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Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the download the Audiobook Download. Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about Shelves: reads, audiobooks, celebrity, memoir, humor. 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.
It was hysterical and really touching in lots of ways. I am glad I listened to it instead of read it b'c her style of writing is better suited to her voice. I am sure if I had read it I might have been flummoxed by the way it was written, but listening to it meant it was alot like hearing a girlfriend talk about what was going on in her life on the telephone. I find it really humorous and fun to hear. Kathy doesn't hold back anything.
She is as honest about her own faults as others. A fun read about her path to the D List. From Chicago to the Groundlings to banishment from talk shows to the D List.
Fun fun fun read. From what I had seen of Kathy Griffin admittedly not much, just the occasional youtube video and TV appearance , I wasn't sure whether I liked her or not. There's a lot of negativity about her voice, her brashness, etc. I found the first half of the book pretty interesting and amusing, but around halfway it seemed that she had begun losing steam.
By the time I got to her e-mail exchanges with 'Woz' she'd lost me, and I couldn't finish the book. Maybe she should take her own advice when she said: "Change up the material faster. Move it along, people. Like other comedians, Kathy Griffin comes across as a bit of a nasty character. She is not D-list, but more of a bottom feeder. The "ugly girl with shock value" shtick has been done before, and better eg by Ruby Wax. Griffin is quick to judge others, yet can't seem able to apply these rules to herself.
In this book she portrays herself as a money-obsessed control freak, who seems to have little grasp of how marriages should work, and hardly mentions any close friends "the gays" that come up frequently are nameless, like some interchangeable accessory.
Some bits are funny, but it gets tired rather quickly - a bit like Kathy Griffin herself, really. I especially enjoyed learning about her background in the Groundlings, her early days in comedy with those who have gone on to A-List status, and how her act evolved into what it is.
She's funny, smart, and ballsy, and I read good things about her "performance" of the audiobook. Why I Finished It: The delivery was great, like listening to one of her stand-up specials, but also at times very personal and intimate. I think she is hysterical and I love her stand-up.
What I mean is that I bought the book as a gift for a friend and, before I wrapped it up, I decided to peruse the first few pages.
Kathy's book is a compulsively good read. It is equal parts Griffin schtick and true memoir. What I totally didn't mean to read this book! What impressed me most about "Selection" is that 1 you can hear Kathy's inimitable voice in every word; 2 she is surprisingly candid about her life; and, 3 she has worked so incredibly hard to get where she is today.
Kathy is the opposite of an overnight sensation; she's someone who has worked for everything she'd gotten -- dues were paid, people were pissed off, but she was always true to herself and her dreams.
I respect that immensely. Believe it or not, this book would've been a five star read for me and you guys can see I don't give 5 stars out easily! Okay, more than a little tedious! All in all, though, I loved the book, had a great time reading it, was surprised by her candor, and reveled in her wit. Aug 21, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: For what it is, this book is great! She really offers an interesting glimpse into her life--the chapter about her brother is shocking and really shows her heart and character.
We also learn why she and her husband divorced I always wondered the reasons, not sure if it was made public before this book. I really appreciate that it showed many sides of her. Although I think she's hilarious, I don't always agree with what she says; sometimes she takes things too far for me.
But this book really sh For what it is, this book is great! But this book really shows her caring side and her huge heart. Yet it's not totally cheesy or anything--there is plently of celebrity gossip and what it's like in the world of comedy.
I think she is so great about dishing about celebs because she is so specific. It's hard for the general public to imagine huge celebs as real people so I like that instead of being like "She's a bitch" or "She was really drunk" she tells hilariously detailed glimpses into their lives--like letters they've written her, or the time this actress you have to read the book!
A great blend of Kathy's personal life and the hilarious celebrity anecdotes she's famous for. Keep doing what you're doing and being fearless Kathy! May 02, Katie rated it liked it. This book was going at a four until the emails back and forth with Woz, which were boring.
In that respect, I really liked hearing about why her style of comedy was different and difficult to catch on while she was up and coming, especially considering that her style is why I like her. She balanced the funny Mariska Hargitay getting dropped in Groundlings classes with the not- This book was going at a four until the emails back and forth with Woz, which were boring.
She balanced the funny Mariska Hargitay getting dropped in Groundlings classes with the not-so-funny her brother Kenny pretty well. I also have a lot more respect for her, on how she truly is one of the few people out there now who actually got where she is due to her own intiative over years. I loved the comparison to Hilary Swank roughly, "If I could live in a van for a year and then have an Oscar by 25, I'd do that over how I had to do it any day. Just a fun, breezy read, slightly deeper in spots than I thought it would be, but then it be hard to go back to the colloquial celebrity stories.
Dec 16, Cathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't give many five star reviews, but I really thought this book was great. If I'd read it in print it may well have gotten only 4 stars, but as an audiobook it really stood out.
Kathy's comedy style is telling stories, not jokes, and the book reflects that. She's a great storyteller. She shared many really intimate and touching moments from her life, her journey as performer, and some very enjoyable humor as well.
All of it was enhanced by hearing the tone of voice and genuine emotion behind I don't give many five star reviews, but I really thought this book was great. All of it was enhanced by hearing the tone of voice and genuine emotion behind the stories. Things that may well have seemed harsh or glib in print, or to someone who is less familiar with Kathy's sense of humor, were either deeply moving or hilarious verbally. It just added so many nuances to every tale, I would highly recommend getting this book as an audio book.
Also, even though she was kidding around on her show and on the talk show circuit so much that it may have seemed that this book is just a piece of fluff designed to further her career as just another form of publicity, it is actually a really terrific memoir with depth as well as humor.
Audiobook read by the author, Kathy Griffin. A fun, well-written memoir by comedian and 'D-List' celebrity, Kathy Griffin. This book gives insight into her early years, her family, her failed marriage and, mostly, how she struggled and, finally, how she gained recognition in the tough, superficial, and fleeting world of Hollywood. I recommend this to all Kathy Griffin fans. If you read this, I highly recommend the audiobook.
As Kathy reads her book, you feel as though she's right next to you, Audiobook read by the author, Kathy Griffin. As Kathy reads her book, you feel as though she's right next to you, your best friend telling you stories of her life. It's almost as if she's ad-libbing this story, not reading from a book. It was great! Lena Phoenix, MAP. Between not having a TV and living in the middle east, my knowledge of current pop culture is pretty limited and I had never actually heard of Kathy Griffin.
I listened to this on audio, read by Kathy herself which actually feels like a more authentic experience than reading it visually would have been.
For a while, she reminded me of someone I once knew who seemed to find herself pretty funny but somehow never fully convinced me that she actually was. This person would monopolize conversations and was actually pretty draining to be with, despite her occasionally successful wit.
As I listened on, though, Kathy started to grow on me or at least, annoy me a little less.
It helped that there were things I admired about her. Kathy poignantly described her difficult relationship with her derelict older brother and her strong stance concerning his apparent pedophilia even as her family insisted on denial.
I think I actually liked Kathy best when she was describing these more serious topics. She did manage countless tawdry interludes with sleazy guys, which got to be a little TMI. I do admit to taking guilty pleasure in her celebrity gossip, since she often talked about people whom even I had heard of. And I learned a lot — an awful lot — about the hazards of liposuction. I also thought a lot about the narcissistic exhibitionism that goes into making a career of telling people everything about your life.
Is it contemptible, or is it admirable? If I found Kathy funnier, would I be less put off by her self-absorption? Kathy herself seemed to have mixed feelings about her exhibitionism.
She admitted that her decision to reveal some highly personal and damaging information about her ex-husband was motivated largely by her ego, and that she is ambivalent about whether her decision was correct. The fact that Kathy's narcissism was somewhat tempered by a capacity for self-criticism made it, arguably, a bit more tolerable. I imagine that people who actually know who Kathy Griffin is will enjoy it more than I did, but it wasn't bad. View all 6 comments.
Jun 19, Lara rated it really liked it. If you don't like Kathy Griffin, you aren't going to like this book. It doesn't matter how many stars I give it or what I say about it, although, how flattering if it would!
If you are reading this and don't know who she is, I will just say she's hysterically crass that's Rated-R and most celebrities fear her. Or should. I saw Kathy Griffin perform on tour this past January and her show, a 2-hour rant against celebrities and their crazy antics, had the audience roaring from start to Disclaimer: I saw Kathy Griffin perform on tour this past January and her show, a 2-hour rant against celebrities and their crazy antics, had the audience roaring from start to finish.
My sides were actually hurting so much that I counted the outing as my ab workout for the day. I definitely had a blast at her show; yet I am not a big celebrity memoir person.
Imagine my delight, however, when my gal pal Cynthia loaned me her copy and said, "You will cruise through this. I bet you can knock it out in four hours. I don't read as fast as Cynthia thinks I do, but it was definitely a cruiser and I cleared it within the week.
A self-proclaimed " All the time. After high school she decided to take her gift of gab and love of Hollywood to the City of Angels with dreams of breaking into the biz.
Griffin does a great job detailing the road to stardom - it's full of hard work, paying dues unless you are John Corbett or Heidi Montag, one of whom she loves and the other she loathes , lots of rejection and definite double standards. She maintains a highly conversational tone and I felt as if I was following her around to auditions and growing up with her as she struggled to find her niche.
As a member of the Groundlings picture LA's version of Second City she worked day in and day out attempting to perfect her craft but had her share of failures, like when she blew the audition with Lorne Michaels to secure a spot on Saturday Night Live Groundlings member Julia Sweeney nabbed it.
While the book is certainly funny, Griffin does a good job covering the not so funny stuff: Also revelatory, she hasn't pissed off everyone in Hollywood and there's even a key group of folks with whom she strives to stay in the best of graces. I thought she handled the serious sections well and they exposed a side of Kathy Griffin outside of the brash and off-color that most don't ever get to see. But let's face it.
Griffin's job is to find the funny and make people laugh at almost anyone's expense. And, laugh I did. The most, in fact, during the last two pages of the book.
It was her hilariously written Reading Group Guide Questions that had me bump my final rating up a star. Yes, the questions are that funny. Oct 27, Ismail Elshareef rated it really liked it Shelves: I know it's shocking, but our favorite A-list diva lets her hair down with this tell-all memoir gays, pay attention.
She starts off with a personal letter to Oprah, which of course is very moving, telling her to brace herself for the tsunami that is this book. That's right, she's not holding anything back, and that's saying something. Kathy opens up with candid talk about her family, especially her brother Kenny.
It takes a lot of guts to talk publicly about a family member who's a pedophile, I know it's shocking, but our favorite A-list diva lets her hair down with this tell-all memoir gays, pay attention. It takes a lot of guts to talk publicly about a family member who's a pedophile, so I give Kath props for sharing this painful story with us and for always finding that evasive silver lining.
She talks about being a female comic in Hollywood and about what happened behind-the-scenes on the set of Suddenly Susan. Her marriage and the real scoop on what happened there is discussed at length as she starts to talk about her Emmy-winning Reality Show, "My Life on the D-List. Diva is a masterful storyteller. Seriously, she's the best!
The book is hilarious and the audio version, though abridged, is even funnier because it's narrated by diva herself! Get both the book and the audio version. You'll be laughing all the way into next year and maybe longer.
Dec 01, Sara rated it really liked it. I think Kathy Griffin is hilarious and this book did not disappoint. She writes exactly like she talks and I could picture her on stage or on her reality show sharing these stories. What struck me most was how hard she worked to get where she is. Seriously, not to be cliche, but she had to change her plan of attack many times on the way to stardom. In the beginning she wanted to act and then tried improv.
She didn't think stand-up was the way to go and when she finally decided to give it a try, I think Kathy Griffin is hilarious and this book did not disappoint. She didn't think stand-up was the way to go and when she finally decided to give it a try, it was still a very hard road.
She really wasn't funny until she started making fun of celebrities. It took a long time and many rejections until she found her niche. I loved reading about her relationship with her parents and was shocked learning about one of her brothers. I have always had a theory about celebrities and what it must take to be on.
These people have personalities that do not allow them to give up on their dreams. Kathy never took "NO" for an answer and it finally paid off.
Even if she is just on the D-list. And I don't care what you think of her, the Emmy acceptance speech she gave was hilarious! Sep 15, Shanmcg rated it it was amazing.
Before reading this book I thought Kathy Griffin was a mouthy, rude, attention seeking Hollywood cast-off. I cringed when I saw her on talkshows with each insult she hurled and I couldn't stomach Suddenly Susan.
I had no interest in reading or listening in my case to her book but after an enjoyable run with all three of Chelsea Handler's audiobooks, not to mention Tina Fey's Bossypants, I was itching for a comedy audiobook to help pass the long drives to and from work. What a surprise!
Kathy Griffin is a kind, sweet and misunderstood woman who I grew to love emmensley. I have even been to one of her standup shows. This book is honest and hilarious, and if you take away anything from it it will be a new respect for how hard Kathy has worked to get where she is. I have since listened to the audiobook once again and downloadd the book to get all the photos you miss out on with the audio version.
If you are an audiobook fan I highly recommend this one as Kathy's deliver of it makes you feel like you as sitting in her living room. Apr 22, Talulah Mankiller rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I hate to say it, but I liked this. And weirdly inspiring. She skipped college and lived with her parents until she was 28, all in an effort to make it as an entertainer—although which kind of entertainer took her forever to figure out! In fact, I think it took her almost twenty years to land a sitcom. Seriously, though, Griffin just kept working her ass off and it finally paid off, and I do admire her for that.
A lot of other people just would have quit and gone and been a bank teller or something. Oh, and did I mention that she can write, too? Either that, or she had the most seamless ghostwriter in existence.
Regardless of how it came about, the style is fabulous. It was decades ago, Griffin.
You can admit you were an asshole now. In addition, Griffin claims to be some sort of gay icon, which I frankly do not get. What is UP with that?
And if an entertainer did that to a group of people you were a member of, why would you make it a point to be a fan? Recommended for: Also, get ready to know more about Andy Dick than you ever wanted to. Oct 13, Diane rated it really liked it.
People either really like Kathy Griffin, or they really don't. I'm in the really-like-her camp. Although I will admit she does cross the line at times with her comedy. No one works harder than Kathy to get her name out there. A stand-up comic who performs all across the country, she is best known for her costarring role in Brooke Shields 90s sitcom "Suddenly Susan", but my sons kne People either really like Kathy Griffin, or they really don't.
A stand-up comic who performs all across the country, she is best known for her costarring role in Brooke Shields 90s sitcom "Suddenly Susan", but my sons knew her from her hilarious guest turns as a standup comedian who causes trouble when she puts Jerry Seinfeld in her act on "Seinfeld". Next she tackles the publishing world with "Official Book Club Selection: I had to get there at 9am to get a wristband to get back in for the 7pm signing.
I returned to the store at 5pm and there were already well over 50 people in line with wristbands, and easily another 50 in a stand-by line.
Over people showed by 7pm. The only other person I had to get a wristband for ten hours early was Liza Minnelli- I'd say Kathy is in A-list company now! She arrived on time to hoots and howls from the audience. She looked fabulous in a jeweled-toned dress, and regaled the audience with stories about doing "The Today Show" with Kathie Lee Gifford that morning.
There wasn't time for a reading or questions because there were so many people there and Kathy wanted to sign everyone's books, which disappointed me. I would have loved to hear her read from the book!
The book is very good- not your standard haha book written by a comedian to make a quick buck. Griffin has obviously given this endeavor much thought for a long time. There is a lot of funny in here, lots of celebrity dish, and some heartache as well.
Griffin is brutally honest about things her family probably wishes she weren't. She is the baby of a large Irish-Catholic family from a Chicago suburb. Her parents liked to drink, and Griffin herself is a tee totaler today probably because of that. She writes candidly about her brother Kenny, a man with a drinking and drug problem.
Kathy says that he was a pedophile, preying on young girls, and this revelation has caused hard feelings with her family who wished she hadn't written about it. Her point is that many families have difficulties like this, and maybe her honesty will help others deal with their family issues.
That chapter is moving and honest, and at times, hard to read. It doesn't seem done for sensationalism, but simply as a part of her life that greatly affected her. She has met many celebrities in her career, and she is honest about them as well.
Steve Martin comes off a real-life jerk as they shared a talk show couch. A comedy stunt Kathy pulled interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards angers Steven Spielberg, and Star Jones and Thomas Haden Church probably won't be happy to see their names in the book either.
On the other hand, it's nice to know that George Clooney is the sweetheart we all believe he is. He was kind to Kathy's parents when she did a small guest spot on ER-he even took a photo with them. But the funniest celebrity jibe is taken at Oprah. Griffin consistently pokes fun at the all-powerful Oprah and it is a hilarious running joke in the book. The title of the book is even an Oprah-esque joke about Oprah's Book Club. Griffin also writes openly about the difficulty of being a female comic in a man's world, the disappointment of her failed marriage and even shares horrible photos of her botched liposuction surgery.
Kathy Griffin has been around a long time in show business, and she is a testament that hard work and perseverance eventually pays off. The love she has for her parents shines through as well, as she credits them with her sense of humor, although her mother is often mortified by her daughter's actions and has been since Kathy used to go to the neighbor's house as a child to share with them family secrets.
Apr 12, Lindsay rated it it was ok Shelves: I like the title and wonder how many book clubs will actually pick this book. Honestly, I wouldn't. I've seen her stand up shows on the Bravo channel and they cracked me up, so I thought that I would like her book.
If she's funny on TV, shouldn't her book be funny too? Apparently not. She did try to make it humorous, but, to me, it just wasn't. The main reason why I wanted to read this is because I wanted to hear to go off on celebs like she does in her shows, and while she did mention them, she I like the title and wonder how many book clubs will actually pick this book.
The main reason why I wanted to read this is because I wanted to hear to go off on celebs like she does in her shows, and while she did mention them, she didn't say anything that exciting about them except that apparently Lisa Kudrow the chick who played Pheobe on Friends had a nose and boob job before she got famous and that Steve Martin is an ass. Other than that, its just about her life, starting from childhood to now. Her parents are pretty interesting people. Maybe they should write a book.
I understand that she was trying to make a name for herself in the biz, but really, saying bad things about people she spread a rumor that Dakota Fanning, who was 10 at the time, had gone to rehab. That's a bit harsh. I think that her marrying a guy who took all her money might have been karma for that horrible joke. I guess my feelings for her haven't really changed. If I catch one of her stand up shows on TV, I'll watch. But will pass on her reality show and any other books she writes.
Nov 21, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: I listened to this on audio, and I think hearing it in her voice versus reading it made it that much better and I'm not usually an audiobook fan. Very conversational and surprisingly charming. I expected it to be more laugh-out-loud funny, and while I laughed at points, I more just listened as if she were talking to a friend about her life.
And she's had a really interesting life! And I think this book makes her much more sympathetic although I don't believe she tries for that than she comes I listened to this on audio, and I think hearing it in her voice versus reading it made it that much better and I'm not usually an audiobook fan.
And I think this book makes her much more sympathetic although I don't believe she tries for that than she comes across. Her persona is that she'll make fun of just about anyone, and she's mean, but I actually think she just expects people to lighten up and take a joke, and she enjoys poking fun at inflated celebrity egos.
And I really enjoyed the sections where she's mimicking Jerry Seinfeld, and her friendship with Brooke Shields, which started on "Suddenly Susan. Feb 24, Deborah Edwards rated it really liked it. Love her or hate her, Kathy Griffin makes no apologies for who she is. She is as candid when describing her triumphs as she is when describing the hard times and heartaches she has handled along the way.
Already a fan, this book gave me new insights into the machinations of Hollywood and its players, as well as a new respect for this woman who rolled with the punches and finally found a way to successfully market her unique persona and talent.
As fearless as Andy Kaufman, but with a work ethic t Love her or hate her, Kathy Griffin makes no apologies for who she is. As fearless as Andy Kaufman, but with a work ethic that would impress the toughest CEO, a foundation in family values that would stifle the many groups who rail against her, and a sweet side that even she might not want to admit, Kathy Griffin made me laugh out loud on many occasions, gasp at her honesty on other occasions, and come away from this book wishing I could spend just one day hanging around with her.
Aug 11, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read so many comedian memoirs, especially lately -- Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman -- and hands down, this is one of the best.
And not all of the stories are about celebrities. Griffin also gets into her own failed marriage to a man who embezzled money from her.
But, don't fret, there's also a shit ton of funny stuff about her days on the s alt-comedy circuit with Janeane Garafalo, Andy Dick, and Margaret Cho. View all 4 comments. Dec 29, Amanda McGill rated it liked it Shelves: