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I'm Just a Person

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,508 ratings  ·  769 reviews
One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C.Diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and was diagnosed with bilateral breast
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Published June 14th 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jessica Jeffers
First of all, if you are one of seven people in the world who hasn't yet listened to Tig Notaro's famous set from Largo, go do that right now.

If you know anything at all about Tig Notaro, it's that 2012 was an absolute shit year for her. She was diagnosed with an aggressive bacterial infection called c. Diff that more or less ate her intestines. As soon as she got out of the hospital, but before she had really recovered, she received a phone call from her stepfather that her mom had fallen, hit
Heidi The Reader
Tig Notaro is a survivor. Her dry humor shines through these pages as she tells her life story: multiple brushes with death, romantic relationships, and snapshots of her childhood, parents, and thought processes. She shows us that she's "just a person", yes, but also how extraordinary an ordinary person can be when presented with nearly insurmountable difficulties like dropping out of school at an early age, having a biological father who was never present and a stepfather who was never ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I’m not a superstitious person, but I was beginning to believe that I was on a bad streak and that life had made a decision to take me down.”—Tig Notaro

I was a fan of Tig’s before her Live album shot her to stardom. During that show, she shocked the audience with her honest humor about her recent back-to-back tragedies: the sudden loss of her mother, a serious C. DIFF infection, followed by aggressive breast cancer. The follow-up to that album is her memoir, I’m Just a Person, a more filled in
Liz Scheier
I adore Tig Notaro, and would watch anything she does. Which is why this book came as such a disappointment. It's sloppily put together and feels like it was written as an afterthought; more than 3/4 of the book is simply a retelling of what's been told in her performances, and the rest is perfunctory (she jumps right from childhood to her diagnosis, leaving out her early work and how she got started in comedy - a gap of 20 years.) I really, really wish this had been better.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I really loved this little gem of a book. Though I'm not a huge fan of stand-up, I love Tig Notaro's brand of honest, straightforward dry comedy. Like many, I "discovered" her via THIS AMERICAN LIFE and was captivated by her presence even before the now-famous cancer diagnosis. I picked this book up expecting short, pithy essays that felt a little rushed--that's how a lot of comedians' books feel to me. Imagine my surprise to discover that I'M JUST A PERSON is a very well written, thoughtful, ...more
Ross Blocher
Tig Notaro is one of my favorite comedians. Her delivery is slow, dry, perfectly timed and completely self-aware. She's found an amazing way of making her honest and vulnerable personal stories both fresh and entertaining. This book expounds on some of the stories she's told in other venues, largely focused on the disastrous year of 2012, in which she contracted C. diff, broke up with her girlfriend, found out her mom had died, and then got diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer that required a ...more
"The scary beauty of life is that cancer can be around the corner just as a Grammy nomination can be."

I was only vaguely familiar with Tig Notaro prior to snagging this on an ebook deal recently. Anyone who can keep a sense of humor through tragedy is my kind of human being. This was a very solid memoir.
An intense, darkly funny, inspiring memoir about a pretty unbelievable year in the life of comedian Tig Notaro. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is that I love about how she puts things. I think it's her sense of humour, for sure, but also her deadpan voice and her generosity and her honesty. Yeah, maybe that's it.
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Another secondhand shop find, another one-day read. I've heard of Tig Notaro and I'm aware that she's a comedian but I'm sorry to say that until I read this I've not seen any of her standup work. Needless to say, the Live set is at the top of my list right now. She has such a heartbreaking, incredible story.
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book of Tig's most awful year, and very excellent comedy show where she had just found out she had cancer. The video went viral with millions of hits, then followed by a documentary a year or two later. I love her dry, witty sense of humor, and offbeat timing. The Book goes into more emotional depth so you get to understand what Tig really endured. Highly recommend.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is so close to a bump to 5 read that I may come back and do that.

I enjoy a good memoir, and this is a good memoir.

I had no idea what to expect. My cultural illiteracy is pretty deep on the entertainment front, and I had never heard of this comedian. I don’t read many celebrity memoirs either. And then there was the whole premise of “here’s a crazy bad year I had”.

But this book it all the right notes for me. It didn’t feel like celebrity writing or living. It was articulate and sometimes
Jaclyn Crupi
I love Tig Notaro. I first heard her on This American Life and was completely blown away. Her stand up is hilarious. Her Largo set about cancer was brilliant. Her Netflix documentary was moving.

In her book, Tig tells her story of contracting C. Difficile, her mother's sudden death, her relationship breakup and her cancer diagnosis - all in the span of four months. It's the story any fan of hers will know well. The sections about her mother's death are particularly moving. Overall though I'm
Chris Roberts
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The memoir as
cankering ode to self
audacious is the conceit
which allows an author - anybody -
to have printed
the utter dizzying, dragging m-i-n-u-t-u-e
of a life lived grasping for metaphors
and the claptrap resultant in the mining of the mind.

The disease induced genre
a.k.a. "feel sorry for me"
because a loved one is dead
the "fight the good fight" narrative
inspiration spelled backwards is yawn
the woman down the street
she has a hangnail
and is actively preparing her memoir
will it be a bestseller?
Leo Robertson
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What with the stand-up, the articles, the podcast interviews, the TV show, the documentary... nobody can get enough of this woman! (I love looking at her too: she has beautiful eyes!!)

If you know of this book, you know what it's about, and if you're interested in it you should read it (omg so hungover I can't bloody think.)
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An amazing and real story

If you are thinking about reading or listening to this book, I would hope that you know of Tig Notaro. If you don't do yourself a favor and check out her amazing, deep, and real live album: "Live" first.

It's amazing what one person can be forced to endure. Tig's life seemed to be on the normal arc of a stand-up comedian. She was performing, making money from gigs, and touring. She then suffered from one of the worst streaks
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard about Tig Notaro's comedy and bits about her over the past couple years. I saw her on Inside Amy Schumer and then her comedy special where she remained topless the entire set, displaying her double mastectomy scars as she did her show. I was compelled by this woman's life and that flame is kindled even more after reading her autobiography. I enjoyed hearing her share her life on the page. Tig is candid and unflinching when she speaks about her very tumultuous experiences with her ...more
Life kicked Tig Notaro right in the ovaries, really fucking hard, over and over in a short period of time. She came through it and one of the results is an awesome book. Honest, sad, funny, and touching. Great read.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2012, stand up comic Tig Notaro made headlines when she began one of her performances with "Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everyone having a good time? I have cancer." The video clip of that performance went viral and the world soon knew of Notaro's situation.

But that wasn't all. In the space of four months, Notaro nearly died of a C-Diff infection, her mother died in a freak accident, and she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Her memoir I'm
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Okay, I love Ms. Nataro. I do. But when I picked up this book, I thought I would be learning something new. But what I got was a rehashing of everything I already knew, with a few new bits thrown in to really confuse me. I actually checked the publishing date at least three times as I was reading through because I already knew all about the cancer thing, and the Jack thing, and even the girlfriend thing. I thought this was a new book - that's what I kept finding myself wondering. I watched her ...more
Nay Keppler
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
damn girl been thru it
Ariel ✨
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-general
I rated it five stars because I love her. If you love her, you'll appreciate this memoir. Tig Notaro's climb from a high school dropout in Mississippi to a well-known comic, TV producer, and published author is the kind of success story I love to read about in memoirs. She goes more in depth about her illnesses and her relationship with her mom than she did in her Netflix documentary, "Tig". Stephanie isn't mentioned until the two chapters, but it's the sweetest part of the book. Parts of it ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, advance-copy
Received this galley at PLA and was excited to read it after seeing her closing session there. I also watched her HBO special and Netflix documentary, fascinated by her life and humor. Tig's story is powerful and heartbreaking; she's a testament to what one human being can overcome. That said, I was disappointed that the memoir mostly described in written form what she discussed at the session and in her specials. There weren't many stories, surprises or insights here that she hadn't already ...more
I admire her so much. Heavens. Watch her Amazon prime show. Just... just do it. Listen to her comedy. She may just be a person, but she is an amazing person who sur-thrived ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book feels like receiving a hug. This one also felt like giving one. I had no idea I needed to read this book so much. I heard Tig on a podcast and thought she was funny. After my grandma’s death a few weeks ago, I thought I needed a funny book. This was not that (although it is funny at times). The way she talks about her mom’s death and the strange parts of grief was so relieving to me. I needed her rawness and realness more than I even knew. I’m so glad I found this book. Thanks, ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m pretty sure the first time I encountered Tig Notaro’s work was in that This American Life Story, but it might also have been when she had a role in the sweet film “In A World.” I watched her documentary, and then her comedy special, and really enjoyed both. I find her to be intriguing and unpretentious, and so had to pick up her memoir.

If you have somehow managed to not heard her story, Ms. Notaro experienced a pretty brutal spring four years ago: she went through a breakup, fought a brutal
I listened to Tig's album Live (pronounced like the verb, not the adjective) a while back. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was expressing her thoughts and emotions in front of an audience at a comedy club. Woah. However, as she lets you in on her life in the album, the book elaborates on that particular four month period when she was on her deathbed suffering from C-Diff, her mother tragically passes away shortly after Tig's release from the hospital, and then she is diagnosed ...more
Ms. Jared
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love Tig Notaro. And even though the book was a lot of the same stuff from her stand-up and her Amazon show, One Mississippi, I really enjoyed it.

It's a quick read with lots of funny parts and lots of heartbreaking parts, and she just seems like a cool person that would be fun to know in real life. It also goes deeper and gives more insight into the night that propelled her to superstar status, her relationship with her mom, and that famous This American Life episode.

Bechdel Test: A+
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author manages to offer a humorous account of the darkest of time in her life, when she nearly died from a rare bacterial infection, coped with the sudden loss of her mother to a freak accident, and grappled with a diagnosis of Stage II breast cancer. Through her frank revelation of the many emotions she went through, and her adept leaning on the support of family and friends, she offers a blueprint for anyone who has to deal with such challenges in his or her own life.
Claire Keating
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Tig. :(

This is an unbelievable, sad, incredible story. It does run the risk of reaching "Sleepwalk with Me"-level over saturation, but I liked this book nonetheless. It's uneven at times and I wouldn't say it brings anything new to the table if you've been following Tig's story, but she did capture her voice in a very authentic, raw way.

I wish this was just a book about Rick.
LeAnn Locher
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read. Just so honest, and real, and nothing glorious about it all. But a nice view into the life of a woman who has been dealt a tough hand during the course of one year and how she copes. I loved this book.
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