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American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson
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Jan 23, 2010

really liked it

American on Purpose seems to be a carthartic exercise for the late-night funnyman (though that is the last thing he thought he would be doing early in life). Ferguson is adept at delivering his autobiography at a brisk pace despite some pretty heavy topics - alcoholism, drug abuse, adultery, divorce, parenthood, and death - just to name a few, though not always in that order. The book probably is not always as "funny ha-ha" as one may expect from a guy who has strayed wackily, and hiliariously, from the the traditional late-night script. Ferguson intended this to be introspective. He succeeds. He very candidly delivers the reader through the darkest points of his life to some of his later triumphs. He does justice to every topic; yet he is not so beholden to one theme or event that the reader is forced to endure minutiae of material that strays from the theme. He expresses his point, and he moves on. His attitude seems to be, in essence, "Yeah, some of this stuff happened. And, it really sucked. But, I am better now and here's why." And, once in while he is pretty funny while saying it. Fans and non-fans will enjoy the ride.
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