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Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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At 42, Grodin, daughter of actor Charles Grodin, does what comes naturally: be funny. During one of the worst days of her life—she had finished a bout of brutal cancer treatments, she had gained a tremendous amount of weight, and her husband had just moved out—she finds joy making people laugh at the annual Kennedy gala in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Grodin riffs on what it is like to be a child of Hollywood and on life in Manhattan after her parents divorced. She name-drops the famous people in father’s circle: a Woody Allen here, a Paul Simon there, a Jeff Bridges there. But this is mostly a memoir about self-doubt and insecurity as she recounts her battles with addictions to drugs and food. Adrift in the world, Grodin tries to find her way back to some sort of normality, first as a sitcom writer and eventually as a stand-up comic, something, she writes, “I’d been wanting to do my whole life.” A funny, sad, and ultimately triumphant tale of finding one’s true self. --June Sawyers
Marion Grodin is that rare combination of really smart and really down to earth. Her comedy is painfully and wonderfully honest. She doesn't know how to phony. She is one of the greats.―Colin Quinn
"Marion's a pro. Excellent. Big laughs. Somebody, anybody, take her and...throw a show around her."―Cindy Adams, columnist, NY Post
"When life is getting us down and we need to laugh until tears are rolling down our cheeks, we go to a Marion Grodin show. Marion doesn't let us forget that life is mundane and hard but somehow helps us to laugh at our ridiculous behavior and still love ourselves for it."―Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
"In the world of comedy Marion Gordin has been a hidden treasure for far too long. All you have to do is open this book and that treasure of funny is yours. Enjoy."―Lewis Black, New York Times bestselling author
"Marion Grodin writes as she speaks, with a sharply funny honesty we cherish in our friends and fear in our enemies."―Jim Gaffigan, New Times bestselling author of Dad is Fat
"I have not read this book, nor do I intend to read it, certainly not without some therapy or possibly medication. While I have happily received more public recognition than Marion, I cannot stand that she gets more laughs than I do, when we are around others. As a result I have chosen not to be in her presence for the last decade. Enough is enough!"―Charles Grodin
"Sharp, witty, occasional black humor from a woman who has gone through hell and back and lived to tell the tale."―Kirkus
"Quirky, self-excoriating, tremendously human, Grodin is unafraid to tackle funny, sad, deeply painful issues of self-image and dependence."―Publishers Weekly
Top customer reviews
Not so. Standing Up is a deeply moving story of struggle, courage, and rainbows. Marion’s lived a fascinating yet immensely challenging life, and she’s a strong survivor on several levels. My favorite thread is that rainbow in her life: her dad, Charles Grodin. Marion offers a reaffirming look at an accomplished celebrity who, in real life, comes across as a loving, loyal, sensitive, caring father.
I couldn't put it down ( read it all on a cross country plane ride ) and I am inspired by her story!
Marion makes you laugh and breaks your heart at the same time. I could relate to everything
she was going through--boy did she capture it!
I love this book!!