Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
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Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

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The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: He loved television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he did. No...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jaclyn Day
This is the perfect summer/beach/poolside book. If you’re a Bravo fan or Real Housewives fan, it’s a must-read for all the insider tidbits that Andy spills.

Unlike some other Bravo-catapulted celebrity books (Bethenny’s Skinnydipping and Taylor Armstrong’s memoirs, ahem), this one is actually worth your time. Yes, it’s fluff—but it’s entertaining and fun fluff. I actually had no expectations when I began the book except that I wanted gossipy tidbits about the Housewives, so Andy’s humorous and en...more
Janel
What a blast!...I admit it: Bravo is my automatic default channel. I will watch just about anything they tell me to. Top Chef, Millionaire Matchmaker, Flipping out, and I have been reluctantly sucked into the drama and campiness of several of the Housewives. I totally get a kick out of Andy Cohen and his show Watch What Happens Live! and am completely predisposed to love this book....and I did. It was enlightening and fun to learn a bit about Andy's roots, how he grew up, and his born love of po...more
Angela Risner
I must confess, I am a fan of most of Bravo's programming. I love the Housewives (except for Miami - WHY are they coming back?!?!), I love Top Chef (I want Tom Colicchio and Bobby Flay to make me a sandwich), I love Project Runway (and I liked Bravo's version better; I really think the show floundered for a bit when it went to Lifetime), and I love Jeff Lewis (delightful dry wit.)

At first, I wasn't a huge Andy Cohen fan, though. I just wasn't sure what to make of him when he hosted the reunion s...more
Alley
I am a HUGE HUGE fan of Bravo and am addicted to 99% of their programming and mostly due to the genius that is Andy Cohen. I love everything about him and didn't think i could love him more until I read his book. I finished it within hours and felt every emotion possible as I went through the pages. I loved the smaller inclusions like his camp letters and photos, and other personal mementos. I have never read something where not only am I familiar with the writer but I could here Andy talking as...more
Daniel Lehrhaupt
I was really surprised how enjoyable this book was. Campy? Of course, it's written by the man behind Real Housewives. But the book has a lot of heart too as Andy reveals the mistakes he's made professionally and some of the personal hardships he had as a gay man coming out of the closet at the height of the AIDS epidemic. This isn't Just Kids by Patti Smith, but it's not trying to be. It's an entertaining autobiography worth reading, especially if you love Andy or the Bravosphere.
RNOCEAN
"The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: He loved television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he did. Now presiding over Bravo's reality TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie'...more
Deviant-Muse
I do not give usual reviews spewing the content of the book I've just read. I do tell how I felt about the book and if I enjoyed it or not.

I would not have bought this book and I actually didn't. I received it for Mother's Day from my kids. I do watch some of the Housewives shows and other Bravo television shows. My husband was listening to Howard Stern and Andy just happened to be on that day promoting this book. My husband thought I would like it, so, I got it as a gift.

I enjoyed the book imme...more
Arjun
This was pretty cool. To be honest, I skipped straight to the Housewives and Reunions chapters. They were by far the best because lets face it, that's all I'm interested in.

I've always envisioned Andy as a sort of flamboyant puppetmaster of Cougar Town aka The Real Housewives. And he freely admits it, which was cool. I found his justifications for blatant exploitation of the Housewife crazies interesting and mostly believable. He wants to make good entertainment and as such doesn't see much val...more
Matty
Oh Andy Cohen... Because of it's targeted and somewhat limited audience, I decided to give this book 3 stars, only because had I not been a fan of his and Bravo I wouldn't have picked it up at all.

A good book to pass the time when you don't have anything else to read. I could have done away with the later chapters about the Housewives Franchise even though it's a huge part of his success and without it, he wouldn't have written this book.

He's got a sweet coming out story but I wish he had elabor...more
Courtney
I love Andy Cohen. He seems to be as fascinated by kooky behavior as I am. I don't think I have missed a single episode of his fabulous let's-put-some-liquor-in-Jackee-and-see-what-happens kind of talk show. Saturday Night Live got it right, he is "adorable." That's why I thought there was no chance I would win this book in the giveaway, than I did! http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho... (Don't tell the editors, I would have ended up buying this anyway.)
This book is your perfect beach read for...more
Alyssa Archambo
I was first attracted to this book because I saw Andy Cohen promoting it on The Colbert Report, and I thought he was easy-going and funny. Even though I don't watch The Real Housewives, I was still interested in the stories Andy had to tell.

And my goodness, does Andy Cohen have some stories! For Real Housewives fans, know that this is a memoir. Though he talks about the show, it's not all about it. But Most Talkative has something for everyone, I think, as it's mostly about Andy's path from inte...more
Cynthia
I "read" the audiobook, because I love hearing people read their own autobiographies. I'm giving it 5 stars for what it is: Andy Cohen's memoir about growing up as a gay man in a wonderful family, and working his way up to running the Bravo TV network and getting pummeled by Real Housewives. It doesn't pretend to be any more important to the world than any particular Bravo TV show. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think and have a lot of compassion for what he went through growing up...more
Nikki
Enlightening and humorous all in one, Cohen knows how to pack a punch. This is his story of how he went through life which started out a closeted gay Jewish boy. I have watched Andy on Bravo many times which he is an executive of that network and have felt intrigued with him each time I watched him. I am still fascinated by the man and after reading this memoir of his, I continue to be fascinated by him.



Nothing is out of bounds in this book from him telling his nearest and dearest he was gay, t...more
Rebecca
Jul 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: tv
I do not watch Bravo. After they dumped reruns of The West Wing in September of 2009, I haven't been back since. I don't do reality. So why did I pick up this book? Mainly because Andy went from executive to hosting his own show and I was wondering how that happened. And I have flipped on Watch What Happens Live and with the exception of all the reality guests (flip), I like it. Even though the reviews for this book weren't that great, I still wanted to pick it up. And unfortunately, the reviews...more
Noel Adolph
May 15, 2012 Noel Adolph rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of andy cohen/bravo, pop culture
fans of bravo's 'watch what happens live' host andy cohen will absolutely love this breezy fun read delving into the rise of a network executive. Andy was born 1 year earlier than I was so relating to his obsessions was like a walk down memory lane. Besides his childhood in St. Louis, Andy covers off on coming out in college to his friends and family, working for CBS news in the 90s, and working at Trio and Bravo (including a lengthy chapter on the housewives franchise, including some transcript...more
Bobbi
If you're an Andy fan, you'll love this book. In a breezy, confessional way, he takes us through his life and his experiences in both pop culture and news. The way most of us know him now, with the Bravo show and reunions, doesn't give us a clue of the years he put in as the producer of serious news stories. I found his take on Dan Rather and other personalities fascinating. I fell in love with his parents and the relationship they have with their son. I loved reading about the Bravo shows and p...more
Madeline Solien
I will say this-- I love me some Andy Cohen. He's funny, sassy, and smart. I thought his memoir had a decent amount of gossip in it and some entertaining stories. I didn't however, actually want to read as much about his life growing up. I was expecting this to be a total gossip rag and it only hit about 65% of the mark. Also, he's clearly most interested in RHNY and RHNJ. Throw me some serious OC gossip, yo! oh well. I read this while traveling so it was fairly appropriate for that. Easily put...more
Jenny
Couldn't get enough. Could not contain my laughter on the #11 bus, on the brown line, in bed while Chris was trying to sleep. Reading this basically felt like one of my best friends was telling me hilarious stories for a few days in a row, with touching anecdotes popping up here and there.

Bravo, Andy Cohen (see what I did there?).

I wonder how many other dweebs included 'bravo' in their review. I can't help it.
Jenn O'Brien
I love Andy! Listening to him and his impressions made me laugh out loud. Reading this made me realize that I want to meet Andy's Mom Evelyn. She sounds hysterical!!! I was really hoping for more insider Housewives information but overall I liked listening to his story.
Lisa
I love Andy. Awesome interview on The Howard Stern Show this morning had me buying this book for my Kindle as soon as I could get online. Maze!
Kyle
Here are the lessons I took away from reading Most Talkative:

1) I KNEW, I just KNEW I would not like Jill Zarin in real life. It is not so much that Andy comes out and says things about her directly, but I caught some of it indirectly, and I can deduce that is she is a real bitch.

2) It is easier to get a bit ahead in life when you come from such an affluent family. Internships in NYC?? Cohen himself admits that he didn't suffer much growing up. Good grief, who can do that? I never heard him ment...more
Squirrel Circus
Having just finished my advance copy of Most Talkative (www.librarything.com Early Reviewers) , I think that I owe Andy Cohen an apology....not that he KNEW that I thought he was all fluff and no substance up until I read his book. Really.

I've watched the Real Housewives franchise sporadically, including a few of the reunion shows (don't judge!). I assumed that Cohen was "cast" off the street, so to speak, to be the snarky, sensitive, awkward, and instigating (by turns) host of said reunions (as...more
Po
Oct 12, 2012 Po rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoirs
Loved, loved, loved this book - Andy Cohen and I are on the same wavelength. He has an over enthusiasm for some things, and gets out of proportionately excited, blowing things up to epic proportions - something of which I am guilty, so I can definitely relate. I have honestly never laughed this hard at a book in my life. I love people who can laugh at themselves and their quirks, and at least in this book, Andy is one of those people! Ironically, as someone who loves The Real Housewives, the las...more
Tara
Andy Cohen is my gay soulmate. I ate up every page (except the baseball part, does he think his target demo is going to be interested in baseball?) In a lot of ways I feel like Andy and I are the same person. We both grew up with an undying love for All My Children and television and all of pop culture in general. Like Andy, I was also an intern in the CBS building in NYC, though many years after he was there. I too attribute my intern experience there as one of the best experiences of my life,...more
Candie
I should preface this review by saying that it might be somewhat biased because I went into this book already adoring Andy Cohen.

So about 6 weeks ago, I had just finished the 50 Shades trilogy and I was more than ready to get out of that world. In fact, my main motivation for finishing the last novel was that Andy's book was going to released that next morning and I wanted to start reading it immediately. The reason I am bringing this all up is that the same enthusiasm many seemed to have for 5...more
Diane
I first saw Andy Cohen when he hosted the reunion show for Bravo TV's Flipping Out, a reality show about house flipper/designer Jeff Lewis. I wondered who this Cohen guy was and from where he came.

Cohen is an executive at Bravo TV, and besides foisting on the American people The Real Housewives of (insert one of many cities here), he also hosts Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, a crazy nightly talk show that has counted among its guests Jerry Seinfeld, Ralph Fiennes, Holly Hunter and every real h...more
Jessica
Sep 03, 2013 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Bravo, Real Housewives, and Susan Lucci
This book was great fun! I'm a long time Bravo fan and Andy Cohen lover and I'd been looking forward to reading this for quite a while.

The book is a somewhat traditional memoir, talking about his beginnings, growing up, etc. I really enjoyed learning about his career pre-Bravo since I knew very little about it. Andy's personality shines through and I can only imagine what the audiobook must be like.

I'm a regular viewer of many of the Bravo programs that he works on, so the stories about those sh...more
Kevin Esmeier
Jan 18, 2013 Kevin Esmeier rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who watch too much TV
I'm almost halfway through the book, but have to share for those "on the fence" this is a very engaging wonderfully written book. Andy Cohen knows how to tell a story, and the most important story, his life. He spares readers the chronological boredom laid out in 99% of other autobiographies. The book reads more like he's a new friend you've met, and he's telling you stories about himself over a series of weekly lunch dates.

You're drawn in immediately if pop culture is one of your interests. I s...more
Stephanie
If you love yourself a little "Top Chef" or "Real Housewives," Any Cohen's new biography provides light summer escape. With his trademark self-deprecating wit, Bravo's executive vice president of development and talent and the host of "Watch What Happens Live" traces his boyhood watching such cultural touchstones as "Charlie's Angels" and "All My Children" and comes out to his mother who responds, "I probably would have hated your wife anyway." Cohen traces his early years as an overeager CBS in...more
Jessica
Warning: You should only read this book if you can tell the difference between Kim and Camille, you know what a Jackhole of the Week is, can name two or more reality shows aired on Bravo, care about celebrity gossip and TV. Because that is, more or less, what this book is all about.

Most Talkative is pretty great, I won't lie to you. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. The beginning kind of drags, especially for younger readers who aren't as familiar with the stars of the 80's that author Andy...more
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Andy Cohen is an American television executive, host, and author. As of 2012, he is the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at the Bravo cable television network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. He is also the host of the network's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens Live and the author of a memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. He is the first op...more
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“I was a good kid, but I've had one Achilles' heel that's stayed with me through the years: talking. I simply could not shut the fuck up-I still can't and that small issue has gotten me in all sorts of trouble.” 1 likes
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