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Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life Hardcover – May 29, 2007
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“The sensitive parts of the books...truly stand out.” ―Publishers Weekly
“If you like Blue Collar TV or are just looking for some good comedy, this is a great book to pick up.” ―Blogcritics.org
“His folksy humor...has made him a hit in the heartland...Don't bet a little plain ol' charm won't work just as well on the rest of the country.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer on The Bill Engvall Show--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, very little actually made me laugh. This is more an autobiography than an attempt at humor. You shouldn't buy this book because you want humor; you buy this book because you want to know more about Engvall.
Just a guy doesn't mean any guy or even a funny guy who is dependable, loving, reliable and, especially, nice. The family remembrance called "Out of the Closet" was not a joke but real life. He tells it like it was with honesty, pride, and frankness. "Just a Guy" will make you chuckle and agree if you're open minded. If it seems too spacy and impossible to be real, share it with an older neighbor. He is funny and not Everyman at all, but a special guy.
So I had pretty high expectations for this book - something more than the book by Ron White that was simply a rehash of his comedy bits, and more personal than Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck dictionaries, and something more entertaining than a book full of one-liners by Larry the Cable Guy.
I'm happy to say that Engvall met my expectations of a book about the comedian, not a book of comedy. So if you're looking for a book full of jokes, "Just A Guy" isn't for you. That's not to say that many of Engvall's stories aren't humorous - but the book is more memoir than stand-up.
But if you want to know more about Bill Engvall the person, pick up a copy. You'll enjoy the read.
Bill Engvall does a great job of framing and bringing into focus life's little wisdoms which add a smiles to our daily lives which we overlook in our haste to live it up!
Bill if you ever read this review thanks for sharing the "mundane" story of your life... quoting the great GC "... it's all about coming home!"
By the way just like a guy I picked up your tome for a buck at a dollar store, couldn't believe my luck! Would love to see another book from you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book! I recommend it to anyone, especially if you want to know Bill Engval and love to laugh!Published 18 months ago by Renee Warner
I loved it! Made me laugh and cry! I love when he wrote that he cries when he hears "Mandy" by Barry Manilow!Published 18 months ago by Nigel Jones
This book has proven that people have some great history to share. Without spoiling it for some who haven't had the pleasure of Envall's writing, suffice it to say that life has... Read morePublished 21 months ago by rosenquartz
Bill Engvall's family lived just down the street from us in Winslow, Arizona. His stories about his childhood here are true. I knew him and the others he mentioned. His father, Dr. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by evanell conner
If you like Bill you'll love this story of his life. It's like listening to Bill tell you his life story. Fans will love this book.Published on May 14, 2013 by vince west