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American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson
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Fans of Craig Ferguson’s work as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show may be familiar with elements of his autobiography. The actor/comedian is not shy about using his own life as fodder for his opening monologues, making frequent mention of his alcoholism and even dedicating a show to his late father on the day he died. With humor, humility, and wit, Ferguson describes his childhood in Scotland (he grew up in a city named “the second-worst town in the United Kingdom”) and his fractious adulthood marked by forays into the music world as a drummer, fist fights, failed relationships, his first taste of audience approval as a comedian, an alarming affinity for alcohol, and more failed relationships. After a successful stint in rehab, he saw greater career success, landing a job as a series regular on The Drew Carey Show before being chosen for his current position. Ferguson’s story reveals his belief that true failure comes from not trying and how a second (or fifth) chance can make a difference. A touching, funny memoir.
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