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Publisher's Summary

After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right, Cross has something to say about everyone, including his own ridiculous self.

Now, for the first time, Cross is weaving his media mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary and sheer madness into book form, revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly.

And as if this wasn't enough for your laughing pleasure in these troubled times, some of the pieces splinter off with additional material being created online in exclusive video and animated web content created solely for the book-a historical first (presumably)!

With a mix of personal essays, satirical fiction posing as truth, advice for rich people, information from America's least favorite Rabbi and a top-ten list of top-ten lists, I Drink for a Reason is as unique as the comedian himself, and cannot be missed.

©2009 David Cross; (P)2009 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"One of the funniest books I've ever skimmed!" (Paul Rudd)
"David has composed a fascinating list of the most obscure names in Atlanta baseball history, and filled the spaces between with some stuff. I don't always agree with him, but he always makes me think and smile and, unlike our conversations, in this book I actually can get a word in edgewise." (Keith Olbermann)
"It is inappropriate for me to write a 'blurb' for Mr. David Cross, as he is rightly a legend--utterly fearless, absolutely brilliant, and a longtime inspiration to me. My endorsement would be like the weed endorsing the sun, which is to say: I live in the dirt and require David Cross (plus water) to live. But I can grow right through sidewalks, so that's something." (John Hodgman, Daily Show Resident Expert)

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  • Rebecca
  • Richmond Hill, GA, United States
  • 06-16-11

I did not like

I bought this book because I bought a Chelsea Handler book and this book was under the ???If you like Chelsea Handler you may also like???..??? Well, I didn???t like it??? too serious for me. Yes, the attempt at humor was good, but for me, when I listen to a comedy audiobook, it???s usually to get away from the real world and politics and this guy kind of just throws them in your face. But, to be fair, I only listened to about 30 minutes before I couldn???t listen any longer. Also to be fair, I had no idea who this guy was so his is probably in his genre and if he is someone you have liked in the past, you may like this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Smart and Funny

Very smart. Very funny. (skip the musical interlude in the middle. It's beyond boring and it's inaudible)

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all over the place but diferent in a good way

Cross is funny and inventive. The book was a tad too long and self indulgent. Worth a listen.

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  • Brett
  • Renton, WA, USA
  • 04-19-10

Do as he tells us and buy the book instead

I am a fan of David Cross, but this was not good. It was all over the place with no sense of direction. He would constantly remind us the listener that we should have bought the book instead. After a few times it got annoying.

It has a few good moments such as his comments on Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Belushi, but most of it was forgettable and occasionally grating.

The book just didn't seem to have a point, or a story to tell. It was just these random stories that had no connection to each other.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I would love a refund.

I have enjoyed David Cross' comedy in the past and I did/do enjoy Arrested Development. This, in my opinion is not worth a moment of anyone's time. I can't decide if the author honestly thinks that this stuff is the same quailty as his past work or if this is just his way of cashing in on the fans he has made.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 03-14-10

Still funny

A comic genius, Cross is witty, hilarious and has always been one of my favorite comedians. And, there are many times in this book, where his brilliant comedy undoubtedly, proves me right... and his narration of his own book, makes it that much funnier for the most part. With that said though, the audio book version can at times be almost unbearable to listen to as Cross constantly points out how one should be reading his book rather than listening. At first it funny but by the ninth or tenth time it's outright annoying. Even still, great whether reading or listening!!

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Henderson, NV, USA
  • 12-26-09

Ups And Downs

David Cross is very funny. He has excellent comic timing and knows what to say.

There are a few odd things about this audiobook, though. First is that he brings (several times) how stupid and lazy he feels the listeners are who did not buy the actual book. He does not understand, apparently, why people bought the audiobook. He never explains why he is, himself, narrating the book. If he really feels all that passionately about it, he probably should have just not put out an audiobook and only took the money of the people who bought the paper copies.

The second thing that I found a little odd and off-putting was the hacky, local radio-inspired skits where he is bringing people in from "outside" and supposedly pulled into the audio booth for one reason or another.

I know it sounds overly critical of me. But I am REALLY a fan of David Cross. He is so incredibly funny... and I did laugh a lot in this book, but I was just a little turned off by these two elements.

8 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacob
  • Waukesha, WI, USA
  • 07-14-10

this book is only funny if you are a bigot

6 + hours of bashing on Christians / conservatives / little old ladies / the handicapped

Don't waste your time unless your a sadist

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam
  • California
  • 12-26-09

"I think I just blue myself"...

Loved this book and enjoyed it so much more with the narration by David Cross. He also added his own little comments here and there that were not in the book which made it extra special.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna
  • Genoa, IL, United States
  • 10-12-09

Very funny!

I would recommend this to any David Cross fan. The audio version was very enjoyable as David Cross narrates his own work wonderfully. There are extra bits with the audio version as he makes the experience of recording the book part of the listening fun.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful