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Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture [Kindle Edition]

Andy Cohen
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Book Description

The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: He loved television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he did. Now presiding over Bravo's reality TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children and to his mother, who received daily letters from Andy at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today's celebrity icons. In the witty, no-holds-barred style of his show Watch What Happens Live, Andy tells tales of absurd mishaps during his ten years at CBS News, hilarious encounters with the heroes and heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind The Real Housewives. Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the screen and is now inside it, both making shows and hosting his own.

Editorial Reviews


"[Cohen] is funny as Augusten Burroughs used to be...[Most Talkative] requires zero interest in 'Top Chef,' 'Real Housewives' or anything else on Bravo to find him highly entertaining company through this joke-filled joy ride."--The New York Times

“Andy Cohen’s new book Most Talkative is laugh-out-loud funny.  Anyone who likes pop culture will really like this book.  It’s a perfect read for this summer.”--Anderson Cooper


"Ladies, put 50 Shades aside for Andy Cohen's Most Talkative, a book about friendship, family, and fun. His coming out story will break your heart."--Jessica Seinfeld


Most Talkative is Andy Cohen’s story from starting out as an intern for CBS news and working his way up the ranks through programming and then eventually becoming a personality himself.  He’s a really funny writer!”--Kelly Ripa


“A wonderfully fun, funny and inspirational journey, peppered with colorful, crisis prone women.  I loved it! Most Talkative is most read-ative!”--Amy Sedaris, author of I Like You and Simple Times

About the Author

<>Andy Cohen is Bravo's executive vice president of Development and Talent, responsible for overseeing the production of such hits as Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises. In addition, Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo's late-night, interactive talk show. He also hosts the network's reunion specials. He's won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work, and he lives in New York City.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2903 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071NPT4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging - wonderfully written May 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm almost halfway through the book, but have to share for those "on the fence" this is a very engaging wonderfully written book. Andy Cohen knows how to tell a story, and the most important story, his life. He spares readers the chronological boredom laid out in 99% of other autobiographies. The book reads more like he's a new friend you've met, and he's telling you stories about himself over a series of weekly lunch dates.

You're drawn in immediately if pop culture is one of your interests. I suspect any reader even slightly interested in Andy or any of his efforts would experience the same result. He's honest, he puts his feelings out there, and if something is wrong to him, he says so. The instinct for most people writing a book of this nature would be to "tread lightly" or buckle under so as not to incur controversy. Cohen sticks to what is important, and conveying his feelings about matters that hurt him emotionally are wide open territory he guides the reader through skillfully and in appearance, effortlessly.

He admits his mistakes and he puts everything out there. It truly is like a series of interesting conversations with a brand new friend... one that won't stop talking. And you won't want him to stop, because it's stuff you always wanted to know.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By L. Burt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is SOOO MUCH FUN! It feels like you called up your best friend, Andy Cohen, who tells you about his day...only he's hilarious, his day involves famous people, and before you know it, you've talked for five hours. While a lot of moms that I know were reading a certain erotic fiction book on Mother's Day, part of my Mother's Day present was getting to read aloud hysterical excerpts to my husband ALL DAY from MOST TALKATIVE, while eating a Confetti Cake Blizzard. Best. Mother's Day. Ever.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Andy! May 9, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered Andy's book as soon as I found out its release date. I got it yesterday, and I could not put it down! I'm a fan of all things Bravo-related, but I absolutely love Andy. If possible, I love him even more after reading his book. I felt like I was sitting down, reminiscing with an old friend. I laughed, I cried (his coming out story was so touching), and I found myself totally engrossed with the story of how he came to be the successful producer he is today. If you're a Housewives fan, there's plenty of juicy tidbits you don't see or hear on the shows, and even if you're not a Housewives fan, you'll enjoy the stories about the many celebrities he's worked with or encountered throughout his career. He also shared many pictures that had me laughing (especially his ponytail days...) Bravo, Andy -- you should be proud!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read even for a straight guy. May 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am not a fan of the "Real Housewives" of any place. I do, however, watch "Watch What Happens Live," because my wife watches it. So when the book came out I purchased a copy to support Andy Cohen and to read it to give my wife the summary of the book.
I gave the book three stars, not because it's a bad book, it's just not a deep book. It's a fun book and an enjoyable read. If you are curious about what happens behind the scenes of making reality T.V. this is a good read. If you're curious about what it's like to be a producer of reality T.V. this is a good book. If you wonder how to be yourself this is a very good book.
What I really enjoyed was the beginning of the book, a young boy coming to terms with who he was and how he managed to be that person. Any kid in the closet should read this because I think it's reaffirming that it really is okay to be who you are.
I also like the lessons that Andy Cohen says he's learned.
In the last half of the book we get to learn more about the "Housewives" series. Most of us couldn't avoid the drama as it played out in the news with the White House party crashers and the unfortunate suicide. So to read what it was like from inside the network made things more interesting for me. (And to my wife who I related much of the story to.)
I read the book in a couple of days, very conversational. I'd say that if you like T.V. and reality T.V. and Andy Cohen, and want a pleasurable and easy read, this is the book you'll enjoy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny writer that rambles too much May 31, 2012
By B.H.
Andy Cohen is a funny writer and there are some interesting stories in this book; however, it takes a lot of digging to find them. I particularly enjoyed reading about his experiences with CBS news (including Dan Rather, Paula Zahn, Connie Chung, and Oprah), but first I had to suffer through endless boring stories about his childhood. Don't get me wrong, I like to know where a person comes from, but I don't need to know every little detail. The best parts of the book come in the middle, when he talks about going to school for journalism and learning the ropes in TV (by regularly making an ass out of himself). Unfortunately the book gets boring again when he goes on and on and on and on about The Real Housewives. He goes so far as to quote large passages from some of the Real Housewives reunion specials, which is nothing more than a blatant way to pad the book out and make it longer. Yawn! So while this book was mildly entertaining, it left me a little cold. I'd actually like to see Cohen take a crack at writing a novel or essay collection because his writing is hilarious. He just needs a better topic than himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, funny read
Published 3 days ago by Sheila Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Andy Cohan. Fun book.
Published 4 days ago by valerie Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book from someone who doesn't watch Rh
Andy Cohen seems like a down to earth and likeable accident celeb. I love how he geeks out at the thought of meeting his idols. I think that honesty probably plays out on his show. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Florida Freckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy is a trip!! Keep writing, please ...
Andy is a trip !! Keep writing, please don't fire Brandi!!!!
Published 14 days ago by Ralph C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book! So hilarious!!
Published 14 days ago by V. Elia
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Andy Cohen
I love Andy Cohen. I have never watched him on TV and only know him through his two books. He is terrifically funny and I find this book to be much funnier than his second book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Eulogia
5.0 out of 5 stars easy, funny beach read
Fast, easy, funny beach read. If you like Andy then you will love it. I had no idea how his career started so I found it very interesting.
Published 25 days ago by R. Bieneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 29 days ago by angelfrancine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
I laughed til I cried. Andy is funny and a great yarn spinner. I hope he writes another book soon.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Freeman
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