Official Book Club Selection

Official Book Club Selection

A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

Book - 2009
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345518514
0345518519
Characteristics: x, 357 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Janice21383
May 21, 2017

Who is Kathy Griffin? Obnoxious Hollywood survivor, hardworking comedienne, unfailing charity supporter, relentless celebrity hound? Yes. Also she, or her ghost is a pretty good writer.

musicobsessie Sep 15, 2011

the letter to Oprah in the beginning is really funny. don't forget to read the index, the interview and the book discussion questions in the back :P

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coutture
Dec 09, 2010

ONE OF THE BEST biographies I have ever read. Kathy is hilarious throughout the entire book. What I loved is that each chapter was just the perfect length so you never had that feeling of the book dragging. I loved hearing about her struggles to stardom and I highly reccomend this bio. Also for the record I wasnt even much of a kathy fan prior to reading, but despite that I still found the entire book to be delightful.

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brewsterjuice
Feb 27, 2010

Quite entertaining....reminds you how hard comics have to work to do something that looks so easy.

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ksherwin1964
Jan 05, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. A good easy read. If you like her reality show you will find this book equally entertaining. You learn and read how Kathy really did overcome rejection and come to grips with the D-List environment that exists in Hollywood. In addition, her family relationships are explored and discussed in much greater detail than you see on the show.

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