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Digging Up Mother: A Love Story Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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"Doug Stanhope has been one of the best comics in the world for a very long time, and he only gets better with time. The fact that he is not hugely famous is a choice entirely his own and a gift he gives to the fans who are able to find him in the shadows of the real world. I've only ever heard people say two things about Doug: 1) 'He's the fucking greatest!' 2) 'I don't know who that is.' I'm never going to read this book because I am too self-absorbed. But if you have room in your heart, pour Doug in and it will delightfully blacken. This fucking dude is funny and thoughtful and generously careless, and I love watching him. Good guy, too."—Louis C.K.
"Dear Jews who run show business: Please give Doug Stanhope a primetime show."—Sarah Silverman
"Doug might be the most important stand-up working today."—Ricky Gervais
"[Doug Stanhope's comedy is] an acidic blend of prickly hostility, elaborately articulated self-loathing, and righteous anger."—New York Times
"If there's such a thing as being too honest in comedy, Doug Stanhope may come close.... Stanhope has elevated himself to become one of today's most talked-about artists."—Timeout Chicago
"Much of what's wrong with the world melts away in Stanhope's flame.... Comedy with brains and guts and a heart."—The Guardian
"[Doug Stanhope is a] visionary douchebag."—The Times (London)
Kirkus Reviews, 4/1/16
Lively and smart, and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny.”
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Top Customer Reviews
This is part of the reason I can review this novelization so early: I was trusted by Stanhope to give him my most serious appraisal of the value of the work, adding, in his words, "you've 3rd base coached us to victory enough times to know when to call the runners home or stop um short."
I was obviously flattered by Doug's trust in me, and his willingness to mingle with mere semi-pro citizens, I took on the task of reading his book with aplomb. Boy did Doug make that easy!
The story follows Doug as he first meets the love of his life Amy "Bingo" Bingaman (@bingobingaman) at a Massachusetts boarding school for gifted youths. Continuing through his tumultuous teen years, Doug walks us through and eventually in, to his mother. The striking Stanhope matriarch is described drippingly by Doug, noble and well placed bones (facial) gave her a striking contenance and her Bostonian spirit hurled sage advice to anyone.
Doug and his mother's relationship is vouchsafed by an unbroken and sacred pact via flipping a pizza box with his brother. Brother Stanhope was to write his own novel ("Whisperin' to Papa"), as he won the toss. Capricious fate was kind to Bisbee and any reader of this book, as Doug was left, then, with mother.
I won't spoil the middle part of the novel (but it makes me want to see Baja the way the Stanhope clan did!), suffice to say that it's a genuine piece, a real Mccoy, a tearjerk bringer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a lonely life I lead that I can't, in clear conscience, recommend this book to the few people left whom I know read books.
I do anyway. Evangelically. Read more
This book is absolutely required reading for Stanhope fans.
Been a fan since the late 90s and this book gives old fans like me and newer fans an insight into the influences... Read more
Doug Stanhope's comedy is known for it's unflinching, unabashed honesty. He says what he feels and simply does not care whether that opinion is popular or politically correct. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Taboo Treats
It's classic open and honest Doug with a sweet tribute to his mother bubbling under the surface.Published 1 day ago by Charlie Wilkinson
In a fashion this is what you'd expect from Doug Stanhope, dark, funny, with occasional poignancy. In other respects it's a whole new page from his life that you can't gather from... Read morePublished 1 day ago by dan
A beautiful story about a weird but loving relationship among a mother, her brilliant comic son through the lens of booze, drugs, and a death row pen pal.Published 1 day ago by Neil Lipschutz
Do NOT read this at work,unless laughing out loud is acceptable, and Im only in the beginning chapter where the pets get !@#$'d off! Read morePublished 2 days ago by bookworm27
The turgid, pedestrian prose so often found in the works of today's comics turned writers is left out to rot, cast aside by Stanhope's bold, luxurious paean to matriarchal grace... Read morePublished 2 days ago by G. Comley
All the wit and funny in these reviews, is nothing compared to the laughs Doug has put in his book. Buy it.Published 3 days ago by P. Murphy