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20Apr/17Off

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Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick

Kendrick's short memoirs are entertaining but never particularly revealing (unless you're surprised to learn that a twentysomething has taken some recreational drugs).
The best parts are about her early days as a child actor breaking into Broadway and the sacrifices her family made to get that to happen.
I would have been disappointed by this book if I had paid full price for it. At a discount it was worth it.

Rating: B-

28Feb/17Off

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Wishful Drinking

Carrie Fisher

Only a few days ago I nearly bought a physical copy of this book in a bargain bookstore.
Since I've just a had a big clear out of books I didn't want to start adding new books to my shelves.
Imagine my delight when I saw it pop up in the Kindle Daily Deals on Amazon. Especially because I had a credit that meant I could get the book for nothing!
Wishful Drinking is a book adaptation of Fisher's successful one-man show of the same name.
It's a mostly hilarious, occasionally moving piece of autobiography. The best parts are when she talks about her family and her battles with mental illness but it's never less than entertaining.
Given it's stage show origins it's not surprising that it's a little on the short side but it's still very much worth reading - especially if you can pick it up at a bargain price.

Rating: A-

29Feb/16Off

sundry?

You're Never Weird On The Internet (almost)

Felicia Day

you're never weird on the internetFelicia Day is an American actress most famous for roles in various SF and Fantasy TV shows. She was in Buffy, Eureka and Supernatural among others.
She has a dedicated fanbase for her own shows produced for the web. Her show The Guild was a pioneer web series.
This is her autobiography. It goes into great and sometimes funny detail about her home schooled childhood and years at college. There's very little about her work on TV and film but lots of information about The Guild and Geek & Sundry (her YouTube channel/production company). I would have liked to have read her thoughts on what it's like to work with Genre TV alumni like Joss Whedon.
The most welcome part of the book is the section on her struggles with anxiety and depression.
I have to say this is not a book where the author uses autobiography to exorcize their demons. It's a quick read where Ms Day often reaches for the joke rather than the truth of the moment.
I picked it up for £3. I wouldn't recommend paying more than that for it.

Rating: B

16Dec/14Off

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Hyperbole and a Half

Allie Brosh

hyperbole and a halfREAD BEFORE

Rating: A

23Sep/13Off

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I Am The Secret Footballer

The Secret Footballer

i-am-the-secret-footballer-lifting-the-lid-on-the-beautiful-gameI followed the Secret Footballer column on the Guardian website for a while so when this turned up in the 99p Kindle daily deal on the Amazon website I couldn't resist getting it.
I read this in dribs and drabs over months when I needed to kill time and I only had my phone to hand to entertain me.
It's an entertaining and decently written insight to the life of modern top level footballers with just enough self awareness to stop the author from seeming massively entitled. It's still irritating in places when he talks about the obscene behaviours of his fellow professionals, especially with regard to women, but since this feels like honest reporting it's not enough to put you off.
If you're a football fan then it's definitely worth splashing out 99p on this.

Rating: B

19Aug/13Off

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Jenny Lawson

Lets Pretend This NeverHappenedLawson's autobiography is incredibly funny, occasionally moving and nearly always faintly disturbing.
I really don't want to spoil anything for you. I wholeheartedly recommend this book unless you have no taste for dark humour or you're incredibly squeamish.

Rating: A

22Apr/12Off

oof?

How To Be A Woman

Caitlin Moran

Moran's book is a funny autobiographical feminist polemic.
Each chapter illustrates an aspect of growing up and living as a woman using events in her own life.
Her anecdotes are usually hilarious, occasionally moving and nearly always enlightening.
I found much to admire in her take on feminism, but that's not too surprising given how well it chimes with my own views.
It's currently available as a cheap paperback or ebook and is well worth buying.

Rating: A-

13Mar/11Off

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It's Lovely To Be Here

James Yorkston

Pleasantly enjoyable jaunt through Yorkston's tour diaries as he travels the world playing solo shows as headliner and support act.
He's a fine raconteur with a nice line in self-deprecating yarns but to be honest there's nothing more to the book than that.
Worth it only if you're already a fan of his music.

Rating: B

25Nov/10Off

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My Shit Life So Far

Frankie Boyle

My Shit Life So FarOf the comedian's biographies I've read this year, this is closest to an actual biography. True it contains substantial chunks of his stand up routine, but it also feels like you're getting some insight into what makes Boyle the man he is.
It is of course very funny in places.
I'd say it's worth picking it up dirt cheap someplace - no need to encourage him too much.

Rating: B+

16Nov/10Off

hibiscus?

Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch Albom

Sentimental, touching and occasionally escapes cliches and triteness

Rating: B