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I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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Greer, who has had a good deal of success as a working actress in movies, including 13 Going on 30 and The Wedding Planner, as well as a memorable recurring role in the TV series Arrested Development, is a recognized face if not quite a household name. Her charming memoir is a series of vignettes covering her childhood in Michigan, her adventures in stepparenting, and her experiences on film and television sets. The title comes from the question Greer is often asked by people who approach her, knowing they have seen her somewhere, but they can’t recall the movie or TV show they saw her in. Occasionally, they insist they have seen her in a movie she wasn’t in, such as Bridesmaids. Greer also shares her hilarious trip to the Oscars for The Descendants, which involved her dress unraveling and her initially being unable to find anyone to talk to before the ceremony. Greer’s bubbly best-friend personality and self-deprecating anecdotes will have readers rooting for her, and will likely win her new fans. --Kristine Huntley
“A hilarious, heartfelt memoir.”
“These essays on everything from her mom the (former) nun to her inability to ditch a mortifying vanity plate because her dad made (“*2B”) to her passion for her toothless bulldog rescue will make you wish Greer was your wacky best friend.”
“Intimate and frank . . . And for fans of hers who do know why they know her, and who have been clamoring for the gifted character actress to get the starring role they’ve long felt she’s deserved, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From proves what they’ve always suspected: Judy Greer shines in the starring role. It really is just like gossiping—and, occasionally, kvetching—with a friend over a glass of wine.”
—The Daily Beast
"The book is so funny it might make [Greer] a household name."
—Ladies' Home Journal
"[Greer's] charming memoir is a series of vignettes covering her childhood in Michigan, her adventures in stepparenting, and her experiences on film and television sets. . . . [Her] bubbly best-friend personality and self-deprecating anecdotes will have readers rooting for her, and will likely win her new fans."
"Greer is an engaging and witty storyteller, at turns wistful and unsparingly honest. . . . Readers will wish Greer was their conspiratorial best friend."
“Reading this book is like talking to Judy Greer herself, impossible to do without a smile on your face. Finally this perennial co-star gets to confound Hollywood’s expectations and take center stage in a role that’s every bit as hilarious, delightful, and brutally honest as the comedienne herself. It’s a role only one person was born to play: Sandra Bullock. (Although maybe Judy could be her friend or something?)”
“Whether or not you ‘know what you know her from,’ chances are you have seen Judy Greer in a movie, at least once in your life, and wanted to be best friends with her. The good news is that her book is just as honest, witty, and observant as she actually is. From her early life and her experiences in love and friendship to the weird world of Hollywood, she candidly spills the beans and consistently entertains. So now is your chance—you too can be friends with Judy (sort of).”
“If you’ve heard Judy speak even once you can hear her voice all through these wonderful stories, because she writes like she talks and what she says is so much fun to listen to. My only complaint was how much I missed her when the book was over—but that’s how I always feel after a long stay with a good friend.”
“I read it in one sitting. Then I flushed.”
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This is a very breezy memoir; Greer even mentions her writing process several times -- she did most of it while sitting in bed with her dog -- and that keeps things friendly and light. But I almost gave up on it anyway, because for the first half of the book, there's not much goin' on. Greer had a pleasant, unremarkable childhood in Michigan, started acting in school for the joy of it, went off to study the craft mainly because she wasn't sure what she wanted to be when she grew up. She became a professional film and television actor with unusual ease -- she even points out that she is the rare actor who found work immediately -- and it's all been good from there.
The second half of the book is much more interesting, for the same reason -- Greer maintains the sense of friendly chatting, and she's honest about what it's actually like to be a somewhat recognizable celebrity. While most celebrity memoirs are either polished pieces of spin or are writtng to highlight the subject's struggles, Greer just writes about what it's like to encounter "fans" who know here but don't know her, or who make comments about her talent or appearance or ask her why she's not a bigger star yet, and how that actually feels. She does a good job of reminding readers that even the successful ones are still human.
And I do think Judy Greer is a bigger star than Amber Tamblyn, even if she doesn't think so.
So I guess if you're looking for a well-written book about a normal person who is down-to-earth who happened to end up in Hollywood, you might like this book.