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How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years: An Autobiography Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2002

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In his first book, actor and comedian (as well as host of The Best Damn Sports Show Ever) Arnold takes readers through the highs and lows of his life, all the while maintaining the breezy charm and guy's-guy persona that has served him well in his career. Framed as a series of responses to questions from his unborn child, Arnold examines his tumultuous childhood and adolescence in rural Iowa, his stand-up career, his stormy marriage to Roseanne, and his current happiness with his new wife and job. Arnold takes frequent potshots at himself (his weight is a frequent target) and is honest and forthcoming about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Hollywood gossip fans will be pleased by the amount of salacious information Arnold offers about his relationship with Roseanne as well as the juicy backstage tidbits he includes from his showbiz career. Although this book might not win Arnold any new fans, the affable and self-deprecating tone will certainly satisfy his current following. Brendan Dowling
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"You've heard Arnold talk about his small penis; now you can read about it. TOM ARNOLD: HEY, IT'S ME is the funniest book I'll never read. Arnold leaves Tom Clancy and Larry King needing writing lessons. Absolute genius!!!" -Steve Tisch, Academy Award-winning producer of FOREST GUMP

"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0312291345
  • ASIN: B000F6Z5GI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Henkel on November 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
At first I was skeptical of Tom Arnold as an author, but after a few recommendations of "How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years" my thoughts have changed.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charity Moreland on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this book absolutely wonderful. Smartly funny and also heart-tuggingly sensitive. Tom's quick wit is only to be matched by his willingness to give the reader a rare look into one of Hollywood's truly good guys heart. He lays it all out for his "child" yet to be born... the good, the bad and the hilarious. I highly recomend this book to anyone who loves to laugh and cry all in the same night. Well written and easy to identify with. I hope Tom's family and friends appreciate how lucky they are to have this special man in thier lives- the giving and the sharing of his time, money and support alone shows how much Tom cares for not only those who are close to him but also those in need. Bravo Mr. Arnold. You deserve all the best in life and I thank you for the experience of sharing in your life through your words. Your unborn child has a great daddy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By muramakim on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tom Arnold's _How I Lost Five Pounds in Six Years_ is just what this family needs! This tome is about the best exposure our wonderful and tight-knit little clan is going to get, so let's build on it!
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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Singer on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If we judge a book by its cover, we know that the title is hilarious and that the insider "reviews" are quite insightful. You see, Tom is a Hollywood guy. He just wants to fit in ( like everyone else in this town ) and he admits it openly and with the conviction. He finished several 12-step programs, he's been divorced more times than anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line can count, and he even changed his religion and his political affiliation when he thought it would bring him closer to people in Hollywood. Well, it has. Tom should be Mayor of this city. He is Mr. Hollywood. In fact, just look at the "reviews" from the denizens of Tinsel Town and you can actually tell who Tom's real friends are and who's faking it. For example: Steve Tisch honestly says he'll never read the book. Friend. However, Kathie Lee Gifford pretends to have read the book. Not-a-friend. Don Roos actually sat down to write the review, but he probably didn't read the book. Sort-of-friend. Bill Mahr probably scanned the book and chuckled once or twice. He has his own problems. Friend. Craig Kilborn didn't read the book and admits it. Friend. Now... Arnold Schwarzenegger, bright man that he is, wouldn't be caught dead reading Tom's book in case Maria found out. Tom is to Mr. Universe what Bonzo was to Ronald Regan. Simply put, Tom represents everything that the Terminator abhors. His assistant even had the temerity to plug TRUE LIES in the review. Not-a-friend-but-finds-Tom-amusing-at-celebrity-functions. If you wish to study the kind of personality it takes to feel at home in Hollywood, I think this book will be of great service. Everything in LA is ass-backwards and nothing is real. But every now and then a celebrity wears their heart on their sleeve and it isn't a prosthetic appliance. Tom Arnold is probably that kind of guy.There's a good chance that I'll buy and read his book. And if I could rent him for parties, I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip M George on December 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tom Arnold is not only one of the best comedians around,but an amazing author! From the second I picked up the book and started reading it I knew I wasn't going to be able to put it down. I went from laughing to crying to laughing in minutes. He talks about the hardships of life (his life) and sprinkles every sentence with humor that will leave you in stiches. The book is emotional, sincere and hilarious! He has so many stories to tell that will amaze you. I don't want to give away too much so buy the book. I read it in one night and I want more!!! I highly recommend you buying the book!
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