- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805095837
- ISBN-13: 978-0805095838
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 704 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“[Cohen] is funny as Augusten Burroughs used to be...[Most Talkative] requires zero interest in 'Top Chef,' 'Real Housewives' or anything else on Bravo to find him highly entertaining company through this joke-filled joy ride.” ―The New York Times
“Andy Cohen's new book Most Talkative is laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who likes pop culture will really like this book. It's a perfect read for this summer.” ―Anderson Cooper
“Ladies, put 50 Shades aside for Andy Cohen's Most Talkative, a book about friendship, family, and fun. His coming out story will break your heart.” ―Jessica Seinfeld
“Most Talkative is Andy Cohen's story from starting out as an intern for CBS news and working his way up the ranks through programming and then eventually becoming a personality himself. He's a really funny writer!” ―Kelly Ripa
“A wonderfully fun, funny and inspirational journey, peppered with colorful, crisis prone women. I loved it! Most Talkative is most read-ative!” ―Amy Sedaris, author of I Like You and Simple Times
About the Author
Andy Cohen is Bravo's executive vice president of Development and Talent, responsible for overseeing the production of such hits as Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises. In addition, Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo's late-night, interactive talk show. He also hosts the network's reunion specials. He's won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work, and he lives in New York City.
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There were some funny stories in the book, but Andy tended to ramble on about details I didn't really care about. For instance, he wasted several pages of the book discussing a joke that him and one of his closest friends played on his mother. That definitely could have been left out of the book since it didn't add anything to the overall narrative. He also added a lot of filler to the book by posting the entire transcript of an SNL parody of The Real Housewives and included a partial transcript from one of The Real Housewives of New York City reunion specials. I just skipped those pages all together.
The section of the book describing the development of The Real Housewives franchise was quite boring. I figured Andy would write some interesting and funny stories about what goes on behind the scenes when dealing with these desperate attention-seeking alpha women. If there are some great stories about The Real Housewives, they weren't included in this book. To my dismay, Andy spent more time talking about his obsession with Susan Lucci than the cast members who have helped make him a household name.
Basically, this book was like a typical episode of Watch What Happens Live. There are a few entertaining moments mixed in with parts that are utterly boring.
Unlike some other Bravo-catapulted celebrity books (Bethenny's Skinnydipping and Taylor Armstrong's memoirs, ahem), this one is actually worth your time. Yes, it's fluff--but it's entertaining and fun fluff. I actually had no expectations when I began the book except that I wanted gossipy tidbits about the Housewives, so Andy's humorous and engaging writing caught me off guard.
I have a few little quibbles. First, it's not long enough. Some of the chapters felt rushed and while he spends a lot of time discussing his work at CBS and describing various assignments while there, it feels like he hits the fast-forward button at the end of his tenure there and suddenly he's Executive VP at Bravo. The sections describing the Bravo programming he was almost singlehandedly instrumental in bringing to the network are all too brief. Furthermore, while he does devote a significant number of pages to the Housewives franchise, he only mentions other major Bravo shows like Top Chef or Flipping Out in passing. What was in the book was great, but I kept hoping for more. Additionally, I really hoped he would describe more thoroughly reasons behind some of their more controversial programming decisions. He does broach the Being Bobby Brown disaster, but on the other hand, he doesn't venture beyond one sentence as to why the Real Housewives of DC wasn't renewed. (One assumes poor ratings, but I think it could have been great franchise with a casting shake-up for a second season.) He also touches on Real Housewives of Miami, but doesn't address what an utter bore that season was to Bravo viewers. He barely mentions the huge casting changes for the sixth season of Real Housewives of New York. There is absolutely nothing about Project Runway moving to Lifetime. It feels a little too light sometimes, like he wants to indulge Bravo fans but only just enough. That's okay--it's his book, not mine--but after letting dozens of people bare the most intimate details of their lives on TV, it seems anticlimactic not to continue in that same vein when discussing behind-the-scenes programming decisions.
One interesting note: he seems to have a barely disguised dislike of Jill Zarin that comes up again and again. She definitely comes across high-maintenance and diva-like, and while I guess that isn't too surprising, it was interesting to read between the lines and guess as to the reasons she wasn't brought back for this sixth season of RHONY.
I don't have cable. I don't watch Bravo. And I've never seen any episode of any Real Housewives show. If you're a fan, I'm pretty sure you're going to love this book.
What I love are behind-the-scenes books by people who have been there and know how to write, like Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey. Andy definitely knows how to write, and his behind-the-scenes perspective has been unique and is certainly entertaining. So while this certainly isn't the best book of the year, it is a fun, funny, quick, interesting read.
I liked it. You probably will, too.