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Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
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Aug 02, 2011

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

This book is yet another reminder of what kind of ego it takes to make it in showbiz. Like other comedians, Kathy Griffin comes across as a bit of a nasty character. She is not D-list, but more of a bottom feeder. The "ugly girl with shock value" shtick has been done before, and better (eg by Ruby Wax). Griffin is quick to judge others, yet can't seem able to apply these rules to herself. In this book she portrays herself as a money-obsessed control freak, who seems to have little grasp of how marriages should work, and hardly mentions any close friends ("the gays" that come up frequently are nameless, like some interchangeable accessory).
Some bits are funny, but it gets tired rather quickly - a bit like Kathy Griffin herself, really.

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