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Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It’s also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she’s always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It’s me, Kathy.)

Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy’s sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior—the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you’ve ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.

Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy’s life have taught her the most valuable lessons—both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

Refreshingly candid, unflinchingly honest, and full of hilarious “Did she really say that?” moments, Official Book Club Selection will make you laugh until you cry, or just puke up a little bit.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"With a foreword begging Oprah to be on her show and a chapter called ''Brooke Shields, Don't Read This,'' Kathy Griffin's autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, is everything you'd expect. What makes it a terrific read, though, is all the stuff you wouldn't expect: binge eating (her own, not Paula Abdul's); her conviction that her late brother was a child molester; and her unflinching accounts of her plastic surgery and her divorce. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll respect her tenacity, work ethic, and loyalty to her parents. And if you are a fan of Griffin's celeb-tastic stand-up, skip to chapter 8, which should be called ''Helen Hunt, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen DeGeneres, Don't Read This.'' Everyone else, dive in. A–"—Entertainment Weekly

"Funny, honest, and refreshingly unsentimental.  Griffin embraces Michael Corleone's mantra with a vengeance: All business is personal."  - NY POST

"You feel as if Griffin is in the room with you, excitedly gesturing as she recounts a story [and] that's the beauty of Official Book Club Selection—Griffin has been made a fool countless times in her career and her willingness to share those lumps, which, face it, you'll never read in some Oscar-winning A-lister's autobiography, endears her tremendously."—Richmond Times Dispatch


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034551856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phillip Wells on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well, I bought Kathy's book yesterday and I stayed up all night reading it. Yes, I am a big fan of hers and so perhaps I am a little biased but why would you even be looking at this book if you weren't a fan of hers?

She successfully walks the line between serious autobiography and comedic book. Parts of it will rip your heart out while others will make you laugh out loud. I can't say that I love her more now than I did before but I do understand her a bit more. I can't wait to see her live again.

Since she talks so much in her act about her celebrity encounters don't expect any amazing revelations there. There were a few new stories (Steve Martin etc.) but for the most part it really chronicles her entire life and career and shows how hard she worked and the insanity she put up with to get to where she is now. Great stories about her early years with the Groundlings and her friends Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Lisa Kudrow, Julia Sweeney, Jeaneane Garofolo, Margaret Cho and more. You are going to learn where and why she has the work ethic that she does. She never sold out, she did do it all her way.

I loved the book, like I said I read it in about 6 hours cover to cover. My only complaint is that there were no color pictures in the book like most typical biographies.

Also as an ex Los Angelino is was nice to hear her talking about my old stomping in grounds in West Hollywood and her adventures there. I also jumped on the back of a bike at the Carl's Jr on La Brea and Santa Monica OMG!!! Wonder if we banged the same guy!! HAH!!

BUY THE BOOK!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
According to Kathy Griffin, I must be a minority in her fan base, as I'm a straight, married man. Despite this handicap, I've been a fan of My Life on the D List, and Kathy Griffin, since the first season.

Official Book Club Selection is definitely for fans of KG. If you've never seen the show, or are familiar with Kathy, then you'll probably feel lost reading it. But, if you are a fan, there's a lot to like about the book.

One of the things that I admire about Kathy is that she doesn't pull any punches. Her life is out there for all to see, she seems like she'd be fun to hang out with, and she's genuinely funny. The book, (even more than the show), is an inside look at what makes Kathy, uh, Kathy. She writes about growing up Griffin, about the criticisms and closed doors that she faced in Hollywood, about finding, and then losing, love, and about getting the recognition that she has craved, (and deserves), in Hollywood. Hollywood is so full of talent-less, "beautiful people," that it's nice to see someone real make it. And she definitely paid her dues along the way.

The only parts of the book that disappointed me were the last two chapters. One is supposedly re-printing email exchanges with Steve Wozniak, and the other is about Kathy's day with Paris Hilton, and how she's now labeled as having a "bangin' bikini bod." The Wozniak chapter was just lame and the Hilton chapter felt rushed.

To recap, if you're a fan of Kathy Griffin, you'll dig the book. If not, you probably want to skip it and read Oprah's book of the month instead.
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For anyone unfamiliar with Kathy Griffin, I say check this book out right now! She has a caustic style of humor that is just raw enough for these stressful, serious times (and she gets bonus points for her socio-political stance). Like a cross between a young Joan Rivers and a chihuahua hopped up on Ritalin, Griffin hammers at everything sacred, cool, or trendy in a way that makes you think long and hard while you laugh out loud. Seriously, this book made me laugh until I peed my pants. I'm putting it on my "favorites" shelf alongside David Sadaris Talk Pretty Me Talk Pretty One Day, the Twilight series, and Chelsea Goldstein's hit new book Hook-up Chronicles Hook-Up Chronicles. I've followed Kathy Griffin since I saw the movie Shakes the Clown Shakes the Clown, and I've been laughing ever since.
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First of all, I have to say that if you do not think that Kathy Griffin is funny then you will not like the book- don't bother reading it.

Having said that, if you think that she is hilarious- (which I do) then I think you will love this book. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the book wasn't about dick jokes and celebrities- it was about her life- her childhood, her relationship with her family, her very slow starting career. Kathy gets very honest and personal with many aspects of her life- from her brother's life to her divorce from her husband. It was a quick read, where I felt I got to know another side of the comedian I love so much.

And, there is some very interesting celebrity dirt that I have not heard her say- which I found to be quite entertaining! :-)
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So, someone gave me this book as a joke. I happen to get stuck waiting for an hour for an appointment and it was all I had handy. Rolling my eyes, I decide I'll give it a shot. I open the book up to where she talks about her brother Kenny and was really moved. Ok, look, I'm the type of person who loves biography. I want a book to give me an insight to a person and why they do what they do. On this account the book totally succeeds! Griffin has a clear voice and readable writing style. Is she gonna win a Pulitzer for this? Ah, no. (Sorry, Kathy.) But, some of her chapters are good enough to have been printed in the New York Times or the New Yorker. Color me pleasantly surprised, Ms. Griffin.
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