Monday, September 28, 2009

Review: American On Purpose (Audio)

American on Purpose:
The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot




PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY:

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcomThe Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show.

By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

©2009 Craig Ferguson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

I have vague memories of Steve Allen and Jack Parr. Mostly Johnny Carson entertained me. Johnny was warm and funny and enjoyed his guests. His was quick and bright and funny. But you never felt like you knew him. Here in is the difference, I think the man you see on the TV, this Scotsman from Glasgow, lets you in on his reality. That is why I wanted to hear him read his words; to see if I was right. I am so I was!

No one's life is easy, surely not his, but he makes no apologies for it...it is what it is. He said something like, his son and he grow out of their mistakes. Isn't that lovely? His explanation of what addition was/is like for him is probably one of the best I have heard.

Oh, don't doubt it, he is really glad to be an American.

Is it a "tell all" book?

Yes, about himself. No about others, he changes the names of people where he feels appropriate.

Who is this for?

If you are listening to it, those who like the Scottish burr. People who like memoirs. People who like a bit of a giggle. People that like him on TV and want to know more about the man; like did you know he wrote a novel before this book?

Oh,all of you who like a good story told in the first person, read the book! For you vampire lovers, he likes them and likes to play them.

What more can I say? I love this story and will listen to it again in future...just to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time. That is my story and I am sticking to it!

(Oh, if you have have watched the program, you know Craig does have to be bleeped something....he is not bleeped here but it is not excessive and is part of who he is. Just do a mental bleep and go on.

Of course I now have another book to add to my evergreen and growing list...yes, I gotta read that first book!)

9 comments:

Mary said...

I've been waiting for blogger reviews for this book. I think he's very funny. There's a YouTube video of him (on his show) telling about when he stopped drinking. It's wonderful.
Thanks for the review : )

HODGEPODGESPV said...

mary, i hope you enjoy it as much as i!

Lisa said...

I love Craig Ferguson! Sometimes when I'm watching the show, I'm laughing so hard I have to use my inhaler. I've been wondering if this book was worth picking up--so glad to know it is! Craig was also in a movie which my daughter and I both thought was delightful; can't remember the name but it also stars Charlotte Church.

HODGEPODGESPV said...

Lise, me too!

Danielle Thorne said...

Sounds interesting!

HODGEPODGESPV said...

it is very interesting

bridget3420 said...

I've been wanting to read this!

HODGEPODGESPV said...

bridget, stop waiting and get the book.

MarthaE said...

Good review Hodgepodge! I don't watch TV so am not really familiar with this fellow but your post makes the Audio sound very interesting! Thanks!