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“Hilarious . . . Sarah’s honesty and comedic voice will have you laughing in stitches.”—Jenny McCarthy
 
“Hilarious, observant, and surprisingly poignant. Look past the toned legs and glorious mane of hair and you’ll find one of the best comic storytellers we’ve got.”—Diablo Cody

About the Author

Sarah Colonna is a writer and roundtable regular on the hit late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, and a producer and star of After Lately. She has been performing stand-up in Los Angeles and across the country for several years and has appeared on various television shows. She used to drink bourbon but now prefers vodka.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After receiving LIFE AS I BLOW IT through Random House's Early Bird Reads program, I didn't know what to expect. Honestly, I don't like `Chelsea Lately' - I like Chelsea Handler's books, but despise her show, her acting her standup. I took ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? with me on a flight to Japan and was angry when I finished it two hours later. It was that good. Sarah Colonna is a writer and executive producer on `Chelsea Lately', so she had big shoes to fill on this one. Writing a book that amuses me as much as the shenanigans in Chelsea Handler's books is a difficult task, but somehow, Colonna managed to rise to the occasion - and actually might have beat Handler in some aspects.

Colonna's debut is a mixture of sexcapades, drinking stories, and embarrassing adventures. I don't identify with Colonna for a second, being an overeducated, prudish homebody who thinks that a fun night out is going to get Korean barbecue and be home by 9 for five episodes of `Arrested Development' for the 50th time and some string cheese for dessert. Once I started this book, I couldn't stop. From recollections of boyfriends past and her inability to settle down, I was laughing out loud having a great time. With a few exceptions of dull moments and random connecting threads, this book lives up to the expectations given to it as being a book connected to Chelsea Handler's comedic writing mastery.

If you are into comedic books with a more adult take (IE tales of drinking, drugs, and lots of sex), then LIFE AS I BLOW IT is probably a book for you. The stories are funny, ranging from heartfelt to just plain hilarious. And although I don't identify with Colonna, I do identify with being a young person who isn't ready to grow up, be serious, and figure out who I am.
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Whatever your expectations, I believe this book will take you by surprise. It did me.

Rather than just throwing a collection of funny stories together - and don't get me wrong, there is an awesome collection of stories here -- Sarah Colonna sets out in this memoir to explore and, if possible, reconcile competing aspects of her personality. The tales that illustrate this struggle begin in childhood and move to the present. There are moments that are devastatingly funny and some that are just devastating, and I don't sense the usual memoir attempt to whitewash portions of the story or exaggerate certain aspects to make the author look good. I got the feeling I was reading the naked truth, and she does not hold back. This book is bold.

Sarah doesn't go for easy comforts when it comes to her life choices (maybe with her soap opera choices, but who am I to say). She challenges herself in her work and love, and she insists on her right to enjoy life to the fullest.

Throughout the book you realize that, in spite of experience and even success, Sarah's life is still a high-wire act. You can't look away as she continues, on her terms, to figure it all out.

Oh, one more thing: this book is hilarious. Get it.
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I really wanted to love this book. I'm a huge Chelsea fan and think Sarah is really funny on the show (WAY funnier than Heather...God, what is up with her?!?). I'm only about three chapters in and I have no idea what is going on in this book. She jumps from subject to subject, mashing up five or six different stories that are completely unrelated into one chapter. Also, I think she needs to fire her editor. Every sentence is so one-dimensional. Throw in some compound and complex sentences, use some conjunctions, it's okay; your readers are mostly smart. I'm sad because I wanted the book to be a success and I do appreciate Sarah's humor, but she really should stick to stand-up. Or, at the very least, take a couple of writing courses before attempting another book...
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As some of you may know, Sarah Colonna is one of Chelsea Handler's main writers for the Chelsea Lately show and After Lately. Sarah came to Los Angeles many years ago from Arkansas to pursue her acting and career. This book is about all the trials and tribulations, ups and downs of Sarah's life and relationships in LA,,... for better or worse. Her cynical real world view I find very refreshing and the book is an interesting read. Her choice of men, her waitressing jobs, TV and comic gigs ect. It's all there.. all written with great honesty and told in such a funny way that is so Sarah...It's a great, funny, honest read... Nice work Sarah!!!
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If you enjoy Chelsea Handler's books, you will definitely like "Life as I Blow It" by Sarah Colonna. Their writing styles are so similar, it's hard to tell them apart. This book tells the story of Sarah's journey to Hollywood and her efforts to break into the world of stand-up comedy. Along the way, she encounters many men and does a lot of...INTERESTING things with those men, which she very openly chronicles for us in this book. What you have here is a fun, light, and hilarious read. It's a bit more serious at times than any of Handler's books, and I felt like Colonna breezed past about a decade of her life within the span of about 15 pages in the book, which was a little odd. All in all, though, it's a fun and humorous read.
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