American On Purpose Hardcover – Sep 22 2009
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“A fine writer, witty, reflective, and candid.... Ferguson is a kinetic cutup teeming with foolishness, brilliance, defiance, and heart. All this is captured in his book as an entertaining connect-the-dots journey.” (Associated Press)
“Hilariously vivid.” (People)
“Funny and poignant and inspirational and brilliant. Nowhere in his story of emigration and redemption does Craig Ferguson realize that as lucky as he thinks he is to be ‘American on Purpose,’ we are luckier still to have him.” (Keith Olbermann)
“With American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies. He has, instead, written a book that is hilarious and irrepressibly daft, yet also kind, poignant, and undeniably wise. It was a joy to read.” (Dennis Lehane, author of The Given Day)
“A great read . . . almost as good as my memoir.” (Carrie Fisher, author of Wishful Drinking)
“Ferguson has given us a biographical treatment that is both brutally honest and inspirational…American on Purpose is a book that should be read.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Hilarious and revealing...witty and emotional.” (The Daily Beast)
From the Back Cover
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.
To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.See all Product Description
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If you're looking for a behind-the-scenes Hollywood tale, this isn't for you. If you're looking for a fascinating and well-written look at an intelligent, funny and flawed human being, then it's a must-read.
I genuinly love you, Craig and can't belive the journey you took to arrive here, and thank god everything worked out so you COULD be here today. Your comedy has helped me through a lot, and this book may help me through even more.
Love from Canada =)
What I didn't like or expect was SO much emphasis on his childhood antics in this book, with a lot of detail about experiences during his early years that he shared with pals. Rather boring and predictable. Yes, of course a bio should include a person's childhood years but this seemed like too much emphasis on those years. I found myself skimming a lot in this part of the book and that's never a good sign.
I read a lot of biographies and this is not one of the memorable ones. And yes, as some other reviewers have mentioned, give this a miss unless you are a solid Craig fan. It would be of no interest to anyone else.
Anyway, Ferguson writes in just as entertaining a style as his patter on "The Late Night Show With Craig Ferguson" but it's more entertainment in the way we stop and watch train wrecks. His personal life pretty much up till his gig on "The Drew Carey Show" and even during parts of that are more full of the "holy crap" moments here we go again, Craigy.
As many of you know he's also the only celebrity I know with any taste at all in music for any of us who grew up in the punk/New Wave '70s and '80s and throughout the book there are some tasty references and encounters with some of the names and lesser knowns of the UK scene at that time. Throw in Craigers ability to explain the whole Rangers vs. Celtic soccer/sectarian rivalry without getting bogged down in semantics, I give him kudos for that (even if he's a Hun bastard...just joking, we're all friends on this side of the Atlantic).
All in all a page turner but the word "enjoyable" would not be one to describe the experience as I said at the start, it's more Trainspotting before it becomes Mr. Ferguson's American Dream.
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