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Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation | [Aisha Tyler]

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.
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Publisher's Summary

self-inflicted wound (n): a spectacularly humiliating, and often hilarious, incident entirely of one's own making. see also: you did it to yourself.

Have you ever made a decision you instantly regretted? Humiliated yourself in a room of your peers, or shamed yourself in front of your massive crush? Ever blown a job interview, frozen during a presentation, acted like a total idiot on a date? Ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time, unable to keep your tongue from flapping out the stupidest words you've ever said in your life, ever? If you are a human being, the answer, of course, is yes. Take heart. You're not alone. This is known as the self-inflicted wound, and every one of us bears a scar. Or several.

Here, Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

Through it all, Aisha's triumphs haven't come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds isn't just about surviving failure. It's about embracing failure - pursuing it, even - on the winding path to success. And after you've failed a time or three, hopefully you'll have learned something. Or at the very least have a really killer story. Because to err is human, but to fail epically is hilarious.

©2013 Aisha Tyler (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Kevin Malden, Morocco 10-25-13
    Kevin Malden, Morocco 10-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Urban Storyteller

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    "Love it - weightier than you might think"
    What made the experience of listening to Self-Inflicted Wounds the most enjoyable?

    This is a woman accustomed to saying her own words out loud. Many writers suck at presenting their work orally. Not Aisha Tyler. It's her job. So her natural brilliance shines forth. You might not want to try to listen to the whole thing straight through, like on a long road trip. It's work that can bear thinking about in quiet. Listen to a bit of her story, then think about a bit about your own story, then repeat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character, but favorite chapters. I believe they were chapters 22 & 23. A story then a right between the eyes point. Nice.


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

    Just mainly on Archer. Like apples and oranges. But she's good in both.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about failing at comedy then getting back up and doing it again - and again - and again. The point isn't the failing, it's the getting back up. And you can't get back up unless you need to get back up - unless you fail.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth El Paso, TX, United States 07-28-13
    Elizabeth El Paso, TX, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Self-inflicted awesomeness"
    Where does Self-Inflicted Wounds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the closest thing to a "Bossypants" equivalent in 2013. Brilliantly written and narrated, this is not only good for a "comedy book", but great altogether.


    What about Aisha Tyler’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Tyler is having a wonderful conversation with the reader. Her narration seems effortless, and yet supremely polished. She makes funny look easy, which is one of the hardest things to do.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Loveland, CO, United States 03-28-14
    Tyler Loveland, CO, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Good"

    I really like Aisha Tyler. I love her stand up and her podcast.
    However, I didn't find her book that funny for some reason.
    It just wasn't poignant enough in book form. It just felt too much like musings on a blog.
    Despite this I would still recommend her book because it was enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 09-10-13
    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 09-10-13

    Long commutes make for great listening time!

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    "I think we're best friends that just haven't met!"
    If you could sum up Self-Inflicted Wounds in three words, what would they be?

    honest, funny, and goal-oriented


    What about Aisha Tyler’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes you listen to comedians do their own audiobook, and you'd almost swear they were reading each word one-by-one articulating harshly. Not Aisha. She reads like this is her story and so every word naturally flows ... with a comedic twang!


    Any additional comments?

    The self-inflicted wounds probably aren't what you're thinking. They're wounds we all cause ourselves, not extreme disasters. Instead, Aisha mixes funny and life into one and makes it instructive ... But the best part is it doesn't FEEL instructive - just like fun!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-29-13
    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoy Aisha Tyler's Story and Performance"

    I've always enjoyed Aisha as an actress and bought this book without not knowing much about it. It really is about Aisha's life, and focuses on the embarrassing moments in her life. At times I wished the story was more uplifting and didn't focus so much on these funny by negative moments, but all in all it was an interesting book. I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    reginald Lawton, OK, United States 07-03-14
    reginald Lawton, OK, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story Line"
    If you could sum up Self-Inflicted Wounds in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Interesting, informative


    What other book might you compare Self-Inflicted Wounds to and why?

    As I listenned to it, I was thinking of Bossypants


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the long descriptive narrative about vomit and the like

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DanaJoy SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-28-13
    DanaJoy SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-28-13
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    "loooooved it!"
    Would you listen to Self-Inflicted Wounds again? Why?

    this is a book that is both funny and encouraging. why wouldn't someone want to hear something like that again?


    What did you like best about this story?

    tyler has a unique voice that feels true. that's what i love about any writer. a true voice. it's the resonance that i need. listening to it on audio made that maybe even more of a complete experience, with the lovely dimensions of timbre and expression in her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i gobbled it up!


    Any additional comments?

    thank you, ms. tyler! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Fox Omaha, NE 10-25-13
    Eric Fox Omaha, NE 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly a fun time."
    Would you listen to Self-Inflicted Wounds again? Why?

    No, only because I need to move on to something else. But if I had time, I would.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Self-Inflicted Wounds?

    Fucking up the french fries.


    What does Aisha Tyler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The sound of her voice, the narration. She's a natural, and who better to tell her SIWs than herself.


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

    Don't be scared of the fast talking giant black lady.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dreena Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 03-18-14
    Dreena Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Laughing fool on the train"
    Where does Self-Inflicted Wounds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall lesson these small and highly entertaining stories provided


    What about Aisha Tyler’s performance did you like?

    She's a great performer. She knows how to make her voice sound natural and not like a lecture/speech


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

    Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shirell Charlotte, NC, United States 03-10-14
    Shirell Charlotte, NC, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED IT!!!!"
    What did you love best about Self-Inflicted Wounds?

    Nothing like hearing a story told from the person who experienced it. Aisha Tyler had me laughing out loud.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I looked foward to the moments when I could listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I must read!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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