• Cack-Handed

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gina Yashere
  • Narrated by: Gina Yashere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (337 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.

According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job, and travel the world with a free spirit.

Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working-class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist coworkers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand-up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes.

A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian. 

©2021 Gina Yashere (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Be prepared to: Laugh. Learn. Get angry. Cry. Research/Fact-Check.

Best memoir of 2021. I’m partial as Author and I basically grew up in parallel lives, (only I became the Doctor my Nigerian mother demanded of me.) The bravery it must have taken to write this, I pray I have 1/10th of it. Enjoy.

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No Shortcuts to Success

I imagine you know who Gina is, or you wouldn't be interested in her memoir. It is a great story of overcoming obstacles and becoming successful through talent and determination. She didn't go to Cambridge, like the vast majority of successful white male comedians in the UK.
Great to hear about someone who broke through so many barriers and made it!

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Masterful Memoir

This book is a testament to knowing and believing in your self and your worth. Gina, a masterful comic, does a wonderful job of weaving the stories of her life into a carefully spun memoir that has you laughing out loud in one moment and thinking the next. This book is a must for anyone who lives or thinks out of the box- her hard won lessons are lessons for us all.

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Never heard of her

She’s very insightful and funny.
I’m glad I listened to her book.
Def stick around for the epilogue!

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funny and intriguing. could not put down

Love the story. Always so interesting to see where a person's life begins and where it ends up based on based on their true grit. Gina is the epitome of a strong determined woman

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More than meets the eye

Gina is absolutely a gem and it was great reading about her life. The background on Nigeria was such a plus and funny stories about her friends had me laughing out loud. I love that we get to see all the hard work that went into making Gina, Gina. Must read

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Excellent

Throughly enjoyed. In fact, had to think of more cleaning projects or errands to continue listening!

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Awesome Book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Gina Yashere is a performer. I would recommend to everyone.

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Can't wait to read the next one!

Gina is funny, honest, and insightful! Growing up with Haitian parents I can definitely relate to her upbringing. She is a hard worker, adventurous, and can't wait to see what she does next!

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Enjoyable!!!

This was an enjoyable book. Great story, background, information, and humor. I've seen her perform in person and she's amazing. I braided my hair while listening to this. Best set of braids I've done!! This book put me in a really good mood. Highly recommend.