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In 2009, she released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.

In 2009, she released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. Griffin has taped numerous standup comedy specials with HBO and Bravo  . In the same book, Griffin discussed her eldest brother, Kenny, who was a drug addict and homeless at various times, and revealed that she was "afraid of him until the moment he died" due to his violent, abusive nature.

A Conversation with Kathy Griffin: Q: State your name and profession. view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. KG: My name is Kathy Griffin.

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Official Book Club Selection book. 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.

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Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road .

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. 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.

A Conversation with Kathy Griffin:Q: State your name and profession.KG: My name is Kathy Griffin, and I am a teller of d**k jokes. And a plumber.Q: This is your first book. Had you ever considered writing anything before? A novel? Or a work of historical scholarship? Or a children's story?KG: I had not considered it, because I'd always been told by the nuns at St. Bernadine's that my cursive was poor. A children' s story is an interesting idea. How's this for a title: "Waterboarding Pre-Teens: The Debate is Back On." I have a political side as well.Q: You seem fairly obsessed with Oprah. Is this something you'll ever outgrow?KG: I will never outgrow my obsession with Oprah. Just as she will never outgrow her cardigan sweaters. Oops, she already has. Now look, that sounds like a dig, but it's not. It's called a struggle, and I'm on it with her. I support her. (Not as much as she needs those underwire bras to support her, because she's got some serious ropes and pulleys going on there.) The point is, I worship her, and fear her at the same time. And believe me, that' s how she wants it. Don't be fooled.Q: Did I miss something? Where's Celine Dion in this book?KG: I didn't write about Celine Dion, only because of my fear of her husband Rene Angelil. I have an unfounded but constant fear that he could be in the French-Canadian mafia. Or have French-Canadian mafia ties, and by ties I don't mean les cravats. And I fear that I may be abducted, whisked away and held prisoner at a charming little brasserie in Montreal, forced to eat multiple Croque Monsieur sandwiches until I confess to knowing the lyrics to every single one of her songs.Q: What do you think gays should take away from reading this book?KG: I think the gays should be happy with this book. It talks a lot about being who you are, and I certainly mention a lot of gay people. I would say it definitely has strong gay themes, and the gay community should know that frankly it has been a moral struggle for me to even acknowledge the heterosexual community in this book at all. But I am slowly reaching out an olive branch to the heterosexual community, even though I believe everything they do goes against the teachings of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But I'm trying not to judge them.Q: Describe your ideal, make-a-wish day of personal experiences with bats**t celebrities.KG: Well, it would start with some sort of a fit in the hair-and-makeup trailer on a set. I heard a story that when Sharon Stone was working on "Casino," she got into such a fight with her hairdresser, that after he spent four hours doing this beautiful bouffant hairdo for her, she got up and walked in the sink and put her head underwater. I have no idea if that's true, but I hope it is, cause that's some awesome s**t I would love to see. Then it would go right to lunch, where I could witness an eating disorder. Maybe a Lohan is purging in a bush somewhere with her finger down her throat. Or perhaps there's an Olsen twin on a scale crying because she finally tipped 100. Any outburst over weight I would cherish. Also, it would be great to see an actress have a workload meltdown. So maybe at 2:00 some A-lister saying, "I can't handle this s**t anymore." Because I love when actors can't deal with a normal workday, and they think two in the afternoon is like midnight, so I would love to see somebody storming to their car, exhausted because they've put in a grueling four-hour workday of saying three lines and texting their nanny. Then it's maybe off to an illicit affair. At the top of my wish list would be following a rapper or a football player over to his baby mama's house where a screaming match ensues to the point where someone, maybe me, has to anonymously dial 911, and then I take a couple pictures, and I become an unannounced star witness later at the trial, entering Joan Collins-style in a smashing hat. And then at the end of the day it's a healthy round of clubbing with Janice Dickinson, and then on the way home we go to the Beverly Glen pharmacy and run into Paula Abdul. All three of us secretly take our small white-paper pharmacy bags and put them behind our backs and make uncomfortable small talk.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.From the Hardcover edition.

Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin epub download

ISBN13: 978-0345518569

ISBN: 034551856X

Author: Kathy Griffin

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)

Pages: 384 pages

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lubov
I absolutely loved this book. Kathy is smart, funny and a natural writer. She's got the comedic rhythm going when she writes, so I was smiling through most of the book and laughing out loud sometimes, which is incredibly rare for me. I laughed more reading this than the only two other books that ever got a laugh out of me: Bossypants and Joan Rivers' first memoir, which I can't remember the name of. I read it in the 90's.

I'm from Chicago and know Oak Park and was around the improv world in the mid-80''s to early 90's, so it was fun reading about a world I know/knew. It was tough for women to come up in comedy (and still is. Men said women weren't funny when I was in that world. Male comedians have rarely made me laugh. News flash: we have different sensibilities. But there is overlap. I love you Martin Short!!!) I loved Kathy's perseverance.

I watched some of her D-List reality show back in the day and adored her parents. Loved hearing more about them. It was fascinating to hear what happened to her husband. Most of us understand not paying attention to clues at first about the people we fall in love with.

This was a great memoir. I'm halfway through her second book and loving it (and not understanding the reviews saying they love Kathy and loved her first book, but the second one is awful. I love the second one. Hope to review that also.)

Highly recommended.
lubov
I absolutely loved this book. Kathy is smart, funny and a natural writer. She's got the comedic rhythm going when she writes, so I was smiling through most of the book and laughing out loud sometimes, which is incredibly rare for me. I laughed more reading this than the only two other books that ever got a laugh out of me: Bossypants and Joan Rivers' first memoir, which I can't remember the name of. I read it in the 90's.

I'm from Chicago and know Oak Park and was around the improv world in the mid-80''s to early 90's, so it was fun reading about a world I know/knew. It was tough for women to come up in comedy (and still is. Men said women weren't funny when I was in that world. Male comedians have rarely made me laugh. News flash: we have different sensibilities. But there is overlap. I love you Martin Short!!!) I loved Kathy's perseverance.

I watched some of her D-List reality show back in the day and adored her parents. Loved hearing more about them. It was fascinating to hear what happened to her husband. Most of us understand not paying attention to clues at first about the people we fall in love with.

This was a great memoir. I'm halfway through her second book and loving it (and not understanding the reviews saying they love Kathy and loved her first book, but the second one is awful. I love the second one. Hope to review that also.)

Highly recommended.
Musical Aura Island
I enjoyed this book, but I think it could have been better. It was entertaining, but I kept wishing that she had spent more time on fewer things. She used a stream of consciousness writing style that flew past several interesting experiences too quickly. I kept wanting to say to her, "Stop! Tell me more about that!", but she would have moved on already. With that said, Kathy Griffin is hilarious. This is a fun book, and I would suggest it as a good vacation read.
Musical Aura Island
I enjoyed this book, but I think it could have been better. It was entertaining, but I kept wishing that she had spent more time on fewer things. She used a stream of consciousness writing style that flew past several interesting experiences too quickly. I kept wanting to say to her, "Stop! Tell me more about that!", but she would have moved on already. With that said, Kathy Griffin is hilarious. This is a fun book, and I would suggest it as a good vacation read.
Qusserel
I bought both the hard copy and the audiobook of this great memoir - and it was worth the money! Anyone who is a fan of Kathy Griffin knows that she is an amazing story teller - making even the most minor celebrity encounter into an elaborate tale, usually enhanced by her special brand of brutal comedy. This book is great because instead of focusing on other celebrities, this time the stories are all about her - yay! I loved hearing about how she hustled for about 37 years before getting her big break - it's so very real and honest. The brutal reality is that in Hollywood, people have to pay dues for YEARS, sometimes DECADES before they get discovered. Listening to Kathy break down her process is truly inspiring. She's funny, she's brash, and with the audiobook, you really feel like it's just you and her having one of the best conversations EVER! She tackles some serious subjects (her estranged brother, her issues with overeating and her marriage-gone-wrong) along with hilarious stories about her career (my favorite is her performance-gone-wrong with Andy Dick) and her parents. Bottom line: GET THIS BOOK. It'll make you happy.
Qusserel
I bought both the hard copy and the audiobook of this great memoir - and it was worth the money! Anyone who is a fan of Kathy Griffin knows that she is an amazing story teller - making even the most minor celebrity encounter into an elaborate tale, usually enhanced by her special brand of brutal comedy. This book is great because instead of focusing on other celebrities, this time the stories are all about her - yay! I loved hearing about how she hustled for about 37 years before getting her big break - it's so very real and honest. The brutal reality is that in Hollywood, people have to pay dues for YEARS, sometimes DECADES before they get discovered. Listening to Kathy break down her process is truly inspiring. She's funny, she's brash, and with the audiobook, you really feel like it's just you and her having one of the best conversations EVER! She tackles some serious subjects (her estranged brother, her issues with overeating and her marriage-gone-wrong) along with hilarious stories about her career (my favorite is her performance-gone-wrong with Andy Dick) and her parents. Bottom line: GET THIS BOOK. It'll make you happy.
Deeroman
Kathy's memoir does provide some excellent laughs, but it's not all fun and games. Kathy gets into some serious topics, so don't think this is like watching one of her shows. Her memoir is so much more than listening to her trash celebrities, perform D-List appearances, or mimic the fabulous Maggie Griffin. We get to learn about the "real" Kathy Griffin, and get some insight into her life growing up, events that shaped her (figuratively and literally -- hello, plastic surgery!), and her loves and losses. I loved learning about Kathy's observations as a child, her family, her obsession with food (particularly Jiffy cake), Kathy's start in show business, Kathy's marriage, and everything in between. It's well-written (shout-out to her ghost writer!) and gives some true insight into the comedienne, making you appreciate her all the more. She's a real person with ups and downs, and sometimes I wanted to reach out and give her a big hug. Kathy never fails to impress, and I'm so glad she's finally getting some real recognition for all of her hard work and accomplishments. She definitely earned her time in the spotlight.

If I had any disappointment with the book, it would be that Kathy didn't reveal enough about her marriage, her relationships with the members of Team Griffin (Jessica, Tiffany, and Tom), and what the heck happened between she and Jessica that she's no longer her assistant. Also, the chapter of email exchanges between Kathy and Woz was a big yawner. What exactly was their relationship? What happened that he was suddenly marrying someone else? Inquiring minds want to know. Perhaps those details are being saved for Official Book Club Selection, Volume Two.

At any rate, I loved learning more about Kathy, the person. I hope she'll tell us more in future memoirs as well as books of observations of celebrities. She's got a lot of material, and I'll take it in any way, shape, or form I can get it. Thanks for being you, Kathy Griffith. Er...Kathie Lee. Er...Kathy Griffin. :)

After reading the book, check out the audio book! It's worth a second "reading!"
Deeroman
Kathy's memoir does provide some excellent laughs, but it's not all fun and games. Kathy gets into some serious topics, so don't think this is like watching one of her shows. Her memoir is so much more than listening to her trash celebrities, perform D-List appearances, or mimic the fabulous Maggie Griffin. We get to learn about the "real" Kathy Griffin, and get some insight into her life growing up, events that shaped her (figuratively and literally -- hello, plastic surgery!), and her loves and losses. I loved learning about Kathy's observations as a child, her family, her obsession with food (particularly Jiffy cake), Kathy's start in show business, Kathy's marriage, and everything in between. It's well-written (shout-out to her ghost writer!) and gives some true insight into the comedienne, making you appreciate her all the more. She's a real person with ups and downs, and sometimes I wanted to reach out and give her a big hug. Kathy never fails to impress, and I'm so glad she's finally getting some real recognition for all of her hard work and accomplishments. She definitely earned her time in the spotlight.

If I had any disappointment with the book, it would be that Kathy didn't reveal enough about her marriage, her relationships with the members of Team Griffin (Jessica, Tiffany, and Tom), and what the heck happened between she and Jessica that she's no longer her assistant. Also, the chapter of email exchanges between Kathy and Woz was a big yawner. What exactly was their relationship? What happened that he was suddenly marrying someone else? Inquiring minds want to know. Perhaps those details are being saved for Official Book Club Selection, Volume Two.

At any rate, I loved learning more about Kathy, the person. I hope she'll tell us more in future memoirs as well as books of observations of celebrities. She's got a lot of material, and I'll take it in any way, shape, or form I can get it. Thanks for being you, Kathy Griffith. Er...Kathie Lee. Er...Kathy Griffin. :)

After reading the book, check out the audio book! It's worth a second "reading!"