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It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman Hardcover – July 7, 2009

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"And you thought my life was outlandish." -- Tori Spelling

"More fun than an all little person nativity scene." -- Chelsea Handler

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"And you thought my life was outlandish." -- Tori Spelling

"More fun than an all little person nativity scene."-- Chelsea Handler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Holly Lee VINE VOICE on July 9, 2009
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The latest book from Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is her own memoir. She takes us through growing up, all the way through carrying her twins in a high risk pregnancy.

One of the things I like most about her writing is her -holds nothing back- style. She talks openly and candidly about life situations and her reactions to them. She obviously has a knack for humor as well. Her father was a bit of a deadbeat, a stand-up comedian who walked out on the family early on, but left Stefanie with sharp wit.

I am not surprised at all that she is friends with Chelsea Handler, the two have very similar styles of writing and story telling. Naturally if you like the two books by Chelsea Handler you will really enjoy what Stefanie Wilder-Taylor writes about.

My biggest complaint about the book would be the ending, or lack thereof. The book just kind of stopped. I actually wondered if I was missing some pages. I think that the book needs an additional chapter at the end to wrap things up. They way that it is currently left off is strange.
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Loved the start of this book, then she lost me around all the drug references, but by the end she had me reeled back in and I finished it with a big smile on my face. I found there was so much of this book that I could relate to as a single girl and as someone who really wasn't ever clear what direction their life was going to take.

Good for a few laughs.
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From moving cross country to Los Angeles at the young age of 18 to becoming a mom of twins, author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor details the crazy antics of her life in her newest release It's Not Me, It's You.

Wilder-Taylor makes no secret of the insane situations she been in and the hilarious consequences that follow.

And let's not forget to mention her endless job hopping until on a whim(and the help of a list of her "qualities") she decides to be a Hollywood producer - which, by the way, she does successfully.

This book was more than appropriately named based on the author's personality and lifestyle.

One line from this book sums up Wilder-Taylor: "In AA they call it sharing; I call it dinner conversation."

There's nothing I love more than a book wherein the author doesn't seek to speak of their perfections but of their numerous flaws (as we all have) and can laugh at themselves as you chuckle along with them.

If you've ever been a screw-up (and haven't we all be at some time?), then be sure to pick up It's Not Me, It's You - it'll make you feel better about yourself! ;)
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I will admit that when I saw Chelsea Handler rave about this book, I knew I had to check it out. As a huge fan of hers, I thought it was only fair.

Now I will say this- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is not really in the same league of humor that Ms. Handler is---she is funny, but only during certain points in the book. Her experiences were actually pretty interesting in themselves, without the humor involved. But all in all, a pretty decent book.
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It's Not Me, It's You is a collection of short biographical pieces about Stefanie's own life. Everybody has weirdness in their past, but Stefanie has cults and Russian mafia bosses/porn producers/telemarketers and Hollywood Squares triumphs and drunken little people and frat guys. And this one time when she freebased cocaine.

I could summarize each piece without doing anything to diminish the value of actually reading them: because the fun of the book is in the way Stefanie tells the stories. She has spot on comTIMINGedic, something many people who think they're funny just doTIMINGn't have. The stories build, the funny happens, and everyone settles in to wait for the next bit of insanity.

Although the book is worth reading for the humour Stefanie stuffs into it, it is also a very personal recollection of growing up and fleeing a broken home, living poorly and dangerously on her own for the first time, losing and finding her father and trying to deal with how human he is. Although not a strict narrative biography, the connections between the essays work, and the picture Stefanie draws of who she is feels full and bursting.

Buy this book. I have a lot of feelings because of it. You too will have a lot of feelings because of it. It would make a great Christmas present. It would also make a great Labor Day present, Halloween present, Veterans' Day present, or Thanksgiving present, but I didn't manage to get my act together soon enough for that. You'll have to settle for Christmas.
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I enjoyed this book immensely. I'll lead with the negative and say that this is a somewhat disjointed collection. It's more an assembly than a narrative. As it jumps around in time the author seems to forget what the reader already knows. That said, she's had an eventful life and is able to discuss it with open, honest, self criticism. While I have met the therapist that needs a hug more than the patient and the teen prostitute who just wants a candy bar, thankfully I have never freebased cocaine, been on a game show, or dated online - but I completely relate to the emotions so vividly described here. The book moves from interesting and amusing to moving and hilarious when Stefanie's future husband steps into the picture. Her willingness to lay bare their early problems engages you in a way her earlier "And then this thing happened" anecdotes don't quite manage. I may never have improper thoughts about Ani DiFranco or deliver twins prematurely, but I understand many of my friends much better (and with less judgement) after reading about Stefanie's rollercoaster of a life. All in all, I certainly enjoyed the time I spent with her and was left wanting to know more about her. That's more than I can say for most memoirs.
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