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Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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GUTS is at once deadly serious and wildly hilarious -- an impossible magic trick at which you are powerless not to stare.
- Rob Burnett Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman
There's not a dull moment in GUTS. I literally couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing in one sitting.
GUTS is utterly brilliant, every page brimming with Kristen's sexy wit. Disarming in its honesty, hysterically funny, pure, real, and so heartbreakingly brutal.
GUTS is written with a unapologetic ferocity and a generosity of spirit that instantaneously engages your heart. This is a spirited, raw and thrilling book.
―George C. Wolfe, Director and writer!
GUTS is the opposite of the usual "celebrity tell-all"-- It's actually a captivating, laugh-out- loud, totally vulnerable and excellently crafted book.
--Andy Cohen, VP of programming and host at Bravo
Johnston tells her story with fearless, devastating honesty, laser precision humor, and a refreshing lack of self-pity. This book should be required reading for anyone who is an addict, or simply cares about one. Which means everyone on the planet.
--Joe Schrank, National Youth Recovery Foundation & co-creator of TheFix.com
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To be reductive, this is the book: I’m a special snowflake, but I’m going to litter this account with empty self-deprecating quips, in the hopes you don’t realize I’m a self-centered, ungrateful, elitist snob. Oh, and I’m a star, so when I went to hospital, with my stomach falling out of my skin because of my own arrogance, and people were dying all around me, I aggressively complained because I didn’t have a private room.
She frequently says something to the effect of “I was awful; don’t know why my friends stood by me, but they did.” Yet, she never reveals the “awful things” she did. It felt like 200+ pages of back-door bragging.
She also came across, to me, as petty and…rude!
I do hope Kristen stays sober, and I do wish her the best, but this book left me feeling some sort of (skeptical) way about Kristen Johnston.
oh, ok, that's out of the way. This book. If you do not buy this book, or read this book, or conk your friend over the head to get their copy of this book, then you have done yourself a grave disservice. I'm not saying this because its well written (it is), or its about someone talented (it is), or its an autobiographical look at their life (it is).
But. There is a strength and a fragility intertwined that is the backdrop to Kristen's search for herself. IN the beginning, she hides herself from herself and others. She does a bang up job of that. Emphasis on the "bang up" part. She takes us along for the ride, and its a warts and all (or pwinkle and all) stark unmasking of what she finds at the end of her facade.
Its the same journey and station stop we all will make eventually. Where we finally measure ourselves accurately, find ourselves wanting, and then find a way to love ourselves anyway. And, because we figure out how to love ourselves, we remake us into US in a way that is better for those around us.
It is the ultimate human journey. Without being a philosopher, She holds up a mirror to herself, and looking over her shoulder, we see the mirror into ourselves, as well.
I could go into details of the book, but that would be ruining it for you. I will, however, give you one piece of advice: If you start to read this, make sure to block out some time or you will have to forego sleep.
Well played, Kristen, well played. I didn't really need the sleep anyways.
I bought it yesterday and finished it this morning. (My addiction..speed reading. Everyone has at least one.)
It was entertaining, and enlightening. I would say there was definitely no "ghost writer" on this one, as her personality and sense of the absurd comes through very clearly. She is harsh with herself and yet honest about everything she put herself and others through with her addictions.
There are so many "life lessons" in this book, but I think the most important one is to make sure you love yourself, and worry less about getting approval from others.
In the beginning, she states everyone has (or has had) an "addiction". I thought it was an absurd statement, until I read the list and looked at all the musical instruments I have (43, at last count). It's just some "addictions" are more benign (I save for them), than others. It was eye opening. We all have something we "obsess" over just a wee bit. Some have more than others. Some are not benign.
I'd highly recommend it. It'll probably never be considered "literature", and there are no "celebrity secrets" (other than her own), but it made me think and feel, and reflect on how our treatment of others can be insignificant to us and yet so harmful to them. It's always a good book that makes you think AND feel, reflection is just a bonus.
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