Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin
Official Book Club Selection A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin Author:Kathy Griffin 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 G... more »riffin 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. And as if all that wasn't enough, there are also dozens of exclusive and somewhat embarrassing photos from Kathy's own collection -- featuring the diva of the D List herself, with her old nose as well as her new one, plus celebrity friends, foes, frenemies, and hangers-on for you to gawk at.
Refreshingly candid, unflinchingly honest, and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments, Official Book Club Selection will make you laugh until you cry, or just puke up a little bit.« less
i am a huge kathy griffin fan. a long time viewer of the d list, been to the laugh factory, kodak theater, have her dvd. could not wait to read her book but i was not blown away by it. i dont know what i expected, but it was just okay. still a fan. just struggled through the book at times. the whole woz chapter went on way too long and was quite boring, needed some narration from kathy to make sense of it all. glad i read it but would not rave about it.
Suzanne reviewed Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin on
Helpful Score: 4
Hysterically funny, acerbic, no-holds-barred.... Kathy Griffin lets it ALL hang out in this candid and surprisingly touching memoir. Refreshingly, Griffin does not need to tell about her past drug or alcohol abuse, because there wasn't any. Instead, she shares her relentless, decades-long struggle to succeed in show biz and reveals some of the casualties she left in her wake. Could not stop reading once I started. Loved it.
If you like Kathy's stand-up comedy and her show "Life on the D List," then you'll love this book. As usual, Kathy is hilarious, no-holds barred, but somehow manages to get into personal and dark areas while keeping the overall tone of the book funny. I think I've seen and heard everything that Kathy has done, but I never felt like the book was repeating her stand-up or TV show. There are a few familiar stories in the book, but she retells and adds details to make them fresh.
My 2 favorite chapters...one on her brother, a substance abuser and child molester, whose actions caused a serious rift in the family; the other is the chapter on Kathy's brief relationship with Steve Wozniak, which consisted mainly of emails between the two. I came away from the book realizing that Kathy Griffin is extremely driven and she has worked very hard to become a success.
This book has all the gossip Hollywood groupies could ever hope for. A couple of sections had me laughing out loud, and it is typical Kathy Griffin. If you are offended by curse words and some pretty weird sexual situations, do not bother. I enjoyed it thoroughly
Elia J. (yumalibrarian) reviewed Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin on
Helpful Score: 2
I always love Kathy, she's super funny, and though I knew a lot of this info from watching her show, the things she shared about her childhood and what happened in her marriage were just so sad. I love her even more!