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Not Taco Bell Material [Kindle Edition]

Adam Carolla
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Book Description

In his second book, Adam Carolla—author of New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and chart-topping podcaster—reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.
Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Organized by the myriad "dumps" Carolla called home—through the flophouse apartments he rented in his twenties, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood—the anecdotes here follow Adam's journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.
Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over fifteen years, yet he never lost his underdog demeanor. He's still connected to the working class guy he once was, and delivers a raw and edgy, fish-out-of-water take on the world he lives in (but mostly disagrees with), telling all the stories, no matter who he offends—family, friends or the famous.

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About the Author

ADAM CAROLLA is a radio and TV host, comedian, actor, and host of the Adam Carolla Podcast. Carolla is well known as the co-host of the radio and MTV show Loveline, the co-creator and co-host of The Man Show, and as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

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  • File Size: 4056 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E511XU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carolla Does It Again - A Laugh-Out-Loud Memoir! June 12, 2012
By Jack
Adam Carolla's "Not Taco Bell Material" is a laugh-out-loud memoir about growing up poor and awkward in the San Fernando Valley. The series of stories each centers around a particular abode, and comes complete with each home's purchase price, square footage, and a summary statement of the home and his life at the time (such as "Zero hope"). As a kid, Carolla moved around quite a bit, and he recounts many hilarious family events with an eye for detail and the absurd.

I laughed many times during my quick read of this book, and loved how he presented the little facts about his family that made them unique and lovable, in their own way. He describes how his grandmother's house had only one bathroom, yet two front doors. These two doors were right next to each other. At 90 degrees. His mother was so honest that when little Adam found a $50 bill, she made him return it to the `Lost and Found.' The owner of the $50 bill collected it and gave Adam a $10 reward, which he had to split with his sister (Boo! Hiss!). Some of these quirky but funny family details were somewhat David Sedaris-like, which I consider a great compliment.

Adam's self-deprecating humor is on display. Every so often he offers a small funny anecdote, labeled a "Tan Gent," most of which are little stories which display the biting wit that permeates his podcast and Lovelines shows.
Overall, I really enjoyed "Not Taco Bell Material." It's a perfect beach read, funny and quick. I give it my highest recommendation.

I'm a big fan of funny male memoirs. If you enjoyed Adam's book, then you may consider trying the following:
Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish is another great book by the famous comic. Artie doesn't hold back when describing some of the crazy things he used to do for fame, drugs, and women. Highly recommended and a quick, hilarious read!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No choice but to get it on! June 14, 2012
By Maria
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The Aceman does not disappoint with his new book. When I read "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks," I was pretty new to Adam's podcast but was familiar with him from the Man Show. That book catapulted me into Ace-like obsession! And now, with "Not Taco Bell Material," the hilarity continues and we learn even more about the obscene circumstances that bought Carolla into our ears and hearts every weekday. In this latest book, an autobiography to a certain degree, he shares his stories dating all the way back to his unfortunate youth.
If you're not an Adam Carolla fan, read this book. You'll love it because it will probably make you hate him more, and people like you who don't like Ace have no feelings and revel in any semblance of humanity (in this case, the aforementioned hatred.)
If you love Ace, this will cause your love to spiral out of control and probably cascade you into an Carolla-induced obsession like I went through.
If you have no idea who Adam Carolla is, this book is the best introduction, and congratulations on the wonderful wellspring of complaints and observations you have yet to hear! SNIFF

I can speak for the 20 year old white female demographic (although I'm probably not the best representative of such.) Ladies, buy the book. Good day!
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He does it again June 12, 2012
By Austin
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Adam does it again with another hit of a book. I couldn't put it down the entire day and loved the structure of the book being split in to chapters of his life at each house.

In the end, buy this book because you will not be disappointed.

Get it on!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm WAY out of this guy's demo..yet... June 15, 2012
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Warning inslutument alert: I'm white, over 60, raised upper middle class. I have a great gig, (going on thirty years) a couple of houses, grown kids and I still had to get my cough meds out because I was laughing so hard at these sophomoric fart jokes my chest was hurting.(so not a good beach read unless you want to come off looking like a howling moron) Thanks Adam, you helped me fondly remember a simpler time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Podcast, but ..... September 25, 2012
By PC user
I love the Adam Carolla Podcast (checked to make sure I spelled his name correctly), but this is his second book that I have purchased and they are both like watching reruns of a favorite tv show. All of the stories I have read so far in the book (about halfway through) I have already heard on the podcast. So, if this is my contribution to funding the podcast, I am all for that, but as a fan hoping for some new entertainment, this book falls far short. Maybe this is the way it is needs to work to fund this media, but it feels like I have been cheated.

I am not even sure how many stars to give the book. If you are a fan and don't listen to the podcast its 4+, but I can't give it more than 3, since its essentially summer reruns.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just in time for the Self-Entitled Generation June 12, 2012
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Not Taco Bell Material is a hilarious recounting of Adam Carolla's formative years up through his discovery by Jimmy Kimmel and subsequent success, but the humor covers up a deeper message about a poor, traumatized kid growing up and persevering in the face of adversity. Adam grew up in the 1970s and faced adulthood in the early 1980s -- a time, he notes, when unemployment in the United States was actually worse than in 2012. Each chapter centers around the "dump" he lived in during that phase of life, from the ovens he slept in in the attic to the ovens he slept in in the garage, to the oven he moved into with his friend "The Weez."

Adam recounts in vivid detail the effects on his psyche of living in these various locales, which, combined with the non-parenting provided by his divorced mother and father, sent him on a trajectory of working digging ditches, cleaning carpets, and painting commercial buildings through his late teens and early twenties. While print is not Adam's medium of choice, Not Taco Bell Material's prose is polished and highly readable. Likely due to the talents of his co-author Mike Lynch, Adam's signature sense of comedic timing, sarcasm, and penchant for hilarious and poignant metaphors are clearly recognizable in each sentence.

Ultimately, the story is about someone who dug himself literally and figuratively out of a rut in life. That rut could just as easily have trapped him in an unending cycle of living in dumps, hooking up with other damaged people and cranking out another generation of do-nothing Carollas. Instead, he applied a little discipline and kept it together long enough to get his big break.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book, it's both FUNNY and INSPIRING!!
This book is BRILLIANT, one of THEE funniest book I've ever read in my life..! If you just wanna forget about your day and get lost
in some fun stories of a guy and his... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Manta-Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Great book...reads out like pulp fiction...but is actually this guys story and he has a great attitude about all of the crazy things that happen to him.
Published 13 days ago by Doretta R. Loyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Carolla a funny dude. Buy only of you have a sense of humor!
Published 14 days ago by Mary L Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars The poor reviews on this book just plain don't get Adam or his...
The poor reviews on this book just plain don't get Adam or his humor. If you are entertained by his podcast (which by the way neigh sayers, holds the official world record as the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Wizbang72
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious read, It's hard to put this book down, Damn!,,
If you wanna laugh your ass off ,for God sakes read this book.Adam is an American original,there simply no one else who can cut the B/S like he can,Genius comic storytelling,thanks... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Timothy J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rags to riches
It was very funny and entirely heartfelt. He takes no self-pity but willingly shares real and legitimate burdens stemming from his upbringing. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Duane B Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great and entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Eric Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
funny, but not as good as some of his other books
Published 1 month ago by jdtarg
5.0 out of 5 stars I still cannot explain how the favorite comedian of a blind person is...
I still cannot explain how the favorite comedian of a blind person is Gallagher.
Published 2 months ago by Mitchell Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars but this is a really fun and funny read
I am biased as a Carolla fan, but this is a really fun and funny read. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by John Ruggiero
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More About the Author

Adam Carolla is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and Not Taco Bell Material, as well as a radio and television host, comedian, and actor. Carolla is well known as the cohost of the syndicated radio and MTV show Loveline and the cocreator and star of The Man Show and Crank Yankers. He currently hosts Catch a Contractor and The Adam Carolla Show, which is the Guinness World Record holder for Most Downloaded Podcast and is available on iTunes and

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