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Lizz Free or Die

Essays

Winstead, Lizz

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges. Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of conservative Catholic parents, Winstead learned early in her life that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures around her-her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor -prompted many startled looks and uncomfortable silences, but few answers. Her questions rattled people because they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions she confronted. Yet she didn't let that stop her from pursuing her dreams. Funny and biting, honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred collection gives an in-depth look into the life of one of today's most influential comic voices. In writing about her childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and of her often problematic habit of diving into everything head first, asking questions later (resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel disasters), Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all-too-human comedy"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Hardcover, 2012.
ISBN: 1594487022
9781594487026
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,21 cm

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Jan 05, 2013
  • IrishMoon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved, loved, loved this book! Lizz Winstead is hysterically funny, caring, and thought-provoking all at the same time. As I, too, was raised in Minnesota, I especially enjoyed the tidbits of “Minnesota humor” that were scattered throughout the book. And my daughter, the animal lover, who typically doesn’t care to read books written by comedians, was in stitches over the chapter on pets. Ms. Winstead is a self-proclaimed liberal, which I appreciate, however, I would bet that even the most right-wing conservative pet owner would completely enjoy the chapter on pets. Funny, relatable stuff!!!

Oct 19, 2012
  • NotAllWhoWanderAreLost rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not a big non-fiction reader, I saw her on Real Time with Bill Maher and decided to read it. Great book, very funny. The chapter about adopting pets is a MUST read if you are a pet owner.

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