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Lizz Free Or Die by Lizz Winstead
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May 08, 12

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Read from February 27 to March 05, 2012

Comedian Winstead's debut collection of "messays" (memoir plus essays) offers a funny, thoughtful look at her life and work. She's not afraid to explore topics like her childhood fear of a praying hands plaque (she thought they were the real severed hands of a sinful child), a wardrobe malfunction that left her "she-joy" exposed, or career low points like opening for Frankie Avalon. Recognizable from appearances on comedy and news commentary shows, Winstead also co-created Comedy Central's The Daily Show (this is covered in one of the book's longer essays) and was part of Air America radio's starting lineup. While she takes the high road in glossing over her departure from The Daily Show, her Air America essay reveals the network's mismanagement, which resulted in her being replaced by Jerry Springer. VERDICT Winstead's showbiz connections will draw in readers, especially those who share her progressive point of view, but poignant essays about an unwanted pregnancy and the loss of her parents resonate most strongly. Recommended.

LJ Reviews 2012 May #1

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