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There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say Paperback – November 27, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
As I read, I imagined something that the book's detractors would say (if Poundstone can wander off into the weeds writing the book, I can certainly do the same as I review it!):
"Poundstone goes on ad nauseum about her arrest a few years ago....she keeps bringing it up....like she's trying to explain her side of her legal troubles..."
So let me "'splain" to you that this is a stream of consciousness book. Poundstone gets in a biographical mode and then veers off to what pops into her mind. Her legal woes were traumatic for her and a turning point in her life. They're on her mind. When she thinks of one thing, her mind sometimes wanders off to her arrest and drinking and follow-up healing. Though embarrassed, ashamed, and even angered about what she went through (particularly losing her kids and the endless parade of diagnoses), her self-deprecating humor can still see some humor in some of her experiences.
This is not a book for someone who takes himself and life too seriously, who can't eke out some humor in bad experiences in retrospect. If you've never been described as being irreverent or having a morbid sense of humor, if you're turned off Jon Stewart or SNL, don't read this book, and re-read one of your inspirational books.
Paula Poundstone presented a very popular stage comedy routine on the Bravo television channel. This book is an excellent extension of the stage routine. The book is even better than the Bravo television presentation.
Read this book.
In fact, when I received 'There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say' in the mail a couple weeks back, I read it from start to finish throughout the night. This is not a book that can be put down! It is brilliantly written, extremely funny, reflective, sweet, endearing and engaging as is the author herself.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. Definitely a must for Christmas!
Read this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a perfect book to read about 3-4 pages at a time. There is little plot to follow, and you are waiting for the next big joke. Which will happen.Published 7 days ago by Philip Gardocki
Paula Poundstone is generally a riot. I found some of her autobiography hysterical. Some parts not as much. Read morePublished 8 months ago by nocooking
She's one funny woman. Made the long-distance driving time go so much quicker. I hope she does another audiobook.Published 12 months ago by Amos Clyde
I adore Paula on NPR, so was excited about reading this book. It was awful! She writes like she talks, but it doesn't work in writing! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Busy mom
This is a heartfelt and insightful look at one of America's funniest people who's story is told with honesty, humor and warmth. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cassandra Pangloss
Paula Poundstone is incredible! This book reviews, in a very clear way, how her life connects with various historical figures through the ages. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mohabee Serrano
Paula has I guess what you would call a non-linear mind. If you are interested in the life of Joan of Arc or the Wright Bros, without the slightest suggestion that this has... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jean Lawrence