What I’m Reading…

Someone recently recommended that I read You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations by Michael Ian Black.  I honestly didn’t know who Michael Ian Black was, but I trusted this person’s opinion, so I downloaded the book and started reading.

I was a little worried in the middle of the first chapter.  Black really started off sounding like a jerk and I thought I might not be able to get through the book.  But it definitely got better.  By the second chapter I was hooked and I loved the entire book.

I read a lot of memoirs and lately I’ve found that people have a tendency to say really stupid or outrageous or nonsensical things because they think people will laugh.  The problem is that these jokes end up sounding forced and artificial and they aren’t funny at all.  You’re Not Doing It Right was the opposite of that.

I was actually really surprised at the raw honesty Black poured onto the page.  He didn’t hold anything back and he told it like it was…even when it made him look like a complete asshole.  The laughs he brought were true and honest and not forced in any way.  He’s just a naturally funny and witty guy and he’s a fantastic story-teller.

I laughed out loud several times, sometimes to the point of having people on the train look at me funny.  The stories were told in a way that made me really care about the characters and feel like they were my friends.  And at one point the book even made me cry.

It was really a terrific book and I highly recommend you go out and get a copy now.  You won’t be sorry.

Comments

  1. I loved loved loved this book! It was hilarious. And I totally cried at the end. He was such an a-hole throughout most of the book then he went and smacked me over the head with sweetness and eloquence and poignancy at the end. My eyes couldn’t help but well up with tears. Also, he is one of the best people on Twitter. Seriously. Follow him.

  2. I follow Michael Ian Black on Twitter and wondered about this book. I just might have to check it out!

  3. Thanks for the recommendation! He always makes me laugh (I think I first caught him on one of those “I love the 80s” shows doing commentary) so I’ll have to check this out :)

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