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Lizz Free or Die: Essays Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 10, 2012
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“Searching and lively … and moving. … Ms. Winstead writes with a feel for the sound of words.” – The New York Times
“Engaging…Winstead proves that she’s got a writer’s touch.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Charming… with insight and understated humor.”—Mother Jones
“[An] indelible, hilarious, often poignant romp.”—American Way
“Political satirist and stand-up comedian Winstead… [is] shrewdly observant, linguistically adept, bravely soul-baring, and caustically smart.”—Booklist
“Funny, thoughtful… recommended.”—Library Journal
“With this book, Lizz Winstead takes us on a hilarious, honest, moving and insightful journey. It is the journey of a funny, fearless woman as she finds her voice and shares it with the world.”
“Reading Lizz Winstead's hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed. You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words.”
“Lizz Winstead has written a fantastically readable collection. I really did laugh, and then, I really did cry. Most important, though, I found someone I can leave my dogs with, should I have to flee the country.”
– Julie Klam
"Lizz Free or Die is brilliantly funny and razor sharp. Lizz Winstead observes our times with candor, hope and a gimlet eye. She is a national treasure."
"Reading Winstead is like hanging out with Winstead: invigorating, infuriating, and hilarious."
-- Patton Oswalt
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Top Customer Reviews
Then I heard she was the co-creator of "The Daily Show". Yes, that's the Jon Stewart "Daily Show." I've never actually seen Lizz Winstead on television, which is strange since I watch her protégé Rachel Maddow from time to time.
Anyway, LIZZ FREE OR DIE is a book of essays, held together by her progressive personality. We Minnesotans get a good look at the music scene as it first began to explode as Lizz and her friends go dancing at The First Edition frequented by Prince and Soul Asylum. It was there a friend recommended that she try stand-up comedy. This was when Minneapolis was one of the havens for new comedians, led by Scott Hansen and including Louie Anderson. Even Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold get a mention. Lizz eventually gets a job as the MC at First Edition.
There are times when the book skips over some possibly absorbing information. Lizz's hockey boyfriend gets her pregnant and she sees a sign offering help to wayward girls. The place sounded like the Texas House of Representatives; they put heavy pressure on her to have the baby, but Lizz never mentions the name of the place. It sounds a whole lot like Birthright. Considering the hammering Planned Parenthood is taking lately, one would think she would have jumped at the chance. Then the essay just stops; we can guess that she had an abortion but she never says where, tells us how she felt about it or anything. She just leaves it out.Read more ›
I remember seeing Lizz on Rachel's show and on Melissa Harris-Perry when she was promoting her book. But I remember seeing her stand up for feminism and abortion and rights for everyone. I loved her point of view. I couldn't wait to read her book. Sadly, now I am finished. I hope she decides to write more. It was fun, bittersweet, sad, maddening, and back around to laugh out loud. Um, not so great to read when your partner is asleep next to you. The LOL moments got me in trouble a few times.
This book is written in essays. Sort of in chronological order, but not. I like that it strays as her mind does which fits perfectly with mine. I wish I would have had a book like this as I was a teen or early twenties. Following her own path made her the strong wonderful person she is today.
Try it! I loved it!
I really related to the parts about religion and family. The rest of the book wasn't too shabby either.
A really fun read!
I couldn't recommend this more highly! Buy this book!
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A smart, funny, insightful book written by the female equal of Jon Stewart.Published 15 months ago by P. Pontzer
I am actually still reading this while not reading other, better books. It's boring and not that funny.Published 19 months ago by LLB
He's funny. Interesting to hear how a tv comedy writer started out.Published 20 months ago by Sally
Arrived on time as advertised. Excellent read. Thank you!Published 21 months ago by Linda Gail Deming
it made me giggle, laugh out loud, occasionally snort... it transported me back in time to my own childhood... and brought me forward again with tears and finally hope... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Sophie Leonarda di Campalto
A great for anyone who questions events that occur in life. Laugh out loud funny, too. Thoughful look into her personal and public life.Published on March 27, 2014 by marcia luhn
Easy to read. Laugh out loud. Reminds me to feel good about all the little things in life, to laugh and learn from mistakes. Solid read for anyone.Published on March 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Tuite