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A memoir of sorts?the publisher insists it's not an autobiography?from one of our most popular entertainers.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Written in an upfront, chatty style and liberally peppered with profanities...some amusing observations MAIL on Sunday She is honest about everything...the best 'riffs', particularly those on sex, are very funny indeed. I laughed uproariously DAILY TELEGRAPH Screamingly funny. MAXIM Whoopi Goldberg's upfront, no-holds-barred comedy tactics have forced their way onto the silver screen over the past two decades in box-office hits ranging from Ghost to Sister Act, making this talented and eccentric actress one of the hottest properties From the delightfully irreverent description of her farting years (a talent which earned her her name), to the ponderings of a woman in love--"AIN'T IT GRAND!"--and back again to her perception of the indiscretions of American presidents, the emotions tha

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (February 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751526339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751526332
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Whoopi Goldberg is the the author of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books, as well as Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, illustrated by Olo. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films and is a host of ABC's The View. She lives in New York and Vermont.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lori Gayle on March 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've always been a huge Whoopi fan, and I've always thought she was amazingly funny. When I first saw this book, I had to pick it up. I flipped to the back cover to see what it was all about and ended up laughing myself all the way from the bookshelf to the checkout line and then to my car. As I attempted to read the back cover to all my friends at work, none of us could contain ourselves...this book is absolutely hilarious! I've read it twice, and I have two copies! I've bought it for friends as gifts, and no one has a bad word about it. The book is contagious; once you start, you can't stop, and you'll get your friends wanting to read it to. Go head, pick it up...yeah, you. The one reading this review! You know you want to read it. Give it a shot, you won't regret it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rothermel on April 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Past reviews have called BOOK over the top, which it is. Her views outrageous... to some they might be. Liberal? Of course. I agree with all of her opinions; I am extremely proud to be called a Liberal and I'm pretty sure Whoopi is too.
I'm Catholic but her opinions of the popes, both past and present, are totally on the mark and not offensive to anyone who has any awareness of what's going on in Rome. Read with an open mind. Whether you agree or not, Ms. Goldberg's opinions will freshen up your thoughts on a lot of subjects.
It does ramble on like one of her stand-up monologues, which is what I love so much about it. I also recommend the audiobook version so you can hear Whoopi reading her own words.
This is not high literature, I admit. But it is fresh and humorous and one of my all-time fun reads. I even named my web site after her cute name for a fart. Tree Monkey . Net
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Anderson on February 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the funniest book I have read in years! If you can apprecaite Whoopie's raw honesty, this book is for you. This wise women inspires "all" people to..."keep it real". Enjoy and stay near the toilet. You will laugh so hard you'll have to pee. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Firefly Belvedere on September 16, 2006
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"THE IDEA OF eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts in this country sends a chill down my spine and a bug up my butt. As I write this, there's a proposal kicking around to cut the NEA budget down from an already-slashed $[...] million all the way down to $[...] million...."

I reeally love Whoopi Goldberg.

I was delighted to hear more from Whoopi and this book did not disappoint me. I loved hearing about her family experiences and Christmas was really great too, heart-warming and how she duplicates their own family's idiosyncrasies to the T each year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Wow. After reading all the previous reviews, I guess you either love or hate this book. I thought it was one of the better books in the comedian-as-author genre. I could have done without quite so much toilet humor, but hey, she's a comedian, that's what they do. She wasn't trying to write the Great American Novel here. The fact that she used a ghost writer didn't bother me at all. I didn't know she had until she said so at the end of the book. The book sounded like Whoopi to me. If she needed someone's help in organizing it into a viable manuscript, so what? And as much as it pains me to say it, I have to agree with Entertainment Weekly. Whoopi, please consider writing your autobiography.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner VINE VOICE on December 7, 2005
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Whoopi shares her views on life and gets down to the nitty gritty of things, including bodily functions. The writing perfectly captures her tone and her voice. She sounds amazingly serious and straight-faced when she discusses farting, something that no movie star of her stature would dare discuss, but Whoopi tackles the topic with her usual aplomb and humor. Personally, I would like Whoopi to write a more extensive autobiography so we could learn more about her life and her struggle as a single welfare mother, and how she made it to the top in backstabbing, "Beautiful People" Hollywood. She must have an interesting life story to tell. This book only gives you a peek into the woman behind Whoopi, as it's very short but entertaining, especially if you're a Whoopi fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I laughed, I cried , I got goosebumps over and over again. Her down to earth words made so much sense. I picked this book up on a whim, because I thought I could probably get a few laughs on my lunch hour. I was not prepared for the way it made me feel. My emotions ran the gamut. Thank you Whoopi, for putting it all into perspective. Everything that I have been feeling for so long, but could never find the voice. Definetly a must read!!!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Bishop on December 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Only from Whoopi would you expect a book entitled Book. Her 'to the point' and sometimes raw style jumps right from the pages. It is filled with some of her most cherished views on life, sex and being American (not African American). Whether you love Whoopi or hate her, this book probably won't change your mind either way. You've heard some of the quips before ... others might raise your eyebrows quite high ... really, really high.
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