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
Yes. While her life is already an open book, this gives us some insight into her childhood and life.
Kathy has a lot of energy and does seem like a fun person. I do like dark humor, and I was able to figure out what she was saying most of the time. I don't follow Hollywood much, including not having cable for my TV or subscribing to People Magazine. I would look up celebrities from time to time to learn who she was talking about.
She went into her Mother's character for awhile, and I could relate to the economic advice that was given though mine was from a depression-era father. Good chuckles.
It does make a difference to hear her voice rather than just read the words. I'd watched one of her nightclub performances before listening to the book. The book was like attending a show at times.
This is a long book, and I planned to space it out when I got it, which is what I did.
I don't have the best memory in the world, but the early part of the book that tell of her acting lessons and her boyfriends, was amusing. Late in the book I got some laughs when Kathy described a comedian she was watching at a Florida college. She knew the school had made the wrong choice to entertain the students. She was an acquaintance of this guy. Her professional stories of shows, celebrities she's personally known, and others she's used for her act, are matched with stories of her personal family life. I wouldn't say the family stories were always for laughs. She had good parents who made efforts for their kids. It sounds like she's made some smart career decisions to not party too hard.
Really funny. Kathy is very entertaining and I love her dishing the dirt on everyone. She doesn't leave herself out of the dirt either.
You like me, you really like me (ala Sally Field in her Oscar acceptance speech.)
This book is lots of fun and honest, just like Kathy.
Im glad she narrated her own book....She makes me laugh out loud. Some things made me blush but was still a good listen!!
Yes. I have listened to it 3x in 2 weeks Kathy is so honest and brave I love her. I wish I could do what she does so fearlessly.
I loved how open and honest she was regarding her divorce and plastic surgery nightmare.
Can you handle it?
Kathy Griffin is quick, witty, and smart. I couldn't stop listening and I wish she would write more books... can't get enough of how crazy she is.
I found this book to be engaging and entertaining.
Tough Sh*T: Life advice from a Fat Lazy Slob who did Good. By Kevin Smith. Both books are narrated by the authors & are hilariously truthful.
I definitely laughed.
It is one of the best
N/A: no characters, although her impersonations of people are hilarious
The way she made you feel like she was telling the stories to only you, like you were having a private conversation.
It had a lot of funny parts and some touching parts where she tackled hard subjects.
It had everything a celebrity memoir should have: a little background, some funny stories, dishing on what other famous people are -really- like, and personal confessions about serious subjects.
Yes, Kathy has a great story to tell.
Kathy and Andy Dick.
Just as funny as stand up but with some sadness and true reality mixed in.
Yes, I had to force myself to turn off my machine.
I would recommend this book. I love Kathy Griffin and have for a long time, but this book lets you see the other side of her- without being "woe is me." Kathy, as she always has, just tells it like it is. At the same time, many parts of this book will make you giggle.
Kathy! I loved listening to her journey and hearing her speak about her life- the good and the bad.
There were a few- when Kathy mentioned the issue with her older brother. I won't spoil it, but it was one of those "open family secret" kind of issues. You could hear the emotion in her voice when she spoke about her family, and that is hard to replicate when you just have some random narrator reading the book. Kathy lived it, it moved her, and you could tell she wasn't acting.
Also, finally hearing the story about her divorce. That was moving, very sad.
I have always loved Kathy. Now, I love her even more! I wish the book had been longer. Write another, Kathy!
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
I just love Kathy Griffin. She's very fearless, and one of the funniest people EVER. Obviously any time she talks about her Mother and quotes her, I cannot stop laughing. I also thought the Dakota Fanning story was hilarious!
I was SO sad to hear the details of her marriage falling apart. I felt like a friend of hers and I was saying out loud, "Oh honey" or "You have got to be kidding me." That's the power of her storytelling. She speaks as if you were there with her. Like we were at a Starbucks or something. Just great.
The only problem I have is her decision to share her story about her Brother. That put me in a dark place. I appreciate her raw honesty and fearlessness, but I just didn't want to hear it.
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