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Is This Anything? Hardcover – Illustrated, October 6, 2020
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Editors' pick: Reading Is This Anything? is like reading the gags and bits of a famous comedian. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. But it’s also a view into the mind of a comic developing his craft. And perhaps most interestingly, the decades of jokes stack up to tell the history of Jerry Seinfeld and the world we live in."—Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor
“It almost looks like a book of poetry…It made me realize a joke is a precision instrument, every word is a beat.”—Susan Morrison, The New Yorker
“This book is incredible…It’s like the best joke book you can buy.”—Jimmy Fallon
"[A] trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners but also a timeline, beginning with a kid commuting from his parents' home on Long Island to New York City to try to make strangers laugh. It continues through a career during which Seinfeld became arguably the greatest stand-up comic of his era and the pivotal figure of the funniest TV sitcom of its time.”—Associated Press
“Seinfeld proudly proclaimed to be a show about nothing. Is This Anything?, Jerry Seinfeld’s first book in almost three decades, is about everything....Bit by bit, we chart his growth as a master joke craftsman. Decade by decade, we follow his life journey, viewing the world through his perspective of what he found to be funny.... Is It Anything? captures the output of one of our great comic minds.”—Washington Post
“Fans of Seinfeld will eat this up, and aspiring comics will want to study how he shapes his seemingly effortless humor.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Comedian Seinfeld reflects on the absurdities of life in a laugh-out-loud volume that gathers jokes he’s written over the course of his 45-year career along with reminiscences on the lifestyle and craft of stand-up…This sharply observed, life-in-gags treasure trove offers essential reading for comedy fans, from a master of the form.”—Publishers Weekly,
“Admirers of Seinfeld's stream-of-consciousness observations about the minutiae of daily life will find much to enjoy here, and readers will also appreciate the window onto his evolution as a comic as he changes from a single guy in a messy apartment to the cocreator and star of a hit sitcom to a husband and father who watches (and critiques) Star Wars with his kids...a welcome treasure trove of laughs.”—Booklist
"Seinfeld’s jokes on the page makes his comedy come to life with new meaning. As you consider Seinfeld’s career, which has spanned nearly five decades, you realize that even though he claims his comedy is about nothing, you could just as easily say it’s about everything."—BookPage
"The book is consistently funny and it’s impressive that someone could have had a lifetime of so many insightful observations about seemingly mundane things... It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen..."—Paul Leslie Hour
"[H]is autobiographical intro to Is This Anything? is so perceptive and engaging, as are subsequent interstitial glimpses of his offstage life..."—Air Mail
"Jerry Seinfeld's new book, Is This Anything? proves that passion leads to career success."—Inc. Magazine
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982112697
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982112691
- Item Weight : 1.66 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.4 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is This Anything?
Honestly? No. No, it is not.
I gave this a harsh review. I still believe this book is a missed opportunity with more proper biographical content, but I have had a bit of a change of heart. To understand Jerry’s obsession with comedy is to appreciate his mind, his make-up, and his passion while simply reading his material. I will keep my above review because it really captured my true, initial reaction. But this book IS something. It’s the material of a true master of his craft.
The material is 5 stars... but I still would’ve loved to know a little more by way of Jerry’s life, his family, his relationship, the emotions and uncertainty surrounding the pursuit of comedy full time. How about the ups and downs of Seinfeld? The demand on time and creativity? Pressure? Working with Larry David? This all would’ve been good biography fodder.
But, alas, he is singularly focused, and maybe a book of his material captures his life in the most authentic way. That, I will have to appreciate.
I highly recommend this book, as it was a lovely respite from a world that can often seem dark and stressful. As an added bonus, the hardcover has a beautiful aesthetic and looks fantastic on my coffee table.
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Reviewed in Canada on October 9, 2020