There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say (2020)

There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say Paula Poundstone There s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say Part memoir part monologue with a dash of startling honesty There s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can t h
  • Title: There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
  • Author: Paula Poundstone
  • ISBN: 9780609603161
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say Paula Poundstone Part memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, There s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can t help digressing to tell her own story Mining gold from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and Beethoven, among others, the eccentric and utterly inimitabPart memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, There s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can t help digressing to tell her own story Mining gold from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and Beethoven, among others, the eccentric and utterly inimitable mind of Paula Poundstone dissects, observes, and comments on the successes and failures of her own life with surprising candor and spot on comedic timing in this unique laugh out loud book.If you like Paula Poundstone s ironic and blindingly intelligent humor, you ll love this wryly observant, funny, and touching book.Paula Poundstone on .The sources of her self esteem A couple of years ago I was reunited with a guy I knew in the fifth grade He said, All the other fifth grade guys liked the pretty girls, but I liked you It s hard to know if a guy is sincere when he lays it on that thick.The battle between fatigue and informed citizenship I play a videotape of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer every night, but sometimes I only get as far as the theme song da da da da da ah before I fall asleep Sometimes as soon as Margaret Warner says whether or not Jim Lehrer is on vacation I drift right off Somehow just knowing he s well comforts me.The occult I need to know exactly what day I m gonna die so that I don t bother putting away leftovers the night before s misplaced priorities Someday in the midst of the State of the Union address they ll break in with, We interrupt this program to bring you a little clip from Bewitched Travel In London I went to the queen s house I went as a tourist she didn t invite me so she could pick my brain What do you think of my face on the pound Too serious Air conditioning in Florida If it were as cold outside in the winter as they make it inside in the summer, they d put the heat on It makes no sense.The scandal The judge said I was the best probationer he ever had Talk about proud.With a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore
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  1. Barbara

    Paula Poundstone comedian, author, actress, interviewer and commentator is a compassionate woman who s fostered many children over the years, and adopted three Poundstone has had her share of troubles, however, and her alcoholism driving her kids to Baskin Robbins while drunk led to her arrest for child endangerment in 2001 The upshot was 180 days of rehab, 5 years of random drug alcohol testing, 12 months of foster care for her children, and financial woes Some of the humor in this book, publis [...]

  2. Twoscrewsloose

    I was previously only familiar with Paula Poundstone through the NPR comedy news show, Wait Wait Don t Tell Me So I knew what to expect, in the sense that she is a comedian who is frequently sarcastic and irreverent What I wasn t expecting was a story of hardship, struggles, and genuinely tragic mistakes The central conceit of the book is that in each chapter, Paula chooses a historical figure and writes about them, connecting their lives to her own life in a semi coherent stream of consciousnes [...]

  3. Jesse Agee

    I turn to this book whenever I feel a little blue, and it always makes me feel better Paula Poundstone gives a priceless sense of perspective to everything Whatever humiliating punishment you re going through, especially if you brought it on yourself, Paula went through something similar or worse and she will show you how to accept your sad mistakes, find the irony and humor in it if possible, and move on This is really an autobiography, but Paula Poundstone, in her own words, is so shy, she wou [...]

  4. Charly

    This was in many ways like an extended comedy set that Poundstone performs Starting with one topic and as the story moves forward other points and characters jump in She is self chastising throughout the book for her legal difficulties but her sense of humor is there Not an overwhelmingly funny book but a smile s worth now and again Nothing that needs to be read at once but not a difficult reading One that could be a change of pace.

  5. Christine Cody

    Paula Poundstone s wry, humorous look at life even the very serious legal troubles that took a big chunk of her freedom, money, and reputation shines brightly in this book just as it does in her live shows I was lucky to see her this past fall in Eugene and, as many do, met and spoke with her after the show I realized later that I had talked with her assuming that everything she said on stage was exactly as it is in real life That s the effect of Poundstone transparent, honest, and without guile [...]

  6. Paula

    I think Paula Poundstone is very funny She spoke at a library event that I attended, and her speech was the best part of the event And this book was funny I could hear her comedy delivery in my mind as I read I enjoy her humor and even laughed out loud while reading it Still, it took some effort to get through the book, perhaps because it reads like the text of one standup routine after another Since there is no really linear story here except for the brief biographies of famous people that she [...]

  7. Ken

    I hear many good things about Wait, wait don t tell me and I like comedians, but somehow, I didn t like Paula Poundstone It wasn t so much that she adopted children and endangered them the court s words, not mine by driving them to Baskin Robbins, while drunk I think it was because she joked about some of the terms of her plea deal, maybe I don t know I don t recall the exact joke, but it was something about not being allowed to be alone with kids that were not her own There were some funny thin [...]

  8. Katarina

    I m a huge fan of Wait Wait Don t Tell Me on NPR, and I always know it s going to be an especially good episode if Paula Poundstone is on When confronted with the findings of some new study, she always asks exactly the questions I want to, and is so funny about it How could I not want to read her book It took me a while to get into There s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say, because the writing style threw me As I read on, I started to really appreciate it she writes simultaneously about a [...]

  9. Caren Stein

    Paula is my favorite female stand up comic I loved this book so much, I bought the audio book so I could hear her and as I suspected was like getting a seven chapter show I think the way she integrated historical figures that she loves admires was unique and I appreciated it AND, I learned things about them that endeared a few to me even .Paula should write and write and write some For those who give a psychological analysis of Paula s personal life instead of reviewing the book itself, keep yo [...]

  10. Randee

    I ve always liked Paula Poundstone as a stand up comedian She has a sense of whimsy that I find amusing and a deadpan type delivery that I appreciate She is your wittiest friend who interjects a one line wisecrack that is often brilliant I listened to her narrate this on Audible Though I enjoyed it, I would not say this is her best material I think it was a mistake to do mini biographies of famous historical figures and tie it into her own life As interesting as some of her subjects are Sitting [...]

  11. Danielle

    I ve always like PP and I was very interested to read her book It s set up in a very odd way, though that s to be expected she s a rather odd person It s distressing to hear about the trouble she had after being arrested for driving drunk with her kids in the car, but ultimately it s very heart warming to hear how devoted she is to her kids though they may grumble when they re older about having so many of their foibles revealed in the name of comedy I listened to the audiobook read by her and i [...]

  12. Julie

    I could complain that this book reads like a bunch of stand up comedy lines strung together with little cohesive plot, but I will instead say a Paula Poundstone IS a stand up comic and b the way she recalls her own history and the histories of famous people the Wright Brothers, Beethoven, etc is a funny and effective patchwork of disjointed anecdotes exactly the way I remember my own history and the tales of others Reading this book is like dipping into someone s brain for a few hours, as she s [...]

  13. Kate

    I like Paula Poundstone I like Wait Wait Don t Tell Me a lot, and when she is on the panel, I love that show Her timing is so quick, her drollery so pointed, and her bursts of mock outrage so adorable While reading this book, I occasionally smiled, but had to admit that putting the words down on the page isn t what Ms Poundstone does best It just slows her down too much Reminds me of an old vaudeville joke Top banana Ya wanna know what d the secret of comedy Second banana Yeah, I do wanna know W [...]

  14. Michael Clark

    Brilliant, incorporating biographies as lens to add humor to one s life story both the tragedy and the joys I think stand up comics are some of the smartest people in the room with what they can pull out of observational humor Bravo Paula for your wit, resilience and perseverance even in the face of horrendous circumstance, you are a hero

  15. Vicki

    Didn t pass my 50 page Test I gave it the old college try, it just wasn t very funny or informative, and she seems really bitter and upset and kind of miserable Which isn t going to keep me turning the pages.

  16. Rebecca Waring-Crane

    Paula reads her own work and keeps me company on my commute to school Using braided essay style she cleverly confesses her own flaws serious, real , and makes witty observations about her own life in comparison with lives of historic figures Charles Dickens, the Wright Brothers, Helen Keller.

  17. Ashley

    Best for People who enjoy Paula Poundstone on Wait Wait, Don t Tell Me.In a nutshell Comedian shares details of her life including the time when she was convicted of endangering her children against the backdrop of historical biographies Seriously.Line that sticks with me I listened to the audio book, so I can t quote directly, but I, too, was a girl cast as Peter Quince in an elementary school production of Midsummer Nights Dream.Why I chose it Ms Poundstone has a new book out, which I was hopi [...]

  18. Dorie

    There s Nothing In This Book I Meant To Say By Paula Poundstone2006Harmony CrownIf you are a fan of Paula Poundstones stand up comedy, or her witty humor, you will love this Telling her story with candor, wit and totally straight up honesty, her memoir made me laugh out loud, and revel at her intelligence Integrating historical figures lives she admires as a starting point in every chapter, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc and Beethoven, to name a few reveals the joys [...]

  19. Marissa

    Reading this book is like sitting through a 3 hour Poundstone stand up set, so decide ahead of time if that s something you would kill to see like me , or something you would never want to get anywhere near.I was impressed by the sheer energy of this book, which packs a wallop over and over again You don t end up with a coherent picture of Poundstone s life at all, but you get a sense for how humiliated and angry her brush with the criminal justice system left her, and honestly, I think that s [...]

  20. Janet Aird

    This is an honest, sometimes self deprecating, flow of consciousness book and funny Paula Poundstone seems to be able to find the humor in almost anything, including trying to keep her head above water.

  21. John Hubbard

    There are passages where I laughed out loud The structure and much of the narrative are very lacking Poundstone has been disappointing now as an author and a host, though remains the best panelist alive.

  22. Calley

    I think Paula Poundstone s style just works better verbally rather than in a book I think she s awesome and hilarious, but the book didn t quite work for me There were some funny quips, but the narrative really jumped around and was hard to follow I didn t end up reading the whole thing.

  23. Sue Gridley

    Paula Poundstone is one of the funniest, quickest people on earth This book is a bit rambling as is her way and uneven, and disclosing enough to be a little uncomfortable That said, it has moments of hilarity It is not up to a live performance, but it is pretty good.

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