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Fierce, Funny, and Female is the prequel to the critically acclaimed, nationally award-winning and bestselling memoir, Never Give in to Fear. In her raw, vivid, and unabashed style, author Marti MacGibbon delivers a sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, always engaging account of her passage through trauma, betrayal, and loss in adolescence and young adulthood to disco ...more
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Published March 20th 2017 by Stay Strong Publishing
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Julie
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, humor, memoir
Fierce, Funny, and Female: A Journey Through Middle America, the Texas Oil Field, and Standup Comedy by Marti MacGibbon is a 2017 Stay Strong publication.

Marti MacGibbon has truly led a very challenging life!! However, she is also a bold inspiration, and living proof that if there is a will, there is a way.

This memoir follows Marti from her teenage years beginning in 1969 up to present day, where she is enjoying the realization of a lifelong dream.

Marti’s story is not an easy one to read abo
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Taylor
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve only read a handful of memoirs this year, but even if nonfiction was my predominant genre, I’m certain MacGibbon’s story would leave a lasting impression.

“DEEP DOWN, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FIERCE, BUT DIDN’T COME TO GRIPS WITH THAT TILL LATER ON."

Told in three parts, this prequel focuses on MacGibbon’s traumatic teenage years, her tenacity in the Texas oil fields, and her time onstage as a stand-up comic. Written in an engaging voice, as if she’s speaking to us right off the page, Fierce, Funn
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, books-to-review
This book dives into the gritty world of Texas oil fields, growing up in the 70's and free love & drugs, and one woman's perseverance to survive it all, if not for herself, then for her daughter.

I was intrigued by this book because Marti is a woman that found herself in a man's world in the late 70s. And not just any man's world, but one that was rough and tough and filled with discrimination and sexual overtones.  She gave as good as she got and was well respected by her peers which was probabl
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Ruthie Jones
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Fierce, Funny, and Female, Marti MacGibbon shows us just how badass she is. But her bravado, ferocity, and true grit are more than just a part of her persona; they are part of her defense mechanism, her survival instincts, and her way of coping and trying desperately to stay the course.

This story is rife with hard truths about a young girl coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s, when free love and sex, drugs, and rock and roll reigned supreme. Marti doesn’t hold back in telling her readers abou
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Lorilei Gonzales
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MacGibbon knows how to hook a reader. What a standup comic is doing in the middle of gunfire will rouse most people's interest, I think. The prologue is a teaser of what is to come in the middle of the book. First, MacGibbon takes you back, way back. She walks you through her innocent beginnings and then the sad descent into adolescent corruption. It's a wonder that she made it to adulthood, and dug herself out of a pretty deep pit.

The lighter sections read like the memoir of funny lady Tina Fey
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Maida
I don’t normally read non-fiction unless it’s a craft book on writing or a cookbook and I hardly ever read memoirs, but there’s something about this book that called to me. The catchy title alone had me anticipating a good read and I wasn’t disappointed.

The first third was quite harrowing, with her tales of abuse, drug addiction, sexual assault, hospitalization, brainwashing, and the most heart-breaking of all, her separation from her daughter. But the telling was quite fascinating in that thro
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Gayle Lucka
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Excellent. She's a survivor and an awesome lady. ...more
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Despite a scheduled appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, emerging standup comic Marti MacGibbon became entangled in the San Francisco drug scene and descended into the underworld. She was trafficked from San Francisco to Tokyo and sold to Japanese organized crime figures, but survived against long odds and escaped with the help of a Hong Kong smuggler. After returning to the U.S., Ma ...more

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