- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416598413
- ISBN-13: 978-1416598411
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Love and Laughter, John Ritter Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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"Amy Yasbeck is a singular woman with a singular family. She writes beautifully of a couple that was as heart-felt and inspiring as they seemed from afar. You will soak up her story with every pore."—Sarah Silverman
"I always knew Amy Yasbeck was a talented actress—but I had no idea she was such a talented writer. Her book, a glowing tribute to her late husband John Ritter, is beautifully written, very funny, and very moving. I loved this book, and I think you will too."—Mel Brooks
“A funny and lovely tribute to a funny and lovely man.”—Jimmy Kimmel
“I opened up this book just for a quick peek and stood at my kitchen counter mesmerized, missed two appointments and made my husband pick-up the kids. I recommend this book to anyone, but I suggest you sit down before you start.”—Felicity Huffman
About the Author
Amy Yasbeck met her late husband John Ritter during a readthrough of the 1990 movie Problem Child, which they starred in together. Yasbeck can be seen in movies such as Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Pretty Woman, and The Mask, and had a starring role in popular 1990s sitcom Wings. She lives in Los Angeles with her children.
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I adored this book and read it in one long sitting. Just a wonderful read for fans of the late actor.
As I read, I was impressed by some of the clever lines, but there would be the odd sentence that let me know there really was no ghostwriter here. Amy Yasbeck clearly wrote this on her own and did a fabulous job. She also has a sense of humor that I could well-believe was a wonderful match for her late husband. And she does like puns. :)
The story she tells is beautiful, romantic, and heart-breaking, and she tells of a John Ritter who deserved all this accolades and fans. A man who loved his family first and foremost, but never forgot to appreciate the person on the street who approached him, and who also valued the moments where he wasn't recognized and could just be a regular guy. She describes him as everything we'd want him to be, and she makes it sound real and convincing, and she reminds us of why his loss was felt by so many people who'd never had the pleasure of meeting him.
She also writes of her own childhood and career, but it never feels intrusive, or like she's taking time away from the story of John. She is the woman he loved, who loves him, who had a child with him, and her story is part of his story. Her story is also interesting in its own right.
If you're a fan of the John Ritter, I highly recommend this heartwarming and ultimately uplifting story!
It always bothered me that Johnny Cash had gotten all the recognition for dying that same day September 11, 2003. Not that Johnny Cash wasn't worth it but John Ritter was truly a good man both on stage and off. It was good to read that John Ritter liked Johnny Cash. I won't spoil their interesting connection they had on Sept 11, 2003.
The way John's wife Amy wrote this book was so conversational and so smooth. I never wanted to put it down and I definitely didn't want it to be over. I do plan on reading it again and I never read books more than once.
I never realized that Amy Yasbeck was Maid Marien on Robin Hood Men in Tights which has always been one of my favorite movies and that helped me to connect to her.
I love reading and this was definitely one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs way up! I encourage everyone to read it.