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How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years: An Autobiography Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2002
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"Tom's book is just like Tom himself--big-hearted, big-mouthed and flat-out funny." -Kathie Lee Gifford
"I love this book! With humor and humility and don't-try-this-at-home honesty, Tom Arnold gives us a brilliant new take on the great American success story and reminds us that before anything, he's a damn good writer. In the market for a superhero? This one wrestles his childhood, his addictions and his ego to the ground. An exhilarating, moving, hilarious example of life lived out loud." -Don Roos, writer/director, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX and BOUNCE
"After reading Tom Arnold's most candid thoughts and feelings, I wanted to divorce him." -Bill Maher
"Tom Arnold with authority! I dare you to put this book down! You won't be able to. I did, but I'm gifted that way." -Craig Kilborn, "The Late Late Show"
"A delightful romp through a colorful and richly human life. Well, okay...a pretty sick life. But that's Tom. I now better understand why I love that Tom Arnold so much." -Dr. Drew Pinsky
"From TRUE LIES to outrageous truths, Tom Arnold's book is as funny and honest as he is." -Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Top Customer Reviews
Tom Arnold's writing technique is wonderful and complements his humor and honesty. I found myself laughing hysterically and moved to tears with a turn of the page.
I am glad I bought this book, now I have a new understanding and respect for Tom.
I had just finished Scott Spencer's delightfully humorous and understated novel, _Endless Love_. After that insouciant romp through the flowers, I wasn't in the mood for another lighthearted comedy/romance. So, I went in search of something that looked deep within a man's tortured psyche. Yes, the characters in Spencer's novel added laughter and smiles to my day, but I wanted and needed something dark, overbearing, and consuming (obviously, something Spencer will never be known for). For this reason, I took a calculated risk on Tom Arnold's autobiography.
Within a few pages, _How I Lost Five Pounds in Six Years_ quickly confirmed that Arnold's book would be a rare find. Most reviewers found that they could immediately understand their own sub-human and primitive nature through the sullen memories of Tom's tortured childhood. One reviewer spoke for us all when he wrote, "[when] I read about how Tom spent his youth [killing pigs in a slaughterhouse], I couldn't help but connect his dehumanizing job with all of the inner feelings of hatred and moribund humanity that I had built-up through the years." It appears that thanks to Tom's willingness to put it all on the line, almost everyone can find new ways to scale life's toughest ramparts.
As a fan of hog carcass splitters and "bung droppers," nothing made me realize, so quickly, that we Arnolds have a lot in common when it comes time to slaughter the pigs. We can better understand our family, our heritage, and, in fact, each other, through Tom's courageous attempts to bring the world around him into focus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty unremarkable and not funny. My review is the same as the other 2 star reviewer who listed 3 reasons. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tim
I first read Roseanne's three books all in a row then this one. I had a renewed interest in Roseanne after Last Comic Standing came back and this one fit in with those which were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by doodybug
This book is a super fast read. Like Wow, who knew where Tom Arnold came from. It's a perfect example of how true life is stranger than fiction. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Dottie Randazzo
My husband picked this up for me in a bargain book store. I was like, ehh Tom Arnold... However, I read the first few pages and I was already smiling. Read morePublished on April 12, 2006 by GRACE
I find this book rather helpful. Tom is a Greek God, he helped me with my burning rash under my mantits.Published on June 14, 2005 by METHOS
I do agree with the previous reviewer that the book jumped all over the place - but you get the feeling that Tom is like that in real life. Read morePublished on February 23, 2003 by Barbara
If you are already a fan of Tom Arnold than you will really love this book. Many of the stories are either very funny, very sad, or exactly how I felt in similar situations. Read morePublished on December 19, 2002
I have no idea why but I've always liked Tom Arnold. Maybe it is the self-deprecating humor. Maybe it is his willingness to marry women who are far from the Hollywood ideal. Read morePublished on December 15, 2002
Tom Arnold is not only one of the best comedians around, but an amazing author. From the first chapter I knew I was not going to be able to put the book down. Read morePublished on December 1, 2002 by Phillip M George