - books I couldn't put down.

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    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 11-07-09
    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 11-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I LMAO many times"

    She is so funny. I loved that she also narrated it. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing it. If you like Kathy Griffin, you will LOVE this book. I highly recommend.

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    Jayme Manitowoc, WI, USA 11-05-09
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    "Great Book"

    This was the best audiobook that I have heard in a very long time. It is like you are having a conversation with her. This is definatly worth the money.

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    Jose Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-09-10
    Jose Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-09-10
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    "Engaging, Honest, Funny"

    Kathy Griffin is a storyteller first, and perhaps a writer second. It makes sense then that this book is best enjoyed when told by the author herself. The phrasing of the book--which otherwise reads like a precocious 6th grader's diary entries--then comes to life with her trademark cadence and emphasis. This audiobook captures the frank, shameless and sincere observations she has about her family, her industry, her relationships.

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-28-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Funny and honest."
    If you could sum up Official Book Club Selection in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, honest, crazy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's an autobiography, so you have to go with Kathy on this one. ;)


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

    This is pretty similar to her stand up, but she definitely is honest about her life. Some items are clearly bits. It's the honest moments when she really isn't trying to be funny that are the most interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The results of amphetamines during pregnancy. Donut fryers of the world rejoice! (makes sense once you read the book)


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting book. If you like her stand up you will definitley likethis book as you get some insight into why she is the way she is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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