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Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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- Rob Burnett Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman
There's not a dull moment in GUTS. I literally couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing in one sitting.
GUTS is utterly brilliant, every page brimming with Kristen's sexy wit. Disarming in its honesty, hysterically funny, pure, real, and so heartbreakingly brutal.
GUTS is written with a unapologetic ferocity and a generosity of spirit that instantaneously engages your heart. This is a spirited, raw and thrilling book.
―George C. Wolfe, Director and writer!
GUTS is the opposite of the usual "celebrity tell-all"-- It's actually a captivating, laugh-out- loud, totally vulnerable and excellently crafted book.
--Andy Cohen, VP of programming and host at Bravo
Johnston tells her story with fearless, devastating honesty, laser precision humor, and a refreshing lack of self-pity. This book should be required reading for anyone who is an addict, or simply cares about one. Which means everyone on the planet.
--Joe Schrank, National Youth Recovery Foundation & co-creator of TheFix.com
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But this biography is different. First, it is well presented, with a genuine sense of the personality of the author. Her personal history is moving and any kid who was ever a little different (I liked books too much and was also too tall) may have to endure a lot. So I empathized with her story. But even if I had had the best childhood on earth, I would have still been moved by the genuine voice she presents.
And then comes her experience in London when her guts burst (and this isn't a spoiler -- it's on the cover) and she has to spend a l o n g time in the hospital. She has so much time for real pain, genuine reflection on her life, and that rarest of all events in any life: the realization of the changes she needs to make (although I think most of that comes just after leaving the hospital).
It is so hard to change behavior and to face oneself honestly. This author has my total admiration. I used to work with a woman who had a brain injury and dealt with it by reciting to herself the very true mantra "everyone has SOME deficit," which is very true. And this author has made me twist that to "everyone has SOME addiction." So anyone with any personal honesty will read this book and come away with some serious thinking to do about the need for change.
Having said all that, somehow this is also a very funny book in places. This is a truly talented performer and author.
There's nothing unique about a celebrity being an addict and being out of control. And folks, this lady was hanging on by a thread. What IS unique here, is that we get to see the process through which she finally decides that as painful as it will be, she must take stock of her own life. It's painful to read in parts. And I suspect anyone, addict or not, will recognize the truth written on these pages. It's a cautionary tale for all those younguns in Hollywood (or anywhere) who are facing the same temptations and demons as the author.
In the end, Kristen Johnston survives and has become the person she was meant to be. And she's a pistol! I hope she continues to write, as her narrative voice is unique and needed.
This is not one of those books you wait to buy from the remainder table at the mall. It's worth the price of admission and then some. You will definitely be entertained, likely moved, and hopefully inspired.
It's amazing to realize that while we have these insecurities about ourselves, others see us in a totally different light.
Lastly, we need to remember the power of our words. They can be so powerful in positive and negative ways. Unfortunately, negative words really stick with us. Like the author, I can remember negative things that people said to me when I was growing up, but have a hard time remembering the good words too.
Now. The memoir. I love it. Poignant, yet funny. It was absolutely addicting to read. Yes, I do have addiction issues too...and I'm addicted to knitting. After reading the book, you will understand this.
Seriously, though. I read about this book in Entertainment Weekly and as a sober alcoholic, I like to know that there are others out there just like me. It was a powerful book and it was as if the author was telling me her story face-to-face.
I'm glad that I pre-ordered this book and it showed up on my Kindle this morning. .
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entertaining. I expected more depth to her story about addiction. really focused on the terrible physical issues with her stomach but not so much as to HOW it got so bad. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Benny Ben
WOW! I can't believe the life Kristen Johnston has had and survived to write about it! Very interesting read! Loved the book!Published 1 month ago by CynbadGirl
As an addict - I found this story amazing, honest, and uplifting. Cheers to Ms. Johnston's bravery.Published 2 months ago by Jeff Dembinski
I love Kristen Johnston, she is hilarious and so endearing. I enjoyed every page of this book!Published 2 months ago by Viera Crosignani
Fantastic read, truthful and honest insight, THANK YOU Kristen. Even if you are not affected but an addict in your life this is SO worth the read! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol - NJ
Wonderful read its raw and in ur face about the situations she was in and how she battled addiction.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Twiztid Cass
I've long admired Kristen Johnston as an actress; however, having been diagnosed with lupus in my early twenties, I became even more intrigued when Johnston underwent treatment for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanna M
Fantastic!!! I've read this book four times. I'm 48 and have only read "like" three other books in my life. I hold her and story dear to my heart ❤️Published 5 months ago by Amazon review