American on Purpose
I’m trying to love Craig Ferguson while I can because let’s face it world. . .Craig Ferguson is coming! I’m not one of those intellectual yuppies who hates anything mainstream but there is, admittedly, something really fun about liking something cult or limited in appeal because, well, you are kind of the hip (or hipster) guy or gal who caught on to something early. Craig Ferguson, and his late night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, is...more
One of the more excellent memoirs I've ever read. And I mean that for both it's candid poignancy and cynical Scottish hilarity.
I'll admit up front, I'm a bit of a Craig Ferguson fan. He's always been, to me, one of the very few televised personalities whom I'd love to know personally. I felt the book was true to his particular blend of endearing guile and cheeky lowbrow humor.
He admits to his own biases and misconceptions and makes no point of taking political si...more
I generally don't listen to books on tape/CD, because I am usually driving and I don't multi-task very well. Listening to this book was a different experience for me than reading it -- maybe because of the lovely Scottish burr, maybe because the listening is less intense than actually reading. I dunno. I did enjoy listening as much as I did reading it, but I'm not sure what I would have gotten out of i...more
The one thing I admired most of his story was how he was completely unwilling to settle for an acting job that undermined his skill. It didn't matter if he was working with Betty White or alongside Drew Carrey, he wanted his voice to be heard. He's a very driven in...more
Scottish by birth, American on Purpose. That says it all. :)
"Between safety and adventure, I choose adventure." Good words to live by.
(P.S. It's totally worth it to listen to CraigyFerg read his own audio book.)
If you don't know who Craig Ferguson even is I would recommend picking this up anyway because you don't have to know anything about him to f...more
I absolutely loved this. I listened to the audiobook which, thankfully, is narrated by Ferguson, as well. His recount of his life in Scottland and his troubles in his youth, and even as an adult, appear completely honest and painful, but he s...more
“With American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies. He has, instead, written a book that is hilarious and irrepressibly daft, yet also kind, poignant, and undeniably wise. It was a joy to read.” (Dennis Lehane, author of The Given Day )
“Funny and poignant and inspirational and brilliant. Nowhere in his story of emigration and redemption does Craig Ferguson realize t
This was a very quick read (perhaps two or three hours to bowl it off) but for all the ease of the simple story arc,...more
But after reading this book, I really like this guy and want to see more of his work. Ferguson is funny. He's a comedian. He should be. But funny comedians don't always write funny books that have heart. Ferguson does. He's brutally hon...more
My Review: I herewith confess: If Craig Ferguson was even a teensy hint queer, I'd be on a plane to Cali and camped on his doorstep with flowers, candy, and a leg ir...more
While there are definitely traces of his humor throughout ... and if you know Ferguson, you'll definitely be able to read some of this work picturing and hearing him deliver it ... for th...more
The first requirement of a good biography is that the subject needs to have lived an interesting enough life to be worth wr...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and for once find it entirely apropos to use the cliche that, yes, "I lau...more
Hilarious and sad in places, like when he realizes what saved him from suicide on a Christmas morning. It's really riveting, too, and it made me want to watch his show more often, which I have done.
[Review for the Library book blog:]
Today’s Book: American on Purpose: the improbable adventures of an unlikely patriot, by Craig Ferguson
The plot: The subtitle of this witty autobiography is “the improbable adventures of an unlikely patriot,” and that only just begins to desc...more