Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kathy, With Depth (Book Review: Official Book CluB Selection, Kathy griffin)

I really thought Kathy Griffin's "Official Book Selection" was one of those celebrity joke books that comedians  put out - you know, the ones with fluff and no substance, but just a series of jokes from their stand-up routines. As a matter of fact, I have had this book for a while, and have been procrastinating reading it. But I started reading it the other night, and found it to be full of depth. Griffin's act is really not a string of jokes, and she explains that she works best when she is just telling stories, and describing her reactions to issues of the day. That is definitely evident in the book, but she also delves into how she became the success that she is today, and even relates all the bumps - big and small - that got her here. I was especially touched when she talked about her relationship with a drug-addicted older brother, and when she talked about the disintegration of her marriage, you cannot help but empathize and sympathize with her. I found the book to be quite dishy, but then I expected no less, since that is the core of her act. I loved reading abotu her days from "Suddenly Susan" working with Brooke Shields, and how they went about shooting her reality series for Bravo. She has always been one of my favorites, and after reading her trials, am more besotted than ever. 


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