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Elephants In My Room

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From unknown comedian Christie Nicholls comes a sidesplitting, spirited and whip-smart collection of laugh-out-loud (when you’re not crying) autobiographic essays. In Elephants In My Room, Nicholls mines her past for honest if not humiliating stories of her formative years, her family, jobs and romantic relationships that are at once extraordinary and absurd. Whether she’s ...more
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published November 25th 2019
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Andrew Rosenblatt
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The book has a terrific sense of place so the reader really feels like you are on the author's shoulder. I got a real sense of warmth and joy from the chapter, as if I were walking in the author's shoes and experiencing the same adventures.
Leland Zaitz
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a memoir by a young woman who has somehow packed a dozen lifetimes into her so-far brief years. It’s a work of some kind of twisted genius, skipping back and forth through the years to land, finally on the heart of things: Why we are who we are. “Elephants” begins like a shot out from an elephant gun, detailing a childhood that begins the jungles of Brazil with Nicholl’s family of admittedly “brilliant assholes” including a hard-drinking oceanographer father, a wry and put-upon mother, ...more
Christy Carr
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny, honest, and self-deprecating, "Elephants in My Room" is a wonderful read for literary buffs looking for something different, authentic and unflinchingly honest. From spectacularly failing to prey on the naivete of the elderly when pursuing telemarketing in a sexually hostile workplace, to spaghetti rocket launchers and consistently incorrect expediting when waitressing, to finding dignity in dog walking, Christie's honest portrayals of the entry-level jobs we all have known and love to ...more
Christopher Selvaggi
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal book. The author has an exceptional memory. Her ability to recall every detail of her conversations, interactions and experiences going all the way back to early childhood, must be something very few people are able to do. It makes the reader start to think back to events of times past, even long ago, to try to remember memories even more clearly than currently remembered.

Christie Nicholls background as a stand-up comic lends to her unique ability to be totally at ease
Lindsey York
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prepare for flight! This book is an amazing trip down a very honest and entertaining memory lane from one of my favorite comedians. Christie has a talent for evoking my favorite emotional combination; through laughter and tears we journey through her childhood with a host of amazing characters and experiences. You truly feel like your right there with her experiencing everything, and by the end of the book you wish you could have been there really, because what fun it must have been. I am also ...more
Traci Stumpf
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like everywhere I turn someone is telling me that I "have to watch a new hilarious show" or "listen to a new comedy podcast". If we're being honest the majority of it all is a bland and diluted form of comedy. A friend recommended "Elephants in My Room" and I will say that I was hesitant at first, what with all the over saturation of content, but I'm so glad I took her advice and read this book! It was raw, honest, and laugh out loud funny. A true breath of fresh air, I'm obsessed! So ...more
Brandon Keller
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know those people who have the ability to make everyone feel like they’re their best friend? Even if you just see them for a second you leave feeling happier and lighter? Elephants in my Room feels like the book version of that person, if that makes sense. I think it’s because there’s no hint of phoniness. Every story, whether it’s about telemarketing or a historic fart, feels so vulnerable and genuine. I really don’t think you can read this and not fall in love with Christie. You’ll feel ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must Read NOW!

Such a fun read!!! This is a wonderfully honest and extremely funny collection of short stories. Christie really lets us into her world and makes stories, that some people might find embarrassing, tremendously enjoyable and relatable. If you don't have a copy PLEAS GET ONE!!! GO...GET ONE NOW!
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nicholls is an incrediblestory teller! Her vivid detail and entertaining experiences come alive in this memoir. You will laugh out loud, hold back tears and contemplate life's lessons as you relive Christie's adventures with her. Her story captures your heart and you won't want to put her book down. A beautifully written account of an incredible woman's life. ...more
Krisa Engel
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christie writes with such pure emotion that the reader is drawn into the experience. This book will make you laugh and cry! It allows the reader to go on a journey through her life and relate to the stories and what they taught her on a larger scale. I couldn't put it down! This is MUST read for all!
Melissa Mehl
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Christie's ability to bring you into her world (long term, not short term) is incredible. From the very beginning, Christie's humorous story telling transports you into her travels and life experiences. From the silly antics, to the more emotional tales, you go from laughter to tears, and feel like you're part of her family. I can't wait for the next book!
Sarah Louise Taylor
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The author’s ability to create a unique and vivid world took me all over on her adventures. Including doing stand up in Sweden! I particularly enjoyed her story about her grandfather. The author mixes humor and pathos expertly and keeps the stories going at a crisp pace. There is a lot of humor, but also a lot of heart. I’d love to read more from her.
Michelle Solberg Ford
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this while staying with family members over a long weekend, and my mom kept asking what I was laughing about! Christie Nicholls has an amazing knack for finding humor and absurdity in the seemingly ordinary, and spinning a beautiful story from it. The book is deeply personal, and each chapter adds nuance, hilarity, and heartbreak at once. A great read, and highly recommended. I hope there will be more to come.
Jeremy Beth
This is such a fun read. I had no idea what to expect but found myself laughing my ass off! Between her family dynamics and accompanied pictures, I felt like I was the invisible family member they didn't know they had that was along for this incredibly funny, at times emotional ride. I loved it.
Julie Faust
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I’ve known the author for many years so it was great fun to read about her family, travels and adventures. I felt like I was there with them. Really loved chapter on music teacher, really charming and funny. All the stories will bring a smile to your face.
Nov 27, 2019 added it
A great storyteller is born.

To take events and experiences in one's life that everyone has experience or can relate to, and find the humor and lessons in entertaining fashion is a unique skill.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really fun collection of short stories about painfully awkward moments in the authors life. It’s a fun personal read full of laughs and great life lessons. Highly recommend it
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious all the way through! Read the book!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful memoir from a fresh new author who can make you laugh and cry all within the span of a story. Christie writes with wit and self-deprecating humor, and I am excited to see what she writes next. From befriending German dogs in Brazil, to driving manual transmission vehicles in Iceland with her future husband, Christie has quite the knack for creating her own adventures, and leaves the reader smiling the whole way.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Author Christie Nicholls takes you on a wild, illustrative adventure around the world in these hilarious memoirs. The writing is equal parts funny and sharp... Highly recommend.
Liz Stewart
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Buy this book! It is hilarious with valuable insights from a powerful and unique voice. Fun reading for the whole family!
Patricia Etris
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The writer opened up with deep personal feelings that made me laugh and made me cry. It felt like a close personal friend telling me her stories. Hope there are more books from this young author.
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Christie Nicholls is a Los Angeles based SAW (stand-up comedian, actor, and writer). After earning a PhD in Performance Studies at UCLA, Christie finally admitted that she wanted to perform herself. Whether in front of a camera, or a live audience, Christie will embody any role, from traditional leading lady, to Jane Fonda, to Richard Nixon, to her original characters, to your Mom (no really, she’ ...more