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Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  37,917 ratings  ·  1,469 reviews
Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy G
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Kathy Griffin: Controversy Queen

Okay, okay. Controversy aside, this was a fun read. I don't know much about her other than this book, and that anti-Trump publicity stunt. My mom said she's a rabble-rouser and a mess-maker - that she's burned more bridges than she can count.

She started her memoir stretching as far back as her parent's childhood - they each had over ten siblings and her grandfather referred to himself as "The Governor." Her family was strongly Irish-Catholic, which meant strict ad
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, biography
*** 4.35 ***

Let me start with this - I love Kathy Griffin. She is crass, gossipy, would do anything for attention and publicity, except of course, sensor herself, she is a name dropper, and I suspect she could be quite tiring if you had to live with her - that voice and constant need for talking would drive me crazy, I am sure. Also, her celebrity obsession is way annoying and taking her in small portions is the best way to appreciate her flavor of crazy!

I know that all of those OTT qualities o
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Official Book Club Selection is an Easy Candidate for Best Comedic Autobiography of all time... of ever. And I mean the Best. EVER...!

It was a thrill to be a ragin' Kathymaniac for the duration of a frank, audacious, thoroughly rewarding read. She really outdoes herself, this perhaps being her life's masterpiece. Seriously, she shittalks and then takes a couple of really bad hits to the face. She talks about a terrible skeleton in her family's closet with incredible detail & pathos. She makes a
Jackie "the Librarian"
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, biography
I know, not everyone likes Kathy Griffin. She has a potty mouth, she gossips about celebrities, she's an attention slut, yes, it's all true.

But she's also outrageously funny, and her most revealing stories are not about the celebrities (please, as if they aren't completely full of themselves), but about herself. Her years as a not so successful comedian, her struggles with food and awful plastic surgery experience, and her horrible love life. If she's holding anything back, I really, really don
I have to give her credit. Kathy Griffin is a great storyteller.

I'm a fan of Kathy but I asked myself, "Do I really want to hear her autobiography?" About three seconds in, the answer was, "Yes!"

Kathy takes us through her journey to the top of the D-list. What made it interesting and why it landed with me is that the stories come across as completely authentic. And, as always, Kathy's delivery is intimate and conversational.

If you're curious what it takes to make it in Hollywood or want to hear
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: KG fans, snarky (but not mean) humor lovers.
Quick Take: From the tongue-in-cheek title to the celebrity-filled index, this book was a hoot. Griffin manages to write a memoir that is at once touching, informative, freaky and above all FUNNY.

I like to consider myself a "fan" of comedian Kathy Griffin. Her reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, is full of kooky situations where Griffin's personality is deliciously larger than life. On one particular episode, she announced to the world that she was planning on writing a te
Ashley Enrici
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I admit it, I am biased. I loved this book because I get Kathy Griffin's humor and furthermore deeply admire her as an atypical female celebrity. I have loved her in person and in everything I've seen her in. My feelings were only intensified by this book and how she refuses to apologize for herself, shares her insecurities, trials and tribulations. Beyond that though, I loved this book because it is a true story about a strong female who has insecurities like the rest of us and she hasn't based ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am a huge Kathy Griffin fan and since I'm going to see her 10/10 at the Chicago Theater, I knew that I had better read this before going to the show. I agree with a lot of other reviews I've seen that this was a pretty good book, but was bogged down by the chapter of emails between Kathy & Woz (Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer fame) and by the material rehashed from her Grammy-nominated comedy album For Your Consideration. Otherwise, it's a quick look at Kathy's home life growing up, how she wa ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read the first 100 pages waiting in line for her to sign my book. The line didn't look that long from the outside, but once I got inside and saw how it winded around each and every shelf...I thought, "Good for her! And how long could this possibly take?" Well, it took long enough for me to read about 100 pages (and by no means am I a speed-reader)...but the more I read, the more I liked her. It was definitely a quick, easy read, but not because it's all completely fluff. She bluntly tackles so ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Kathy Griffin. I get why people might not like her, and I won't argue any of those points.

But for me, I appreciate her crude, no-bullshit, tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and most importantly, she just makes me laugh.

And so it's a no-brainer that I would love this book!
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, memoir, non-fiction
Comedian Kathy Griffin has become famous over the last few years for not being famous. In this fascinating and very funny memoir, she talks about the journey she took from being a loud-mouthed, gossipy kid in suburban Chicago to the Emmy-award winning and controversial (albeit low-level) Hollywood figure she is today.

The book is written in the personal storytelling style Kathy has perfected in her stand-up shows, and gives the reader an intimate first row seat as she dishes on everything from he
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I totally didn't mean to read this book! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Kathy Griffin. Truly. I think she is hysterical and I love her stand-up. What I mean is that I bought the book as a gift for a friend and, before I wrapped it up, I decided to peruse the first few pages. Well, when I saw that it started with an open letter to Oprah, I knew I was in for a long night of reading -- reading AND laughing.

Kathy's book is a compulsively good read. It is equal parts Griffin schtick and true memoir. What
For what it is, this book is great! She really offers an interesting glimpse into her life--the chapter about her brother is shocking and really shows her heart and character. We also learn why she and her husband divorced (I always wondered the reasons, not sure if it was made public before this book). I really appreciate that it showed many sides of her. Although I think she's hilarious, I don't always agree with what she says; sometimes she takes things too far for me. But this book really sh ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't give many five star reviews, but I really thought this book was great. If I'd read it in print it may well have gotten only 4 stars, but as an audiobook it really stood out. Kathy's comedy style is telling stories, not jokes, and the book reflects that. She's a great storyteller. She shared many really intimate and touching moments from her life, her journey as performer, and some very enjoyable humor as well. All of it was enhanced by hearing the tone of voice and genuine emotion behind ...more
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was going at a four until the emails back and forth with Woz, which were boring.

As an aside, I've read about 10 memoirs/autobiographies/biographies by comedians, and it's endlessly interesting to me. In that respect, I really liked hearing about why her style of comedy was different and difficult to catch on while she was up and coming, especially considering that her style is why I like her. She balanced the funny (Mariska Hargitay getting dropped in Groundlings classes) with the not-
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook read by the author, Kathy Griffin.

A fun, well-written memoir by comedian and 'D-List' celebrity, Kathy Griffin. This book gives insight into her early years, her family, her failed marriage and, mostly, how she struggled and, finally, how she gained recognition in the tough, superficial, and fleeting world of Hollywood. I recommend this to all Kathy Griffin fans.

P.S. If you read this, I highly recommend the audiobook. As Kathy reads her book, you feel as though she's right next to you,
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: Lena Phoenix, MAP
Between not having a TV and living in the middle east, my knowledge of current pop culture is pretty limited and I had never actually heard of Kathy Griffin. But I noticed that people seemed to like her book on goodreads and I figured hey, most of the memoirs I read are written by people I’ve never heard of so why not this one? I also went through a phase in high school where I really enjoyed celebrity biographies even if I wasn’t particularly interested in the celebrity – I was curious about th ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: If you don't like Kathy Griffin, you aren't going to like this book. It doesn't matter how many stars I give it or what I say about it, although, how flattering if it would! If you are reading this and don't know who she is, I will just say she's hysterically crass (that's Rated-R) and most celebrities fear her. Or should.

I saw Kathy Griffin perform on tour this past January and her show, a 2-hour rant against celebrities and their crazy antics, had the audience roaring from start to
Ismail Elshareef
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
I know it's shocking, but our favorite A-list diva lets her hair down with this tell-all memoir (gays, pay attention.) She starts off with a personal letter to Oprah, which of course is very moving, telling her to brace herself for the tsunami that is this book. That's right, she's not holding anything back, and that's saying something.

Kathy opens up with candid talk about her family, especially her brother Kenny. It takes a lot of guts to talk publicly about a family member who's a pedophile,
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think Kathy Griffin is hilarious and this book did not disappoint. She writes exactly like she talks and I could picture her on stage or on her reality show sharing these stories. What struck me most was how hard she worked to get where she is. Seriously, not to be cliche, but she had to change her plan of attack many times on the way to stardom. In the beginning she wanted to act and then tried improv. She didn't think stand-up was the way to go and when she finally decided to give it a try, ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book I thought Kathy Griffin was a mouthy, rude, attention seeking Hollywood cast-off. I cringed when I saw her on talkshows with each insult she hurled and I couldn't stomach Suddenly Susan. I had no interest in reading (or listening in my case) to her book but after an enjoyable run with all three of Chelsea Handler's audiobooks, not to mention Tina Fey's Bossypants, I was itching for a comedy audiobook to help pass the long drives to and from work. What a surprise! Kathy G ...more
Talulah Mankiller
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
People either really like Kathy Griffin, or they really don't. I'm in the really-like-her camp. (Although I will admit she does cross the line at times with her comedy.) I started watching her "Life on the D-List" show on Bravo TV from day one, and was impressed with her work ethic. No one works harder than Kathy to get her name out there.

A stand-up comic who performs all across the country, she is best known for her costarring role in Brooke Shields 90s sitcom "Suddenly Susan", but my sons kne
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I like the title and wonder how many book clubs will actually pick this book. Honestly, I wouldn't. I've seen her stand up shows on the Bravo channel and they cracked me up, so I thought that I would like her book. If she's funny on TV, shouldn't her book be funny too? Apparently not. She did try to make it humorous, but, to me, it just wasn't. The main reason why I wanted to read this is because I wanted to hear to go off on celebs like she does in her shows, and while she did mention them, she ...more
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, celeb-memoirs
I listened to this on audio, and I think hearing it in her voice versus reading it made it that much better (and I'm not usually an audiobook fan). Very conversational and surprisingly charming. I expected it to be more laugh-out-loud funny, and while I laughed at points, I more just listened as if she were talking to a friend about her life. And she's had a really interesting life! And I think this book makes her much more sympathetic (although I don't believe she tries for that) than she comes ...more
Deborah Edwards
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Love her or hate her, Kathy Griffin makes no apologies for who she is. She is as candid when describing her triumphs as she is when describing the hard times and heartaches she has handled along the way. Already a fan, this book gave me new insights into the machinations of Hollywood and its players, as well as a new respect for this woman who rolled with the punches and finally found a way to successfully market her unique persona and talent. As fearless as Andy Kaufman, but with a work ethic t ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, humor
I've read so many comedian memoirs, especially lately -- Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman -- and hands down, this is one of the best. It's filled with funny stories, sad stories, serious stories - IN SHORT, STORIES, really good ones! And not all of the stories are about celebrities. Some of the strongest chapters in this book are about Griffin's family, including tough stuff about her late brother Kenny, a crack addict and rumored pedophile, but also warm anecdotes from her parents 60+ ye ...more
Amanda McGill
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I enjoyed Kathy Griffin's memoir much more than I thought I would. I was in the mood for a funny book and she delivered!

I was pleasantly surprised that this novel was mostly about Kathy and stories about herself growing up and entering into Hollywood. I learned so much about her and there was a lot of difficult context that I'm surprised she went so far into (eg. Her brother, plastic surgeries and divorce).

I loved all of the pictures that corresponded with each chapter. Also I laughed out loud
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you like Kathy Griffin’s stand up comedy or her TV show, you’ll like this book. It tells the story behind events in Kathy’s professional and private life in the same chatty style she uses in her stand up. As you would expect, there’s plenty of celebrity gossip but there’s also enough depth in her personally stories to keep the book from being shallow. I found most of it very hard to put down but I could have done without the chapter that was entirely made up of e-mails between her and Steve W ...more
Geert Renders
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love Kathy Griffin, you will love this book. A nice combination of funny moments and serious moments from her life.
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Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American actress, stand-up comedian, media personality, and LGBT rights advocate. A self-proclaimed "D-list celebrity", Griffin first gained recognition for appearances on two episodes of Seinfeld, and then for her supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. Her Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005–2010) became a ratings hit for th ...more

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