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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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"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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    melissa west mifflin, pa, United States 09-10-12
    melissa west mifflin, pa, United States 09-10-12
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    "Driving and laughing"

    This book ranges from thoroughly entertaining to laughing-alone-in-my-car funny, and prior to listening to it I would not have called myself a fan of Michael Ian Black. Now I am. I'm 41, and could identify in some way with just about every single topic he touched on in this book. It was funny. Excellent narration in just the right voice. Bottom line, I loved it. Oh, and did I mention it was funny?

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    Diana M Stone Hollywood, FL 08-17-12
    Diana M Stone Hollywood, FL 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "very honest"
    What did you like best about You're Not Doing It Right? What did you like least?

    Micheal Ian Black is an enjoyable narrator to listen too. The is very honest about the joys and struggles of marriage and parenting.


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    Shawn Fort Worth, TX, United States 08-06-12
    Shawn Fort Worth, TX, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't wait for his next book."
    If you could sum up You're Not Doing It Right in three words, what would they be?

    I actually had never heard of Michael Ian Black but had just finished Tina Fey's Bossy Pants and was looking for another easy/funny listen. I wasn't disappointed! If you're a male age 35-50 this book will really speak to you, but anyone with a sense of humor will like it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Steve Jobs biography.


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

    Told in the authors own words - very funny delivery!


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    Ken Grapevine, TX, United States 07-09-12
    Ken Grapevine, TX, United States 07-09-12
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    What would have made You're Not Doing It Right better?

    This was a nice peek into Michael Ian Black's life but I couldn't finish listening to the final third of the book because it became to darn frustrating. I've been a big fan of MIB for a long time but I was disappointed to hear him tell his story from such a Sad Sack, woe is I, perspective. It's not that I didn't find his stories interesting, because they were, but to hear him obsess on so much of the negatives and whine and complain about all the fruits he's been given, it just old. I came away feeling bad for the guy. They say true artists suffer for their art and maybe that's true; unfortunately, that doesn't always make it entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd give him a second chance at another title, particularly if he decided writing some essays or non-fiction. He's a talented artist and I will continue to watch his career with interest.

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    Adriana United States 06-13-12
    Adriana United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I liked it."
    What made the experience of listening to You're Not Doing It Right the most enjoyable?

    I think the narration by Michael made it more enjoyable for me. I'm not sure if it woulda read the same if I had read it on its' own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the real talk about couple hood and children.


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

    He's funny. He's sarcastic. What more can I say?


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

    It made me laugh very often, and it choked me up, too...


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good read/listen. If you are a big fan of his, you will enjoy it thoroughly.

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    twmsarh Halifax, NS, Canada 06-11-12
    twmsarh Halifax, NS, Canada 06-11-12
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    "Hilarious"
    What made the experience of listening to You're Not Doing It Right the most enjoyable?

    Highly enjoyable recounting of some very funny moments and perspectives, with the perfect balance of heart and snark.


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    Sarah New York, NY, United States 06-04-12
    Sarah New York, NY, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hilarious and insightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because of Black's humorous and often moving descriptions of marriage and early parenthood. Very much enjoyed Black's narration.


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