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You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations | [Michael Ian Black]

You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations

"You’re not doing it right." Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the questions so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another, including "How did I end up here?" The answers are painstakingly detailed in this, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir.
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Publisher's Summary

"You’re not doing it right."

Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?)

The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed in You’re Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir. Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it's-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a "bad cop" threat to control his kids year 'round.

From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.

©2012 Michael Ian Black (P)2012 Random House, Inc.

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    Grant Abbotsford, BC, Canada 04-09-12
    Grant Abbotsford, BC, Canada 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny, Heartfelt, and Honest"

    I've always been a fan of Michael Ian Black, ever since I first discovered him as a member of the hilarious comedy trio "Stella". I expected this book to be very shticky, over-the-top, and silly; much like his comedy -- and it definitely has these elements. However it's also brutally honest and a gives you look into his personal life and marriage. I was not expecting such honesty and openness, but I loved his stories/advice and found it all fascinating.

    Michael gives a great read/performance, and this book definitely has some solid laugh out loud moments (for me atleast). Highly recommend this book. And if you like this book you should check out his podcast "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Clairmont, Alberta, Canada 06-14-12
    Norman Clairmont, Alberta, Canada 06-14-12
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    "Not what I expected, but still worth the price"
    What other book might you compare You're Not Doing It Right to and why?

    It reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossy Pants as well as David Cross' I Drink for A Reason, mostly due to the mixture of biography and comedy as well as the intricate detail for certain stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed through a great deal of it, and was brought to tears by one particular scene.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-12-12
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly poignant"

    I loved this book. I expected it to be funny; I did not expect it to be thought-provoking (really!) and poignant. Michael Ian Black writes from the heart and will make you laugh about a range of topics, from marriage & family to pop culture and religion. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Jensen 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.

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    "Honest, funny and worth using a precious credit"
    Any additional comments?

    I love his dry, honest humor. If you are married, with children, you will understand every moment of this book. His voice is great and only he could read his stories to you. I cannot emphasize how much I connected to his total honesty. Some might not find this book funny, but think its so much better than just " funny". It's deeper and more raw. i had no idea what to expect, but I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 07-28-13
    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpectedly Deep"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.


    What about Michael Ian Black’s performance did you like?

    Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12

    Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

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    "Good writing, but strangely bland performance"
    What did you like best about You're Not Doing It Right? What did you like least?

    The writing is, as one would expect from a comedy writer, quite funny. What was strange though is that even though it is the author (comedian Michael Ian Black) who is narrating the story, he reads it in a very monotonous way. What's more is that I am a fan of his standup, but I think he didn't bring very much of his standup personality to the reading of the book. If he had been a bit more engaging in the (...his) story I would have given this 4-5 stars.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Cranford, NJ, United States 04-11-13
    Matt Cranford, NJ, United States 04-11-13
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    "Meh."
    What three words best describe Michael Ian Black’s performance?

    Notably unremarkable; fairly slow; somewhat deliberate. Found myself speeding up the delivery to keep things interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 03-11-13
    Joy 03-11-13
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    "Unexpected!"

    I saw this recommended at another site & thought I'd try it, although the only thing I knew about this guy was the snarky comments on the VH1 series. I really enjoyed listening to this - the unexpected honesty, humor, and insights he shares about marriage, having & raising children. Just - not what I was expecting at all!

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    Hez 02-11-13
    Hez 02-11-13
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    "Dry humor paired with frank, personal stories"
    What does Michael Ian Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael's narration fits his dry, irreverent sense of humor. I know some listeners complained that he seemed monotoned, but I feel like they may not have been as familiar with his comedic style prior to listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought he did a great job of discussing (rather frankly) struggles in his marriage and as a parent while bringing his particular flavor of humor and sarcasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE, United States 01-31-13
    Casey BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE, United States 01-31-13
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    "He still won't acknowledge me on twitter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was good but I feel like Billy Joel could have summed it up in 3.5 minutes or so. Either way, the book caught me entirely off guard with the raw sentimental tone it lingers in for the majority of the work., and yet the humor felt so familiar and resonated in some unused and I groomed region within awkward 20-something body. I guess it gave me some concept of mediocrity to examine and look forward to. Black affirms that its gonna be alright. Even though he won't a knowledge me on twitter.

    @gymclasstryhard


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Not Doing It Right?

    Crushing around in a BMW reluctantly purchased, blasting music with the windows down - but not really "because instead of blasting he listens a 1/8th volume level and instead of music he's listening to NPR"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "A Blow Job is when you blow in someone's ear"


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fu*k this guy. He won't even follow me on Twitter

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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