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“Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is twisted and wrong and absolutely hysterical. But on top of impeccably timed punch-lines and sly social commentary, I’m Kind of a Big Deal contains the kind of heart and self-awareness that makes for a truly satisfying read. Unless you hate fun, buy this book.”
New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster

"Bursting with hysterical, wildly perceptive musings about life, family, and some of the crazy choices we make along the way. The perfect blend of sassy and bittersweet."
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About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour. She has written and produced more than thirty television sketch, clip, and variety shows, and been featured on the Today show, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Dr. Oz Show, and the award-winning PBS show Real Savvy Moms. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three young daughters. Visit her website at StefanieWilderTaylor.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439176574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom (Simon & Schuster 2006) and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down (Simon & Schuster 2008) which were based on her prominent blog "Baby on Bored" that has been entertaining thousands of mothers since 2005.
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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I'm Kind of a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy is Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's memory of her journey through Hollywood. After initially leaving home for New York, she realizes that California might be a better bet to achieving her dream of being an actress. Amusing anecdotes of the various jobs she has while trying to audition for acting jobs. Even more fun when she realizes that her manager's wife auditions for all the prime jobs! Little does she know that suffering through a dating show cattle call would lead to her promising career in show writing and show running. Finally, she finds something she enjoys doing that she can earn money.

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.
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"I'm kind of a big deal" chronicles Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's life, growing up and eventually "making it" in Hollywood as a game shows writer. In similar style to her previous titles, Wilder-Taylor tells her story in separate anecdotes, and finds comedy in every situation she encounters.

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.
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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's name is not familiar to me but I needed a laugh and I hoped this collection of essays would provide one or two given her experience as a stand up comedienne. Wilder-Taylor uses humour and witty asides to document her struggle to become famous, first in stand up, then as an actress until finally discovering her niche as a segment writer.

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.
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Stephanie Wilder Taylor writes about her Hollywood days a bit in her latest memoir. Each chapter is a new opens to something that would be perfect for a television skit on a comedy variety show. This makes perfect sense since she used to write for television. She recounts her first big break when she appears in a Bob Dylan video where she has visions of being the featured dancer like Courtney Cox was in a Bruce Springsteen video. Her plan doesn't even come close since she ends up hanging around dancing for 12 hours and when she leaves, she finds her car is gone! She does meet Bob Dylan though and he is at least nice enough to explain that she parked in a tow zone.

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.
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I really enjoy collections of funny essays, and if they have a little bit of snarky-ness to them, all the better. I'm Kind of a Big Deal is exactly that. Wilder-Taylor's essays are arranged chronologically though the book, so that while each can stand on its own in a comedic fashion, they also run together create a memoir of her life to date.

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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