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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743274911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743274913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Woods, a 30-something sex columnist for Esquire and former correspondent for The Daily Show, has always yearned to be a celebrity: I've never known what it's like not to want to be famous. Her rambling autobiography starts with a California childhood filled with acting classes and ends with a minor role in the 1990s on 7th Heaven. En route, her stream-of-consciousness memoir is filled with descriptions of adolescent girlfriends and crushes on rock stars. Yet her brief flirtation with fame—as a booker for Johnny Depp's Viper Room—receives a scant six pages and results in a drug-fueled craving for Twinkies. After slogging through three-quarters of the book, Woods finally reveals a mildly interesting experience on The Daily Show in 1999. But it's scant payoff. The only semipoignant note comes when she stares at photos and is saddened to discover how time and drugs have ravaged her. Unfortunately, a tiresome description of her dreams on Ambien interrupts this potentially well-structured essay. Fans of her witty Esquire column will be disappointed by this tedious and self-indulgent collection. (July)
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From Booklist

Readers in the same age bracket as 35-year-old Esquire sex columnist Grenrock Woods are most likely to enjoy this mildly amusing memoir about growing up in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. The author's life on the Left Coast is an open book in which colorful characters abound, from stern grade-school teachers in shapeless dresses (the essence of 1970s chic) to lumbering playground bullies who made young Stacey's daily lunch period a living hell. Among the most memorable: the administrator of the local modeling and performing-arts academy who claims a onetime friendship with Joan Crawford and dispenses such pithy career tips as "only part your hair in the middle if you have a turned-up nose." Grenrock Woods' chronological account of her myriad jobs is tedious at times; her descriptions of gigs as a correspondent for The Daily Show are often mean-spirited (or just plain mean). Her cultural references, however, are dead-on, from Magnum P.I. to Rick Springfield. Novelist and Emmy-winner Merrill Markoe writes with far more wit and panache about L.A., but Grenrock Woods makes an acceptable alternative. Block, Allison

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Claire B. Zulkey on August 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
...loved Stacey's book. I've been recommending it to every female I know who I think is cool enough. We seriously need more books by women that don't feature laughs that depend on crazy mixups, frenemies, unavailable men, binge eating and binge shopping. It occasionally made me feel bad in a good way, and often feel good in a very good way. If you suffer from both brains and an unabashed love for pop culture, Stacey's book will make you feel like you've got a smart-alecky friend out there.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rita Viles on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read the book. Its funny, insightful,reminiscent, unique and unusually well written-its like Ms. Woods Esquire columns-better than most memoirs of that type that I've read.I decided to buy more for gifts and saw the P. Weekly Review (who I usually rely upon in making most purchases)and want to ask them who the heck did they have read the book? Your facts are wrong - I double checked-and there's no "slogging through" it! Really, you should review it again. You're doing everyone a disservice and have made me suspect of your credibility. The "Deng" chapter is the best. Also, I agree with the customer who said that we don't need more "dirt" on celebrities.Everybody's got dirt on everyone they know-celeb or not. I'm tired of people using that to sell something or make themselves seem important and I don't want to pay for it. Its a cheap tactic. Bravo, Stacey Grenrock Woods for not succumbing to it. I'd rather read substance than sh-t.I, California
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Hughes on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
To the reviewer who was disappointed about the lack of Hollywood dirt, haven't you ever waited in line at the grocery store? That sort of garbage is plentiful, where this book is a gourmet feast. Full of self-deprecating humor, clever, honest -- I loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bailey on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've had a bit of a crush on the author with her adorable little birthmark under her eye since I first saw her on The Daily Show back in the day, and I was sadly taken aback when the "Woods" got added to her "Grenrock" surname. Her Esquire sex columns have done nothing to quell said crush, and this here book has inflamed the oily rags of which my heart consists in all new ways. So what if she somewhat blew me off at the book signing at Skylight so that she could talk to her friend Neil Pollack who was standing beside me. No matter. Anyway, read her silly little heartfelt sardonic book (make sure you read the Deng part out loud). And make sure you substitute the word "Pram" with "Toi".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren H. Weedman on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read the book at first because I loved Stacey on The Daily Show...
and I think that she is SUPER SMART SUPER SEXY and SUPER hilarious in her observations of her life growing up in California....
the cover of the book sort of gives you the vibe of the whole thing
I ate the book up--and I never eat anything because I live in Southern California....
I have one last chapter to read tonight before i go to bed----
and i am so looking forward to it
and to re-reading the playboy chapter again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moth on July 11, 2010
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Lots of kids want to be performers. Hollywood looks like exactly what they want to do. This is not a salacious Hollywood I-Party-With-Everyone. It is a portrayal of a kid who prepared herself for a Hollywood career by working hard (thighs no wider around than calves) most evenings of her childhood at a dance-and-acting school that could get her anywhere only by the wildest fluke. Hollywood version of the worthless magna-cum-laude college degree. Geez Parents, be a little bit discerning about a return on your kids' investments. She didn't make it as big as she wanted to, such is the fate of most Hollywood aspirants, but she did manage to wrangle herself minor glory now and then, before the downward spiral. Realistic insider view from a kid who had just as much going for her, and probably worked harder, than the handful of kids who do make it.

And no, it isn't my usual reading. Grabbed it at the library resale shop for airplane reading on a trip to LA, but it wasn't worthless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Deserving of ongoing mention and recommendation is I, CALIFORNIA: THE OCCASIONAL HISTORY OF A CHILD ACTRESS/TAP DANCER/RECORD STORE CLERK/THAI WAITRESS/ NIGHTCLUB BOOKER/DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT/SEX COLUMNIST/RECURRING CHARACTER AND WHATEVER ELSE. It's a hilarious memoir and biography of an 'almost famous' girl who has experienced much of California's counter-culture worlds. A fun and lively memoir all California collections should have.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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