Book Reviews of Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse
Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse
Author: Phyllis Diller, Richard Buskin
ISBN-13: 9781585423965
ISBN-10: 1585423963
Publication Date: 2/17/2005
Pages: 288
Rating:
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3.5 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Tarcher
Book Type: Hardcover
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I really enjoyed the first third of this book. It was very interesting to me how she evolved into herself (upbringing, school, parents, etc.)

The second third of the book dragged a bit - I think it was both because she name-dropped quite a lot (and I wasn't really sure to whom she was referring all the time - blame it on a generation gap) as well as her constant need to congratulate herself (if I read the phrase "I was hot" once I read it 30 times.)

The last section was a bit of a downer as well . . . I don't want to be a spoiler, but let's just say that she was subject to quite a few rocky relationships and abuses in this book - all of which emotionally damaged her. However, her "show must go on" attitude I felt was extremist (she finally meets the love of her life, they spend wonderful time together, only to have him die - basically at the airport - and she gets on the plane to do a scheduled booking after he gets to the hospital, only to call 24 hrs later to find out he's dead . . . and doesn't cancel the rest of her trip . . . for the love of her life??) I don't know - it just left me wondering about all of the times she was out trying to make it in clubs at 2:30 in the morning - where were her kids? With her dysfunctional family? That part kind of bothered me and I think overshadowed some of the successes in the story.

In summary, I'm glad I read it - funny lady, interesting life, quick read - but it did leave me puzzled as to how she handled her interpersonal relationships. I guess I expected more from someone who had been through so much herself.
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An eye-opening memoir from a truly interesting woman. I never realised her life was so hard until I read this book.
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Okay celebrity bio. Interesting that Diller, who wrote most of her own material and who once worked writing advertising copy, should need a ghost-writer to produce this breezy memoir.