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The intentionally disjointed structure of this audiobook—Poundstone presenting biographies of seven historical figures, including Joan of Arc, Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln, with each fact launching her into a tangent about her own life—works particularly well on audio. Poundstone sounds like she's chatting naturally and keeps remembering other things she wants to say. She's frank, funny and immensely likable. Her autobiographical stories are often harrowing: she was convicted of driving while intoxicated with her three adopted children in the car, and lost custody of them for a year. Her pain at the memory is obvious, but she leavens the subject matter with plenty of black humor and irony: noting that she was court-ordered on television to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, she comments, "That pretty much blows the hell out of the second A." There are many quotable one-liners, amid Poundstone's self-deprecating humor. By turns funny and poignant, this is a book that shines on audio.
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In 2001 comedian Poundstone was convicted of DWI--with her three adopted children in the car. The court placed the kids in foster care, and for a year Poundstone picked them up from the foster home early each morning, cared for them, brought them back for bedtime, and didn't leave until they were asleep. She sparks this sad but ultimately triumphal story by uproariously comparing and contrasting herself and famous people. For instance, like Joan of Arc, who claimed to hear God, Poundstone "heard God speak to me once. He said, 'You're wearing that?'" Mocking her alcoholism, she recalls the potted purchases of a pet-store bunny and, later, a dog whose temperament resulted from familial alcoholism: his mother went on a binge and mated with a shark, producing a pet that routinely jumps fences to devour cats. Near the end of the book, Poundstone rhetoricizes, "Am I the luckiest woman in the world or what? I have three great kids, and not one of them is at risk of inheriting my pot belly." Whitney Scott
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She's one funny woman. Made the long-distance driving time go so much quicker. I hope she does another audiobook.Published 20 days ago by Amos Clyde
I adore Paula on NPR, so was excited about reading this book. It was awful! She writes like she talks, but it doesn't work in writing! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Busy mom
This is a heartfelt and insightful look at one of America's funniest people who's story is told with honesty, humor and warmth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassandra Pangloss
Paula Poundstone is incredible! This book reviews, in a very clear way, how her life connects with various historical figures through the ages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Milton Markey
Paula has I guess what you would call a non-linear mind. If you are interested in the life of Joan of Arc or the Wright Bros, without the slightest suggestion that this has... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Star
I laughed out loud, with tears streaming down my face. If you have a pulse, you'll find this book hysterical.Published 8 months ago by Michael Trombetta
I absolutely love this tape. I listen to it over and over. I have it on my iPod. I love how Paula interweaves historical facts with the real life details of her children and her... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cristina J. Downing