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I'm Kind of a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy Paperback – June 7, 2011
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On television she acts as the go-to parenting expert for NBC's "The Today Show" where she has appeared numerous times giving practical humorous advice. She's also been featured on Dr. Phil, Your World with Neil Cavuto and even Oprah (via taped interview but she's still hoping to one day sit on the couch!). As a comedian she has performed on Make Me Laugh, Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central. Her third book, It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections of a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman is out July 2009. Stefanie keeps herself very busy with twin toddler girls, a preschool age daughter and an active online poker addiction.
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Having never read any of Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's other books, I had no idea what to expect. This book exceeded my expectation. Several parts of the book were chest clutching funny. Her description of her struggle with alcoholism and the details of her relationship with her dad were poignant. The only part I disliked were the letters to Angelina Jolie at the end of the book. They kind of dragged the book down for me.
Stories include everything from waitressing in New York, participating as an extra in Bob Dylan video, and participating in dating game shows---to stalking a guy she saw on TV, temporarily working as a limo driver to the rich and famous (Chevy Chase was nice, Lolita Davidovich not), trying her hand at becoming a stand-up comedian, and accidentally getting a break and finding employment as a game show writer.
The writing is pretty funny, and the author succeeds in keeping things light. This was a nice sequel to "It's not me, it's you," which I also read. Recommended for anyone who likes light comedy-centered memoirs, or is simply looking to be entertained.
Predictably Stefanie enjoyed a rather wild adolescence in an unhappy home, and escaped to the bright lights of LA as soon as practicable. Stefanie describes supporting herself with a variety of low paying jobs from office temping to chauffeuring while auditioning for dubious television. Her experiences are fodder for some amusing anecdotes and Stefanie concisely illustrates the weird and wild of working and living in LA. With a padded resume she finally lands on her feet writing for television and I am dying to know if (as was implied without crossing legal boundaries)that really was Angie??
Wilder-Taylor also reconnects with her father, one time celebrity comedian Stan Handleman whose addiction to pain pills and faltering talent is painful for her to observe. Finally settled, married and a mother to three Stefanie has to confront her own alcoholism while berating Angie Jolie-Pitt for setting the bar too high and sympathising with Nick Cage.
I'm Kind of a Big Deal is an easily read wry memoir sure to elicit a chuckle or two at Stefanie's efforts to make it in LA.
Most of the book revolves around her drinking issues, the how and why, combined with anecdotes that are funny and a bit sad at the same time. She really does have a way with words and you will find yourself pulled in by her writing style immediately. Each episode brings you immediately into her world and it doesn't matter that you have never heard of her before. It is like a friend of a friend who has that bigger than life personality and you want to hear everything they have to say. The parts I really enjoyed were her confessions about trying to be something she is not and realizing that it is ok to just be her.
The book starts directly after the author has graduated from high school and chronicles her time in New York City as an unemployed 18 year old bunking with a friend and working as a singing waitress in a family-owned Italian restaurant (and no, she could not sing.) The NYC stint did not, of course, last long, and soon she was on the train back to her parents' house in Massachusetts with her sights already set on her next big adventure - Los Angeles.
Wilder-Taylor takes us through a series of comical events in L.A. including dancing in a video for Bob Dylan, being a guest on the dating show Studs, stalking a guest from The Love Connection, and working as a limo chauffeur for the rich, famous, and sometimes not so nice.
The stories are written with a glib wryness that makes the author likeable despite her many obvious faults.
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Any woman can completely relate to this author. She is hysterical. Loved the book, I have Naptime is the new happy hour, and can't wait to read it next.Published 7 months ago by C. davies
This book is just awful. This chick is a frumpy, dumpy, moronic rip-off of Chelsea Handler. DO NOT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED $$ ON THIS TRIPE.Published on December 6, 2011 by ClydeLives
I loved "I'm Kind of a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy." I found the wild, adventurous, absurdist style refreshing and fun, and can't wait for her next book!Published on September 29, 2011 by Kat Swain
Stephanie is a great creative writer. Her short stories provide humorous insight about her with a funny sense of irony. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by pam
I very much enjoyed Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's collection of essays.
One of the things I love about Los Angeles is that it's possible to have many different consecutive... Read more
Thinking this was a funny view on life turning 40 I was sorely disappointed. It was only the last chapter that dealt with this. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by hound lover
One of the funniest, most honest, and well written books I've read in a long time. Recommending this to everyone I know!Published on July 7, 2011 by Sweetblood