- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416596364
- ISBN-13: 978-1416596363
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,192 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handler proves the adage that just because one can, doesn't mean one should. This applies to both her role as a writer and a narrator. In this disjointed collection of memories and experiences, even her overenthusiastic voice cannot compensate for the irrelevance and frivolousness that is this book. Her anecdotes cover a range of topics from sex to sibling rivalry to parental humiliation, all showcasing how smart and witty she can be-in hindsight. Whether rambling about how she's freaked out by red-headed men or bemoaning her arrest and short stint in prison, her attempts to be funny fall flat and her valley-girl persona wears quickly on listeners. Her lively voice has the potential to do well with audiobooks, but the overall tone and ecstatic energy she emits only emphasizes the inconsequential prose. Listeners might find themselves asking for Vodka to help reach the end of this production. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.
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"Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds."
-- Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of In Her Shoes
"Ms. Handler's style is a friendlier, more workaday version of the haughty self-abasement practiced by Sarah Silverman, leavened by the everywoman spirit of Kathy Griffin...She seems like a cruel queen bee from an expensive college: There's something suspiciously sophisticated about how her jokes line up that suggests the moral austerity of a comic not of [Joan] Rivers's bad-girl school: Tina Fey."
-- New York Times
"Where have I been all of Chelsea Handler's life? I had no idea how funny, how brilliant she is. She is too clever for words."
-- Liz Smith, New York Post
"Chelsea Handler is a terrific comedian and a hilarious writer."
-- Jay Leno
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One of the things I like about Chelsea is that she and I have several things in common, including our love of vodka. I mean, all I really needed to do was hear this title to know I would enjoy the book! Her life is more vodka filled than my own, but it's always amusing to hear the kinds of trouble other people get into when they've been drinking. And this book has a great story of why you should never drive drunk, despite the humorous situation Chelsea finds herself in.
My personal favorite story was the one about dog sitting, I found myself laughing the most and even snorting a few times. For the record, I snort all the time, and I have a feeling that some day I will also start peeing a little when I laugh hard. It's quite possible that an experience involving Chelsea will bring this about, because she really is that funny to me.
This is exactly the kind of thing I like to read from a comedy writer - based in truth coming from their own life, but still very funny and completely lived up to my expectations. I think Chelsea's style is something you either love or hate, so I doubt there will be mixed reviews from anyone who is already familiar with her. I'm not very easily offended, all the stories were hilarious to me, and I think a lot of people who like her will think the same thing.
I have had some down time recently and saw this book sitting on my "kindle shelf". Knowing how much I loved the first one, I decided to go ahead and start this one.
I don't typically laugh out loud at a book, but these books had me hooting and hollering the entire time. People probably thought I was crazy. Some people complain that some of the stories in these books are crude, and while some of them might be, they did not offend me at all. The only story that sticks out at me that I did not like was the story about the midget named Kimmy. Other than that "chapter" though I thought all the stories were equally as good.
This is a great beach read, travel read, or any day book. Chelsea Handler is comical and a decent writer at that. Although expensive, I still recommend buying these- you won't be sorry!
Without the benefit of TV censors Ms. Handler can be shockingly offensive. Not only is the language distasteful but the stories themselves are filled with people doing ridiculous things, including Ms. Handler, and acting as if it's all completely normal. I found myself vacillating between disbelief and being utterly stunned that people would act in such ways.
The book is a very easy read and a true escape from reality. It is written at about a fifth grade level, yet periodically the following words (and others) appear; unctuously, effusive and mercurial. The work of an editor? Overall, a book with humor and amazingly offensive language.