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Ham: Slices of a Life: True Life Tales Paperback – October 7, 2014
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He is a multi-platinum recording artist with 9 studio CDs to his credit including SAM HARRIS and SAM-I-AM (both top 40 hits), STANDARD TIME and DIFFERENT STAGES (produced and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz, and which have been listed on numerous "Top 100 Records of All Time" lists.)
Sam has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre, London's West End and with The Boston Pops, has played at The White House, and participated in Cyndi Lauper's TRUE COLORS tour. On television, Sam starred in the CBS sitcom, THE CLASS and has appeared on multiple series as well as countless television specials. He has been a guest artist on virtually every talk show from Leno to Fallon; his favorite in an historic time, when he performed a stirring "You'll Never Walk Alone" on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in the week following September 11th.
On Broadway, Sam received a Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman's THE LIFE as well as a Drama League Award and Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune's GREASE, and appeared in Mel Brook's, THE PRODUCERS. He starred in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, HAIR, PIPPIN, THE JAZZ SINGER, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, SCHMOOLI & MINNOOLI (with Liza Minnelli) and the smash hit, one man show SAM.
Behind the scenes, Sam co-wrote the TBS sit-com, DOWN TO EARTH, which ran for 4 years. He also co-produced the PBS television special LOVE LETTER TO NEW, supervised and directed segments of MICHAEL JACKSON'S 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY at Madison Square Garden, and co-wrote LIZA'S AT THE PALACE, which won the 2009 Tony Award; and created and directed the concert event, NEW YORK'S FINEST - BROADWAY'S LEADING MEN.
In an exciting new chapter of Sam's career, his first book, "HAM: Slices of a Life" (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) was released in January 2014. HAM is a collection of stories and essays on everything from growing up in Bible Belt Oklahoma to show biz, celebrity, and his family life as a husband and father. He has fashioned a hilarious and poignant one-man show of the same title, which has toured in major cities throughout the country. Both the book and the show are receiving rave reviews in publications from The New York Times to People Magazine, Esquire, and numerous others.
For more information, please visit: www.SamHarris.com
Top Customer Reviews
As a nod to other reviewers I will admit that it is not as laugh-out-loud funny as EARLY Sedaris (such as "Holidays on Ice", although I think Sedaris' latest two books have fallen flat), but Sam's stories have a poignancy and a resonance that Sedaris' lack. Sam makes his points through introspection whereas Sedaris relies on comic satire. Some of the chapters (like that on alcoholism) are so unattractive and soul-baring that one can only believe Sam is (courageously) telling the true story of his life. Similarly, the one called "liver" reminds one of the times when we are "chopped liver" to uncaring others----yet we try to make the best of a bad situation, refusing to give up.Read more ›
Sam's book, Ham: Slices of a Life, is a series of funny, touching, poignant essays and stories about his life growing up gay in Oklahoma in a time when it wasn't safe to be gay in certain parts of the country, his family, work/career, and his professional relationships in the entertainment industry that include one story, in particular, about working with Aretha Franklin (and lots of juicy bits about Liza Minnelli).
This is a pretty hilarious book, or perhaps I should say memoir. Yes there are some areas of the book that are not so funny like the pain and suffering of childhood and growing up when one is different than others but he endures and creates a life for himself through work, artistry, and love. The overwhelming feeling of this work is most definitely an uplifting one. Believe me I laughed out loud (very loud) many times during the reading of this book.
Sam ties it all together in the final chapter about the birth of his son and the understanding of what a gift it was to have him while recognizing the profound loss of the birth mother with great compassion.
I was actually a bit sad that this ended and hope to have a sequel at some point in the future.
Buy one for your friends! A great read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So funny. A very enjoyable read. Fun to follow-up on what Sam has been doing since Star Search. I know Sam's partner, Danny, so made it that much better!Published 1 month ago by V. Crawford
Until I bought it I did not realize that this Sam Harris has nothing to do with the Sam Harris I listen and follow. Interesting little reading though.
Was looking for a book by the "other" Sam Harris and ordered this. Glad I did. Fun read.Published 2 months ago by Menzrob
Interesting. I had never heard of him. sort of name-dropping but a good light read.Published 3 months ago by grandma5
This book is full of wit and hard-won wisdom. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, and I came back to buy two more copies to give to friends. It's that kind of book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Smith
I loved it. Loved the back stage pass to his superstar friends and his wonderful career. Sad at times but come back with a funny, uplifting story to make you laugh. An easy read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cnoul
I thought the anecdotes would be more interesting and a few are but it was a short story piece at best.Published 8 months ago by jkpscrap
Amusing anecdotes and personal stories from a phenomenal talent. I related most to his stories of his son at 4 with a boy in the house with similar proclivities (smell my feet,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by theberad