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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; English Language edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345512065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345512062
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
From Kathie Lee Gifford, beloved television host and bestselling author of I Can’t Believe I Said That, comes a funny, candid, and personal collection of essays.

This smart and witty collection of opinions, observations, and anecdotes covers a broad range of personal topics. Kathie Lee Gifford’s stories are often funny, sometimes heartfelt, and always compelling--think Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck meets Carol Burnett.

No subject is off-limits: talking to her kids about sex, being married to Frank Gifford, embarrassing professional gaffes, run-ins with celebrities (of which there are many), the harsh and funny realities of aging. It’s all here, told with intelligence, grace, and comedic wit. Written by Gifford’s own hand, this highly original and readable volume will make you laugh out loud as you reach for the phone to share one of these charming, quirky, and colorful observations.

Amazon.com Exclusive: An Essay by Kathy Lee Gifford

Too Pooped To Peak

Recently Frank co-hosted with me on the Today Show when Hoda took a much deserved day off.

Now, it’s important to understand for the purpose of this essay that this is the way Frank and I met. We were colleagues at Good Morning America in 1982. Frank used to sit in for David Hartman when he was gone and I used to sit in for Joan Lunden when she was either gone or having babies, which was often.

Later, when I joined The Morning Show with Regis, we continued this arrangement. But now it’s 2009 and much has changed, although there’s no need to discuss my weight.

The point is, instead of being “two marshmallows sitting by the fire” as a Washington Post critic called us when we hosted the 1988 nighttime Olympics, we can now best be described as “two old farts lucky to be anywhere.”

In fairness, Frank has only visited me at the Today Show twice in the year since I joined, and has never co-hosted with me, so he’s not familiar with the daily routine, even though I have warned him profusely:

1. We arrive at 7:30 a.m. at my dressing room
2. We then proceed to hair and make-up
3. At 8:15 a.m. we have a production meeting with the producers to go over the topics we all agree should be discussed during our Host Chat at the top of the 10 a.m. hour
4. At 9 a.m. we return to the dressing room to dress for the show.
5. At 9:45 a.m. we get our microphones and proceed to the studio

Well, we did steps 1 and 2 perfectly. In fact, I thought at the time that we had done step 3 perfectly too. It wasn’t until we arrived back at my dressing room and Frank began reading production notes, laughing and commenting on them, that I realized Frank had had no idea that the production meeting was for him, too. That is when I started sweating profusely. But I needn’t have worried. After all, Frank is an old pro and very comfortable in front of the camera. But this was different. This was us in front of the camera and America likes nothing better than a good marital train wreck. Well, the one thing that’s for sure about live television is that it starts when it’s supposed to whether you’re ready or not. Everyone agreed Frank looked adorable as we sat down. At 78, he still fills a pair of tight jeans better than any other tight end in history. And his crisp white shirt and blue blazer basically bellowed, “that’s right, I’m hip and I’m happening.”

We began discussing Michael Phelps, the great Olympic swimmer, and the recent brouhaha over the published picture of him at the unfortunate end of a marijuana bong. Frank made some insightful comments about the temptations young world class athletes have to deal with. Then I asked him, “You’ve always told me that there is an optimum peak in an athlete’s career... what did you tell me it is? 26?”

“Yeah,” Frank answered. “26 to 30. That’s when everything comes together physically, athletically, and psychologically. That’s basically when an athlete’s at his peak.”

Well, I couldn’t help myself.

“You mean I missed your peak?”

(The crew began to chuckle which is always an excellent sign that I’m on to something.)

Frank blushed, “Well...”

I interrupted, “I mean it sure looked like a peak... sure felt like a peak. What the hell was it?”

“You are so bad,” Frank sighed, shaking his head in resignation.

I couldn’t agree with him more.

P.S. I can’t tell you how many people have commented to Frank about his “peak” since that fateful day. Way too many told him that they had personally witnessed his peak many, many times. I thought that was funny. But it was the many others who told him, “Don’t worry, Frank, you missed Kathie’s too.” That really made us laugh. Sadly, laughing is all old farts are left with.

(Photo Credit Charles Bush)

From Publishers Weekly

Gifford has led an eventful life, one previously chronicled in the 1992 memoir I Can't Believe I Said That! In her sixth book, the talk-show host (15 years on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; a year and counting on The Today Show) and singer shares more stories, observations and corny jokes in pursuit of providing food for thought, amusement or inspiration. In her introduction, she writes, I find the humor in tragedy and the underlying sadness in laughter. And in all of it I find hope. I hope you will, too. Then it's off to the races: she claims to have invented Spanx, describes her gnarly feet (and foot-lift at age 54), proclaims her happiness at her lack of technology savvy and describes an awkward visit to the gynecologist. Among the wacky stories and odd-servations, there is serious fare; for example, she touches upon her famous husband's infidelity, the sweatshop scandal that plagued her in the 1990s and her father's death. She also writes about her children, religion and various creative pursuits. That's where the title comes in: while Gifford notes she is no longer fertile in terms of reproduction, she is Fertile Myrtle in terms of her creativity and productivity. Fans will be delighted—and detractors will be irritated—by the book's mix of earnest life lessons and self-conscious kookiness. (Apr.)
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There were parts that really made me laugh!
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She is not some TV personality, she's an actual person, and that really comes through in this book with many relatable, funny, and touching stories.
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I love Kathie Lee...........she is hilarious and it comes out in this book!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CJ on April 29, 2009
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I've always liked Kathie Lee, but I was a bit surprised by this book. While I enjoyed the funny Cassidy and Cody stories when they were little, I was surprised by some of the odd things she choose to write about. Some of her language was a bit of surprise to me, since I know she is spiritual and her brother is a minister. Maybe that was to sell more books, I'm not sure.

At times I felt that she will never be happy with her body or getting older. (She brings those up often)
She calls her Mom by her first name, but yet her Dad was always called Daddy. I found that a bit odd. But then again I thought the title of the book was a bit odd also.

I did like the quick short chapters making this book a fast read. It was almost written like a blog or a diary, as sometimes she mentions where she is writing it. Some were witty and well written, yet other stories were just down right weird. I guess we all have our good days and bad.

Overall though I think she gave it her best shot. I admire her charitable causes and enjoy her with Hoda on the Today Show.
(In small doses that is... mostly just the chat session in the beginning and not everyday either.)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KyCat on June 5, 2009
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Don't waste your money or your time on this book. I am a huge fan of Kathie Lee's but this was not worth the read.

She did not share anything that the readers didn't already know. The pictures were the same ones that have been circulating for years. She also comes across as a bit narcistic.

Why she felt the need to add the lyrics to a lot of her songs is beyond my comprehension. After the third one I just skimmed over it.

She is a very talented lady and I wish she would have put more energy into giving us just a little peek into her private life. Oh well, maybe next time.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on April 19, 2009
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Humorful and lighthearted stories from Kathie Lee`s life from her days in television and in her personal life. Quick and easy read. If you have followed Kathie Lee over the years, I think you will enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kbfd on July 17, 2009
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Kathie makes a good number of observations that people need to think about and if we thought about these points and acted on thm the world would be much nicer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Palla on June 6, 2009
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This was an easy, enjoyable read. Perhaps this is a new trend in writing autobiographies because Marie Osmond's book is similar. Rather than long chapters it's written in short essays on a variety of topics. Almost like if you were carrying on a conversation with a friend. They are short & sweet. You are not encumbered with too many words to make a chapter, like you are with other books. It's fun, filled with humor and also makes you see that being a celebrity does not shield them from the life that we all experience. Health issues, death of loved ones, tragedies, pets etc. I read alot of autobiographies but only keep certain ones for my collection...This ones a keeper!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Little on May 19, 2009
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Witty and charming. Kathie Lee is very open and precise. Shares her life with her husband and children in short sequences...makes for a comfortable read in her easy-going style.
Very down-to-earth....if you are a Kathie Lee fan, you will be an even greater one....she's a celebrity, but once you read her book, you feel as if she could be your next-door neighbor.
I loved her style and her ability to relate so well to the reader.
A fun read.
Well-written book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Boone on May 2, 2009
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Kathie Lee's life stories are amusing and uplifting. She doesn't take herself too serious. She openly laughs at her self and her life. Chances are you will laugh, too. I know I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Parham on February 3, 2010
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I love Kathie Lee...........she is hilarious and it comes out in this book! I even read portions to my husband that I thought he would get a kick out of! It thoroughly kept me entertained the whole time I read the book! Definitely worth the read!!
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