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There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
by Paula Poundstone

Overview - What do the lives of Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures have in common with Paula Poundstone? In the hands of this wryly observant and self-deprecating comedian, the answer is outrageously funny and unexpectedly touching.  Read more...

 
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Overview
What do the lives of Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures have in common with Paula Poundstone? In the hands of this wryly observant and self-deprecating comedian, the answer is outrageously funny and unexpectedly touching. Poundstone compares her crazy life to theirs, as she holds forth on her children, her career, and the time in her life when it appeared she would lose them both. Now exonerated, Poundstone treats that stressful experience and the rest of her life successes and failures with remarkable wit and insight. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BOOK THAT I MEANT TO SAY is self-awareness and honesty at its most hilarious."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781598870718
  • ISBN-10: 1598870718
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio
  • Publish Date: November 2006
  • Page Count: 450


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Books > Humor > Form - Essays
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 69.
  • Review Date: 2007-01-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

The intentionally disjointed structure of this audiobook—Poundstone presenting biographies of seven historical figures, including Joan of Arc, Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln, with each fact launching her into a tangent about her own life—works particularly well on audio. Poundstone sounds like she's chatting naturally and keeps remembering other things she wants to say. She's frank, funny and immensely likable. Her autobiographical stories are often harrowing: she was convicted of driving while intoxicated with her three adopted children in the car, and lost custody of them for a year. Her pain at the memory is obvious, but she leavens the subject matter with plenty of black humor and irony: noting that she was court-ordered on television to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, she comments, "That pretty much blows the hell out of the second A." There are many quotable one-liners, amid Poundstone's self-deprecating humor. By turns funny and poignant, this is a book that shines on audio. Simultaneous release with the Harmony hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 17). (Nov.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Standing up for herself

Paula Poundstone's brand of humor may be an acquired taste, but one well worth acquiring. Her first book, There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, is a Paula-perfect monologue, delivered as only she can—rambling, revealing and fabulously funny. Paula describes her stand-up style as "observational humor." Mostly, she observes herself, as a comic and as a single mother of three adopted children living with nine cats, a determinedly dumb dog and an aging rabbit. Somehow she mingles her personal musings, including problems with alcohol and an epic stay in rehab, with idiosyncratic takes on Joan of Arc, Beethoven, Lincoln, Helen Keller and other unlikely bedfellows. Whatever Paula meant to say, this will do just fine.

 
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