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An Unexpected Twist (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Borowitz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (867 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Andy Borowitz almost died, but lived to tell this stranger-than-fiction tale. In his first-ever work of autobiography, the comedian and New York Times bestselling author tells how a freakish medical condition descended upon him one October afternoon and led him to the brink of death – in a New York hospital “consistently rated one of the ten best in the country.” What happens when “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News Sunday Morning) comes face to face with his own mortality? An Unexpected Twist is in equal parts harrowing and hilarious – and a moving affirmation of what it means to be alive.

Editorial Reviews Review

If brevity is the soul of wit, then be thankful that doctors made short work of Andy Borowitz's life-threatening intestinal ailment. Known for his award-winning humor writing, Borowitz here recounts the literally twisted story of his revolting colon and the successive surgeries required to fix it. Rife with deadpan observations and quirky characterizations of the medical staff that attended him, An Unexpected Twist offers humor on a number of levels, from breezy ruminations on life, death, and love to the simply scatological. (Let it be said that Borowitz's writing is no less charismatic for embracing some pretty obvious opportunities for laughs.) In the end, it seems, his brush with death from the inside out proved an ambiguous blessing: the author suffered the accompanying discomfort, pain, and fear; readers reap the rewards of his levity aplenty. --Jason Kirk


Best Books of the Year --'s Best Kindle Single of 2012
"Andy Borowitz is the funniest human on Twitter, and that's not mean praise. His first original e-book -- the current best-selling Single -- is a seriocomic memoir called "An Unexpected Twist" (99 cents), about a blockage in his colon that nearly killed him. This funny book has a sneaky emotional gravity. As the time of his illness he'd been married only a few months, and his small book becomes a rather large love story."
-- Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 55 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A4V33M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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173 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy is funny even when he's serious February 17, 2012
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Any time a doctor says, "I'm going to be extra careful this time" you know you've got problems. Andy Borowitz with problems? Who knew? Andy takes on a very serious issue - and it's purely autobiographical - and somehow keeps us laughing throughout. I think what surprised me the most was the suspense I felt as I read this (kind of like each time I read "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" by Jim Bishop, and I hear myself muttering under my breath, "Don't go to Ford's tonight!"). Yes, Andy wrote it, so I sort of knew the ending, but I didn't know the message until I got to the end. Andy Borowitz is a brilliant writer and funny guy extraordinaire, but like our beloved Mark Twain, he is also acutely aware of human nature and the human condition. I also enjoyed getting to "meet" Olivia, Andy's wife (fun coincidence that has nothing to do with Andy's book: Mark Twain's wife was also named Olivia). Olivia is a keeper. So is this book. Thanks, Andy!
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125 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special February 27, 2012
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I surprised myself when reading this short piece on my Kindle, in my hotel room, alone, during a business trip. I laughed out loud several times, and at one point, found myself laughing UNCONTROLLABLY. That is, laughing in the way one does when talking with friends and someone says something that truly "strikes your funnybone"...and you just can't stop laughing for several minutes. Not a common experience, for me at least, and one I don't think I have **ever** had before while simply reading, all alone.

Partly it's Andy, of course, who is one of the funniest guys I've read, but it's also the very personal, very believable -- and somehow familiar -- experience he's recounting. Maybe you need to at least have had a colonoscopy at some point to fully appreciate it, but I call this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an RN's perspective February 18, 2012
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Mr. Borowitz has encapsulated the patient experience in our healthcare system accurately, with whimsy and in such generous detail as to be excellent pre-op reading for the patient-to-be, either imminent or at any time in the indeterminate future ... in other words, good information for everyone living with potential exposure to the American Health Care System. Andy conjures up the do's, don'ts, agonies, & ecstasies of life under the knife. Highly recommended in my perspective as an RN with lots of pre-op & post-op care experience.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and true! April 14, 2012
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I absolutely loved this book. I went through a very similar experience and I never thought such a harrowing, near-death experience could be so funny! Andy Borowitz hit it out of the park with this one. I'm recommending it to everyone!An Unexpected Twist (Kindle Single)

Not to be missed!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schadenfreude February 17, 2012
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I heard an audio recording of this story nearly nine months ago. I instantly took a liking to Andy's misery, which doesn't say much about me as a person, but it certainly says a lot of good things about the Borowitz edge when it comes to telling a compelling story. I was so engaged after hearing this story that I immediately did two things: I put a link to the audio on my blog (Debutopia) and I prayed fervently for my own medical catastrophe (hey, sometimes I run out of material for my blog, o.k.?). You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll buy some Pepto-Bismol.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!! June 18, 2012
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I had no idea what to expect when I started to read this story. I chuckled at the first paragraph... I was hooked by the end of the 2nd page! It only takes about 30 minutes to read and I couldn't put it down. It's actually about a serious subject, but it's one of the funniest stories I've ever read! I work in a hospital and maybe that's why it just made me laugh out loud all the way through it. Loved this story though and I do highly recommend it. Can't believe I got it for 99 cents!! (For Adults Only)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and unexpectedly touching! April 14, 2012
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I love Andy Borowitz' humor, and expected to find it in An Unexpected Twist. What I did not expect and found to be a wonderful gift within this short offering was Andy's joy and gratitude about his life. This was marvelously funny and very touching. I loved it! Laughed over and over and got teary at the same time. Short but very worthwhile!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Story June 2, 2012
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I can only add my 5 stars to the pile! I am a retired nurse...I don't know if that made it funnier to me than to others, but I'm glad I was at home when I read this! I was braying like a mule, snorting like a pig and just plain laughing out loud. How the author could make a comedy out of circumstances that should have been anything but funny is a testament to his comedic talent. I hope he has written other stuff!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, humorous and endearing
I really enjoyed this short story from the author's own experience. I enjoy his writing elsewhere and it was rewarding to read this short personal anecdote. Read more
Published 2 days ago by B. Johannesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny...and comforting.
Published 3 days ago by Tangobutt
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny book,
Horowitz is funny, just as you would expected. He makes fun of a serious medical emergency that helps him put his life In perspective.
Published 18 days ago by Douglas Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars Hospital
Very funny! Laughing out loud with tears! Very familiar with hospitals and patients-will pass on to all my nurse friends!
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but a fun read
A good book if you are ok with some dark humor.
Published 19 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Short read, but a good one
I enjoyed Borowitz's short story. His writing style is engaging and entertaining. I recommend him to anyone looking for sincere life stories.
Published 20 days ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars true
This story could have been written by someone I know extremely well. It's exactly what happened to him, and I'm happy to say the ending to both stories is similar. Thank you, Andy. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jean Stanisich
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 27 days ago by Mildred Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very horribly real with a lovely ending
Horowitz writes a gritty tale of surgery gone awry and somehow makes it funny. And his wife: where do we find such women? Read more
Published 28 days ago by BPB
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Humor, Serious Subject
Andy Borowitz relates his close brush with death with a gentle humor that barely masks the fear when
life takes an unexpected and decidedly unpleasant turn. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Andrea Wittchen
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More About the Author

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times bestselling author and comedian who created the satirical column The Borowitz Report, which was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012 and has millions of readers around the world. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award, a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and a two-time host of the National Book Awards. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast), "the funniest human on Twitter" (The New York Times) and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning). His Kindle Single, "An Unexpected Twist," was a number one bestseller and Amazon's Best Kindle Single of 2012.

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I don't have Kindle can the Borowitzbook be read on another form??
You can download a kindle app to your computer and read it on that. There are also kindle apps for various types of smart phones, or iPhone/iPods/iPads, etc. They cost nothing and don't require a kindle. You should be able to find a link to one from this site, or you can go to borowitzreport (dot... Read More
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