- [-] Other Available FormatsOur PriceNew & Used MarketplaceThere's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say (Paperback)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)$10.50
- ISBN-13: 9781598870718
- ISBN-10: 1598870718
- Publisher: HighBridge Audio
- Publish Date: November 2006
- Page Count: 450
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.)
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 canrambling, 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.