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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review ~ Official Book Club Selection

Pub. Date: September 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover, 368pp



Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy's sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior–the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you've ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.

Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy's life have taught her the most valuable lessons–both inside and outside the entertainment industry. And as if all that wasn't enough, there are also dozens of exclusive and somewhat embarrassing photos from Kathy's own collection–featuring the diva of the D List herself, with her old nose as well as her new one, plus celebrity friends, foes, frenemies, and hangers-on for you to gawk at.

Refreshingly candid, unflinchingly honest, and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments, Official Book Club Selection will make you laugh until you cry, or just puke up a little bit.


I picked this book up at my public library a couple weeks ago after reading a bunch of rave reviews for it on the web. I'm glad that I did because it was a funny, honest and very candid read. There were a lot of moments where I thought to myself "I can't believe she just said that!"

I found that Kathy Griffin is one heck of a lady and really is NOT afraid to put her true feelings into print. Whether it be about her brother (total pedophile), her marriage and divorce, plastic surgery issues, what ever the case may be it's there in print.

The photo's that are included in the book are pretty neat too. Kathy is THE youngest in her family and it is oh so obvious in some of the photos that are shared. Overall, I really think that this book could very well be a Official Book Club Selection.


1 comment:

Patti (Book Addict) said...

I love her show and I wondered if this book was going to be good - thanks for reviewing it!