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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Jan 03, 2010
Fans of Craig Ferguson’s work as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show may be familiar with elements of his autobiography. The actor/comedian is not shy about using his own life as fodder for his opening monologues, making frequent mention of his alcoholism and even dedicating a show to his late father on the day he died. With humor, humility, and wit, Ferguson describes his childhood in Scotland (he grew up in a city named “the second-worst town in the United Kingdom”) and his fractious adulthood marked by forays into the music world as a drummer, fist fights, failed relationships, his first taste of audience approval as a comedian, an alarming affinity for alcohol, and more failed relationships. After a successful stint in rehab, he saw greater career success, landing a job as a series regular on The Drew Carey Show before being chosen for his current position. Ferguson’s story reveals his belief that true failure comes from not trying and how a second (or fifth) chance can make a difference. A touching, funny memoir.
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January 3, 2010 – Shelved