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Why You Crying? : My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2004

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"An inspired (and hilarious!) guide to overcoming life's pitfalls on your way to becoming a winner." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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George Lopez is the cocreator, writer, producer, and star of the acclaimed ABC sitcom George Lopez. A current cast member of HBO's Inside the NFL, he has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Good Morning America, among others. A recipient of many prestigious awards and honors, Lopez lives with his family in California.

Armen Keteyian is a six-time Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS and HBO Sports. A New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of eight books, he lives in Connecticut. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (April 30, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0743259947
  • ASIN: B0008EH6L4
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,224,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George calls himself, the other Lopez, G-LO, the one you are not tired of. George Lopez, with about 20 years scouring for his place among the great comedians, has arrived!

"Why You Crying" gives a taste of his life, from the sad pathetic upbringing, comedy bits, strong influences, the enduring struggle and of course, the successful TV show.

The title, "Why You Crying" is a phrase developed from his grandmother, a person who with a severe lack of parental knowledge, belittled and shamed him! It is almost incomprehensible that a child can go from the frying pan - unabandoned by parents, to the fire - negative grandparents who didn't know that an expression of love and devotion is critical to life.

With no father, and an extremely pathetic unstable mother, at ten he went to live with his grandparents. And it is this sad life that is the backdrop for the show, except that his TV mother is based on the mental cruelty received from his real-life grandmother.

There are some great funny moments and you don't have to be Hispanic to understand a dysfunctional crazy family. George shares some bits from the comedy show and he painfully recalls his grandmother's mentally abusive behavior.

The two comedic influences were Freddie Prinze, Sr., from the "Chico and the Man" series in the 70s and one of the greatest comedians who told us what life is really about, Richard Pryor. Lopez talks fondly about a Long Beach, CA performance, "Richard Pryor Live" and I agree that it is the funniest live show ever!!

Lopez, like other great comedians, shares the struggle to the top, the comedy clubs, the road, the bombs, the rejection, depression, etc., etc.
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I thought this was the funniest book I have read in along time...I laughed, I cryed...and I related to sooo much. I felt so sorry for him...but he conquered in the end..just like me!!..the book is well worth the price..I cant describe how hilarious alot of this book is..he is a great comedian and story teller!!.
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Maggie Sanchez,Communications,
I thoroughly enjoy a great memoir. 'Why You Cry' is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable read. It has a mixture of sadness and reality like that of 'Nightmares Echo' and yet it also is comparable to 'Running With Scissors' which adds a light humorous affect in with its details of a hard life. If you like George Lopez, you will love this remarkable book.
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First of all I can say that after reading this book I laughed and I cried. It was very touching and I think so many people can relate to George Lopez and his childhood. You have to give George alot of credit where credit is due. He has come along way, just look how far he has come.... That's got to count for something..... I have all his cd's and his dvd's. I can play them over and over again.... But nothing compares to seeing George Lopez live in concert. That was one of the best comedy concert I have ever been to... The book is well worth reading and I don't think if your a true George Lopez fan you won't be disappointed... You will laugh and maybe even cry...
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I'm a memoir junkie and a comedy junkie--normally the two don't mix, but I found Lopez's story funny, honest, shocking and hearfelt. I hardly knew Lopez's TV work, but know I'm a fan. Just finished Rodney Dangerfield's book (he's a living god), and the two make a weird bookend--most successful comedians have really terrible childhoods. Oddly, another great memoir is about being a great Dad--the opposite of Lopez's and Dangerfield's parents--in "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, a funny and riveting look at marriage, kids and deciding if success is still important.
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George Lopez' autobiography is an inspiring read about his life. It tells how he overcame his childhood to become the success that he is today. I was really moved by his childhood and how he learned to overcome the problems in his childhood. I especially enjoyed reading how he got his television show and the stories he told related to it. The book is very humorous and had me giggling the whole way through.

A humorous and inspiring story of one of TV's best comic actors.
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This book will be a disappointment to some. It’s not a funny book (though there are some very funny comments spaced out here and there). Instead, it’s an inspirational autobiography that chronicles a highly dysfunctional family.
Lopez should have been a loser, ended up as an unimportant nobody, or even a criminal. Instead, look what he made of himself!
Which goes to show that the environment doesn’t determine destiny.
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Like George, I was raised without my father in my life. I am also Mexican-American, raised by a single mother living in my grandmother's home for most of my childhood years. My no-nonsense grandmother was tough and unaccustomed to showing affection, so tears were something she regarded with scorn. I was a huge Freddie Prinze fan and never missed an episode of "Chico and the Man" and would spend hours listening to his comedy album, "Looking Good". When Freddie died, I hid in my closet to cry. There would be no comfort from my mother or grandmother, only scorn and ridicule for shedding tears at all, much less for someone I didn't know. So I know why George cried; I totally identified with his story - especially when he told of things like getting tickets to a live taping of Chico and the Man or going on the rare outing to an amusement park. If you grew up in the 70s like I did, were raised by a single parent or grandparents, you will feel like George is telling your story.
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