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Official Book Club Selection Audiobook

Official Book Club Selection

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Josefine 02-12-15
    Josefine 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kathy Griffin is fantastic"

    I love the way Kathy tells her stories. She is funny and honest about her life and as always she brings the dirt.

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    Tomas A. Lopez Concord, California USA 02-05-15
    Tomas A. Lopez Concord, California USA 02-05-15

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    ";) I love this woman and her interesting life"

    Who knew this woman had such a past? I really enjoyed it, I feel closer to my gay loving crazy fantastic woman.

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    Sarah Winter Richmond, VA 02-01-15
    Sarah Winter Richmond, VA 02-01-15
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"

    This was such a fun listen. I love Kathy Griffin's humor and this was full of it. I also really appreciated the personal stories of vulnerability. I just wanted to gobble it up! I need another one, Kathy!!

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    lindsey 01-18-15
    lindsey 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious and a bit scandalous"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Official Book Club Selection to be better than the print version?

    I can't imagine reading a book like this, you simply must hear it straight from the source.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kathy Griffin! This book gets into some serious material, so it's not all laughs and giggles. But her life story is pretty interesting and I must say I am impressed with her work ethic.There are some pretty hilarious stories in here, especially her account of an Andy Dick performance at a college, I nearly fell over with laughter.

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    Troy 01-15-15
    Troy 01-15-15
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    "Everything I thought it would e"

    This book was so funny that it literally made me belly laugh at certain points. If you follow Kathy you pretty much know most of this stuff already, but it's great to hear it from her in story form.

    PS - Suck it jesus!

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    Jamie Baker 12-31-14
    Jamie Baker 12-31-14
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    "A funny and personal conversation with Kathy"
    What made the experience of listening to Official Book Club Selection the most enjoyable?

    Kathy's storytelling is funny, charming, amusing, and very personal. It is like she is sitting next to you and the two of you are just chatting and laughing hysterically.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Official Book Club Selection?

    Kathy's personal recounting of her experiences with celebrities.


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

    Yes, definitely! I stopped listening to podcasts so I could finish her audiobook quickly. Then I listened to it again.


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    D. Morales 12-30-14
    D. Morales 12-30-14
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    "Fascinating & Empowering"

    Exceeded my expectations and you get to really know Kathy and respect her for her hard work and work ethic.

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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 10-21-14
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "The awesome KG being awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliantly funny from start to finish. She makes no apologies, but the section where she talks about her brother is mind blowing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She might be harsh but is harshest when talking about herself. I love her honesty and how she is not afraid to call a spade a spade, in today's overly PC fake world.


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

    Her vocalizations and infectious laugh.


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

    When talking about her family and ex husband


    Any additional comments?

    Abridged books make me weep bitter tears of resentment

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    Ann California 04-23-14
    Ann California 04-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "If you like Kathy Griffin you"ll like this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. While her life is already an open book, this gives us some insight into her childhood and life.


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    KRB Greenbelt, MD 04-13-14
    KRB Greenbelt, MD 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I think I know something about stretching a dollar, and Audible helps. It's very helpful in practicing my Spanish in between Meet-ups.

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    "Not A Bad Date"
    What did you love best about Official Book Club Selection?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


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

    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.


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

    This is a long book, and I planned to space it out when I got it, which is what I did.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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