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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573619
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

TV comic DeGeneres's book spent 24 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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From the Publisher

With the unpredictable wit and engaging warmth that has won her a loyal following, and the undeniable star quality that has made her television series an instant hit, Ellen DeGeneres brings her unique comic perspective to the page in a book of simple yet brilliant observations, outrageous dreams, and hilarious life stories. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Ellen DeGeneres is a beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was also a judge on American Idol in its ninth season in 2009.

DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first and only time a voice acting won a Saturn Award. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts.

Customer Reviews

I loved the book and I love Ellen DeGeneres.
April Bartaszewicz
This book was just pointless ramblings and most if it didn't even make sense.
kristyc3
I love to read and all her books are great, she is so funny and entertaining.
Kharisa Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ellen Degeneres is the funniest comedic performer to ever
grace the stage, and now bookshelves. Her book, "My Point...
and I do have one" is not your typical book written by
comedians. Ellen has not written this book to tell you how
much she loves her family, nor has she written it to tell
you all about the hard times she's had in her life, she
wrote it to bring you extreme joy, and hours of endless
laughter. When I first read this book in November of last
year I had only heard of Ellen from an HBO Comedy Showcase,
and I knew then that she was extremely funny. I borrowed
the book from a friend and went into my room and lay down on
my bed. I began to read it and before even finishing the
first chapter, and began laughing, hard. Laughing so hard
in fact that tears began streaming down my eyes. My mother
ran to my door and began knocking to ask what was wrong.
She thought I was crying I was laughing so hard. In her
book Ellen looks at the little things in life, like what
your teachers and friends thought of you when you were
growing up. What it is like to have a sister or brother
who is favoured. She deals with all of the issues, such
as wearing fur, in the funniest manner possible. She
does not tell about her life, at least not in an auto-
biographical manner. She looks at the little things in life
that we never take time to notice and she notices them for us
and makes us laugh about them. No one will be able to read more than a page of this book without
breaking into glorious laughter. It is a very therapeutic
book which could bring even the most dismal of people out
of the dumps. READ IT!!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric K. VINE VOICE on November 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ellen's first book is SO hilarious! You can hear her voice inside your head with every word you read. Which is actually kind of spooky. But fun at the same time. I know she'll come back to haunt me in the afterlife and she'll just be talking and talking and talking to me non-stop. I'll never be able to take a shower alone again.
Anyway...I've read this book twice now, and it never ceases to amaze me with its laugh-out-loud humor and prose. I pick it up when I need a good laugh. In fact, that makes it a great pick-me-up! It never gets old for me.
I've also given this book as a gift to friends. Thankfully you can find it really cheap now. :)
So what are you waiting for? Order this book and you'll have something to read over and over and over again! You'll never have to buy another book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rev. William H. Carey on March 31, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Without doubt, this is one of the funniest books I have ever read... and read... and read. And each time I read it, I laugh all over again. I even took it to work and read it out loud to a coworker on our lunch breaks. Each day, we'd read a new chapter. Whether you're a fan of Ellen, never heard of Ellen, or can't stand Ellen, you've got to read this book. She has such an unconventional way of looking at things and relating a story. She'll keep you laughing for hours.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anon on June 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this up not really familiar with Ellen's comedy, but I was truly a fan after reading it. It was so amusing by Ellen's querky personality and wonderful offbeat humor. She has a wonderful way of putting things that never failed to crack me up. Like most comedy books though, I must admit that I would probably find all of the material far more humorous and enjoyable if I saw a preformance; Ellen, like other comedians, is great in her field but no writer--her routine loses a bit of humor when transferred to paper. It is still an enjoyable book and laugh-at-able read. Recommended for the fans of Kate Clinton (and Kate Clinton recommended for those who become fans of this book.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a funny book, a must for any Ellen fans who understand her ramblings
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Lloyd on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has seen or heard Ellen before will love this book. Worth the time to read, though it doesn't take much time to get through. I read it in an afternoon. Great book.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Pearson on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you bought this book expecting some life-altering "point" she had...you were just plain stupid. Since when has Ellen, "The Funniest Person In America" ever been serious in entertainment venues? Free clue: NEVER.

I've seen "reviewers" blather on and on about, "Oh, this book has no point...she should rename it. It was just endless ramblings and oh, me oh my, I wish I could get a refund!" These people ought to have their book-buying privileges revoked. Shut up, already.

Ellen's books are nothing more than an extension of her stand-up comedy...and if that's not what you like...buy a different book! What is so appealing and lovable about Ellen is her ability to say a whole lot...without saying really anything at all. THAT is what is funny about it. Her RAMBLING! THAT is the point. And if that point flew over your alleged head...tough.

It's amazing. EVERYONE'S a literary critic. "Oh, dear me, I just read this book and I just don't understand what her point was. She should stick to stand up comedy. Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Ellen should talk to ME before she writes, because, after all, HER life is about ME!" Perhaps you should stick to whatever vocation YOU chose...Then, when you get enough credence and success behind you...maybe YOU can write a book...and then WE all can dump all over it and talk about how crappy it is.

Ellen is a comedic genius...the type that translates perfectly into whatever venue she chooses...stand up...sitcoms...talks shows...or simply hosting an awards show.

I laughed out loud at the fools who foamed on and on about how she talked throughout the book about how her publisher demanded a certain amount of words...like that was something she didn't do intentionally. What maroons. Please...please...put the book down. Before you hurt yourself or somebody else. Yikes.
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