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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 showFrom 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
Jun 07, 2012 Jaclyn Day rated it really liked it
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
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Janel
Jun 05, 2012 Janel rated it it was amazing
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
Arjun
May 31, 2012 Arjun rated it liked it
Shelves: essays, memoirs
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
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Angela Risner
Jun 03, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was amazing
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
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Alley
May 21, 2012 Alley rated it it was amazing
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
Matthew
May 08, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
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
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Daniel Lehrhaupt
May 22, 2012 Daniel Lehrhaupt rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2012 RNOCEAN rated it really liked it
"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'
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Deviant-Muse
May 25, 2012 Deviant-Muse rated it it was amazing
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
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Madeline Dahlman
Sep 27, 2012 Madeline Dahlman rated it liked it
Shelves: good-nonfiction
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
Janine
Like Andy Cohen himself, I am guilty of flip-flopping. There are many things I said I'd NEVER like (One Direction, Justin Bieber, vegetables), and ended up slowly coming around to the side of liking them anyway (well, except for vegetables. They still haven't totally won me over).

Andy Cohen was actually one of those things that, in the not-so-distant past I just wasn't a huge fan of. I loved him at Real Housewives reunions on Bravo, but that was about as far as it went. I couldn't watch an enti
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Alyssa Nelson
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
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Cynthia Corral
Jun 11, 2012 Cynthia Corral rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca
Jul 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
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
Courtney
May 11, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, humor
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
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Nikki
May 16, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
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
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Noel Adolph
May 15, 2012 Noel Adolph rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2012 Bobbi rated it really liked it
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
Jenny
May 31, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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.
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
Nov 08, 2014 Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover rated it really liked it
I'm a big WWHL and Bravo fan, I pretty much watch everything on Bravo, so it was nice to read about all the behind the scenes technical stuff. I didn't care so much for the first half of the book cause I wasn't so interested in Andy's upbringing, but the second half was much better. If you like Bravo and AC then this is a good read for you:))
Jenn O'Brien
Nov 19, 2012 Jenn O'Brien rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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!
Kelli
Mar 21, 2017 Kelli rated it liked it
Funny if you like Andy Cohen, Bravo, and just generally ridiculous stories. There was one story within the book where I could not contain my laughter. He is a nut and I really like him.
Diane
Aug 06, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
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
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Meredith First
Dec 04, 2012 Meredith First rated it it was amazing
Forget logistics or the scientific details that I'm a few years older, Andy Cohen and I are twins separated at birth. Sure, he was placed in a nice Jewish family in Missouri and I was placed in a nice, religiously confused family in California, but still...we're twins. Our mothers think they birthed us, but still...we're twins.

With the disclaimer of my newfound evidence (lack of?) of my familial link in place, I'd like to tell you to run to your nearest bookseller to buy my brother Andy Cohen's
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Candie
May 27, 2012 Candie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Squirrel Circus
May 16, 2012 Squirrel Circus rated it really liked it
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
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Randi Reisfeld
Apr 19, 2015 Randi Reisfeld rated it really liked it
Andy Cohen: Most Talkative: Tales From The Frontlines of Pop-Culture is a hoot. A combination bio and dish about celebrities, it’s a double-take-inducing, “wait, did he just say that?” He’s mostly nice. But not always. He doesn’t spare himself. He gets “mazels” when deserved, and exposes himself as a “jackhole” also, when deserved.

How do I know it’s real?
Back when producer Andy tried to book stars for the low-rated CBS This Morning, he often got a “pass,” delivered by their publicists. Once, he
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Kevin Esmeier
Jan 17, 2013 Kevin Esmeier rated it liked it
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
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Marcela
Aug 07, 2016 Marcela rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, memoir
After finishing reading two lengthy historical fiction novels, I was in the mood for something light and hopefully humorous. I came across this book by Andy Cohen and decided to give it a try although I didn't know much about him before. I have only recently watched Andy for the first time on Watch What Happens Live –and I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining the show is, so it is now set to record on my DVR. I have also watched a couple of the Real Housewives franchises and I never thou ...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.” 5 likes
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