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Starred Review. Comedienne, talk show host and daring author Handler (Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea) indulges her fans with a new compilation of shockingly direct essays, from which she emerges as a scheming farceur with an expansive range of practical jokes and winning sarcasm, pulled off beautifully against (and with help from) her closest friends and family (including her boyfriend, the CEO of the E! television network that employs her). Handler spins a deliriously sticky web of running jokes while suckering the gullible, again and again, with made-up stories of her transgendered friend, a ludicrous movie deal, and her infamous personal pilot. Never shy, Handler finds room for even more irreverent honesty regarding sex-including her earliest encounters with male genitalia and with "the feeling"-and also lets readers in on her family life, including a family dinner that ends with her missing brother found intoxicated, naked, and celebrating on a dock in the early morning hours. Whether Handler is plotting to get her father committed or convincing her dog never to "shadoobie" in her presence, her essays are packed with enough laugh-out-loud moments to rival a first-rate stand-up act. B&W photos.


Her cheeky candor is one of the things that makes her unique: She's a hot blonde with a filthy mouth.―Philadelphia Inquirer

Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds.―Jennifer Weiner

Where have I been all of Chelsea Handler's life? I had no idea how funny, how brilliant she is. She is too clever for words."―Liz Smith, New York Post

Chelsea Handler is a terrific comedian and a hilarious writer.―Jay Leno

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446552445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446552448
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (596 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chelsea Handler is an accomplished stand-up comic and actress, as well as the bestselling author of My Horizontal Life. She is the star of her own late-night show on E!, Chelsea Lately; was one of the stars of Girls Behaving Badly; has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman; and has starred in her own half-hour Comedy Central special. Chelsea makes regular appearances in comedy clubs across America and lives in Los Angeles.

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128 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Sara S. Rines on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed in the newest book by Chelsea Handler. I read "Are you there Vodka? It's me, Chelsea" and could not stop recommending it to anyone I knew enjoyed a laugh. Funniest book ever. "My Horizontal Life" was pretty funny as well, but this book made me cringe. The first chapter made me nauseated. The rest of the book consisted of emails between the writer and her siblings that weren't even amusing, just plain boring. The few stories that were thrown in had little humor, or point. It seemed she wrote it in a hurry, and didn't bother to check if her stories were up to par. Even the editor seemed lax--I found multiple errors throughout the book. It is a Chelsea Handler book, so that earned two stars right there, and there were a few moments that made me almost chuckle, earning another star. On the whole it was a very lazy attempt to get money out of existing fans. Mission accomplished, by 18 dollars is gone.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dee on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Chelsea's first two books! So funny have read them over and over. One is on audio and listen to it pretty much daily so funny. But this was just bad! Very bad. And I am a Chelsea fanatic! It was obvious to me that she has pretty much given up on trying in these books. This was one of the worst. It was like she was trying to be funny and it just never really connected. A waste of my time and money and I usually love anything Chelsea has to do with and often defend why I love her so much! Unfortunately this book is just a bunch of unrelated crap that honestly made no sense! Still love Chelsea though, but please never buy this book! It could make you hate her!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bianca Myers on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had read the other reviews and although most of them were negative in regards to "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" I ordered the book. I figured I enjoied the other two books "My Horizontal Life" and "Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea" and figured these people might not relate or enjoy her as much as I do. I recieved it and immediately started reading it. I was more than excited in the begining and found the opening some what amusing, I assumed the beging was just a bulk of silly childhood stories that would set up the rest of the book like in the other ones. I shortly lost interest and found myself forcing myself to read the rest in hopes that it would get beter, it did not. Other than the somewhat funny opening the rest of the book was dull and wasn't very entertaining. None of it had anything funny that was similar to her other books. It lacked the perverse humor and crazy scenarios that made her other novels shine.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Julie L., Mollica on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Chelsea Handler's new book contains all the usual fare: public nakedness, bodily functions, and obsession with the physically less fortunate. The only difference in this third installment of Chelsea's life is her clear ascent to Hollywood stardom and permanent wealth. Most of the time she keeps the pretentiousness to a minimum and makes fun of those who do not.

Like many celebrities, Chelsea sometimes appears to have lost touch with the common man when she refers to her father as not having money despite owning a $700,000 house and a house on Martha's Vineyard. Then there is a tale of her CEO boyfriend embarrassingly landing his helicopter in the midst of someone's wedding ceremony. If only the rest of us had such problems! However, these transgressions comprise only a small part of the book, the rest of which is full of typical Chelseaisms: respecting her dog for refusing to defecate in front of her, detailing intoxicated behavior of herself and close associates, and introducing/reacquainting us with bizarre family members.

Particularly interesting highlights of this book include the introduction of her two brothers, the fake death of a dog and even more embarrassing details of her father's whore-addled bachelorhood. Her CEO boyfriend (and head of the network who owns her tv show) fiqures heavily in none too flattering terms. It's not surprising that their breakup occurred fairly close to the book's release.

Handler fans will love this odd mix of the lewd, witty, and strange. Those who are only familiar with Handler from her E! tv show will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of celebrity references and Chelsea's significant story telling abilities
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nctmac on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Chelsea is absolutely hilarious! Her boyfriend Ted, her quick wit, spur of the moment pranks & tenderness for large people make this book my favorite of her 3 books. I was laughing consistently, out loud & sharing the stories with my husband because she is so freaking funny =) The relationship between Chelsea & Ted is the best. They are,in some aspects, opposite to the extreme. Somehow that is what makes it work - I truly enjoyed what Ted brought to the book.

Chelsea wants to "help" her driver Sylvan in the love dept., so she decides to take him on vacation. This section of the book - I had to be near a bathroom I was laughing so hard, I thought I might pee. Felt the need to give the heads up =)

There was one section regarding her father that brought me down a little, it just wasn't very funny. I appreciate her sharing it...she was on such a roll, so it caught me a little off guard. She includes a good bit of pictures, without the pics, the book wouldn't have been as funny. It was a nice addition! SO many great stories in this book, definately had to give it 5 stars!! It'll lighten your mood, I highly recommend it....great light read!
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