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Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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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About the Author
Kathy Griffin, a multi—Emmy Award—winning and Grammy-nominated comedian and actress, is best known for her Bravo television reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, her multiple stand-up comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, and Bravo, and her four-year stint on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. She has hosted several award shows and appeared on numerous talk shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View. She has been nominated for a Grammy for her comedy CD, For Your Consideration, and performs to sold-out audiences at venues worldwide.
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I'm from Chicago and know Oak Park and was around the improv world in the mid-80''s to early 90's, so it was fun reading about a world I know/knew. It was tough for women to come up in comedy (and still is. Men said women weren't funny when I was in that world. Male comedians have rarely made me laugh. News flash: we have different sensibilities. But there is overlap. I love you Martin Short!!!) I loved Kathy's perseverance.
I watched some of her D-List reality show back in the day and adored her parents. Loved hearing more about them. It was fascinating to hear what happened to her husband. Most of us understand not paying attention to clues at first about the people we fall in love with.
This was a great memoir. I'm halfway through her second book and loving it (and not understanding the reviews saying they love Kathy and loved her first book, but the second one is awful. I love the second one. Hope to review that also.)
If I had any disappointment with the book, it would be that Kathy didn't reveal enough about her marriage, her relationships with the members of Team Griffin (Jessica, Tiffany, and Tom), and what the heck happened between she and Jessica that she's no longer her assistant. Also, the chapter of email exchanges between Kathy and Woz was a big yawner. What exactly was their relationship? What happened that he was suddenly marrying someone else? Inquiring minds want to know. Perhaps those details are being saved for Official Book Club Selection, Volume Two.
At any rate, I loved learning more about Kathy, the person. I hope she'll tell us more in future memoirs as well as books of observations of celebrities. She's got a lot of material, and I'll take it in any way, shape, or form I can get it. Thanks for being you, Kathy Griffith. Er...Kathie Lee. Er...Kathy Griffin. :)
After reading the book, check out the audio book! It's worth a second "reading!"
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