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Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour Hardcover – February 19, 2013

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One’s enjoyment of Gray’s debut essay collection is likely to hinge on whether one is a fan, or not, of the comedienne Kathy Griffin. Gray, a producer of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, has a number of famous and semifamous names to drop, Griffin chief among them. His insider dish is sure to appeal to the celebrity-obsessed, while young singletons are likely to identify with his struggle to make his way in New York City. Gray rose to a certain level of Internet fame via his much-followed Twitter account, a practice that shapes his pithy, breezy prose style. His writing is laden with pop-culture references and self-deprecating humor, though there are hints of depths not plumbed, particularly oft-mentioned bouts of depression. Too often Gray defaults to deflective humor, keeping readers at arm’s length with rapid-fire punch lines and outlandish, over-the-top pronouncements where a bit of reflection would be welcome. If the class-clown act begins to wear thin over the long haul of a full-length book, in short doses, Gray makes for an entertaining companion. --Patty Wetli

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"Jack Gray is deeply funny and his book reminds me of a young David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs. Poignant, sarcastic, his stories are at times touching, often outrageous, always hilarious." (Anderson Cooper, host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°)

“Jack Gray always puts a smile on my face. This is a really funny book!” (Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and author of the New York Times Bestseller Most Talkative)

"Jack Gray's honestly self-effacing and hilarious writing evokes two immediate reactions: I want to be him and live that semi-fabulous work life. Or cook him a nice meal, do his laundry and set him up with my cousin." (Nia Vardalos, Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

"Hilarious. Touching. Impressive. Pigeon in the Crosswalk is laugh out loud funny—there's a guffaw on almost every page. It's an entertaining debut from a sensitive and perceptive voice who has managed to capture the anxieties of an entire generation. If you want to know how to make it in cable news; if you want to know what celebrities are really like; or if you just want to experience the pleasure of finding a great, new, young writer, I can't recommend it enough. Jack Gray has crossed the street." (Michael Hastings, contributing editor for Rolling Stone, correspondent for BuzzFeed, and author of The New York Times Best Seller The Operators)

"This collection of Gray’s smalltown dreams and big-city ambitions has all of the shy charm of a favorite relative chatting to family over stiff drinks... With humor and heart, Gray uses his recollections as a sentimental, sassy mirror into his own personal and professional affairs." (Publishers Weekly)

“Addictive… Gray's insight and snarky, self-effacing humor make him someone you'd want at any dinner party.” (Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly)

"Wise, warm, and often hilarious." (Concord Monitor)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451641346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451641349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
No one should pass up this book-- I couldnt put it down! It is laugh out loud funny and heartwarming at the same time. Jack is both ridiculous and relatable and his story telling (of both everyday life and outrageous people) is charismatic. Seriously, one of the best books I've read in the past year.
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Jack Gray has a strikingly fresh voice. His literary debut manages to be funny and poignant and interesting. Anyone who has battled depression or grappled with self-worth issues will see a piece of them in this collection of essays.

It's a fun window into the underbelly of television news, a world I've always been curious about.

But beyond all that, it's a fun read. And I don't find myself saying that about much these days. Bravo, Jack.
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Rarely do I actually laugh out loud when reading, but I did with this one. A lot. And not only is it hilarious, it's really touching. Jack Gray has a perfect balance of sweet and sarcastic; snarky and self deprecating. He's brilliant and I will be giving this book to everyone know. You should all buy it immediately.
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I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of essay books. But a trustworthy friend said it was a "must read"- peer pressure- I did. Funny? Sure, but I knew it would be since I've seen Jack interviewed on TV and have read his CNN blogs over the years. But this book is a hilarious, touching, page turner. You win, Jack. I'm a convert. Bring on more essays.
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I can't recommend "Pigeon in a crosswalk" highly enough, Jack's collection of stories had me glued to the pages and I was laughing out loud within minutes! I hope there's alot more to come from this fascinating and very very funny young man so keep those stories coming!
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Don't drink anything you don't mind coming out your nose with this one...Jack Gray's first book is snarky, sassy, and truly hysterical. For a new author he is certainly garnering alot of attention, and certainly worthy of it...
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This collection of essays is great fun to read. The topics are engaging, and the writing is fluid and funny. Easy to get lost reading it and accidentally laugh out loud on the bus.
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Funny!
Not only is Pigeon in a Crosswalk hilarious, but it's also really well written and incredibly touching. My hope is that Jack Gray's next book will be called "Bumpy in a Crosswalk" and be focused entirely on his grandfather. There's a great balance in his writing between the celebrities he encounters and the characters found within his own family.

Great book, highly recommended, addictive read!
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