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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323847
  • ASIN: B00A17K7RS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whoopi Goldberg takes on the decline of our country's civility."—USA Today --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Whoopi Goldberg is the premier comedic actress of our day. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films, and is a host on ABC's The View.

More About the Author

Whoopi Goldberg is the the author of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books, as well as Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, illustrated by Olo. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films and is a host of ABC's The View. She lives in New York and Vermont.

Customer Reviews

This was a fun book to read and have a few laughs about.
kzielke
Maybe it gets better but I could not make past the first 3 chapters....Sorry Whoopi try again!
Michael McDonald
A lot of the book is just Whoopi lecturing people on how to behave in public.
CRKentucky

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Late2Serenity on October 23, 2010
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This is the name of the last chapter of this book. This chapter consists of three lines. I'm going to quote them. You can read them without ruining the rest of the book for you if you haven't read the chapters that come before. They say:

"These were just things on my mind and some ideas of ways I could be better. Maybe it helps you too. If not, pass this book on!"

This book is Whoopi's opinion on a whole range of what she perceives to be irritations. She knows that she isn't alone in her irritation. She doesn't say that you're wrong if you disagree. She does use humor, she is irreverent, and she is also serious in ALL of it. She doesn't come across as perfect in her own conduct, in fact, she states more than once that she most definitely isn't. She finds those things irritating in other people and in herself. She does not deny that she is guilty of the same things that she is complaining about.

I am a big Whoopi fan, and I could hear her saying these things in my head while I was reading them. The language that she writes is the language that you hear coming out of her mouth every day on TV etc. Whoopi addresses issues that happen and that we don't seem to notice anymore because they have become so commonplace, they've become a habit. She talks about things like cutting your toenails or picking your nose on the bus or train on the way to work. She doesn't like the word 'stupid' and yet doesn't have a problem with people using certain swear words, and why. How you can swear at someone without actually using the words aloud, just thinking them can have an effect. Things you could consider saying when you've been put on the spot and don't want to hurt someone other people's feelings.

I really enjoyed reading this book.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Carlson on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like Whoopi so I was looking forward to reading about the things we all can't stand (i.e. sharing cell phone conversations) with a dose of Whoopi humor. As one other reviewer wrote "I wanted to laugh". This book could have been so much better with some humor. In my opinion, she's preaching to the choir here. The people that read this book are those who probably have noticed the same things and the people who don't read it are the ones we are talking about so they'll never get it nor read her suggestions. It just could have been so much better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beachie Keen on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't get through this and I read cereal boxes if that's what's in front of me. It's either self parody gone wrong or a really creepy case of TMI. If you've been dying to know why MS. Goldberg has never run for public office (I'm not making this up), you'll love the book. If not, you'll find that it's impossible to read and politely avert your eyes at the same time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Turin on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lets get this out of the way: this is in no way a book written with "trademark irreverence and humor". Its written in a conversational tone. Its not somber. It isnt weighty. But there is no attempt at humor and I doubt Whoopie would have claimed there was one, so it surprising to hear the product description make that claim.

"Is It Just Me?" is one of those quickie books where the author jots down a bunch of disconnected thoughts which are eventually gathered up and massaged into book form by a hapless editor. Whoopie admits this in the forward- this book writing process was just writing down things that bugged her over the course of the year on note pads. These snippets where then assigned into 72 chapters like "There aren't enough jails", "If you dont like it dont do it", and "Places not to use a cell phone". Got the idea? You could probably fill in the contents of those chapters yourself.

No major crime there, but no the height of literary sophistication.

This book is sort of like going into a bar and having some bore who is already 6 drinks in sit down next to you and start filling you in on his critique about how the world is being run: there a great logical gaps in the narrative, a mild persecution complex, and a lot of unsubstantiated facts being loudly asserted.

Whoopie frequently make factual statements based only on her own opinions. There is never a citation of a news article, a statistic or a quote from an authority. The only buttressing arguments when these positions are staked out are "Come on!" "Lets gets real" or "we all know that....".

For instance, in the drunk driving chapter Whoopie claims that drunk driving goes on "Because there's no consequences".
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Ward on October 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I agree - could not get past a small bit of this long harangue on the current state of society. I do admit I started it because I do believe society is uncivil and uses too many personal insults but at the same time - believe that Goldberg herself is one of those types - sadly hiding behind 'humor' to do it. So I was hoping that perhaps she was going to address that, but once again it is always someone else being wrong.

Don't waste your time or money.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Michael on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Though I am admittedly not a "fan" of Whoopie Goldberg (never found her that funny), I was looking forward to reading this book, regardless of who wrote it. I happen to love talking about pet peeves (in a usually-humorous and light-hearted way), so I was excited to see a book full of them. The excitement ended after word one.

The book is horrid. It's terribly written in a conversational style that I assume is supposed to mimic Goldberg's live personality and spoken demeanor. I felt as if her editor (was there one?) might have said "hey, Whoopi, why don't we change this paragraph to read..." and was shut down ("don't *touch* the way I wrote it, the people want to hear ME.") It comes off as narcissistic, rambling and repetitive, and without flow or organization. As some others have said, it's also ironically very rude and curmudgeonly.

But most importantly, it's not funny. I mean not even so much as a giggle. And I *wanted* to giggle... I was receptive to giggling. But I couldn't even force a quiet chuckle. It just got worse and worse, almost to the point of being incoherent. It also is full of factual errors, outdated socio/cultural/technological references and gross exaggerations used just to make a peeve sound more valid (people don't talk on cell phones during flights... they don't work at 35,000 feet). Overall tone is that of a grumpy person who is just "not with it."

Many of the premises are good and true and could have been used to great effect, but everything just falls on its face, chapter after chapter (and yes, I still read all of it, just hoping it would get better). With the right author, tone of voice and good editing, it could have been hilarious and relatable. Instead this book is now one of my pet peeves. Save your money.
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