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Elephants in My Room

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From unknown comedian Christie Nicholls comes a sidesplitting, spirited and whip-smart collection of laugh-out-loud (when youre 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 shes ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 22nd 2019 by Christie Nicholls
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Michael Fitzpatrick
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.
Brandon Keller
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know those people who have the ability to make everyone feel like theyre 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 its because theres no hint of phoniness. Every story, whether its about telemarketing or a historic fart, feels so vulnerable and genuine. I really dont think you can read this and not fall in love with Christie. Youll feel like ...more
Leland Zaitz
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir by a young woman who has somehow packed a dozen lifetimes into her so-far brief years. Its 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 Nicholls family of admittedly brilliant assholes including a hard-drinking oceanographer father, a wry and put-upon mother, brother ...more
Christy Carr
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Goth Gone Grey
Sporadic, manic, vulgar..., essentially, like life. The tales range from hyper childhood antecdotes to caring for an ailing loved one and all points in between. It's rambling at times, introspective at other times, and entirely heartfelt throughout. Honest? Yes, sometimes too much with wry humor and a deep sense of the absurd.

I'll admit that for the first chapter or two I wondered what I was getting into, a trial by fire that I survived to get to other, more heartfelt chapters.

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Christopher Selvaggi
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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elephants in My Room is a refreshing, light read that sneaks up on you as a testament to Love, Truth and Family. Yes, Christie Nicholls is funny - a stand-up comedian, actor and writer with a PhD in Performance Studies. But what I especially liked is that her humor, combined with her compassion and strength, provides an undertow when you least expect it. When she is boisterously, comically on a roll and Im thinking, Go girl! she then pivots, and shows me something about tenderness, even grace at ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always wanted to begin a review with the word "eschewing," and I think this is finally my moment. Eschewing all the stuffy trappings of a typical memoir, Christie Nicholls delves into her globetrotting life story with grace, nostalgia and a comedian's perspective that all life experiences -- even the dark ones -- are brimming with comedy. There's a level of detail in Nicholls' recollection of her youth that's impressive; in addition to her skills as a comic and writer, it is possible she ...more
Cathy Decker
I laughed, I cried, and most of all I wished I was along for Christie's childhood and young adult journey with her family. She has a talent for sharing her wonderful memories, sprinkling almost every single one with humor, and still finding a way to share the pain she felt at times, taking it all in stride. She is a lucky woman to have the relationship she has with her Dad, Mom, and Beluga, not to mention the pets she loved along the way. The only thing I wish for more than to read her next book ...more
Lindsey York
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Rich Decker
Elephants In My Room was a fascinating read, and I am already looking forward to Christie Nicholls' next book. Her childhood was full of adventures that most kids can only dream about, and in addition to the hilarious moments she shares, she also has the confidence to openly explain and characterize deep family relationships, which most of us can relate to on some level. Christie is one funny and talented woman, and without a doubt we will hear much more about her storied career.

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Melissa Mehl
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicholls is an incredible story 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. 
Sarah Louise Taylor
I loved this book. The authors 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. Id love to read more from her. ...more
Ryan C
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great on so many levels. Everytime I open it up it makes me smile. There are so many great nuggets of wisdom and humor. Christie has lived such an interesting life, to be able to share these experiences with her and her family is an amazing trip through the rabbit hole. Well done Christie!

How did I get here and why am I wearing a visor?
Michelle Solberg Ford
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.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you #Netgalley for the copy!

Such a fun read via short essays. Loved how the book was broken up into categories. The book covers serious topics as well as funny experiences at just the right balance. This books makes me want to hangout with her and just listen to her stories over a glass of wine.
Krisa Engel
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Julie Faust
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Ive 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. ...more
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.
Becky Stanley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This was a fun memoir. The author writes about her life with humor and honesty. It felt like listening to stories from a friend and I hope to see more of this author.

* Thanks to BookSirens for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Liz Stewart
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buy this book! It is hilarious with valuable insights from a powerful and unique voice. Fun reading for the whole family!
Kati Bourque
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to put this book down! Christie Nicholls is very funny and has an openness that I admire. I will be suggesting this book to friends, for when they need a pick-me-up and a good laugh!
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific effort from a new writer. Read it and laugh away!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious all the way through! Read the book!
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.
Enjoyed this book. Life took over and she made an adventure of life. Glad I read this book.
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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, shes ...more

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